Dain Ti Hill, Pavilion KL

Citibank was running a 50% off all food (eat-in only) at Dain Ti Hill Pavilion until the end of this month so we decided to take advantage of this promotion. Originated from Taipei, the KL branch features Chinese, Japanese and Western cuisine. It was packed when we arrived and were told that waiting time will be around 40 minutes. But barely 20 mins later, my phone rung and we got our table! Seated by the drinks’ bar, we had a good view of what was ordered by other patrons as the waiting staff had to pass us by. Only downside is the occasional whirl of the blender drowning out our conversation.

The decor is indeed eye-catching, but it’s not really my cup of tea. I find it somewhat showy to the verge of being garish. Felt like there was too much going on. I guess I’m all for clean, zen looks.

Found the covers of the chopsticks funny as they reflected the gender of the patron (male/female). All it takes is to flip over on either side. Apparently Dain Ti Hill targets independent women diners who knows what they want. Hmm.

One of their specialty drinks is the Calamansi Tea 桔茶 (RM15 for hot, RM12 for cold) which is quite refreshing as the fresh calamansi juice is squeezed into the tea. They also have quite a range of alcoholic concoctions in long stemmed champagne flutes which looked quite enticing. Heh.

Started with the Baked Escargots 法式田螺 (RM18). This french starter was very cheesey, but bland in taste imo. A lot of cheese, very little snail. We wanted one of their signature sushi rolls at first, but after seeing plates of them being sent out, with lots of rice and little filling, we decided to go for the next starter, a beef dish.

We were very pleased with our choice of the Sauteed Imperial Beef Steak With Special Sauce 腓力奶油陶板烧 (RM28). The beef cubes were done medium rare, and we could taste the hint of rawness within bites of the tender meat. It was placed on a bed of sauteed onions and leafy spinach and topped with crispy garlic flakes. Easily one of the better dishes we had for the meal.

The Dragon Fruit & Prawn Salad 火龙果虾仁 (RM15) caught our eye later as it kept making its way past us to the other tables. However I was a little disappointed to find out it was all fruit and barely any prawn. In fact, the prawns were sliced into half and only a measly 3 slices were found in one portion. However, the subtle dragon fruit and slightly crunchy chinese pear cubes complimented each other well though and was rather refreshing.

My friend chose the Beef Rice 刷牛肉饭 (RM18), which is essentially a Gyudon Beef rice bowl. This was quite bland and tasteless. I actually think that Yoshinoya’s version tastes much better.

I chose the Pork Ball Rice 狮子头饭 (RM16) which features a “lion’s head“, or an oversized meatball. The origins of the name is quite imaginative in where the huge meatball is the lion, and the accompanying leafy greens (usually cabbage), its mane. Dain Ti Hill’s version featured a pureed vege dressing though and it tasted quite good! The meatball was juicy and lightly tinged with ginger and I enjoyed it with the egg-topped rice.

Another friend had the Seafood Ramen 海鲜拉面 (RM20) which was served with a side dish of Kimchi. The kimchi tasted quite mild, but whetted our appetite. The ramen was nothing to shout about though despite the various toppings.

The Red Bean Ice Mountain 华山 (RM13) was another popular dessert with the crowd and after seeing it prepared again and again at the drinks bar, we decided to see what the fuss is about. It was indeed an ice mountain, and generously drowned with red bean and some boba pearls. We were digging a “tunnel” through the “mountain” when we discovered more red bean paste inside! Treasure eh? So no worries of having not enough red bean to go around the shaved ice.

I have to say that the menu here is quite varied and unique. And there are a few other items that caught my eye such as the Potato Pumpkin Cake, Prawn Skewers, Fried Fish with Dain Ti Sauce and this Mustard Chicken (which was very popular as it kept making its rounds). But tastewise, there are some hits & misses. The Japanese dishes we tried pale in comparison to the Chinese ones, so I reckon I’ll stick to the Chinese ones should I return. A bit spoiled lah after the 50% discount deal, so not so sure about paying full price again. Haha.

Dain Ti Hill 代官山 (www)
Lot 6.01.05 Level 6
Pavilion Kuala Lumpur
168 Jalan Bukit Bintang
Kuala Lumpur
Tel : 2145 6628
Open: 11am – 10pm daily

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5 Comments »

  1. mimi said

    the food so-so only, but with 50% off, ok lah 😛

    epicuriousgirl says: hehe, my thoughts exactly.

  2. Simon Seow said

    Been here once. Not too bad the food.

    epicuriousgirl says: yeah, but if i ever go back… only order chinese food. Hehe.

  3. Christy said

    I just read about this place from another blog about the lousy service:p
    But your blog seems to showcase some interesting stuffs too….dragon fruit and prawn salad? Red Bean ice mountain? sounds cool 🙂

    (Hmmm..but need to think again about the service though:p)

    epicuriousgirl says: I didn’t really encounter bad service though coz it was super busy for them and we didn’t get much service also. Just the usual, order etc. Quite friendly leh.

  4. I was actually contemplating on whether to order the Deep Fried Chicken With Mustard Cream Sauce or the Sauteed Imperial Beef Steak With Special Sauce. I opted for the former, which was really good. But the beef looks darn good too. I’m very tempted to try it…but after their dreadful service, I don’t think I want to go back anytime soon.

    epicuriousgirl says: Yeah, I did notice that the chicken you mentioned was very popular. Bad service eh? I didn’t really get much service to be honest, so can’t complain about them either. Heh.

  5. Agnes said

    Is that ‘yau jar gwai’ sticking out on top of that Dragon Fruit & Prawn dish? I was glancing at the pictures and when I passed that picture, my eyes screeched to a brake, reversed and looked at that picture again, with me thinking “Wot in the world is that?”

    epicuriousgirl says: err, i think it was actually a slice of deep fried sweet potato. 🙂

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