We recently headed over to The Heritage Restaurant & Bar in Damansara Heights, Kuala Lumpur to celebrate MHB Digital’s principal photographer Andy Kho’s birthday!
The Heritage Restaurant & Bar is a new addition to the vibrant dining scene at Plaza Damansara in the upmarket Damansara Heights. This new establishment serves authentic colonial Hainanese dishes such as Hainanese Fried Noodles, Lamb Stew, and Chicken Chop, with some Western favourites such as steak, pork chop, grilled salmon, pork burgers, and more!
The ground floor of the establishment houses the restaurant section with low dining tables and an open kitchen where you can watch the chefs in action. The ambiance is bright and cheery and the tables as set far apart enough so you won’t be accidentally eavesdropping.
On the first floor is the bar section which is outfitted with high tables and chairs, as well as the bar where you can watch the mixologists in action. The bar serves draught beers, bespoke cocktails, wines, liquors, and a decent selection of single malt whiskies.
The prices of the drinks are pretty reasonable, with pints of Carlsberg, 1664 Blanc, Connor’s Stout Porter and Asahi Super Dry draught priced from RM19.00 during happy hours which run from opening until 9.00pm daily. If you’re more into single malt whiskies, a glass of Scotch like Glenfiddich 12 years, and Macallan 12 years start from RM20.00 while bottle selections include whiskies from Speyside, Isla and even Japan!
The first floor also houses a private room (which requires a minimum spend) which can comfortably fit 12 pax.
As some of us got there earlier, we decided to chill at the bar and try some of the cocktails while awaiting the rest to arrive.
French Onion Soup – RM 18.00
A classic soup cooked with beer and caramelised onions, with a toasted slice of baguette topped with stringy cheese
A very heartwarming soup which is really flavourful, accompanied with a slice of toast that was smothered in cheese!
Salmon Bruschetta – RM 23.00
Toast bread topped with tomato salsa, olives and smoked salmon
Caesar Salad – RM 22.00
Crunchy romaine lettuce, croutons, boiled egg, pork bacon, topped with creamy Caesar dressing, and grated Parmesan cheese
Hainanese Fried Noodles – RM 18.00
Stir fried yellow noodles with pork, seafood and vegetables in gravy, topped with sliced lettuce and cucumbers
You must totally have this dish with the accompanying sambal belacan as it brings out and enhances the flavours of the dish! A very satisfying “comfort food” dish!
Authentic Hainanese Lamb Stew – RM 35.00
This classic stew is from the 3rd generation recipe featuring a special blend of ingredient that includes white radish, water chestnut, ginger, bean curd stick (fu chok), black fungus, red and white fermented bean curd, goji berries and red dates.
This one was choke full of flavours from the spices and ingredients so only order this if your palate can handle it!
Pork Pot Pie – RM 31.00
Signature pork stew loaded with tender chunks of pork, potatoes and carrots, and topped with puff pastry
Another hearty dish, this time a loaded pork stew topped with puff pastry. I quite liked this one as the tender chunks of pork went well with the thick and flavourful broth. Wished there was toasted bread to mop up the remnants of the broth after we were done with the pork and pastry.
Skewer Grilled Pork Loin (250 gm = 8.81 oz) – RM 28.00
Pork skewers with onions, mushrooms, capsicum and cherry tomatoes, served with potato au gratin
Signature Oriental Style Hainanese Chicken Chop (Fried or Grilled) – RM 23.00
The most famous colonial Hainanese dish. You can opt for either grilled or fried chicken chop which is served with roast potato, mixed boiled vegetables and rich onion gravy.
I’d highly suggest that you go for the fried version as the chicken is juicier and more tender (although the grilled version might be a tad healthier).
Citrus Grilled Salmon with Butter & Orange Salsa – RM 43.00
Butterhead salad topped with grilled salmon, feta cheese and homemade orange salsa.
Grilled Lamb Loin Chop – RM 48.00
With sautéed vegetables, grilled tomato, potato gratin, and served with your choice of gravy, and mint sauce.
This was a very hearty main that’s suitable for meat lovers (like myself!). The portion size is also very generous with a large lamb loin, potato gratin and vegetables.
The Heritage Restaurant & Grill is a very decent option if you’re looking for a clean, comfy and air-conditioned environment (where you don’t have to queue and wait) to enjoy some authentic Hainanese food, or just to chill with some friends/ colleagues in the evenings over some drinks. It is also surprisingly reasonably priced for a restaurant in Damansara Heights.
The Heritage Restaurant & Bar is located at:
24G, Jalan Medan Setia 2,
50480 Kuala Lumpur,
Telephone: 03-2011 7687
Open daily from 11.00am to 12.00 midnight.
Photos by Andy Kho Photography (www.andykho.com) for timchew.net
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