Ember Modern Bistro
An experience you’ll have to try for yourself
By Agnes Aui
Along a street in Taman Tun Dr Ismail (TTDI) is a bistro run by the humble duo of Chef Gary Anwar and manager Jasmyin Yeap. With classy interior and an open kitchen concept where diners can witness the chefs at their best, one may take Ember Modern Bistro as a fine dining restaurant serving dishes that would burn a hole in one’s pocket. But in reality, it’s far from that. Born with the mission to serve its version of good food at an affordable price, the eatery refuses to categorise itself to a certain cuisine – but with its posh and quirky dishes, we’re thankful for that.
Refresh yourself with its Cold Noodles, Duck and Ponzu featuring duck confit and a ponzu of four citruses, namely calamansi, lime, lemon and grapefruit. Deemed perfect for tart lovers, saltiness of the soft and creamy duck confit does balance out the sour notes. Taking a Turkish twist, the Eggplant Salad of fried eggplant tossed in peanut butter, seasoned with cumin and topped with pomegranate is a whirlwind of flavours and textures from spicy and creamy to sour and crunch. However, those seeking to try new things can opt for the “Smoked” Beef Tartare with charcoal oil and flat bread. The dish is evident with smoky taste, is soft and melts in the mouth with every bite.
Warm up your palate with the Grilled 4 Days Dry Aged Duck served with fresh vegetables from the local market that’s cooked to perfection, smooth and packed with flavours. Those who prefer fish can order its Grilled Fish with Local Baby Vegetables featuring snapper, fiddlehead fern, pumpkin shoots and four-angled beans – a dish that glistens under the spotlight and trickles with juiciness.
However, if duck or fish isn’t your meat of choice, opt for the Grilled Chicken with Yuzu Kosho that also comes with locally sourced and handpicked vegetables alongside kampung (village) chicken. The generous portion of half chicken accompanied by fresh greens, fermented chilli paste and yuzu sauce was a flavour incomparable to anywhere else.
Deeply rooted in what it truly believes in, Ember Modern Bistro is no fancy spot, just a simple place serving distinct creations that are open to your own interpretation. But with the labour, love and passion encrypted in every heart-warming dish – it’s truly simplicity at its finest.