Damansara Kim is this small neighbourhood that is a little tad bit awkward. They may be really small (some would group them together with Damansara Utama) but their food scene is definitely buzzing. From Thai to Japanese, bakery to New Zealand inspired ice creams… Don’t call yourself a foodie if you’ve not tried any of these.
1. Kompassion Thai Fusion Food
If you, like me, have a compassion towards Thai fusion cuisine, Kompassion is the place to be. Helmed by Chef Nikom Uatthong, former food consultant and executive chef at the always super crowded My Elephant, dishes served at Kompassion are a feast to the eyes and taste buds. I highly recommend the Double Cooked Pork Belly and Soft Shell Crab with Cucumber Salad, Green Curry, and Pad Thai with Prawn. Price is a little steep and their dishes are best for sharing. The place can get really crowded during dinner time so best to call and reserve for a table before dining here.
Thai fusion in KL. Kompassion's signature – Double cooked pork belly & soft shell crab. We're smitten with the double cooked pork belly, which was actually roast pork with a "nice" layer of fats on top of meat and a crunchy crisp crust, giving the dish a heft texture and fat; complemented with fragrant green curry gravy. While the pork belly excited us much, soft shell crab wasn't so impressive after all. A little soggy yet flavour was rather plain. #klfoodguide
Kompassion Thai Fusion Food
Address: 5, Jalan SS20/11, Damansara Kim, Petaling Jaya, 47400 Selangor.
Contact number: +603-7731-9256
Operating Hours: Daily except Monday, 11:30AM-2:3oPM, 6:00PM-9:30PM
2. Ori-Ya Sanuki Udon
On days where you’re feeling simple is more, a bowl of piping hot Udon will do the trick. Ori Ya had its first successful outlet in The Gardens Mall. When they open their doors at Damansara Kim, I was so glad that I don’t have to brave the KL traffic for their signature al dente chewy Sanuki Udon. And the best part? The one at Damansara Kim has a local twist – Chilli Bean Pork Udon (I heard its a crowd favourite) and Curry Vegetable Udon. In a nut shell, Ori Ya is simple, delicious and affordable (a bowl of Udon from as low as RM6.0o). Do note that the KL outlet is pork free while the one in Damansara Kim is non-halal.
Ori Ya Sanuki Udon
Address: 17 Jalan SS20/11, Damansara Kim 47400, Petalling Jaya, Selangor
Contact number: +603 8933 8001
Operating Hours: Daily except Tuesdays, 11:00AM-3:00PM, 5:30PM- 9:30PM
3. The Kitchen Table Restaurant & Bakery
The Kitchen Table is hands down, one of the most welcoming restaurant in Damansara Kim. A firm believer of good food and great company comes hand in hand, the peeps at The Kitchen Table sure whips out some of the most yummy mains and pastries from their kitchen table. My absolute must-try here includes carrot pineapple cake, buttermilk pancakes, sourdough bread and chocolate chips cookie.. yes cookies! Want to impress a girl? Bring her here for a brunch date! But do make reservations because the weekend brunch crowd is definitely not to be under estimated.
The Kitchen Table Restaurant & Bakery
Address: 23, Jalan SS20/11, Damansara Kim, Petaling Jaya 47400 Selangor
Contact number: +603-7733 4000
Operating Hours: Daily except Monday, 11:30AM-5:30PM, 6:30PM-10:30PM
Facebook: The Kitchen Table
4. The Locker & Loft
The Locker & Loft is literally Damansara Kim’s best kept secret- there are no signages leading to this speakeasy-style bar and the entrance is pretty much camouflaged behind rusty lockers. If you’re super thirsty from finding this place, their house special Kelapa Rock (cocktail) will help you rehydrate while you ‘dehydrate’. If coconut is not your thing, give the Kg Pandon Don or The Yellow Sub a try. This place is great for chilling with your friends and they also serves noms here if you’re hungry.
The Locker & Loft
Address: 40A, Jalan SS 20/10, Damansara Kim, Petaling Jaya 47400 Selangor
Contact number: +6019-382 4760
Operating Hours: Tues-Sat (5:00PM – 1:00AM), Sunday (12:30PM-12:00am)
Facebook: The Locker & Loft
5. Fish & Noodle House
There are a few restaurants serving Fish Head noodles in Damansara Kim but Fish & Noodle House here offers something different. On top of their signature Fish Head noods, the Pan Fried Salmon Fillet Noodles is a big hit among diners. The salmon fillet is not only boneless but also tender and doesn’t have that fishy taste. And the soup? So comforting that it works really well as a pick-up on days when you’re feeling a little low. This place can get really hectic during lunch hours so you might want to be here early (or a bit later) to avoid the crowd.
Fish & Noodle House
Address: 77, Jalan SS20/11, Damansara Kim, 47400, Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Contact number: +60163958737
Operating Hours: Daily 8:00AM-4:00PM
Halal: Pork free
IDC (Ice Dreams Cafe or Ice Cream, Desserts & Coffee) is that dessert place that will make you say “idc (I don’t care) about my diet”. Serving Kapiti’s range of ice cream with really funky flavours, IDC is not your usual ice cream parlour where you go for your classic vanilla or chocolate ice cream. Even their affogato comes with a twist – instead of coffee, the ice cream is topped with something else like sea salt flakes, salted egg yoke or even extra virgin olive oil. It might sound a little intimidating but trust me, they know what they’re doing!
Address: 30 Jalan SS 20/10, Damansara Kim, 47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Contact number: +603-7731 0969
Operating Hours: Daily except Monday, 1:00PM -11:00PM
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