Be it Damansara Heights or Bukit Damansara, this place is known for bistros and bars located in the middle of the neighbourhood, Plaza Damansara. This place is no stranger for me and my colleagues as we frequently dine-in around here(Chef & Brew, Humble Chef, Deutsches Gasthaus, etc). Apart from dining, Plaza Damansara is known for Happy Hour as there are many bars which offers competitive Happy Hour deals. Despite the limited parking especially during daytime, we always manage to get ourselves a decent parking by the roadside and keeping a watch for mata in case we get summons.
Just opened recently, seated at the corner of Plaza Damansara is The Moon Bar, a bistro and bar operated by Mike Tham. When asked why Moon Bar, Mike explained that his wife’s surname is Chand which means Moon and that is how the bistro got its name. It is not difficult to locate the bistro as it has a big signage with Moon(s) on it.
Mike shared a little about Moon Bar. Both Mike and his wife are passionate in cooking and before having moon bar, they did quite a number of private kitchen and corporate catering. Due to the number of suggestions and requests from their clients, they decided to open up a place and thus, this is how Moon Bar came about.
As we all know that there are a number of bistros in Bukit Damansara and what makes The Moon Bar stands out from the others is that Moon Bar serves local cuisine along with your favourite beer. Especially when you’re drinking till late and that sudden Hokkien Mee cravings attacks you, this is just the place that serves you both beers and Hokkien Mee.
As everyone was seated, we were treated with Moon Bar’s signature cocktail, Mojito. Refreshing cocktail ~
Dinner was served in sampling portion and we get to taste most of what The Moon Bar has to offer
Canapes – Breaded Fried Mozzarella, Skewer of Roast Pork Belly & Chargrilled Honey Lime Chicken, Black Pepper Lamb Parcels (Money Bag) and Spice-Fried Chicken Wings.
Black Pepper Lamb Parcels (Money Bag)
At first glance, the Money Bag looks ordinary and who knew the flavourful bursting inside of it makes me want more.
Good thing we had three, else I would steal from the neighbour’s plate. XD
Spice-Fried Chicken Wings
I like the chicken wing. The crispy and fragrantful skin from the spices and tender white flesh on the inside. Just perfect to go with any types of drinks, especially beer.
The most highlighted food from the canapes is none other than the Skewer of Roast Pork Belly & Chargrilled Honey Lime Chicken. This is everyone’s favourite.
Delicious smokey pork belly wrap and juicy chicken at the top. Wish we had more of this.
Breaded Fried Mozzarella
The Canapes make a good pair with any drinks, especially beer. While we dig on it, we were served with Chilean white wine.
Wine by Milawa – Luis Felipe Edwards Pupilla Sauvignon Blanc, Chile
The Moon Bar serves quite a variety of red and white wines. The wines we had that night were their house wines and they were really easy drinking ones. Furthermore, the price were really reasonable and a good bottle of wine cost no more than RM80.
Entree – Spicy Sri Lankan Tamarind Pork Belly & Muttom Varuval on Butter Briyani Rice
We had a plate of sampling portion of The Moon Bar’s signature dishes of Spicy Sri Lankan Tamarind Pork Belly & Muttom Varuval on Butter Briyani Rice.
I love the Butter Briyani rice as it was simply full with fragrant and flavourful of spices, despite the “too much” cloves in its content.
Spicy Sri Lankan Tamarind Pork Belly
As Sri Lankan dishes are believed to be the world’s hottest in terms of chili content and we were served with a higher degree of spicy Sri Lankan Tamarind Pork Belly and Mutton Varuval. I was proudly digging into the meat before the heat hits in and when it did, I was like a panting monkey in hoping for a leaf in hand to fan myself.
In order to bring down the heat, there is a small plate of yoghurt salad which helps ease the spiciness.
This high degree of hotness is only available upon special request as most of the time, these spicy pork belly and mutton varuval are served in milder version of hotness.
We had Shiraz to go with the Sri Lankan dish.
Wine by Milawa – Peter Lehmann Wildcard Resrva Shiraz, Australia
Supper – Hokkien Mee
Apart from their specialties of Sri Lankan dishes, The Moon Bar serves a few local favourites of Hokkien Mee and Bak Kut Teh.
The Hokkien Mee was good, and what I like about it is the pork lard that comes with it.
Supper – Moon Bah Kut Teh
Not many bistros and bars serve Bak Kut Teh like The Moon Bar. Here they serve fragrant garlic rice to go with their hearty Bak Kut Teh Soup.
I find the Bak Kut Teh soup slightly too mild for my liking as I love those heavy flavoured BKT soup This is suitable to those who prefer a late night hot meal with mild herbal soup based supper.
As for dessert, we each had a slice of Cheng Yi’s (FatBoyBakes) cake. His cakes never disappoints and you can order from him as well. Can have a look at all the cakes he bakes and sells at http://fatboybakes.blogspot.com/.
Every Friday night, enjoy jazz and blue performances by veteran jazz pianist David Gomes and friends, known as the “David Gomes Trio”. Simply amazing. Here’s a short preview of David’s charismatic performance:
The Lunch Menu:
Apart from dinner and supper, The Moon Bar is also open for lunch and they have special lunch sets. Went for their lunch once with Ben, Sharon and Simon. That will be shared on another post.
The Moon Bar
No.2 & 4, Jalan Medan Setia 2
50490 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603 2385 5288
Mon – Fri: 5:00 pm – 1:00 am
Sat: 5:00 pm – 2:00 am
Sun: 5:00 pm – 1:00 am
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