Nestled in the green haven of Sentul Park, Samira by Asian Terrace holds court grandly, with its lush landscape of graceful trees and plants bending over a calm pond where colourful kois play hide and seek endlessly. The restaurant with its warm pretty lights and cosy wooden structure blends perfectly with the peaceful surroundings. Entering this cool green space, I can’t help but feel that I’m in some magical tropical garden instead of being right smack in KL city!
Resonating a comforting rustic theme, the sprawling restaurant exudes a calm and peaceful ambience. Every spot the eyes rest on, it’s always a lovely picture of greenery, water and I even spotted a kingfisher perched on a hanging branch right above the pond!
Having settled ourselves at our table facing the pond, we were recommended the Chef’s latest signature dishes. This being the Chinese New Year period, we started off with their Thai Yee Sang with Norwegian Salmon. Quite unlike the traditional Chinese version, Samira’s rendition comprises a combination of fresh and pickled vegetables, fried crunchies, fried beancurd cubes and a slightly spicy, sweet and tangy dressing. It’s certainly very refreshing with an appetizing Thai slant to it! Besides salmon, there’s another version served with jellyfish. Yee Sang is available till 2 March 2018.
Thai Yee Sang with Norwegian Salmon (RM72)
Huge plump NZ green mussels topped with fragrant lemongrass salad and other Thai herbs are hard to resist. The piquant salad balances out any strong marine tastes in the shellfish.
Mieng Kam has always been a favourite of mine and at Samira, it’s presented in a rather unique way, featuring deep-fried soft shell crabs. I must say this is really the most deluxe form of Mieng Kam I’ve ever had!
Deepfried Crispy Soft Shell Crabs with Thai condiments, Mieng Kam-style (RM60)
We also enjoyed the deep-fried river lobster served with a crispy yam nest and cashew nuts.
Crunchy sweet river lobster!
Deep-fried River Lobster with Yam Nest & Cashew Nuts (RM125)
On the other hand, I found the creamy coconut sauce in the steamed seabass was a a bit too rich and overwhelmed the fish.
Steamed Seabass with Thai Creamy Fragrant Coconut Sauce (RM85)
The roast duck cooked in green curry with lychees is definitely a Thai dish and executed well. The curry spices are well balanced and cooked in the right consistency.
Pan-fried Roast Duck in Heavenly Thai Green Curry with Lychees (RM55)
Desserts were my favourites here, too… just look …
Steamed Tapioca with Creamy Coconut Milk (RM15)
Honey Jackfruit Stuffed with Thai Sticky Rice (RM15)
Be prepared to spend a couple of hours for your meal here – the lovely scenery all around just demands that! Service is attentive and courteous and there’s plenty of parking space.
SAMIRA by Asian Terrace
Lot 268 Sentul Park
Off Jalan Ipoh
55100 Kuala Lumpur
Monday to Friday
Lunch: 12.00pm to 3.30pm
Dinner: 6.00pm to 10.30pm
Saturday & Sunday
12.00pm to 10.30pm