Fine dining Chinese food?
Yes made possible by the guys responsible for Tom, Dick & Harry’s Pubs and Hoofed and they were kind enough to sponsor the Malaysia’s Hottest Bloggers Chinese New Year dinner on 29 January 2013.
Now I was super impressed when I first saw the restaurant. I was expecting a normal shoplot when I saw the address but I was thoroughly impressed when I got there as it was a standalone building which was quite unlike any Chinese restaurant I’ve ever seen before in Malaysia. Thumbs up to the owners for putting the effort into getting the appearance and ambience right!
The ground floor is the general dining area.
First floor houses the private rooms and one with a karaoke machine.
The top floor (roof) is an open-air garden which is great for some drinks before and after the meal.
To start off the night, an appetiser which was somewhat unusual (the guys at TDH don’t like normal). Obviously one is not enough as these babies are savoury (slightly too oily though) and highly addictive.
Sliced abalone with cherry tomatoes paired with dried oyster. I’m not really a fan of dried oysters (I prefer freshed or baked with cheese) but I think the objective of this dish is to pair the contrasting flavours and eating both together. Besides, who can say no to abalone?
Fishball, siew mai and xiao long bao served in a dim sum basket. I love xiao long baos and I thought this one had the right amount of soup in it! The skin was thick enough not to break when you lifted it too. The fishball and siew mai were pretty decent too.
Remember the pigs in blankets at TDH? Well in Royal Flush it’s scallops in blankets ie. Grilled Scallop Bacon. The bacon lends its saltiness to the scallop and the combination is good. Problem is – one is NOT enough! Gingko (the stuff in yellow in the photo above) on the side for a little nutrition.
This was undoubtedly my favourite dish of the night. Some of the girls didn’t finish theirs (scared fat lar bla bla bla) and so I had a couple of extra portions hehehe! Coated in honey and grilled to perfection with the right amount of fat to lend some juiciness, the pork ribs were tender and flavourful. For a while I was floating in heaven…
Another grilled dish? Actually grilling is a much healthier substitute to deep frying and the chefs at Royal Flush seemed to have mastered the art. The cod fish was very fresh and grilled just right with a slight charring which provided some crispiness on the outside while the flesh was firm and tender. The cod was topped with some onion rings and a hint of wasabi mayo dressing that complemented it perfectly. A highly recommended dish!
I’m not much of a vege person but the presence of the bonito flakes on top gives it a Japanese (hey I thought this is a Chinese restaurant) touch and it’s contrasting texture meant it went pretty well with the asparagus.
To be honest we didn’t know the menu for the night (we like surprises when it comes to food) and we were pretty shocked to see a whole abalone sitting on top a bed of friend rich which also contained among other ingredients – crispy bacon bits! Needless to say this dish was very popular even among the girls who usually shy away from carbs. Too delicious not to finish…you have been warned!
The girls were very very happy to see and eat this one as it is good for the skin and also has other health benefits. Not too sweet either. We also had the Crystal Peanut Dumpling (not featured in the photos) which was crunchy on the outside and sticky on the inside! A good end to the meal.
How much for the above? The price is M1,200.00 nett for 10 pax which in my view is pretty good in light of the quality ingredients used (abalone, birds nest, scallops, cod).
But wait, CNY is around the corner so we must have yee sang! In case you’re wondering why I’m putting it at the end it’s because I didn’t want to mix it up with the dishes above as it’s not part of the package.
If you’re looking for somewhere different to have a special meal (anniversary, birthday, etc. etc.) or to entertain a client or to have your Chinese New Year reunion dinner you might really want to consider Royal Flush. At the moment there is ample parking space as not all the commercial lots are fully occupied so parking is a breeze.
Royal Flush is located at
Central Piazza, Oasis Square Ara Damansara,
No. 2, Jalan PJU 1A/7A ,
47301 Petaling Jaya,
For more info head over to https://www.facebook.com/theroyalflushmalaysia
Photo credits: Andy Kho