Thursday, March 26, 2009

Decanter Too @ Desa Sri Hartamas

After deciding that there was one winner among the four guys, lets take a look at food.

Listening to the generation of the past, history has it that Decanter started off as a neighbourhood restaurant and it got bought over and grew.

Now there is a handful of Decanter restaurants; being on the top of my head, in Damansara, Petaling Jaya and the one at Hartamas.

A funny thing happened when the Girlfriend asked where i ate, and i mentioned Decanter Too.

"Oh, Decanter, i went to their first one before." (Er, get it?)

Don't ask me why the "Too" but lets get on to food.

Other than by way of menu, Decanter Too also uses their blackboard to display their specials; whether drinks or food, or in their case, drinks AND food.

RM 100 for 3 jugs of beer, pretty decent i suppose? I mean they have built a supposedly reputation of selling cheap booze.

You also have very decent prices, especially the RM 28++ lamb shank and the RM 25++ rib eye.

I like the Glenfiddich display..Yum.

Nah, we were going for something abit softcore, their house wine. Too sweet unfortunately, almost like drinking grape juice.

After drooling on their very attractive prices and mere mentioning of how they were going to serve some of their speciality dishes, the stomach grumbled till the starter appeared.

A spicy chokeful of ingredients; Tom Yum Soup. Tasty however very one dimensional in the sense that it was sharp spicy without the sour bits coming into play. Those who liked it hot and spicy finished it almost immediately, while i sweated as if i was in the sauna.

Like a ray of light, we were messing around with the handphone light, to give the picture some oomph to the Chicken. Not that it needed it, very tasty and appetising with the tomato based sauce.

The Grilled Garoupa fish had a firm bite but didn't understand the batter (since it was meant to be "grilled"), tasted abit like a pan-fried. Like the butter that was meant to melt to a sauce.

While this is one of their signature dish, you will either love this or hate this. Throw this next to a seasoned plate of Sang Har Mee dished out in any reputable Tai Chow and you will see why. This is mild, not bland to suit the restaurant and does not shout flavour, i suppose a healthier version?

One has got to try their Ox Tail Stew. I only imagined it with bread, but knowing i didn't even go to gym before the meal, how could i stuff myself with carbs? Meats were falling off the bones and the stew was also filled with carrot and potato pieces absorbed with essence.

Ended with a peach and banana crumble that was swimming in custard.

I like. If you want to sin, you might as well go all the way. Tasted banana and i suppose peach must have gone hiding somewhere (i mean the difference in price obviously determines the ratio of the 2 fruits in the desserts, right?)

Overall i wouldn't mind coming for their 3 jugs of Beer and in the middle of it, go grab a chicken chop. Pity the crazy hard-to-find-parking in the Hartamas area.

Address and contact details:

15 Prisma Ville Business Centre, Jalan 19/70A, Sri Hartamas, KL

Tel: +603 6203 5448

Opening hours
Mon-Thurs (12pm-3pm, 5:30pm-1am), Fri (12pm-3pm, 5:30pm-2am),
Sat (5pm-2am), Sun closed

Verdict: To be honest, 3 stars out of 5 stars, comforting food and the promise of cheap alcohol but nothing that wowed me away.


Bangsar-bAbE said...

I just had the banana and peach crumble at Decanter Setiabakti earlier. Lots of peaches and bananas, but tasted slightly undercooked. Gah! @_@

Life for Beginners said...

I think it was the cheap alcohol that wowed my lil birthday girl into insisting I pick Decanter as the venue of choice for her party.

And a good choice it was too. Good customer service always impresses me over fabulous food but lacklustre service.

julian said...

bastard never ajak makan! now i know why you have to go to the gym hahahahahah

thule a.k.a leo said...

all I can say is "wah lao eh... when can I go there and try all these leh??"

foodbin said...

ox tail soup sure looks calorific!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

foodbin: no la..its not drenched in oil also..

leo: soon? when your daughter grows up?

julian: haha ppl ajak mah..nxt time ppl ajak me..i ajak u lo ok?

lob: maybe maybe..

bbabe: really..ohh wat a pity

mimid3vils said...

Do they serve rice with the oxtail stew, seem like will go well with rice~~ HAHA ^.^

xin said...

ooh i went to decanter 3! :p did i get the joke right?

p/s: love ur pics!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

xin: got 3 ar??? hahaha

mimi: im sure u can order rice..but i paiseh..

antaras said...

Seldom try their food. I'm always there for the cheap booze! :D but I really hate those guys that collects money for the parking. RM5 per entry (only if you mention Decanter, if not then RM10!).

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

antaras: hahah they charge me rm5 too!! nxt time i will go park at housing area and just walk over..

550ml jar of faith said...

Oof! Really disappointed to hear that the tomyum didn't live up to its appearance. Sour notes are a must! 3 jugs of beer for RM100... I'm so there!

ai wei said...

they serve a variety of food wer. i tot this kind of place serves only western food

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

550ml: hahah for the beer hor..

ai wei: yeah there r the jack of all trades la..

CUMI & CIKI said...

so fast.. ! u guys are killing me:P

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

c&c: where got la..u bz woman mah..