Eighth Avenue – from thoroughfares in New York City to restaurant name in Publika Solaris Dutamas, this term has always been memorable. Right in this post, our focus will of course, a blog review for one of the latest restaurants & bar in Publika, crowned with the name – The Eighth Avenue.
We can never get familiar with the maze-like building blocks in Solaris Dutamas, no matter how many times we visited this place. A quick direction on where is The Eighth Avenue: It is in block D2, same row with Urbano E Fresco Italian Restaurant and Whimsical Cafe by Cielo Dolci Gelato. Just opposite to the park garden beside Namoo on The Park.
From its modern furnishing, huge wall mural, high tables & chairs, a bar complete with wide selections of liquor, wines and alcohol, The Eighth Avenue gives us a first impression that Western fares take the limelight here. Not too wrong, but we would position Eighth Avenue as a restaurant serving Western cuisine with Asian twist, together with porkilicious dishes that summarize the whole menu to a more noteworthy combination of East meets West. Strictly NON-HALAL.
Angels & Demons RM16.90
Our dinner at 8th Avenue began with Angels & Demon. Half dozen of morsel-size appetizers that carry surprises. Smoked salmon enveloping cantaloupe (or rockmelon) – smoky saltiness, followed by refreshing fruitiness; prunes wrapped in bacon – heavier in taste, but a good pairing of savoury and sticky sweetness.
Phat Boy Squid RM19.90
Coming next was the Phat Boy Squid, stuffing hollow part of squid with minced shrimp and fish to make it looks adorably big & fat physically, living up to its name. Expect it to be chewy, needing lots of munch, because it is “stuffed”. LOL.
Cauliflower Manchurian RM11.90
Cauliflower Manchurian reminds us a dish we tried from one of the vegetarian restaurants in Bangsar KL, pretty similar, both delicious in their own ways. Pieces of cauliflower coated with Eighth Avenue top secret spiced batter and deep fried, then flash stir-fry with Manchurian sauce for tomato-ish finish. Mild crunchiness, with tangy sweet outer layer like buffalo wings. Great food. Must-have. Summergirl top favourite.
Crispy Pork Belly RM34.90
Pork Hokkien Mee, Pulled Pork Tacos, BBQ Pork Ribs, Pork Burger, Pork Ramen, Rendang Pork Ribs, Chinese-style Stewed Pork Belly, Pork Sausages, Crispy Pork Belly, etc.. Just Eighth Avenue ‘s pork items that sheds international varieties are enough to earn a second visit from us.
Caramelized Roast Pork
Sampled only few for the meantime. Crispy Pork Belly is decent, but we like the new on menu Caramelized Roasted Pork more. Layers of lean and fat meat in each piece, gracefully laced with flavourful dark sauce. Asking every one on the dinner table which is the best dish, 5 out of 6 gave a vote for this.
Sticky Piggy RM19.90
Sticky Piggy, you can eat it as a main course if you are small eater. Double cooking methods, by having pork ribs stewed, then grilled over flames of heat. Topped with caramelized apple and sticky sauce.
Sunny Salmon RM35.90
The Eighth Avenue does a good job for their catch from the sea as well. Nice pan-seared salmon steak, served with cauliflower bacon sauce, sundried tomatoes, and asparagus. #C-Bass Orchestra RM33.90 (Sea bass fillet crusted baked with herb crumbs and a side of cherry tomatoes), New Orleans Catfish RM30.90 (Catfish grilled to perfection with our special peri peri sauce, asparagus, and crispy risotto ball), Spicy Prawn Fettucini RM32.90 (tiger prawns tossed in 8th Avenue’s special spicy mix and olive oil) are few other seafood options you can try.
Duck Confit Spaghetti RM32.90
Compare to other food we’ve tried in 8th Avenue, Duck Confit Spaghetti was less satisfying. The sauce falls on healthier side, less creamy, hence it lacks the “oomph” of carbonara richness. Ideal for diners who prefer a light cream base pasta.
Kapiti Ice Cream RM15.90
Dessert is simple, with New Zealand famous Kapiti Ice Cream and 8th Avenue signature dessert – Angela’s Passion to round up the meal. Few flavours to choose from : Triple Chocolate, Creme Fraiche, Black Doris Plum, and Vanilla Bean.
Angela’s Passion RM24.90
Write Up: Summergirl
The Eighth Avenue Restaurant Bistro Bar
D2-G3-03, Solaris Dutamas, Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Mon-Thurs, Sun 12:00–00:00