JAR Kitchen: Asian & Mediterranean Food Deliveries from Sri Hartamas

March 4, 2021

With 16 hearty, heartwarming dishes, JAR Kitchen promises a feast of fun recipes with Asian and Mediterranean inspirations. Chef Nik Zaim has honed his craft at respected restaurants and hotels for 13 years, so he knows what makes customers happy - from honey-braised lamb shank to mango chicken and teriyaki salmon, confit chicken leg to crab fried rice, pulled beef rib pasta to spaghetti goreng, JAR is a joy for fans of delicious deliveries.

JAR Kitchen currently operates out of Desa Sri Hartamas' GrabKitchen cloud kitchen, so you can find JAR on GrabFood. But if you're out of the delivery radius, you can WhatsApp 012-220-6406 to arrange a special order - chef Nik and his team currently cook everyday, 11am to 8:30pm. You'll find plenty of wallet-friendly meals, starting from spaghetti aglio olio with beef bacon and wild arugula for RM10.90, with 10 different dishes costing below RM20 each.

The piece de resistance of JAR Kitchen is the beautiful Braised Honey Lamb Shank (RM57.90), a princely portion that could be shared by two. 

A half-kilogram of lamb is braised for at least two hours, resulting in superbly supple meat, showered in a rich sauce made with the lamb's own jus, sweetened with honey, paprika and cherry tomatoes.  

The lamb is paired with aromatic saffron rice studded with jewels of dried cranberries and pistachios, rounded out with the yogurt tang of cucumber raita and the sambal hijau-like spiciness of green chilli harissa. If you love multi-layered flavours and textures on your plate, order this lamb for your next dinner.

Pasta enthusiasts have more than eight choices - if you relish plenty of meat with your carbs, pick the Pulled Beef Rib Pasta (a brilliant bargain for RM16.90), generously blanketed with fleshy beef that's cooked to tenderness for two hours. The spaghetti is saturated with the comforting flavour of beef, tossed in beef jus that's blended with a light tomato sauce, bolstered with carrots, onions and cherry tomato confit, buoyed by wild arugula, garlic flakes, chilli flakes and Parmesan for a wonderfully balanced pasta.

The Smoked Duck Breast Pasta is another crowd-pleaser (RM26.60) with extra effort to elevate it. After smoking, the duck is sauteed for extra bite and less fattiness, making it mouthwateringly meaty.

If you prefer seafood, JAR also offers spaghetti with blue swimmer crab and tobiko or with tiger prawns, clams and calamari.

There's a taste of Thai too: JAR's Crispy Thai Mango Chicken with fried rice (RM17.90) sparkles with lip-smacking sensations, courtesy of mango salad, bird’s eye chillies and a mango-shallot sauce that takes the crunchily battered chicken thigh on a journey that starts slightly sour, shifts to sweet and settles on a spicy afterglow. The chicken's coupling with Kam Heong fried rice furnishes a punchier alternative to steamed white rice.

Also recommended for our Thai street food fix: The Thai Cili BBQ Chicken Wings (RM19.90) is only mildly spicy, so it can be savoured by everyone of all generations. Half-a-dozen pieces come with hints of paprika, partnered with a house-made Thai BBQ sauce and chilli pickle that testify to JAR's made-from-scratch sensibilities. 

Fun fact: JAR's name was born from its original concept of serving meals in jars. While the kitchen has since pivoted to meals in boxes, we look forward to seeing many more fresh ideas out of chef Nik in the years to come, including potentially his own full-fledged restaurant someday.

JAR Kitchen

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