Aug 9, 2017

A Taste Of Indo-Malay With Dancing Fish @ Bangsar Shopping Centre KL

My full-tabled feast at Dancing Fish was progressively savory and a tad spicy; flavorsome, verging on addictive. I came with an empty stomach with plenty of space to chow my way through. Let's eat!

Located on the 3rd Floor of Bangsar Shopping Centre, Dancing Fish is one of the few distinguished restaurant in town that serves reasonably priced, good selection of Indo-Malay cuisine.

In this write-up, I will be showcasing some of Dancing Fish's best-selling dishes, carefully crafted by the Chef, all meant to be shared.

For starters, I had the Emping with Sambal Terasi (RM7.95), a popular Indonesian snack made out of melinjo nuts (presumably a healthier alternative too). These snacks had a nice crunch to it, slightly bitter (as expected), well-balanced with sambal dipping at the side. 
Like the name of the restaurant suggests, Dancing Fish with Sambal Kicap (RM47.60) was a showcase of Indo-Malay cuisine in all it's glory - also a compulsory dish to order here. Dancing Fish's rendition of a nila goreng was exceedingly crunchy. Tip: This may be tad tricky to eat. Beware of the bones!
The Balinese Bebek Panggang with Sambal Matah (RM39.75) was also a dish not to be missed. The barbecued duck meat was marinated for 24-hours with complex herbs and spices, then grilled over charcoal embers. There weren't substantial flavors to the meat, but it had toothsome textures. Best eaten with hands!  
The Chicken Satay with Belimbing Ikan Masin Set (RM19.60) turned out to be one of the favorites of my meal. The perfectly charcoal-grilled meat came utterly tender and loaded with flavors, alongside a serving of a tangy salad. I went to the extend of doing a takeaway on this one.
Something a little different that tickled my taste buds that afternoon, was this Buntut Belanda Enak (RM66.65). Pardon the name. The Australian oxtail that was marinated and braised in aromatic herbs and spices, had textures that was soft yet fatty - a dish worth attempting for the adventurous.
"I have never had tofu served this way." The Tahu Telur (RM14.75) came in the form of a deep-fried egg and tofu tower, scattered with floss, and served with sambal at the side. It was surprisingly delicious.
Adding some greens to my meal, the Gulai Pucuk Paku (RM14.75) was served in a pool of turmeric, coconut milk and spices. After all of what I've had, this dish was easily forgettable.
For dessert, I had the Chef's Trio (RM10.50). I was told that there was a predetermined sequence to eating this dessert. First, 'down' the lemongrass jelly from the shot glass, then slowly savor on the fried banana drizzled with palm sugar, and vanilla ice cream at the side. Eaten all together, though heavy, it was refreshing overall.

It was 3-hours later when I was finally done with dinner - stuffed to the brim obviously. I had a rather interesting and scrumptious feast that evening. I'd highly recommend dropping by. Thank you Dancing Fish for having me.

Dancing Fish is located at:
Address: Lot T120, 121 & 122 285, 3rd Floor, Bangsar Shopping Centre, Jalan Maarof, Bukit Bandaraya, 59000 Kuala Lumpur.
Phone: 03 2095 6663
Opening Hours: 11.30am-10pm Daily.
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