Fancy having steamboat with extremely fresh seafood (still swimming) in a lush greenery and cool surrounding complete with beach resort style? Believe me, dining here is so relaxing with the sound of the man-made waterfall, it really feels like holidaying at a beach resort. Reality is, this place is located at Kg Sg Kayu Ara which is just a stone-throw away from Atria in Damansara Jaya and less than 10 minutes drive from my house! (Please refer to the map appended below).
If you have a big crowd, you can have more privacy by requesting for a private cabana. Sadly, due to small number of eating companion, I have yet to have a chance to sit in a cabana which would further enhance the 'steamboating at a beach resort' feel.
To keep the children entertained while the adults could eat in peace, it is very smart of them to have a man-made waterfall complete with a stream filled with fishes. Buckets and fishing nets are provided for the kids to fish! On my first visit, there was even a man making balloon sculptures which is free for kids. The excitement and the laughter from the kids made me feel like joining them.
Now, back to the food review. There are two types of ground chili paste served; the red and the green. And what I love most is the unlimited amount of fried shallots in oil that really enhance the taste of the food. As for the soup base, if not mistaken, you can either choose the clear soup or upgrade it to their signature Drunken Pot Herbal Wine Soup at a minimal cost. I have not tried the herbal soup yet as I still think clear soup is the best to enjoy the maximum sweetness from your ingredients.
Like any other steamboat restaurants, this place offers various types of steamboat sets, depending on the number of pax. On my first visit, I ordered the Standard set priced at RM18.80 per set (minimum 2 sets) that came with crystal fish ball, vege fish roll, stuffed beancurd, dumpling, fried beancurd sheet, quill egg, beancurds, otak tauhu, salmon ball, fuzhou vege ball, chicken ball, seafood beancurd and chinese cabbage.
For our second visit, we decided to try the Seafood Package for 2 person. Priced at RM69 for 2 pax, I find this extremely reasonable. It came with the platter of the Standard Set (as above) for 1 pax as well as 2 whole flower crabs, 200g of tiger prawns and 500g of giant clams. The seafood here is extremely fresh as they were still swimming in the tanks before being served. The restaurant claims that all seafood are delivered fresh from Pulau Ketam daily.
Occasionally we will hear people scream when their prawns jumped off from the plate! I didn't manage to take a picture of the prawns before cooked for fear it might commit suicide by jumping off our table. I enjoyed savouring the prawns most, the sweet highly laden cholesterol roes from the head to the springy meat. Simply fantastic!
Hubby simply loves the giant clams which is huge with plump and juicy flesh. Cooking this requires lots of care and attention. I only cook a few at a time so that each time it pops open, I scoop it out immediate as it's simply a waste to overcook such good stuff!
On my fourth visit, we order the Seafood Package which can feed 3 - 5 pax priced at RM119. Similar to the above seafood package for 2 person, this set comes with the basic platter for 2 as well as choice of either a Silver Pomfret, Red Snapper or White Snapper. We tried the Silver Pomfret which was fresh from the fish tank! Being a non-fish lover, I still love this very much. Texture was smooth and almost as solid as scallops. Even the fish head and bones not wasted after simmering in the soup for extra sweetness.
The Giant Bamboo Clams is highly recommended too which is available in the ala-carte menu. I couldn't remember how much it costs but do try. The taste is amazing when the juices from the plump flesh burst in your mouth!
There are many other items in the menu such as sliced beef, enoki mushrooms, assorted greens and cooked food such as fried wantan and paper wrapped chicken.
We also discovered a good satay stall manned by a Malay lady at the side of the restaurant. Tender and well marinated, you don't even need to dip with the excellent satay sauce.
Damansara Village Steamboat Restaurant is located at:
1067, Jalan Jenjarum
Kg. Sg. Kayu Ara
Off Jalan SS23/10, Damansara Jaya
47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Tel : 03 7803 1832
Business hours:- 5.30 p.m. to midnight daily.