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Review: Ploy - A New Modern Asian Cuisine

>> Monday, February 18, 2013

Halal: Pork free (alcohol is served)

It's not my 1st time at Ploy, so I didn't feel so foreign when I stepped into the restaurant again. My 1st visit here wasn't very pleasant as my expectation was not met. This time around, knowing that this place is a fusion-food semi-fine dining restaurant, where flavor & taste over-rules portion & price, I didn't get that disappointed. You can read more about Ploy in my previous blog post: Ploy.

Look & feel of Ploy

Only during CNY - 1 more week to go!

I was invited to try out some of Ploy's dishes recently. As I work just next door, I thought "why not give it another try?". I didn't put high hopes on the food served since my previous experience was slightly disappointing, but I was still very positive to have an enjoyable time at the review. I remember 4 things about Ploy: food tasted good the last time, customer service was admirable, portion of food was small, prices of food were quite expensive. I guess these 4 things that I remembered will not change after this review...haha.

What we had that evening :D

Truffled Hamachi (RM55.00/serving)
Fresh Hamachi sashimi drizzled in yuzu truffle sauce.
This was quite nice - the truffle sauce + yuzu (a citrus fruit that looks like an orange, but tastes like a lemon) makes the simple sashimi dish very fruitty-fragrant & fresh. Nice :)

Spicy Miso Soup (RM30.00/serving)
Fresh lobster meat in Japanese inaka miso soup with white radish, mirin, & bonita flakes.
I found it a little too salty for my liking, but it was quite flavourful, "thick" (in Mandarin, it's called "noong"/Cantonese = "yoong") & "sweet" as well due to the load of ingredients. To summarize: ABC miso soup + 1 piece of lobster..haha :P

Crispy Fish Basket (RM35.00/serving)
Fillets of deep-fried sole served in an equally crispy fish basket seasoned in Thai spices.
One of the best dishes that evening *thumbs up* We ate up every single fillet + the fish basket as well! It was really crispy, aromatic, & appetizing! The kaffir lime leaves + chilli flakes made the fish fillets taste very Thai & it felt like a very enjoyable snack to munch on.

Look...the spices...yum yum! Can even crunch on the leaves!

Ice Lemon Tea
This is one of Ploy's many pride & joy. The concentrated-version of lemon tea is frozen as ice cubes, before serving it with liquid lemon tea! I found it slightly too sweet for my liking, but if you've a sweet tooth, you'll love it.

Torched Sunrise Tuna (RM35.00/serving)
Ploy style popiah with seared akami tuna, sushi rice, flying fish roe, & our signature sauces.
I've always loved seared salmon & here at Ploy, when I saw that they were serving seared tuna, I was equally delighted. Wrapping up your own "popiah"/"California roll"/"onigiri" & popping it into your mouth feels quite fun, especially when there were "crispies" hidden within the sushi rice! Here at Ploy, everyone is encouraged to "ploy" with their food....yay! :D

Spaghetti Corn Beef (RM21.00/serving)
Brazillian corn beef flavored with olive oil & chilli olio style.
If you've never experienced corn beef in such a form & dish, you have to try this. One of the bloggers nearly worshiped this dish! Hahahaha...yes, it's THAT good. A brilliant idea indeed. Corn beef + spaghetti -> spicy olio style. Yummy!

Mussel Mania (RM35.00/serving)
Fresh Australian mussels infused with Thai herbs, basil & mint leaves, cooked in coconut juice.
Interesting. It's quite a "light" dish since the only item that you'll eat from the pot are the mussels. I was quite intrigued by the various herbs/spices used in this simple yet very aromatic dish: lengkuas/galanga, lemongrass, red chillies, lemon, basil, & mint leaves + coconut water/juice. The ingredients blended in harmony with each other as well.

Abalone Somen (RM55.00/serving)
Cold somen served with abalone & truffle sauce.
"Light & easy" on the palatte :) As I'm a fan of cold soba, I won't let this cold somen (mixed breed of soba + ramen) leave without me enjoying every bit of it!

The actual size...
Photos can make a dish look larger than the original, so I shall kid you not...the portion is petite ;) 

Emperor Burger (RM25.00/serving)
Australian minced sirloin patty sandwiched between crisp Chinese-style "man tao" buns with Shiso leaves & Japanese tiugan sauce.
It's really too cute to sink my teeth into the burger. The patty was juicy & I sincerely felt that the Shiso leaves bring the simple beef burger to the next level of enjoyment! The humble "Emperor Burger" was bursting in freshness thanks to the Shiso leaves! The soft, fluffy man tao buns make good burger buns! It's kinda too costly for such a small burger though...PerutBesi's palm-size i.e. approximately 2.5 inches in diameter.

Sneak preview into the "Emperor Burger"...

Chef Daniel Yong
Ploy's well-loved chef

After an enjoyable dining experience, we were ushered to the top floor of WORK@Clearwater for a sneak preview of Be Urban Wellness, a wellness centre, managed by the same business group as Ploy's. The place is LOVELY! Indeed very soothing, relaxing, & calming - great place for massage, spa, & gym. I'm not sure about the price nor the existence of membership packages, but you can give them a call to find out more information for yourself (details below).

Massage rooms, Jacuzzi, wellness center...

Floatation tank
This is one of the highlights of this wellness center. The tank is filled with water + absom salt where it is so salty, you can float (like at the Dead Sea)! If you don't panic & really relax, floating in the tank & sleeping through without fear, all your 5 senses will be relaxed. The temperature of the water is almost body temperature, which allows the body to get used to the surroundings of the tank. According to Balraj who manages the wellness center, 1 hour of sleep in the floatation tank = ~ 4 hours of normal sleep!! Talk about work efficiency after such treatment! *fuh* I would love to try it out someday!!

View of KL city & the gym
What a lovely view...*drifts off dreaming*

I wish, wish, wish, to experience such pampering sessions at Be Urban Wellness. That would be lovely!!

G-02 Ground Floor
Changkat Semantan
Off Jalan Semantan
Damansara Heights
50490 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: (+603) 2095 0999
Fax: (+603) 2095 9181
URL: http://ploywithyourfood.com/#home

Be Urban Wellness
11th Floor WORK@Clearwater
Changkat Semantan
Off Jalan Semantan
Damansara Heights
50490 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: (+603) 2095 1999
Fax: (+603) 2095 8718
Email: info@beurbanwellness.com
URL: http://beurbanwellness.com/

Ploy with your food,


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