Damansara Village is another one of the many Pulau Ketam style steamboat restaurants in Klang Valley. For some, it is worth trying simply because of the star attraction – the famous actor and radio personality Patrick Teoh is the owner of this steamboat restaurant. But to me, it really doesn’t matter who the owner is because the main focus should be the food and pricing.
I am going to compare Damansara Village with Happy City at Kepong, which I think is still the steamboat restaurant to beat thus far in terms of taste and value. We had a standard steamboat set for two, with a choice of chicken meat or crabs. We chose the latter because it felt like the better deal.
The crabs were really small (almost pathetic) and had little meat, fresh nonetheless.
300g of live tiger prawns comes with the set but they were not as lively and jumping like those at Happy City. Besides the prawns, a plate of clams, two mussels and some abalone slices are the other seafood that are also included in the steamboat set. I would have to say the clams are the most enjoyable ones after the prawns for its sweetness and freshness and you won’t taste any grittiness in them.
Then you have the usual processed food like fish balls, fish noodles, quail eggs, tofu, bean curd skin etc.. you know the drill. These taste pretty standard like what you would get at any other steamboat restaurants so nothing fancy here.
Damansara Village also serves some ala carte dishes to complement their steamboat where the more popular ones would be their signature bamboo clams and free range steamed chicken. I really wanted to try the bamboo clams but too bad it was not available on the day of our visit. The chicken on the other hand would make our meal too heavy. So we had some Ji Bao Gai instead, which was not bad at all.
I wouldn’t say the same for this dish though. I can’t recall its name but it was some prawn and meat ball thingy that is to be eaten with some chili and lime dipping sauce. The texture is mushy to the bite and tastes oily so it is quite bad actually.
You have the option to upgrade the MSG free soup to their signature Herbal Pot Soup, which is done by simply adding a few extra Chinese herbs and ingredients like wolfberries, dong quai, wood ear, cilantro and Chinese rice wine. I think the upgrade is worthwhile and definitely recommended, not only for the added health benefits but also for the added flavors.
In total we spent more than RM100 for this meal and I think you would agree with me it is not cheap for 2 pax, even with all the side dishes we had. This is the bad side. On the good side, at least the seafood tastes fresh and the soup is much better than what the average steaboat restaurants could offer. But of course if you ask me, Happy City is still on the top of my list for steamboat.
Anyway, if you are planning eat at Damansara Village I suggest you go to their outlet at Jalan Imbi especially if it is raining. The Kampung Kayu Sungai Ara branch’s roof leaks water when it rains and we were unlucky enough to experience that. I have to admit this marred our dining experience and more or less affected my opinion of Damansara Village.
Damansara Village Steamboat Restaurant (Pork Free, Non Halal)
1067, Jalan Jenjarum
Kg. Sg. Kayu Ara, off Jalan SS23/10
47400 Petaling Jaya
GPS Coordinates: N3 07.458 E101 36.780
Open daily for dinner
Tel: 03 7803 1832