the Gastro Project @ Section 17, Petaling Jaya

When I first heard of the restaurant name, The Gastro Project, I was curious to know what establishment it is. I looked up on the word “Gastro” and got results of “Stomach”. So, this must be a restaurant with The Stomach Project. Looking up on the location, the restaurant is located right opposite Tiara Damansara Condominium, Section 17 (Jalan 17/1). I realised that this is the road we have been driving passed from now and then, and even noted on the restaurants tucked on this side of the neighbourhood. And we had been telling each other that we would try the place but shame to say that we never had the chance to step in until we were at their Media Review. Heh..

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Named after the Stomach, this is a place for comfort food with a twist of Italian and Local flavours. For a neighbourhood restaurant, this place whips up pretty good food and friendly to the pocket as well. Not to mention, great hospitality as well.

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Imma Stomach You

Since it’s located in the neighbourhood area, my guess is that parking should be no problem during the day as it is during the evening. But, I heard there are offices along the stretch, so, I guess parking comes by luck. The interior is simple yet sophisticated. Love the floor tiles and burgundy finishes. The walls are decorated with posters of Hollywood stars.

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Before we dish out, we were invited to the top lounge for cocktails and canapes, at the same time, mingling with other guests and catching up with friends.

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They serves great house special cocktails and these are invented by their mixologist, Jason Koven who is also the Operations Manager. Oh ladies, you’d love this place. Great ambiance, great drinks, and Ladies night is on Tuesday.

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Hmmmm, AC Martini & Red Wine

We were told that Hmmmm and AC Martini are not to be missed as these are their house specials signature. Hmmmm is served in a champagne glass and made of fresh strawberries, brown sugar, almonds, midori and rum. It’s sweet and refreshing. The AC Martini stands for Apple Crumble Martini. Served with a slice of apple topped with burnt sugar on the side.

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Burnt sugar coated apple served at the side of the martini glass

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Mushroom Tart & Orrechiette

We had some bites of Mushroom Tart, Pizzas and Pasta to go along with the cocktails. The cute Mushroom Tart (RM15) is made of caramelised mushrooms and onions served on polenta base. It’s a biteful delish and I love the polenta base. Reminds me of a kind of Indian snacks. The Orrechiette (RM24) is ‘Ear shaped’ pasta in a creamy, cumin flavoured sauce with sun-dried tomatoes, lamb sausage and home-made meatballes baked with cheese.

We also had the Indian Pizza (RM28) and TGP Pizza (RM28), sadly no pictures of them because I had both my hands on them. Both were amazing and definitely coming back for them. The Indian Pizza has toppings of spicy chicken perratal with cucumber raita, sliced red chillies and paneer. The TGP Pizza is something new to all of us. It has  juicy squid and prawns on TGP special Green Garlic pesto base with parmesan, and a tiny bit of Chilli Padi to give it a kick! Both the pizzas are not very spicy but perfectly spiced.

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After the welcoming speech, we were escorted to the ground floor and seated for dinner. Each table settings came with a customised menu for the night. Looking through the menu, we get to know what to look forward on our plates.

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My dining companions: Ah Bok, Kelly & rep from Sarawak Tribune

Dinner is served. We sampled quite a number of dishes from their menu, most of them are their signatures and specialties. What we had were sampling portions and price are based on actual serving portion (not the sampling portion). We were treated to good wine and champagne to complement the meal. Pampered.

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Japanese Style Salad @ RM15

A happy salad of avocado, pomegranate, mixed salad leaves and pine nuts, in a  Japanese inspired sesame dressing. Top up RM5 for an add on of tempura prawns. The salad is truly refreshing and fragrantful from the sesame oil and I enjoy the crunchy pomegranate and the rich and creamy avocado.

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Complemented with a Chardonnay from South Australia

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The second dish was King Prawn (RM45). The fresh juicy prawn was flash-fried then cooked in a Buttercream Sauce and served with Mantau Buns. Used the last bite of mantau to mop clean the plate! The buttercream sauce is simply to die for. It’s really delicious, packed with a twist of Indian flavours in it.

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Fried Mantau is Chinese steamed bread and it is deep fried for its golden brown and crispy skin. The Mantau is soft and fluffy on the inside. Paired with the King Prawn in Buttercream sauce, the gravy was just too awesome, I ate it all and wiped the plate clean with the very last bite of the mantau!

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Paired with Jacquart Champagne. Bubbly and sweet.

 

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A platter of TGP’s signature dishes to sample: The Spaghetti, Steak & Lamb

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Crabmeat Aglio Olio @ RM24

The Crabmeat Aglio Olio is TGP’s bestseller which comes with generous amounts of crabmeat, parsley, garlic and chili flakes. This is their most popular pasta in the menu and no doubt it is delicious although it is simple.

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Steaks @ RM45 [Ribeye 200g | Sirloin 250g | Tenderloin 200g]

The highlight on the platter is the piece of Australian Black Angus done medium rare. The steak is served with mash potatoes and sauces. It is well seasoned and I omit the sauces and ate the juicy and succulent meat with the pairing red wine.

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To those who don’t fancy gamey lamb stew would love the Lamb Stew here. Cooked with carrots and apricot, and even served with a slice of dried apricot, it totally masked the gamey taste. Personally, I find the apricot taste overpowered the lamb and it was just not gamey enough for me. Haha.. Nonetheless, the lamb was tender and perfectly seasoned.

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Paired with French Wine. Goes perfectly well with the red meats.

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Before hitting the desserts, we were served with lemon sorbet to cleanse our palates. It tasted sweet and slightly tangy. If it was chilled more, it would be just nice.

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To go along with desserts, we were served with Moscato D’Asti. A very sweet dessert wine.

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For the finale, we sampled 3 desserts: Decadent, Classic & Satisfying @ RM15 each

Decadent – Chocolate Cake Balls served with home-made rum cocoa sauce

Classic – English Strawberry Trifle, layers of fresh cream, custard, fresh strawberries and strawberry sauce

Satisfying – Cardamom Pannacotta with optional Fruit Coulis

Among the 3, I like the Cardamom Pannacotta most. The desserts were not too sweet and just right. A perfect sweet ending.

 The restaurant operates daily and their opening hours are:

Monday – Friday : 11am – 11pm
Saturday – Sunday : 8am – 1am

The Gastro Project (TGP) @ Section 17,
No. 25, Jalan 17/56,
46400 Petaling Jaya
Tel: 03 7931 6465
Facebook: TheGastroProject
GPS Coordinates: 3.126707,101.638169

 

 

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