Be dazzled by the interplay of sweet, sour, salty, spicy and umami flavours—it’s all there on the table at Ploy.
Quietly tucked away amongst several office blocks in Damansara Heights is a jewel of a restaurant—we’re being truthful here, because its name, Ploy, is actually the Thai word for ‘gem’. It’s one sophisticated shiner, though; with a decidedly chic interior by Eco-id (visit the private dining room to marvel at their light bulb ceiling) and patrons ranging from the corporate crowd to ladies who look good while lunching, Ploy’s menu of modern Asian cuisine ensures that its playful, creative offerings both tickle and tantalize diners’ taste buds.
Even if you’re only able to stop by to whet your palate with some light bites, you’re in for a treat. The drinks menu itself is a playground—all of the wines at Ploy are expertly hand-selected, but it’s the cocktails that delight with names such as Tomyamtini and Pardon My Pandan.
Both drinks made an excellent antidote to the humid afternoon air and went brilliantly with moreish starters such as the deep fried Crispy Baby Squid (the restaurant owner’s personal favourite) the size of popcorn nodules in a stickysweet sesame sauce, which proved to be highly addictive. There was also the Pomelo Salad, a combination of delicate citrus pomelo sacs with tiny morsels of roast duck and a sharp dressing—a classic ‘compare and contrast’ exercise in flavours and textures—not to mention the curiously named Chill with the Eel sushi roll, in which sticky rice and rich, smoky eel were encircled by a crunchy cucumber exterior.
Forging ahead to the mains, the Crispy Skin Salmon in a tangy chilli sauce was by far the standout dish. Of course, it helped that the skin really was as crispy as the menu promised, but what really hooked us in was the pink, flaky flesh of the salmon, which was buttery to the point of being sinful.
Not wanting to miss out on Ploy’s signature pasta—note that it’s pasta instead of noodles—the Spaghetti with Thai Anchovies beats normal aglio olio by miles. Tasty and aromatic, with the bold (but not brash) flavours of pepper and salted fish.
For dessert, staunch traditionalists would be no worse off ordering the Red Rubies, with its crunchy coconut strips and jewel like magenta water chestnuts, but the Chocolate Fondant—oozing smooth magma—was what got us ticking. Not the most customary choice, but at a witty, tongue-in-cheek place like Ploy, where would the fun in that have been?
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Off Jalan Semantan, Damansara Heights