Château DeCanter has started doing a brisk business a mere week in TTDI to be exact, when we paid them a visit.
This restaurant is run by a group of Will Writers & Wine Lovers, as they like to call themselves. The name comes from the fact that they have a deep love for wine, and wine needs air to decant, thus the name. Not just a watering hole, though they do a fair amount of cocktails and boast a handsome cellar of old world and new world wines, but we were surprised that they offered a dining menu as well. We wasted no time trying a fair bit of dishes from their menu.
Peppercorn Mushroom – the mushroom actually had a bit of a flat taste. That’s what the peppercorn salt was for we were told- dip the mushroom in it, in order to elevate the flavour.
Shrimp bisque scampi – Amazingly fresh and succulent river prawns doused in a rich bisque. This was just fabulous!
Salt baked chicken – one of the owners has a family in the F&B line selling Yim Kok Kai (Salted chicken) and so, this salted chicken bore its signature flavour, and it was gooooood.
Smoked sizzling pork – a little on the dry side
Sirloin steak – Medium rare.. not the best cut but at least they got the doneness right.
Coconut pasta – loved the crispy desiccated coconut that was sprinkled over the pasta and prawns. Generally a toothsome and flavourful dish. No complaints here.
We paired our food with a Malbec from Argentina and Sauvignon blanc from New Zealand.
The gin tonics here are pretty impressive too. Priced at RM35 they are actually value for money. Make your own gin is the highlight here. We had choices of lime, pineapple, frozen grapes, cucumber or apple. Start with the apple and finish with the pineapple said our host, but I personally preferred the cucumber. Less is best with gins if you ask me. Let the gin & the tonic work their magic. There’s a whole host of tonics here to choose from too – the high end ones are the best for helping the gin blossom of course.
Chateau Decanter is a great place for wines, cocktails if you don’t want to venture far out to KL city.. The TTDI neighbourhood is a much more pleasant place to be, for the weekend drinker, if you ask me. The highlights are the seafood dishes, e.g. the Bisque and the Coconut pasta.
175A, Jalan Aminuddin Baki, Taman Tun Dr Ismail,
60000 Kuala Lumpur
Hours: Open today · 5PM–1AM
Phone: +60 12-302 1502