Degustation TTDI: 2021 menu, from fresh fish head curry to flavourful beef burgers
April 7, 2021
Could TTDI's most soulfully satisfying fish head curry be found in a friendly restobar? Steered by a former international trade specialist and a human resources professional, Degustation has reliably fed the neighbourhood for nearly two years, stamping its own scrumptious mark on everything from beef and pork steaks to pan-seared scallops and roasted spring chicken.
If you love a fisherman's full catch, the Seafood Platter (RM80; also for two to three persons) is another enjoyable order, brimming with tiger prawns, mussels, calamari rings, dory fillets and soft-shell crab. This princely platter makes for fun munching, particularly the large, fleshy prawns with their crunchy batter.
Even the accompaniments of Thai sweet chilli sauce and tartar sauce are house-made, tasting more nuanced than store-bought versions. It's no wonder that Degustation is well-regarded for group events, with chef Geetha most recently whipping up a feast for a gathering of three dozen people.
Degustation strives to add distinctive flourishes to all its dishes - the Australian lamb cutlets (RM45) are succulent to the chew, pan-fried to the ideal medium doneness, but what makes them thoughtfully memorable are the chickpea puree, crispy butternut squash fritters, mint jelly and red wine jus that round out the plate, each bringing a delicious element to the ensemble.
More gnaw-worthy meat: Degustation is ultimately a hangout for casual, fuss-free meals that you can chomp on with your fingers if you want to, illustrated by the honey soy-glazed pork ribs (RM35), decadently slicked up and delectably saucy, with the pork also purchased from the market to uphold a consistency of quality, complete with steak fries to combat both carnivorous and carb cravings.
Come for the food, stay for the drinks: The house cocktail is the GV Special (RM35), named for Geetha because she loves it, a spiritedly quenching medley of vodka, blue curacao, Sprite and orange juice.
The bar's lively repertoire ranges from classic cocktails to contemporary cocktails, from the Tequila Sunrise (RM30) to the Mint Royal (RM17). All in all, it's encouraging to see Degustation evolve since our first visit here in mid-2019 - we hope to continue seeing this venue be a fixture in TTDI's F&B landscape for years to come.
16, Jalan Wan Kadir 1, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 60000 Kuala Lumpur Open Monday-Saturday, 4pm-12am. Tel: 019-700-7433