Lunch at the Kitchen Table

Like most food joints in KL nowadays, this place is teeming with yuppies and their young families, inclusive of yuppies in denial like yours truly. But the chef owners are anything but, and appear to be humble folk who take their food seriously. After gaining confidence with their successful supper club, the chef owners Marcus and Mei Wan started their first restaurant, The Kitchen Table, located in the neighbourhood of Damansara Kim, which is also home to KomPassion and Euro Deli. It came highly recommended from a friend, thus a further investigation is in order.

The restaurant is minimalist and rustic, and perhaps a reflection of the chef owner’s sense and sensibilities, with the simple purpose of serving good food that’s meant to be shared. And as first impressions go, the initial thing that struck me was a pie that was on display in the counter.

Apple and Thyme Pie
Apple and Thyme Pie

The very simplicity of it was just inspiring to me. To me, the ultimate goal is to create a dish that is simple yet flawless. It shouldn’t be fussed, and merely allow the ingredients to speak for itself. And I think this restaurant is capable of achieving this ideal, with just a bit more work.

My friend decided to have the roast chicken with beetroot and carrot slaw, with a touch of mint. I thought they did a good job with the roast chicken, which had the right amount of salt, and maintained a surprising amount of moisture in the meat. The sourdough bread was brilliant, with the crust which crackles as a good bread should.

Roast Chicken with sourdough bread, beetroot and carrot slaw
Roast Chicken with sourdough bread, beetroot and carrot slaw

For myself, I’d opted for the pulled pork with sourdough bread, served with the same slaw as above. A respectable offering, albeit a tad too sweet for my liking. I would definitely like more caramelization on the outside, and a tad more salt to balance out the dish.

Pulled pork sandwich
Pulled pork sandwich

As usual, we went a bit berserk with the Il Postre i.e. desserts. My favourite was the New York cheesecake garnished with basil leaves. The cake was moist with just the right amount of sweetness. The others were a tad underwhelming. The brownie itself was overtly dense, whilst the raspberry and coconut crack slice was just alright.

Dessert
Dessert

Overall, a decent meal in a very relaxed ambience. Would I return? Most definitely, as I’m keen to see the chefs grow and come into their own. In the end, searching for the perfect meal is difficult. As I had previously implied, we should reward experimentation, and with it, growth. There were a few hits and misses, but overall, may their vision be true and let them flourish.

Location: 23, Jalan SS20/11, Damansara Kim, Petaling Jaya (same row as KomPassion). Facebook.

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