Sunday, June 26, 2016

FLINT, Persiaran Ampang

After the successful firing up of Stoked in Medan Damansara, owner Yin How decided to reconceptualize their existing Vintry in 24 Persiaran Ampang, and turn it yet into another hot flame for the Ampang residents and beyond.....Flint is the latest outlet to open on this eclectic row of understated yet rather upmarket yet homely restaurants in that affluent hood of Ampang Hilir.

Flint, no relation to the cartoon character of the same half surname, (Flintsones la, which is actually the method of lighting a flame those days when I was young) also has the same signature oven its sister restaurant has, the Big Bertha, that steely Brienne of Tarth character in Game of Thrones comes to mind, big ass with a big heart, and an additional drum with the same concept as the Bertha, called the Drumbecue... every macho man's dream I'm sure of a backyard bbq... Except it's probably the Lamborghini of barbeques.

Big Bertha


The upstairs has a nice area for private diners, with even a play area to chuck away those screaming kids.... so that adults can dine in relative peace.  Afterall, being an old conservative Asian, we (as in I) semi subscribe to the adage that kids should be seen not heard.

I love places that serve fresh piping hot bread, with butter that melts gloriously ..although had we known the amount of food that was coming, it might have been wise to abstain.

They have a well stoked and well stocked bar,  and by the looks of it, a mixologist in the house as well.

Grilled oysters, for want of a better name.  Like Stoked, they try to source and utilize the best that local ingredients have to offer, in this case, huge oysters from the South China Sea. RM12 per piece

Ooh la la... Lalas... or clams, in white wine sauce...nothing like alcohol infused clams to make one open up, paired with a lovely St Clair Malborough Sauv Blanc 2015.RM38

The prawn tartine, ....a bit too many things happening on a piece of bread, and fellow IG follower commented that they had it before and it was "dry on dry"... Well, honestly, ain't my thing, but it you like mayo-ey stuff, then you might like this. RM30

Tartine of Roast Beef, Chilli Jam, Sourdough Bread, RM36.  Okay, certainly better than the prawn version, but again, too mayo-ey for me, totally negating the healthy salad effects of the rocket, but perhaps it is meant to be more decadent than salad-y.

Lamb Shoulder Stew, Mediterranean inspired dish, with haricot beans.  Very hearty, def a meal by itself.

Free range Moroccan inspired chicken stew, with that tomatoish base, and distinct what do you call that area?  Mediterranean cum  Middle Eastern (as opposed to Italy)...taste.

Homemade Tagliatelle with spiced beef ragout.. I love the pasta, so much body, done aldente...  And very light almost. RM40

Mushroom risotto with picarino cheese... okay, not a risotto fan, NEXT...RM49

Being the owners of Vintry, which is essentially a wine place, of course Flint shares its same DNA when it comes to the impeccable choice of wines.

A grilled fish, caught in our local seas.  Its a trevally, caught from the South China Sea, to be precise.  As a scuba diver, this is quite a common sight.  The flesh is firm, and I like it cos it's not a bony fish.

Oven smoked roasted beef, apparently the cut changes based on what is available, and today's happened to be wagyu brisket, which I love.  Excellent, melt in the mouth, but they really can do away with the mayo.  RM

Australian Black Angus OP Ribs, 1,3kg.  What can I say?  Perfect meat in every way that I imagine a good steak to be...Perfectly done, a wee bit on the tough side, but that's to be expected from this cut, if you want lazy chew and melt in the mouth then rib eye is more your thing.  RM dunno.

Like at Stoked, I love their grilled side tubers...Sweet Purple Potato.

Australian Lamb Loin, grilled perfectly.  Well, they do have the Bertha and the Drumbecue for this very purpose.

Whilst Stoke had an array of different salts, Flint has an array of different peppers...each imparting its own distinct flavour.

Just when I thought the OP ribs had hit the spot, this Australian Grain Fed Rib Eye, and me being a rib eye fan, was my favourite dish of the night.  I loved that it was served naked, so as to be able to appreciate the untainted taste of meat, melt in the mouth goodness. RM83 for 250gm or RM111 for 350 gm.

Deconstructed Apple Crumble.  Apples were baked nicely, though I would be preferred a higher crumble to apple ratio.

Earl Grey Bavarois.... Bavarois, Panettone, Panna Cotta, whats the difference I don't know but it they were human, they'd defintely have the same surnames...

The Rocky Mountain Orange brownie, we unanimously agreed, was more like a chocolate cake rather than brownie.  No complaints though, a rose by any other name....

Well, the lucky residents of that hood now have a lovely new place to try out.

24 Persiaran Ampang
Tel : 03-42528262


KY said...

that's some good looking grilled oysters, and as you said, dead fish still looks like dead fish.

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