Thursday, February 1, 2018

Chateau DeCanter @ TTDI

By EDKL Writer A.A.

A sanctuary of soothing calm and clinking wine glasses, Chateau DeCanter puts customers firmly in the mood for a low-tempo evening of lounging and savouring some interesting recipes paired with vintages from vineyards around the world.

Chateau DeCanter is a hidden wine bar tucked discreetly on the first floor of a shop-house in Taman Tun Dr Ismail - it's elegantly intimate but still suitable for a casual gathering and chilling out. It promises some small surprises everyday, including a variety of light bites.


The kitchen dishes out a selection that leaps from skewers of teriyaki chicken to lamb shank with gnocchi, torched salmon puffs to chilli lobster with fried mantou.

There's a clear effort to produce recipes with a twist: The Roasted Pork Taco (RM 25) spotlights  crisp slices of roasted pork belly partnered with lychees and grilled tortilla wrap stuffed with vegetables - it's an intriguing blend of savoury and sweet, meaty and fruity.

If you relish lusciously creamy pastas, order the Coconut Pasta (RM 35), generously topped with fried garlic for a potent aroma, coconut flakes, and substantially fleshy, herb-coated prawns.


The Wine Tea (RM 40) is playfully presented, combining cold cuts and cheese in two tiers, with brie, camembert, blue and smoked cheeses on top, and a centrepiece of tuna, bacon and chicken tapas with crackers at the base. It's a fun way to partake of some light, crowd-pleasing snacks.

One of Chateau DeCanter's most coveted specialities is the salt-baked chicken - it's a house recipe that's cherished by the venue's founders, reputedly conveying nuances of Chinese herbs that prove well-complemented by wine for a fascinating new pairing. This photo is courtesy of Chateau DeCanter. This Hakka-inspired delicacy requires an advance order by 2pm daily.

Get comfortable, kick back and let your hair down: Chateau DeCanter is a wine bar that strives to please, with plenty of possibilities by the bottle. For a fuss-free choice, the house red wine is currently a 2016 Luigi Bosca Finca La Linda Malbec (RM 35 per glass), medium-bodied with clear notes of cherries and spices.

While Chateau DeCanter has no official cocktail menu for now, you can always request a potion like the yet-to-be-named manager's special (RM 40), featuring a double shot of brandy and some secret ingredients (we thought we detected some orange).

Private rooms are available for customers seeking more privacy. Besides the main air-conditioned dining and drinking hall, there's also a section with open windows overlooking the neighbourhood.

Thanks to Chateau DeCanter for having us.

Chateau DeCanter
175A, First Floor, Jalan Aminuddin Baki, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur. Open Monday-Saturday, 5pm-1am. Tel: 012-633-6609


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14 comments:

  1. I like the idea of having a wine bar hidden from public view. It gives the diners a sense of privacy and respect, if you know what I mean? I wonder if they have Australian and New Zealand wines, though.

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    1. Ciana: oh yes, they definitely do have both aussie and nz wines that you can enjoy in peace here ;)

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  2. Salted baked chicken. So Chinese style :-P

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    1. Boon Chuan: heh, yeah, it seems like a family recipe, maybe ;)

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  3. Only one bottle of the Japanese whiskey? Is it still the best in the world?

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    1. Suituapui: i guess that depends on who you ask, depending on the whisky lover :D

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  4. One spot closes and another one opens in TTDI. Salt-baked chicken isn't something I expect to find in a wine bar though...hihihi! ;D

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    1. Contact.ewew: yeah, ttdi is always springing up a surprise or two. they do have some unexpected dishes here at chateau decanter :D

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  5. salted baked chicken with proper wine.. that sounds like a combination!

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    1. KY: yeah, am wondering which wine to pair with the chicken! :)

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  6. My housemate works here. lol. But I've never been. Might head there for thr RM40 cheese platter. Quite worth it for the price

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    1. Rebecca: ooo, i wonder if i might have met your housemate here! :)

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  7. Haha, I'm so surprise to see that salt baked chicken in the end of your food introduction!

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    1. Choi Yen: heheh, yeah, perhaps the only wine bar in kl with salt-baked chicken :)

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