Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Da On, Fine Korean Cuisine, Pavilion, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Da On, Fine Korean Cuisine, Pavilion
Da On, Fine Korean Cuisine, Pavilion
Da On, Fine Korean Cuisine, Pavilion
One of the rooms for shoeless seating in Da On
Da On, Fine Korean Cuisine, Pavilion
Seol Jung Mae Gold Special Reserve - Can you see the edible gold flakes?
Da On, Fine Korean Cuisine, Pavilion
Assorted Korean Side Dishes - Refillable Free of Charge
Da On, Fine Korean Cuisine, Pavilion
Modum Jeon (selection fo Korean pancakes) - Zucchini, White Fish Fillet, Mushroom,  Kim Chee and Crab Stick Pancakes
Da On, Fine Korean Cuisine, Pavilion
Modum Gui (Korean barbecue) - Ju Mul Luk (charbroiled marinated US beef sirloin), So Galbi (charbroiled marinated beef ribs), Saen Galbi (charbroiled US black angus ribs), (Saeng Deung Sim Gui (charbroiled US black angus sirloin), Daeha Gui (charbroiled tiger prawns) and Garibi Gui (charbroiled fresh scallops).
Da On, Fine Korean Cuisine, Pavilion
The barbecue cooked by waitstaff at your table
Da On, Fine Korean Cuisine, Pavilion
Mul Naeng Myeon (spicy Korean cold noodles)
Da On, Fine Korean Cuisine, Pavilion
Home Made Ice Cream - Black Sesame, Kim Chee (!) and Lemon Soju Ice

Da On, Fine Korean Cuisine, Pavilion
“May all good things and fortune come your way.”


Over played as the tune may be, PSY’s, Gangnam Style has brought more than earaches and switched off radios to the world. It too has created a wider interest in the East Asian territory and its culture. Many outsiders have found new intrigue for Koread cuisine and Da On, in Pavilion, makes a perfect entry into this unfamiliar culinary world.

Da On has been described as modern yet authentic. Five years old now, 6500 square feet of space affords five private dining rooms and numerous seating areas. Beige walls with traditional tapestries, neutral colours and granite topped tables form the setting that has become famous with patrons from the royal family and celebrities alike.
Da On, Fine Korean Cuisine, Pavilion
Shik Hae (traditional Koren fermented rice drink)

Authentic Korean cuisine with contemporary presentation and refined service is what we found on our visit.  Genuineness in their offerings is achieved by importing most products from Korea, with meats coming from specific countries known for their specialties such as Wagyu from the USA and Hanwoo beef from Korea. It doesn’t hurt either, that their chef is Korean, and insists on sourcing only the best, even if it’s expensive or time consuming to track down the right stuff!

Our journey through the menu began with a Special Reserve Gold Plum Wine with real plums inside and edible gold dust! I’d recommend this to anyone new to Korean wines. It’s easy drinking and made a perfect aperitif, not to mention the coolness factor of consuming a precious metal!

Enthralled with the Korean style of eating, we began with a palette of mini bowls of appetizers. Marinated cucumber, home made kim chee, black beans, bean sprouts, fruit salad, eggplant, wild spinach, anchovies and, seaweed with chili paste sauce were served aside miso paste, raw sliced garlic, sesame oil with sea salt and a sweet sauce for dipping. Side dishes are refillable free of charge, but with the lineup we tried, we dared not replenish supplies for fear of filling ourselves before the rest of the meal arrived.

Steaming Korean pancakes, hot off the griddle, were more tasty starters that threatened to plump our stomachs before the bulk of the meal had been presented.  Crab sticks, kim chee, tingiri mushrooms, white fish fillets and zucchini were lightly coated in a flour batter and terrific on their own or spiced up with some of the dipping sauces.

If you’re not familiar with Korean cuisine, the Modum Gui, Korean barbecue, should be ordered. An assortment of fresh meats and seafood are brought uncooked to your table as a host fires up the coals on the barbecues built into every table. Grilled to your liking and served on individual plates allowed for appreciation of each item separately. The beef was good on its own but the marinade requires special mention with its fresh fruits such as pear acting as a natural tenderizer.

Cold buckwheat noodles are the traditional follow up and in Da On’s case, are made instantly upon order with their own machine. I imagine these chewy chilled noodles could be refreshing on a hot summer’s day, but too that they might be an acquired taste. They were definitely not unlikeable, but something a little too astray from our tastes for us to fully appreciate them first hit.

The final scene was set up with home made Kim Chee and Black Sesame Ice Creams, Rice Wine Sorbet and Shik Hae (Korean fermented rice drink). The finish to our meal was just as spectacular as the start and, while we eagerly devoured appetizers and barbecued meats, we might also be quite content with a glass of plum wine and a scoop of these wonderful desserts.

Besides the beverages already highlighted, a small drinks menu features Korean wines such as Hwayo (premium Korean rice wine, Baek Se Ju (Korean ginseng with 12 herbs wine), Bok Bun Ja (Korean wild raspberry wine), Seol Jung Mae Gold (Korean winter plum with gold wine), Soju (Korean sweet potato and rice wine), Seol Jung Mae (Korean Winter Plum wine), Make Gerl Li (Korean rice wine), Chung Ha (Korean clear rice wine) and Jinro (Korean sweet potato wine). A regular selection of cold and hot beverages including a hand full Korean teas are listed too.

A good way to check out the food is via their set lunches available from 11am – 3pm. Deals usually include a main and a soup and cost either RM40 or RM45.

Reason to visit: fine dining Korean, Special Reserve Gold Plum Wine, Korean barbecue, kim chee and black sesame house made ice creams

Da On
Fine Korean Cuisine
Lot No. 6 40 00
Level 6
Pavilion
Jalan Bukit Bintang
Malaysia
+ 6 03 2141 2100
+6 03 2141 3100

18 comments:

  1. Ooo.. I am familiar with Korean and I do love my galbi and kimchi!! Fab photos.. will ask hubs to take me for Korean for lunch! :D

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    1. Kimchi is still growing on me. Big fan of barbecue and all of their little side dishes. Hope you got some for lunch. :-)

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  2. Certainly looks different from what I had in NZ including the decor. What's nice? You did not make any specific comments on the food...and no, I'm not into kimchi...no, thank you. LOL!!!!

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    1. BBQ and home made sesame ice cream!

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  3. I am such a huge Korean fan!! love all their BBQ, stews, soups & yes, cold noodles!! this one has such a refine 'Banchan' dishes... love to visit this place!

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    1. BBQ is my favourite at the moment, I'm learning about the other dishes.

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  4. I not a big fan of kimchi, but would like to try that kimchi icecream!

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    1. It was a confusion for the taste buds, spicy but creamy at the same time.

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  5. The restaurant looks absolutely beautiful, but I must be one of the rare few who don't like Korean food!
    Duncan In Kuantan

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    1. It's taken me a while to warm up to it. I think if you start with BBQ you can't go wrong.

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  6. Love your description of the noodles as "definitely not unlikeable"...very diplomatic :) Everything looks divine - I do love Korean BBQ restaurants, and this was seems incredibly classy

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    1. Ooh, we were just talking about that last night. How to describe something that is done well, but not was your personal taste buds are used to.

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  7. First I love the clip of Gangnam Style and the song. As soon as you tranlate the text I am no longer impressed. The style of kitchen you present here in interesting and special it reminds me of our Japan trip. The meat on the 6th picture look also good but reminds us of Chabu Chabu and that we didn't like. The meat is cooked to total destruction. I would prefer it raw. A wagyu tartar.

    Greetings,
    Filip

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    1. I shall have to do that - translate the song... I love the soupy chabu chabu but you should be able to cook it as much or as little as you like. Mmm wagyu tartar...

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  8. The kimchi ice-cream, does it really taste like kimchi? SPicy?

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    1. Yes! A little spicy but creamy and cold at the same time.

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  9. I love the presentations of those food specially the spicy of their dish. Keep sharing inspiring food!

    Hizons Catering

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    1. Thanks Zonia. Hope you get to try this one soon. :-)

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