The first time we were at Taste Enclave, we already loved the charming modern food atrium in Avenue K. We sampled food from various outlets as well as their mini restaurants. Food from the 3 mini restaurants was pretty good. In fact, they were enticing enough for us to return there a second time for more of their offerings.
This time we checked out Grandeur Teppan Yaki and Xi Qing Seafood Restaurant. Our dinner kicked off with several dishes from Grandeur Teppan Yaki. The Mushroom Omelette (RM13.90), Honey Glazed Chicken Chop (RM18), Beef Steak (RM17.90), Salmon Fillet (RM17.90) and Dory Fish (RM10.90) made their way to our table.
Strands of bean sprouts add a nice crunch to the mushroom omelette which spots a fluffy texture. A creamy tangy sauce is drizzled on top of the omelette and sprinkled with bonito flakes. I like the whole ensemble, which is unlike any old boring omelette – I can eat this entirely on my own!
Honey glazed chicken chop
The honey glazed chicken chop and beef steak are executed well. Although the chunks of beef steak may look “overdone” in a pool of thick dark peppery sauce, the insides of the beef are still pink and delightfully juicy. The sauce, while flavoursome, isn’t overly salty so it’s fine to just enjoy this dish on its own or even have it with white rice.
The slightly charred sides of the honey glazed chicken give the meat a winning smokey caramelised edge. I’m glad chicken thigh meat is used, for its juicy succulent texture. The light clear honey sauce gives the chicken a sweetish lift, which surprisingly is not cloying at all. The idea is to smear the chicken chunks with the sauce and then dip them onto the roasted sesame seeds by the side – brilliant.
Teppanyaki Salmon Fillet
Between the Salmon Fillet and the Dory Fish, my vote goes to the salmon. The pan-fried salmon fillets are done just right so that the salmon is still pink inside. The crunchy bits of fried shallots and garlic sprinkled on top add a local flavour to the dish. A dark peppery sauce is served by the side. I’m glad the salmon was not doused with it as the fish is perfectly fine eaten on its own.
We then launched into a full course meal with dishes from Xi Qing Seafood Restaurant. Their Assam Curry Steamed Tilapia (RM36.80) is a must-order. This dish alone will have you downing lots of white rice, thanks to the delicious aromatic assam curry. The fleshy tilapia shared the huge oval plate with a variety of vegetables like brinjals, ladies fngers, tomatoes and long beans.
Assam Curry Steamed Tilapia
Add on the Chicken with Salted Egg (RM20) and Stewed Pork Trotter (RM38.80) for a wholesome (albeit a little sinful) combo. Again, these are dishes with stronger flavours which go well with rice. The pork trotter maintains a welcome bite and I like the mixed vegetables scattered all over the dish.
Stewed Pork Trotter
Chicken with Salted Egg
The chicken with salted egg is scrumptious. The grainy salted egg yolk works well with the chicken and for added zing, chew on the chilli paid dotting the dish!
Golden Mushrooms Beancurd
To balance out a heavy meal, have the Golden Mushrooms Beancurd (RM16.80) and Spinach with 3 Types of Eggs (RM16.80).
Spinach with 3 Types of Eggs
These two are pure comfort food – homemade bean curd in a thick gravy with prawns and cubed mushrooms while the spinach is cooked in a tasty broth, made more wholesome with salted egg, century egg and a poached chicken egg.
The prices here are very affordable and portions are adequate while some borders on generous. A meal here with a group of friends or family won’t bust the purse and the dining environment is more than comfortable.
Level 2, Avenue K 1
56 Jalan Ampang
50450 Kuala Lumpur
Opens 10.00am till 10.00pm