Sitka Restaurant: Lunch Menu @ Batai, Damansara Heights

April 23, 2014

It's a hit! Returning to a cheerfully crowded Sitka for its newly launched lunch selection. Introduction to Sitka: April 10.

Love your liver & start with what's most scrumptious: One of 2014's top sandwiches, swollen with crispy chunks of chicken liver, cushioned with coleslaw & orange marmalade. Probably the most satisfaction we can purchase for RM18 at a KL cafe right now.

Also addictive: Half a spring chicken, meatier & more tender than expected, buttermilk-fried, its crunchy skin made enjoyably nectarous with honey & aromatic with thyme. RM23.

Sitka's salads are hearty, complex & nourishing: This plate of aubergines & portobello (fleshy & sweet with miso & honey) mixed with millet provides pure pleasure, reinforced by an add-on 63-degree egg (RM26 in total).

Tacos are a treat here: Try the ones teeming with large, luscious panko-fried mushrooms with soy & truffle dressing (RM21) ...

... or those triumphant with tender lamb shoulder (aromatic with spices), crushed peas & mint. RM27.

Say cheese! Tangy mangoes with tomatoes, charred red onions, cilantro, chilli & couscous (RM20), topped with local ricotta (extra RM11) that's perhaps too stodgy to prove a true textural triumph.

Caprese ciabatta with local mozzarella, slow tomatoes & Thai basil (RM24). The bread is out-of-this-world fantastic _ crispy, fresh & fluffy _ though the mozzarella (as well as the ricotta for the earlier salad) isn't nearly as tasty as the best ones out there.

Lobster roll in squid ink bun with cocktail sauce & celery leaves (RM34, Sitka's priciest order for now).

More finesse is also needed for the beef tacos, featuring gochujang-braised brisket that proved somewhat stringy & overpoweringly salty in parts, partnered with feta & green onions. RM25. All ingredients are sourced locally where possible.

Let's finish on very positive notes: There's still so much that's admirable about Sitka, so many orders that would make a meal here a success, like this invigoratingly ravishing salad of roasted local beets, orange slices, hummus & chickpeas (RM20) ...

 ... & a green-thumbs-up pastiche of peas, sugar snaps & long beans with quinoa, herbs & yoghurt dressing (RM18), exactly enough to make us go, "Botanical who?"

Sitka Restaurant
8-5, Jalan Batai, Damansara Heights, Kuala Lumpur
Lunch generally served 11am-5:30pm. Dinner menu to commence sometime in May
Tel: 03-2011-1117

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