Eat Drink KL: Kompassion II @ Taman Tun Dr Ismail

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Kompassion II @ Taman Tun Dr Ismail

The sequel is as strong & satisfying as the original: Kompassion's second outpost is a serene suburban space suffused with charm & character - chef Nikom 'Kom' Uatthong has not only authored a fresh repertoire marked by a playful remodelling of Thai fare, he's also drawn up the distinctive decor for this boundary-pushing restaurant, stowed away on a TTDI backstreet.

Start with the pucuk paku salad (RM20) - beautifully tender vegetables, blanched instead of fried, served with slices of young coconut, kerisik & plenty of herbs & other accompaniments, a pleasurably nuanced, painstakingly elaborate recipe that succeeds on every score. Note that unlike the first Kompassion in Damansara Kim, Kompassion II is a no-pork outlet, catering to this neighbourhood's dominant clientele. But the loss of the hog isn't an issue, since there's still so much to sample on the menu; faced with a chicken-or-egg dilemma, it's fair to order both - tandoori-style, lemongrass-laced chicken satay (RM17.90) & a thick omelette tinged with oysters (RM30).

Kompassion's Thai curries go beyond the norm; our absolute favourite is the lobster & avocado green curry (RM50) - a heap of fresh-tasting crustacean flesh, coupled with lots of soft, ripe avocado & various vegetables in a curry that's creamy & not too fiery, enabling the flavours of the lobster & avocado to take centre stage. Mix everything up, & the textures are totally gorgeous - a dish we'd happily have again & again. Caveat: Some of these recipes may take extra time to prepare; patience is a virtue.

The lamb shank hang laey curry is ideal for customers who like rich & robust concoctions - double-cooked, fall-off-the-bone meat in a savoury northern Thai curry, teamed up again with avocado cubes (yay!) & lychee (RM50). For red meat devotees, there's also a succulent grilled beef panang curry, terrifically layered & balanced with dragonfruit & other tropical fruits (RM50). Enjoy with Kompassion's marvellous mixed sticky rice, a repudiation of run-of-the-mill steamed white rice.

If you'd like a complete meal on a single plate, Kompassion II's nasi campur special is a triumph - a fulfilling compilation of rice with assorted curries, tom yam, an egg, fried fare & veggies for only RM18.90. Two light eaters could share this this for lunch.

Desserts & drinks also display shots of extra imagination - mango sticky rice with pandan gelato, red rubies & jackfruit with coconut gelato & cheesecake with coconut, & cendol (RM10 each), washed down with slow-juiced green mango & passionfruit (RM15; tangy!), lemongrass pandan sparkling (RM10; a nice one if you want something wholesome), a coconut smoothie (RM15; love the topping of attap chee), mango yoghurt smoothie (RM15) & blue flower sparkling (RM10). All in all, this second venue staunchly reinforces Kompassion as one of our favourite Thai fusion brands; thanks to the team here for having us.

Kompassion II TTDI
15, Lorong Datuk Sulaiman 7, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur. 
Tues-Sun, 1130am-230pm; 6pm-1030pm. Tel: 03-7731-7016

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  1. I like how the dishes associated with fruits in it :)

    1. Choi Yen: you're right, the dishes make quite a positive difference :D

  2. I don't think I've seen avocados paired with curries before...I'm curious how well it works together. And anything with colourful fresh fruits certainly gets my vote. The Kompassion nasi campur platter is good value at that price (and even greater value when shared by two)! ;)

    1. Contact.ewew: it works especially well for the green curry, since the flavours of the curry are mild. For the lamb curry, the soft avocados provide a nice contrast to the meat ;) and yep, this place really does justice to the use of fruits and vegetables. I was quite impressed by the nasi campur in terms of both quantity and quality :D

  3. Thai? I'm in!!! Love the decor except the wall with all those numbers - they give me a headache. Almost failed the subject in Form 5, my time Senior Cambridge. Hehehehehe!!!!! I'm torn between the lamb shank and the nasi campur. Slurpssss!!!!!

    1. Suituapui: haha, i think they must have taken a lot of time and effort to paste up that part of the wall ... hmmmm, if you can't decide, order both! :D

  4. My boyfriend and I are weekly regular at their outlet in Damansara Kim, and we normally order the Nasi Campur, but unfortunately after the second opening at Taman Tun I personally felt it's a little disappointing on the menu serving at their outlet in Damansara Kim.

    I'm impressed of Kompassion's owners giving customers who dine at the Damansara Kim's outlet to have choices of with or without pork servings, but the waiter should notify customers clearly. Here's my encountered scenario last Friday - My boyfriend and I again dine at the Damansara Kim's outlet, and we ordered our usual (Nasi Campur), but when it was served we only realised that there's now two different options:

    1. Nasi Campur on the set lunch menu (RM18.90) - doesn't serve with the pork sate & a slice of salmon.
    2. The other option listed on the a la carte menu (RM21.90) is vice versa.

    We've informed the person in charge, and hoping that there'll be an improvement on it. I'm just sharing my encounter here, and hoping that the regular customers of Kompassion will be noted on it :D

    1. Amuyo: that's quite constructive feedback - the menu is quite wide, and i too was a bit confused at first with the listings of the nasi campur ... though at RM18.90, i think i was still satisfied with their generous serving of different items on the platter ...