A fan of Ploy since its early inception as pla dib @ The Heritage Village, Seri Kembangan, I have visited a few times for events at its current outlet in Damansara.
Even the food served during events (which can be bad at most times in most restaurants) was pleasurably good. And thus when I received an invite for a tasting of its 2013 menu, I didn’t hesitate to accept.
I went expecting the fun, atypical dishes that Ploy is known for. However, what I got was some passable new creations that seem pretty similar with its current menu.
Japanese and Asian inspired salads are always interesting on the palate, but both salads I sampled that night didn’t spring any surprises. If I had to order one, my preference goes to the Tuna Wakame Salad, solely due to the fresh tuna and the addition of wakame.
TUNA WAKAME SALAD : Tuna Cube, Avocado & Sesame Shoyu Dressing – RM23.00.
GOLDEN NEEDLE SALAD: Tofu with Avocado, Broccoli & Wafu Dressing – RM15.00.
The next 2 hot dishes were served after a period of time that I would have probably reached home or finished a lengthy blogpost. Considering that it was 2 supposedly crispy hot dishes, I’ll leave it to your imagination how cold salted deep fried kabocha and codfish balls tasted like.
TEMPURA SURPRISE: Seabass wrapped in Oba Leaf – RM15.00.
KABOCHA TEMPURA: Salted Egg Pumpkin Tempura – RM8.50.
The Crab in A Wrap saved dinner with its spicy zing that pretty much perks up both the mood and appetite. I however, failed to be magically transported anywhere in this less than magical goat cheese puff. Perhaps a little restrain in their naming would augur well for the expectations of the diners.
CRAB IN A WRAP : Soft Shell Crab wrapped with Mango, Avocado with Spicy Kani – RM28.00.
MAGIC PUFF: Homemade Crispy Pastry with Goat Cheese, Truffle Oil and Wild Rocket – RM32.00.
To be fair the hint of truffle oil and pungent spread of cheese over pretty well made puff pastry does make for pleasurable nibbles. But it’s RM8.00++ per piece. It’s truffle oiled yes, but but…..
At this point the Chef sent some piping hot Kabocha, sort of a gesture to make up for the earlier cold one. Needless to say, this was much better, though frankly the salted egg element of it was merely the salted egg crumbs (the darker orange bits you see below) and not coated together with the batter encrusting the kabocha.
The Pasta from Heaven (RM28.00) was, well understandably cold, considering the descent from the above.
Taste wise it was as cold and uninspiring.
How did my pizza came cold I have not idea (this was before photography as I touched it as soon as it was served on the table). The pizzas I remembered having here even during a packed event was crispy and hot.
I had a quick chat with Chef Daniel after the meal and he explained that there some logistics and timing issues that evening and thus the dishes weren’t up to even his own expectations. It’s alright Chef, we understand.
SMOKED DUCK BREAST WITH CHICKEN HAM PIZZA: Ducks and Chicken do get along especially on our Ployzas! RM28.00.
The best dish of the night was saved for last. The tasty spicy rice was almost like comfort food, albeit a tad burning on the palate.
THE GODFATHER SPECIAL : Salmon Don with Ikura, Avocado, Royu and Nori in Tempura Flakes – RM22.00.
The crispy tempura, firm salmon cubes, buttery avocado and toothsome rice makes this such an appetizing dish with its flavors and contrasting textures.
We moved on to desserts and the desserts were the usuals on their ala-carte menu.
I wanted their Durian Gelato since I enjoyed it during my lunch at Pla Dib. However our desserts were selected for us already that evening so I got to sample the Durian Panna Cotta, Creme Caramel and Sticky Date Pudding instead.
The highlight of desserts was the durian panna cotta as the rest were pretty ordinary. Wobbly, creamy and pungent, I would personally prefer it with a stronger durian flavour since I’m a durian fan.
As I have mentioned earlier, I had always had high regard for the food here at Ploy and was slightly surprised that some of the dishes I sampled tonight was pretty mediocre.
I do appreciate Chef Daniel’s explanation of the challenges he faced that evening in serving our food so perhaps what we sampled that evening didn’t do the actual dish justice. If I do ever return I would definitely order my favourite Black Squid Ink rice and of course the durian pannacotta.
Also I must mention that Ploy does offer some pretty great concoctions for their drinks; alcoholic or otherwise. The group of us sampled quite a large number from the menu and generally there were no complaints.
I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Ploy as a good place to chill with a drink or two with some friends.
Now if Ploy does provide food delivery like they do here, that would just be fabulous! I can have my favourite Ployzas and dishes from Ploy every week!