Desire at Manor, Asian Heritage Row
Desire at Manor, Asian Heritage Row
“The Manor – man·or. Defined as the main house on the estate by virtue of its privilege position.”
A brand new hot-spot for the urban chic is in town. Desire at Manor on Asian Heritage row opened its doors in July 2010 to swarms of the hip, the happening, and the cool. It’s fast becoming THE place for stylish events, chic parties or even just an after work drinks hangout.
With 350 cocktails on the menu and their own concoction of Black Lychee Vodka, not partying til the wee hours of the morning will be difficult!
Oh, did I mention? They also serve food to complement the drinks, right up until 1am. Manor has now 3 rooms; Desire, O Walk and The Terrace. Soon to be added is the brand new upstairs lounge that will also be open 6 nights a week, serving the best happy hours from 5pm – 9pm.
Donovan (Photographer) and I sat down on the Terrace with owners Alex Martin and Lawrence Tee .
They enlightened us more on the concept of the place. Alex himself has been very involved and hands-on with the design and remodelling of the Manor. Apparently, the old interior was gutted and replaced with sleek, red and black contemporary fittings.
The facade also boasts minimalist arches and an eye-catching sign that ignites the interest of innocent passersby.
“It’s designed with both comfort and style in mind,” says Alex. “We aim to be an International Lifestyle Destination for Food, Service and Experience.”
Snacks, main courses and desserts are served throughout the club. The menu is currently being revamped and expanded, so it was our bad luck that a lot of the ‘fresh’ and healthy dishes like salads, soups, and pizzas were unavailable. I loved the ‘bling’ menu cover that fit so well with the theme of the restaurant!
Alex recommended we try some of their more popular dishes and signature items.
Cajun Chicken Wings
Mammoth sized wings coated in a crispy, golden batter made with a bold mix of spices. Best eaten with your hands!
Open faced omelette with beef bacon, turkey ham & veggies. Savoury and fluffy, the fritata was our favourite for the evening.
Sizzling Chicken Tikka
A signature dish, the hot plate is presented to you and a spicy sweet chilli sauce dramatically poured over the chicken to release a cloud of smoke.
Served with toasted garlic baguette and potato wedges.
Spicy Chicken Chermoula Pasta
Spaghetti with a Morrocon style sauce made from tomatoes, herbs, lemon juice, garlic and cumin. Tangy and slightly spicy, and garnished with a toasted garlic baguette.
Rice with bite, cooked in a creamy stock, with assorted seafood of squid, prawns, fish and mussels, and toasted garlic baguette.
The pastry chef at Desire at Manor comes from a background of sugar art in reputable hotels around KL, so it was no surprise that desserts are flamboyantly decorated with interesting pieces of sugar sculptures.
The chocolate brownie was rich and nutty, served with a thick dark chocolate sauce.
A variation of the former, this brownie is served on a hot plate.
Watch the heavy chocolate sauce bubble and pop, and inhale the fragrant smell of hot chocolate. Of course, I couldn’t resist fooling around with the attractive pieces of sugar… Good enough to eat!
“I crown you SIR Donavan of the Manor!”
Then out came the Black Lychee Vodka, produced and packaged in a swanky bottle in Singapore, exclusively for Desire at Manor.
It turns blue after mixing with ice, and has a pleasant, sweetish flavour to it. Alex tells us it’s very popular with the ladies…
Also available, Shisha, with imported blends of tobacco ranging from apple to strawberry to chocolate.
If you don’t know which one to choose, Desire’s experienced Shisha Master is ready to lend you a helping hand.We took a quick tour of the entire place and said our goodbyes. For Alex and Lawrence, the night was just beginning!
Desirable food, people and music. You want all that? Then head on down to Desire at Manor on Asian Heritage Row.
Thanks to Alex, Lawrence and the staff at Desire at Manor for a lovely evening.
Special thanks to Donovan (www.donovanchin.com) for the beautiful photos.
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Desire at the Manor
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia