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DISH at Dua Residency KL

DISH at Dua Residency has been the talk of town. I’ve read about the restaurant on blogs, newspapers and food magazines…and all have nothing but praise for the food. Being the curious cat I am, I decided to check the lunch set out with ulric, a regular reader of mine. He wanted to try DISH too, so it was perfect timing.

Eggplant fritters

Freshly baked bread with herb butter and balsamic-olive dip

A 2-course set lunch at DISH cost RM65++ (starter + main course), and the 3-course set lunch is RM75++ (starter + main course + dessert + coffee/tea). Once seated, we were served with some freshly baked bread and eggplant fritters. The bread was adequately fluffy with a crusty exterior, while the eggplant was crisply fried and tender at the centre.

Amuse bouche

Baised mushroom and asparagus with fried egg on brioche

Our amuse bouche was a cube of watermelon with feta cheese and balsamic-chocolate reduction, which I found just alright. I ordered the braised mushroom and asparagus with fried egg on brioche and enjoyed it. The still runny yolk went well with the crisp asparagus, tender mushroom slices and toasted bread. It’s hard to go wrong with this combination.

Runny yolk

White onion soup with sambal cod fritters

rif ordered the unusual – white onion soup with sambal cod fritters. The soup – justly thick and slightly grainy – boasted a mild flavour from the onions. I thought the spicy sambal overpowered the subtlety of the soup. rif however, found it alright.


My chargrilled grass-fed ribeye was served on a wooden board – the way I like my steaks served. Instead of the usual baked potato, coleslaw and garden salad, the sides comprised breaded fried sweet potato cubes and sweetcorn with anchovies. My ribeye, cooked to a perfect medium rare, was tasty, as a good piece of meat should be. There was quite a bit of fat on this one and I enjoyed every mouthful.

Tasty fat

Roasted chicken

The roasted chicken with oregano, confit chicken and parmesan crumble was rather miniscule compared to the steak. rif and I found the meat slightly on the dry side and the brown gravy rather salty; to the extent of it dominating the overall flavour of the dish. That said, the parmesan crumble was quite tasty. I suspect rif wasn’t at all satisfied with his dish – taste and portion wise.

Green guava tart

We all opted for the 3-course lunch so we got to enjoy a dessert and coffee/tea. I rather enjoyed my green guava tart tatin with lime ice cream. The tart was lightly flaky with caramelized uavaslices, and a rich yet tangy ice cream made me think of summer. rif’s pain perdu with mangosteen puree and granita was also quite impressive – crusty on the outside and buttery within, it was almost like a double fried French toast, only tastier. But between the two desserts, I preferred mine.

Pain perdu with mangosteen puree

Petit four comprised chocolate truffles and fresh marshmallows – the former had a smooth and pleasantly bitter aftertaste. My latte however, wasn’t as pleasant. It was burnt and overly milky. According to rif, his long black suffered the same fate.

Petit four

Burnt latte

Service was efficient but lacked warmth. While the food was of good quality, I wasn’t very impressed with my lunch, save for the dessert. It could be that my expectations were set too high or that the kitchen was having a bad day. But don’t let my thoughts deter you from trying the food here – give the lunch set a go and decide for yourself. Who knows…you might enjoy DISH better than I did.

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Ambiance: 7/10
Price: 4/10
Food: 5.5/10 (pork-free)
Verdict: Decent but quite overhyped food.

DISH at Dua Residency
Lot 1.1, Ground Floor, Dua Annexe,
No. 211, Jalan Tun Razak,
50450 Kuala Lumpur.
03 2164 1286
Lunch: 12.00noon – 2.30pm
Dinner: 6.00pm – 11.00pm

16 Responses

  1. ulric

    Hey…I got a mention…hehe =)

    Loved the runny yolk n the combination of flavours in the braised mushroom and asparagus with fried egg on brioche 😀

    However, prefer my steaks to be slightly thicker lar…desserts were nice though =)

    1. Bangsar Babe

      Yeah, me too. But for RM75++, cannot ask for too much la. 😛

      1. ulric

        Might be going there for a fren’s birthday to try their RM135++ Taste of Dish menu =)

        1. Bangsar Babe

          Let me know if it’s any good ya. 🙂

  2. I love the set lunches here.. really good value for money. The current menu is my fav so far.

    1. Bangsar Babe

      I noticed! 😉

  3. the white onion soup with sambal cod fritters sounds very intriguing! i looked at the photo before reading the description, and it occurred to me that if you had asked readers to guess what it was, we’d all probably think of something different! i’d have imagined it was cream of cauliflower soup with chicken fingers! 😀

    1. Bangsar Babe

      Yup. You can always count on rif to order funky sounding dishes. Lol!

  4. This is on my list to try… I m a big steak fan so I l definately have one like yours!

    1. Bangsar Babe

      Yes, you should! 😀

  5. i should jump into the hype because I want to try it for myself. kekeke

    1. Bangsar Babe

      Hahahaha…happy trying!

  6. the egg plant fritters looks great..
    N I like the runny yolk on the toast bred with mushroom…
    I use to make this type of breakfast..

    1. Bangsar Babe

      Yup, the fritters were addictive!

  7. JJ

    Hi! I enjoy your blog very much and it’s among the top food blogs I read regularly 🙂

    I felt the need to comment on this post, because like you, I wasn’t impressed with the food in Dish either. Especially since the menu was supposedly revamped by Gordon Ramsay’s former protege. The worst was the scallop starter. Though it tasted alright, I felt really cheated when they cut 2 scallops into 4 discs to make it seem as though I was getting value for money.

    And the service was a whole other level of atrocious. My family and I waited 45 minutes for our mains to arrive and there wasn’t even a hint of an apology from the staff. Needless to say we won’t be going back again.

    1. Bangsar Babe

      Hi JJ,

      Thank you for commenting and sorry to hear that your experience at DISH wasn’t pleasant. Yes, I suppose expectation is high since Steve Allan is supposedly Gordon Ramsay’s former protege. I’ll probably give them another chance to see if it’s still over-hyped. They should really do something about the service. It does affect one’s dining experience. 🙁

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