Sitka @ Batai: 2016 Brunch & Dessert Menu

March 11, 2016

It's been close to two years now since Sitka first opened; if you haven't been back in awhile, this could be the right time to return. The restaurant is going from strength to strength, increasingly empowered by its ensemble of emphatically talented & skilled chefs who're capable of creating ambitious, above-average fare.

Sitka recently introduced new recipes that set the benchmark for what brunch & desserts should aspire to be, relying on carefully sourced, compellingly assembled ingredients. For a comfort-food start to the day, check out the Chili Beef Porridge (RM25; a warm & wholesome hug in a bowl, creamy & textured with Scottish oats, wild rice, minced beef, 64-degree egg, pickled ginger & organic soy) or the Brisket Hash (RM25; with tender beef braised in Korean gochujang paste, partnered with sweet potatoes, potatoes, onions & a lightly spicy house-made hot sauce). Respectable prices for such elaborate concoctions.

 When it comes to waffles, eggs benny & burgers, Sitka also puts its own special touch on each. For the brunch menu (available everyday, 9am-3pm), customers can sample a buttermilk waffle layered with miso-marinated aubergines & portobello, a local bean stew of gingko, black and red beans, fried duck egg, crispy kale, mushroom ketchup & hot sauce (RM23), a choice of beef or lobster benny (the former is RM25, garnished with pickled mustard seeds, while the latter is RM28, with butter-poached slipper lobster; both come on dense kitchen-baked sourdough bread, blanketed with bearnaise sauce). Rounding out the eggs-centric selection, the Breakfast Brioche boasts a lamb patty cushioned with a sweet-savoury duck jam, crowned with cheddar cheese & a ravishingly runny fried duck egg (RM23) for a cheerful, flavour-packed indulgence.

If you're discerning about desserts, Sitka is a should-visit, showcasing definitively dreamy temptations with rich tenors of exacting complexities. We can't decide which one we like best, so ordering everything is an option - the Ice Cream Sandwich (peanut butter ice cream with raspberry ripples & gel in walnut brownie slices), White Chocolate Cream (whipped chocolate, evoking a light but still luscious sort of panna cotta, topped with crunchy-salty milk crumbs, wood sorrel & Thai basil oil) & Dark Chocolate Creameux (decadent mousse-like pudding with honey-roasted crushed peanuts, grape gel & a touch of sea salt). They all taste as fine as they look, & that's saying something, especially since each gorgeous serving chimes in at only RM24.

Sitka's prowess extends to its signature drinks - refreshing cold-brew tea spiked with house-made sodas & syrups in varieties like pineapple (nuanced with lime & cloves), mango (with kaffir & star anise) & lime (with vanilla & palm sugar), RM12 each. There's a confidently compact list of potent cocktails (Old-Fashioned, Negroni, Whisky Sour & Gin Basil, RM32-RM35) & wine (house pours are represented by an Argentine Malbec & Spanish Rioja, RM25/RM28). Thanks to Sitka for having us back.

8-6, Jalan Batai, Damansara Heights, Kuala Lumpur. Daily, 9am-10pm. Tel: 03-2011-1117

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