Food Review – The Sticky Wicket
Plaza Damansara in Damansara Heights, Kuala Lumpur has really evolved to become an F&B hub on the outskirts of the city. With an array of bars, pubs and restaurants, you’d be spoilt for choice no matter if you’re looking for a quick and cheap meal at The Humble Chef or more upmarket restaurants like Neroteca.
A new(ish) addition to the area is The Sticky Wicket (which is under the Neroteca/ Aliyaa/ Blue Elephant group of restaurants) which is an English cricket themed bar and restaurant. Spanning two (2) floors, the establishment is named after a term in cricket which means “a spot of mess” or a rather sticky/ tricky situation.
The ground floor features a long bar with high table seating and large LED TV screens which are great for watching cricket matches. Apart from cricket, the bar also screens live football matches with the commentary on, as well as some other popular sports such as Formula One, making this an ideal venue for sports enthusiasts who’s like a few ice cold pints while watching the game with their buddies.
The first floor though is completely different from the ground floor, featuring low tables which are ideal for a meal, as well as a private room and a private cigar lounge. Perfect for those who’d like some privacy to have some drinks over good conversations with friends.
Now on to the food…
Sachin’s Garlic Prawns – RM38
Pan-seared with caramelised garlic and chilli confetti
Named after the legendary cricket player, the prawns were juicy and tasty, and went exceedingly well with the garlic. I would have preferred more chilli flakes though as I like spicy food but I guess the chef didn’t want to drown out the sweetness of the prawns and had to practise restraint to properly balance the dish. A good starter!
Succulent Scampi & Chips – RM 44
Fresh scampi with a crunchy coating served with chips and dill tartare.
I like the fact that it was served in a brown paper bag – very authentically British. The scampi was crispy on the outside yet nice and tender on the inside and it and the chips went very well with the tartare sauce.
Spicy Scallop Pasta – RM47
Linguine with a Mentaiko butter sauce and seared jumbo scallops
This one was a rather fusion dish with mentaiko and seaweed flakes coating the pasta. I thought it was rather nice however my partner in crime thought otherwise. The scallops had a nice sear on them and were still plump and juicy.
Ponting’s Chicken Pot Pie – RM32
Australian style chicken pie with green curry paste
Another fusion dish, this time combining Thai flavours with the traditional chicken pot pie. The green curry taste was rather mild though probably to cater to the Western palate. The crust was light and fluffy and terribly good! I finished every last drop of this item.
Eton Mess – RM19
Crispy meringues with soft whipped cream, macerated and fresh berries
Definitely a dessert for the ladies. – sweet, creamy and piquant.
Spotted Dick – RM19
Traditional steamed dessert with blackcurrants, Creme Anglaise and a berry drizzle.
A very traditional British dessert. Drizzle on the vanilla flavoured custard to suit your taste then dig in. There’s something very heartwarming about this dish.
Mid Wicket – RM30.00
Tanqueray, Earl Grey, lemon, pink grapefruit, sherbet
My partner in crime had this gin based cocktail which was quite refreshing.
Guinness (glass) – RM12.00 during happy hour which runs from 4.30pm to 7.30pm daily and all day on Sundays.
This one was mine and I really liked the old school glass that it was served in. The Sticky Wicket has some really good happy hour deals on draught beers like Guinness, Tiger and Heineken as well as house pouring liquors.
The Sticky Wicket only charges 6% GST on its prices (ie. NO service charge) but do be nice and leave a tip if the service was good.
The Sticky Wicket is participating in the Malaysia International Gastronomy Festival 2016 for the first time and their festival menu features an intriguing pairing of some of their signature dishes with some innovative cocktails. Do remember to call at least one day ahead to pre-book your festival menu.
Malaysia International Gastronomy Festival 2016 Menu
Scots Cullen Skink
Scottish Seafood Chowder with Smoked Whitefish and Mussels
Paired with Ray of Sunshine – A crisp amd fruity marriage of Marachino, Regans Orange Bitters and Sauvignon Blanc reduction finished with bubbles. Served in a big wine glass.
Main Dish 1
Toad in the Hole
Sausages in Yorkshire Pudding with Onion Gravy
Paired with Pencarrow Pinot Noir 2014
Main Dish 2
Sticky Wickety Beef Rib Burger
Braised Beef Short Ribs on a Burger Bun with Caramelised Onions and Rocket, Topped with a Mac’ N Cheese Waffle
Paired with Frandy – A refreshing concoction of a Tiger shandy, Beefeater Gin and Monin elderflower. Served in a pint mug.
Sticky Wicket Date Pudding
Sticky Goodness with a Vanilla Bean Crème Anglaise
Paired with Sarah Christmas – A generous measure Hennessy XO, High West Bourbon, Pedro Ximenez, Angustura Bitters and a splash of La Fee Absinthe.
Festival Menu Price
Without Wines: RM98+ per person
RM180+ per person with wine/ cocktail pairing
More info on MIGF at www.migf.com
The Sticky Wicket is located at:
34 G&M, Jalan Medan Setia 2,
50490 Kuala Lumpur,
Telephone: +603 2011 5378