Just last weekend, Janice and I had the opportunity to dine at this very unique, classy avant-garde modern cuisine restaurant specializing in contemporary Chinese / Asian cuisine. Way Modern Chinois, located at Work@Clearwater in Damansara Heights has this very nice low light ambiance, enhanced by dark furniture, rose wood paneling and strategically placed spot lights. The last time I was at Work@Clearwater was to try out Ploy, another nice restaurant there. (Ploy @ Clearwater Damansara Heights)
|WAY Modern Chinois Restaurant, Work@Clearwater Damansara Heights|
WAY Modern Chinois
G-1, Work@Clearwater, Changkat Semantan,
Damansara Heights, 50490 Kuala Lumpur.
Contact: 03.2095 1118
Fax: 03.03-2095 9292
A labour of love in many ways, Way Modern Chinois is the brainchild of avid foodies, boutique property developer, Datin Dian Lee and her husband, Asian private equity investor, Datuk Jared Lim. In Mandarin, Way means "unique" or "one and only" which also happens to be the name of their first born son.
For a more secluded, intimate dining experience, choose from two of Way's well appointed function rooms catering to groups of 8 to 10 pax. Way offers a unique dining experience in that diners can relax in a chic bar and lounge housed in an annexe to the main dining area, after a sumptuous meal.
|One of the private room in Way Modern Chinois|
|Classy plates and cutleries line the dining table|
Being Chinese food enthusiasts, Datin Dian and Datuk Jared had in mind to put together a menu of their favourite Chinese dishes from their travels with unique subtle creative twists. I must say the food we had that evening was really unique, check them out below.
|Waterless Chicken Soup - RM58|
|Poured from a teapot into expresso sized cups|
Imagine pouring some really healthy essence of double boiled kampung chicken soup, aptly named the Waterless Chicken Soup from a teapot into these tiny expresso sized cups. Drinking from the cups was akin to drinking some hot beverage, but instead of your coffee or tea, it's soup! Now this is the first time I'm seeing and experiencing this unique way of presenting chicken soup, and I must say I like it a lot!
|Pac Man Dumpling - RM22|
|Wagyu Bun - RM12 / piece|
The appetizers came right after our healthy soup, in the form of the very special and cute looking Pac Man Dumpling and the delectable Wagyu Bun. The Pac Man Dumpling came served on a tray looking really cute with the 'eyes' and reddish outlook. Inside these dumplings we had fresh steamed prawns marinated in Szechuan spices with spicy ponzu. I particularly enjoyed the Wagyu Bun though, as it came looking like these small porcupines, with black pepper Wagyu stuffing inside.
|Cold Flower Crab with Colada Ice - RM33|
|Snow Bun - RM10 for 2pcs|
|Inside the snow bun they have these nicely marinated char siew chicken|
Served with homemade colada ice, the Cold Flower Crab had this nice texture to it, one which Janice liked. I did not fancy my crabs served in this manner though, as I prefer them hot and juicy. The Snow Bun which was served next, was one of a kind, using custard bun to make the outer coating, it literally fell and melted in our mouth. The texture was soft, stuffed with char siew chicken covered in a crispy snowy bun. Good stuff here.
|Golden Rose Wanton - RM20 for 5pcs|
|It does look like a rose, an edible one|
Way Modern Chinois' Golden Rose Wanton came looking like a real rose, on a stick, with dashes of red sauce to spice up things. Inside that crisp rose shell, we had deep fried prawn stuffing, making this dish both pretty to look at, pretty enough to be eaten.
|Luxurious Truffle Roast Duck - RM168|
One of my favourite dishes that night, the very luxurious Truffle Roast Duck, double roasted for good measures and drizzled with truffle sauce as well as huge slices of truffles on the top. This dish needs to be pre-ordered 24 hours in advanced, so be sure to order early. The skin was crispy, akin to peking duck style, while the meat wasn't too hard, going well with the accompanying truffle and dark sweet sauce.
|Crispy Lion Fish - RM59|
Featuring heavily spiced cutlets of deep fried garoupa fish, the Crispy Lion Fish dish reminded me of a savoury snack I used to love. It tasted good though, albeit a tad too salty for my taste buds. Dip it in the accompanied sweet and sour sauce, and you're good to go.
|Crab Roe Fried Rice - RM42|
Way Modern Chinois serves a variety of unique and luxurious fried rice, from the braised japanese abalone fried rice, to the one we had that evening, the Crab Roe Fried Rice. Not your ordinary fried rice, it was served with generous amounts of crab roe on top, stir fried with Basmati rice with scallops and abalone.
|Musang King Durian Pancake - RM14 for 2pcs|
|Sweet Red Bean Roll - RM10 / roll|
I got to have some musang king durians, which I did not get to enjoy for some time now, in the form of the Musang King Durian Pancake. It was indeed very fresh, with 'real' durians inside as I could taste its flesh. Mixed with cream and wrapped in a pancake roll, I could not get enough of this. Oh, the Sweet Red Bean Roll wasn't too bad too.
|Honey Osmanthus Pudding - RM10|
|Herbal Jelly with Red Ruby - RM12|
The sweet and refreshing desserts came in the form of Way Modern Chinois' Honey Osmanthus Pudding and Herbal Jelly with Red Ruby. Both was sweet, yet not too sweet that it takes over your tastebuds. Served chilled, it was good, and made a great ending to a nice meal out at WAY Modern Chinois. Do drop by if you're in the vicinity.