Thursday, April 21, 2011

Clarissane reviews: Dancing Fish @ Bangsar Shopping Centre

Dancing Fish serves the typical Malay-Indo Cuisine. A relatively new joint in the refurbished Bangsar Shopping Centre, it has garnered quite a crowd with it’s good food and reasonable prices.


Wils mentioned it was pretty good the first time he went. So, we decided to make another trip to savour their food.

Started off with their famous appetizer, Emping, RM4.50 which is basically Fish Crackers dipped with Chilli Paste (Keropok with Sambal Belacan).


A very good start-off to our meal. The crackers were fresh and crunchy with the sambal accompanying it having that spicy sourish taste which makes a perfect combination to go with!


This really opened up our appetites for the other dishes to come :p


First up was the Gulai Pucuk, RM9.90. Most Indonesian cuisine always serve Pucuk Paku, their famous type of vegetable, something like our very own local version of the Kangkung just a bit crunchier and rougher in texture.


If you like rich, creamy coconut milk in your food, then you will definitely love this dish. I found it a bit too rich for my palette. Nevertheless, our other companion totally loved it! He whipped up a lot of the sauce to go with his rice. I usually prefer my Pucuk Paku to be stir-fried with sambal belacan :D

Their Ayam Panggang (Roast Chicken, 1/2), RM10 was one of the highlights of the night. Roasted to perfection with just the right combination of taste; sweet and spicy it was so good, I could lick it right up till the bone :p


The Cumi-Cumi (Grilled Squid), RM15.90 was one of their restaurant’s specialities and I couldn’t agree more!


Marinated and grilled to perfection, it has a caramelized layer on the top giving it that sweetish tang. Dip it with the Sambal Belacan, and ahhhhh simply delicious! I especially loved the tentacles of the squid, it was so crispy!!


And of course, the main dish of the restaurant (a must-order if you come here!) is their famed Dancing Fish, RM38. Deep-fried to perfection, you can eat every part of the fish (yes, even up till their bones) because it is fried so perfectly even the bones taste like crackers. What makes this dish so delicious is the accompanying dip that comes with it – tomatoes, onions and chilli padi with dark sauce.

There is a certain skill that a chef needs to whip up this dish. Over-fry it and it will turn out too hard. Under-fry it and it will turn out fishy. This place does it just right. Very commendable I’ve to say :)

All dishes come with rice..two versions of it. White or Briyani Rice. They charge RM3 per person for the rice… so if you’re a big eater it’s definitely worth it since you can add unlimited amounts of rice. For drinks, Barley Lime, RM6.50 was the perfect drink to quench our thirst. And its refillable too! :D

By the time we finished our meal, the place was pretty packed already and some tables even had reservations made..spells something, isn’t it? Definitely a place worth going if you decide to opt for something out of the ordinary :)

Lot T120,121,122, 3rd floor
Bangsar Shopping Centre,
285, Jalan Maarof,
59100 Kuala Lumpur.

Tel: 03 – 2095 6663



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