My first visit to Extra Super Tanker was more than 5 years ago when they were based in Damansara Kim. We dined with a group of food lovers so naturally, the food we ordered was top notch. I only visited them again once more but not when they relocated to Glo Damansara. Until recently when I dined with Jien and my good friend.
The place is significantly larger than the old outlet – big enough for wedding banquets and also events. While I like the ambiance at Glo Damansara better, I feel the food seems to have taken a backseat from what I remembered.
We ordered the braised giant grouper fish with beancurd stick (RM185) which is a house specialty and portion is large enough for 4-5 pax. The claypot combines chunks of grouper fish with roasted pork and beancurd for a creamier finish.
You get tender, gelatinous fish with thick gravy that’s laden with umami – perfect with rice. A sip of cognac helps cut through the richness of the dish, I feel. This is a dish that’s rare to come by (an old school favourite) but it’s not quite my favourite thing to eat as I don’t fancy fish that much. Definitely a must-try if you’re a fish lover though.
I preferred the roasted duck sandwich style (RM58 – half, RM98 – whole) as I feel it’s easier and heartier to eat. You get a basket of steamed buns and a platter of ready-sliced duck and fried fritters with vegetables to assemble; usually, the waitress will help you with this. I like eating mine with plenty of spring onions because it gives more bite and offsets the gaminess of the duck.
Suckling pig is also available here if you’re a fan, but that one requires a pre-order. The same goes for their famed Iberico pork ribs which I didn’t get to eat as I was a walk-in customer that night. If it’s still the same Iberico pork ribs I tried 5 years back, then it’s good stuff and you should order this in advance. This would have gone well with the Martell XO I brought with me.
We opted for the stir-fried lotus with lily bulb and pine nuts (RM25 – small, RM35 – medium, RM50 – large) which was simple but well prepared. I like the combination of gingko nuts, pine nuts and lotus slices as each bite gives you different textures and flavours.
Another popular item we were told to try is the homemade beancurd with minced chicken and mushroom (RM20 – small, RM30 – medium, RM50 – large). Texture is firmer than that I expected and in a good way – the beancurd held its shape when scooped up. The gravy had a good balance of savoury so it wasn’t overly salty or pungent.
Our bill came up to about RM400 inclusive of drinks and rice – slightly on the pricey side but you get quality items here. I’ll need to pay them another visit to see if the pork ribs are up to mark.
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Food: 6.5/10 (non-halal)
Verdict: Improved ambiance but I feel food isn’t as good as what it used to be in the old days.
Unit No 2.18 & 2.19,
Level 2, Glo Damansara,
No, 699, Jalan Damansara,
Taman Tun Dr Ismail,
60000 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-7733 7769
Business hours: 11.30am till 3pm, 6pm till 11pm