Fusion Japanese Fine Food @ Ploy Clearwater, Bukit Damansara KL

I remember reading / seeing / hearing about PLOY since eons ago, but the thought of giving them a try just never happened to cross my minds, probably because I always wanted to save it for special occasions, and when the special occasion comes, PLOY never pops up at the back of my head. 

So anyway, there was this one ordinary day, on an unassuming evening, we actually stepped into Clearwater to find out what is this hype all about. 
And spoiler alert, the food was pretty awesome and we had to wonder to ourselves why had we been putting it off trying out this place! 

We actually did not manage to take photos of the premise, but from my recollection, it is located within an office building and it was pretty much like a dead town when it's the weekend. There were quite a few options of upmarket eateries in the building but we eventually decided on PLOY because we love ourselves some Japanese food. 

The ambient was casual but yet refined, spacious but cozy, dimly lit but absolutely inviting, all in all, this place exudes an understated opulence which made it ideal for either a casual dine-in to fancy date nights; There were a couple appeared to be celebrating a special occasion of theirs and a big group of family celebrating the birthday of the little one; this place ticks the boxes for being romantic and yet family-friendly at the same time. 

Other than relaxing into the warm ambiance with the soothing music in the background, be prepared to also immerse yourself in a gastronomic experience. 

Our first dish of the night was 
Black Dragon Sushi (8 pcs) RM37
Shrimp Tempura, Grilled Unagi, Avocado, Shiitake Mushrooms

This is what I'd refer to as the absolute "sea"riously delicious sushi roll.
The breakdown of the ingredients practically sound like it's what you would get regardless of which Japanese restaurants you visit, 
but putting them together it's absolutely unexpectedly delicious. 
The crispy shrimp gave a contrasting texture to the soft and mushy grilled unagi, which Avocado added as an additional emollient to mush all of the ingredients into one, with a little help from the shiitake mushrooms to boost an incredible umami / aroma. 
Just one bite left us wanting more, we wanted to savour once more the unique burst of flavours on our taste buds. 

3 Musketeers (RM35)
Platter of Emperor, Crabby, Chicken Karaage Mantaos

As the name of the dish suggests, this dish is a compilation of all of their 3 mantaus options available in their restaurant. 
This dish is IDEAL for someone like me, who is always indecisive when it comes to food. 
Always wanted to try more, but don't really have a big appetite myself. 

So anyway the platter of the emperor is made from Wagyu Beef Patty, Shiso Leaf,
Japanese Tiugan Sauce. The tender and juicy beef patty didn't need more seasoning but they did it so skillfully that the flavours actually complimented it instead of overpowering it. 

The Chicken Karaage Mantaos were made from Fried Chicken Karaage, Sweet Mango, Sliced Cucumber, Shiso Leaves, Cabbage, Mayo, what seemingly normal looking ingredients were added with a Thai-fare with the sweet mango thrown in. I mean, the natural "sweetener" added a layer of sweet delight to the otherwise supposedly very savoury combination. It was a refreshing twist! 

The crabby mantao is made from Deep Fried Soft Shell Crab, Sliced Cucumber, Shiso Leaves,
Cabbage, Spicy Sriracha-Honey Sauce. 
This is not for the faint-hearted, as it was SPICCYYYYY, though they tried to tone it down with honey. The honey and hot sauce combo again reminded me of the thai-flavours and I am not complaining as I have always been a fan of Thai Food! 

Black Rice (RM32)
Squid Ink, Seafood, Thai Sweet Basil, Egg Yolk

This was probably the winner of the night for us, 
but surprisingly, it has no Japanese element int it? 
This was more like an Italian and Thai fusion dish. 
We absolutely love the creamy black rice texture, which was made even creamier and smoother with teture with the runny yolk. The Thai Basil looked as if it was an "extra" in this dish, but it was certainly the key player of this dish. 
The Thai Basil added an incredible aroma to this refreshing and mild flavoured dish.

Japanese Curry Katsu (RM30)
Katsu Chicken, Japanese Curry, Omelette Rice

This is quite an ordinary dish judging from the appearance. 
But you really gotta taste each of the items to experience the extraordinary. 
The egg was incredible fluffy, unlike any other omelette we have eaten before. 
and the Katsu chicken was also well marinated and fried to golden perfection, each bite is filled with an exciting crunch which added an incredible texture to the dish. 
Dip the chicken katsu into the thick curry sauce to soften the chicken katsu and add another layer of taste to it. 
All in all, this ordinary dish turned out to be a multi-sensorial experience, though simple, it was actually quite a comforting touch to this dinner. 

I do think that their pricing is a little bit upmarket for what they serve, 
but trust me, you would not be disappointed with the quality of their food.

Located at: Work @ Clearwater
Address: G-2, WORK@Clearwater, Jalan Changkat Semantan, 50490 Damansara, Kuala Lumpur, 50490
Mon - Fri : 12 - 3pm ; 6 - 10:30pm
Sat & Sun : 11 - 3pm ; 6 - 10.30pm
Phone: 03-2095 0999

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