There are almost too many restaurants in KL but it is harder to find one that attracts repeat customers and gains new ones all the time. Saint’s Bar and Kitchen is fast becoming one such rare gem in the heart of Kota Damansara, an area also known as The Strand. Saint’s is currently cheerfully decorated for the festive season, with a lit-up Christmas tree all in blue. Dark wooden .oors added a romantic feel and the ornamental light textures made me think I was in another part of the world.
The proud owner of Saint’s, Nicky Craig, is also the resident mixologist, so I asked for the best cocktail on the Saint’s menu. His reply, “I think they’re all good,” made me wonder how good his concoctions would be. Answer: extremely good. Chambles, one of Saint’s signature cocktails is made up of Bombay Sapphire, blackcurrant liqueur, sugar syrup, lemon juice and Prosecco – an Italian white wine. Sweet without being overly so and refreshingly delicious, Chambles is the perfect cocktail for any time of the day.
Our starters were artfully arranged on a plate: haggis balls with mustard mayo sauce, pork satay and a trio of bruschetta. The haggis balls, which contain sheep’s intestines minced with other ingredients then covered in casing, were really good. The pork satay was a novelty and the bruschetta came with salmon, tomato and mushrooms. I was given a second cocktail which was the Don Alec; a concoction of Don Julio Reposado, Cointreau, lime juice and agave syrup.
Our first main was sausage and colcannon. The pork sausage was very well seasoned and cooked just right while the colcannon was actually mashed potatoes, spring onions, cabbage and parsley – a hearty accompaniment to the meat.
The next main was the traditional shepherd’s pie, “just like Grandma used to make” – a description from the menu and it was indeed a homely but delicious dish. The steak sandwich that came next was served with beautifully caramelized onions, mayo, mustard, lettuce and juicy pieces of beef. The aftertaste of saltiness lingered in our mouths and kept us going back for more. Just when we thought we had enough, the chef brought out a spaghetti carbonara that was rich, creamy and seasoned well with lots of pepper.
We were stuffed to the brim but couldn’t resist taking a few bites of the warm bread and butter pudding served with homemade custard – another traditional British dish that was prepared well. I highly recommend Saint’s to anyone who’s homesick for British/Scottish cuisine, but also anyone who is looking for excellent quality.
Fact File :
Saint’s Bar and Kitchen
Unit No 26, Red Carpet Boulevard
Pusat Perdagangan Kota Damansara
Kota Damansara PJU5/22
47810 Petaling Jaya
Daily 11.00a.m – 1.00a.m.
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This article was written by Milan Sadhwani
Source: The Expat January 2012
This article has been edited for ExpatGomalaysia.com
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