Monday, September 9, 2013

Restaurant Review: The Gastro Project, Section 17

***Warning: DO NOT scroll further down if it's past dinner time or else your diet plan will be sabotaged.

Weeks ago, I was lucky enough to be invited to review the new family operated restaurant called The Gastro Project, located at Section 17, Petaling Jaya.

Burgundy walls, monochrome floor tiles, slight lit interior and most interestingly, photograph images of Hollywood stars hanging on the wall, are the prime elements that make up this chic yet cozy space perfect for a romantic dinner downtown. If you're looking for a relaxing fine dining spot that doesn't burn a hole in your wallet, this is definitely the place to be.

The Gastro Project's menu consists of multinationally inspired dishes where the cuisine barriers are removed to let in Italian, European, Indian and Japanese influences into their cookery.

All members of the media were pampered excessively that night with limitless orders on their in-house cocktails and also champagnes, red and white wines to go with each different dish.

Ok, now lets start with the food!

Mushroom Tart (Vegetarian): Caramelised mushrooms and onions served on polenta base.

Orrechiette: Ear-shaped pasta in creamy, cumin flavored sauce with sun-dried tomatoes, lamb sausage and home made meatballs baked in cheese.

The Indian: Spicy chicken Perratal with cucumber Raita, sliced red chillies and paneer.

The TGP Pizza: Juicy squids and prawns on green garlic pesto base with parmesan and chili padi. (For all you chilli addicts, this would be perfect as it was so spicy I couldn't even manage to finish one single piece of it // I'm a moderate spicy eater if it helps)

Japanese Style Salad (Vegetarian): A happy salad of avocado, pomegranate, mixed salad leaves and pine nuts, in a Japanese inspired sesame dressing. (A really interesting one to try as I've never had pomegranate in my salad before, love the avocado and the unique yet light dressing)

Moving on to the mains,

Butter Cream King Prawn with Mantau Bun, which is probably my favorite dish of all; ultra fresh king prawn that just slips right out of its shell and fried Mantau buns to soak up the finger-licking good butter cream to the very last drop. Oh lord, I can taste it in my mouth as I'm typing this out!

The Crabmeat Aglio Olio which is the restaurant's bestseller; a heaped plate of spaghetti with chili, garlic and sweet crab flakes, simple yet so full of flavor.

Slow-cooked lamb stewed with carrots and apricots, served with fluffy buttered couscous and a side salad which I couldn't get enough of.

Now, I can't decide whether I like the prawns better or this, a well cooked piece of Australian Black Angus, surprisingly soft and tender with all the juice locked within the meat, this is the meaning of "Food Orgasm".

Last but not least, the womanizer, desserts!

I would say that The Gastro Project's dessert menu covered pretty much all sensations of taste, no matter if you have a huge sweet tooth, or you prefer something more decadent (bitter/alcoholic), or even something more towards the sour side, they for sure have something to suit your liking.

Chocolate Cake Balls covered in chocolate sauce and rum.

The sweet and satisfying Cardamom Pannacotta with Fruit Coulis.

Saving the best for last, which is my personal favorite, English Strawberry Trifle with layers of fresh cream, custard, fresh strawberries and strawberry sauce, the perfect concoction of both sweet and sourness.

The entire review session was very cheerful, chatty and elegant all at once, where all media members had loads of fun catching up and having conversations about absolutely everything, I for one had a blissful time. Great food with great company, best combo in life.

With fellow bloggers Audrey and Chloe.

Our "girls being girls" moment.

Giving thanks to all The Gastro Project crew members that made our night a deliciously unforgettable one. Props to them for the super friendly and efficient service that continued up until we step into our car.

Extra information:

The Gastro Project offers an additional feature which is the stylish and relaxing first floor where you get to savour the food and drinks on soft cushioned lounge chairs while enjoying a movie projected on a big screen with a home theatre system.

For a girls night out, unwind with your girlfriends at The Gastro Project's Ladies Night on every Tuesdays.

Also available for family gatherings, private parties, company night out, corporate events or club gatherings.

The Gastro Project is located at,
No. 25, Jalan 17/56, 
46400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

Operating hours:
11am - 11pm (Mon to Fri)
8am - 1am (Sat & Sun)

Contact No.:
03 7931 6465


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