There’s a nice quiet charm about Suka – it takes on a dual ambience of casual comfort but when the lights are dimmed, a sense of simple elegance permeates the place. It’s a cool place to chill out during happy hours – drinks and rounds of pool are regular stuff here.
Suka looks every bit a western-style eatery. The menu, in large, reflects this – Appetizers, Soups, Pastas, Main Courses, Pizzas, Burgers, Pizzas and even Tapas – they have it all. But what’s pleasantly surprising is that they also serve some mean local fares like Char Kway Teow, Mee Mamak Goreng, Pineapple Fried Rice, Teochew Porridge and there’s a best-selling Lamb Varuval under “Tapas”!
But let’s start with the usual western dishes. The list may seem nondescript but the Smoked Duck & Mango Grapes Salsa (RM21) turned out to be surprisingly refreshing. The tangy mango and crisp sweet grapes combined well with the saltish smokey duck to give this salad a memorable crunch.
Pasta Pesto with Wild Mushrooms (RM25.90) was a healthy vegetarian choice full of delicious fibres like cauliflower, cherry tomatoes, celery and carrots.
I tried their Vongole (RM25.90), too and was happy to note that the clams were very fresh. Tossed in spaghetti with red chillies and basil garlic sauce, the succulent clams were big in sweet briny flavours.
The Chicken Veldostana (RM39) was a hearty mains with baked chicken breast topped with turkey ham, cheese with vegetables and potatoes by the side. Black pepper sauce was drizzled on ensemble. I’m not a fan of chicken breast meat as I find it usually too dry and coarse. However, I must commend the chicken breast meat in this dish as it was cooked perfectly – it was tender and juicily flavoursome.
DL enjoyed the Rack of Lamb (RM45) – the cutlets were grilled to medium-well doneness with moist pink centres. It’s a dish that we’d order again.
We were on a ducky roll – the Smoked Duck & Peach Pizza (RM30) irresistible and it turned out to be a good choice. The slices of peaches added a delightful sweet dimension to the pizza and I loved the sprinkle of chopped spring onions too.
We were told that their Sukalicious Burger (RM45) is immensely popular and we just had to try it. Unless you are a huge burger fan, I think this giant burger needs to be shared. I, for one, definitely cannot devour it all by myself. The thick homemade beef & chicken patty was moist and tasty and on top of it went the cheese, egg and grilled pineapple secured with a stick between a burger bun. Oh, did I say it’s also accompanied by a tin cup of thick-cut fries?
I was intrigued by the Char Grilled Lamb (RM29.90) and Lamb Varuval (RM25.90) under their “Tapas” category. Unfortunately the lamb was over-grilled and turned out to be very tough although the flavours of the spicy marinade were nice.
The Lamb Varuval was served with toasted garlic bread. The lamb chunks were rich with fiery traditional Indian spices and could be tongue-burning for those who are less chilli-tolerant. As a chilli lover, I found the heat level rather intense, so beware.
Their Thai Pineapple Fried Rice (RM20.90) is marked “chef’s recommendation” on the menu. I found it pretty good, with a decent toss of spicy flavours enhanced by fresh shrimps and squids.
Suka isn’t big on desserts – only ice-cream is available, in the usual variants like Banana Split, Peach Melba and Chocolate Sundae.
Suka is located inside One Residency service apartments. Besides catering to the office workers in its neighbourhood during week days lunch time & happy hours, it’s a nice quiet venue for dinners and weekend brunches.
No.1 Jalan Nagasari
50200 Kuala Lumpur
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