DEWAKAN FINE DINING
KDU UNIVERSITY COLLEGE
DEWAKAN restaurant is an educational entrepreneurial effort of KDU University College
Only the most finicky, fastidious and fanatical foodie have heard of Dewakan restaurant but now the cat's out of the bag though Dewakan has never been hiding under its laurels as it deserves every leaf!
The location is fraught with dangers; everyone assumes Dewakan is located not far from KL since it is located at Damansara Jaya at SS22/41. Allocate 20 minutes drive you say.
That is KDU College PJ which is the original and very de famous but it is different and an hour away from KDU University College where Dewakan is located! The KDU in Damansara Jaya, Petaling Jaya is is 'KDU College' whereas the new, big one is 'KDU University College'! The second one has 'University' as part its name and is in Glenmarie in Shah Alam!
Even after arriving at Utropolis (short for University Metropolis) in KDU University College, it is not easy to find Dewakan as it is located deep inside the campus next to the new shopping mall and condo. You cannot see it from the main road and there are no clues a fine dining restaurant lurks inside the University College (the name sounds redundant and repetitive but Malaysian law says a University College must exists for 5 years before it can ditch the lower ranking 'college' from its name).
If you park outside, it is a bit of a trek in so drive right in and park metres from Dewakan.
The sign is discreet so don't look for blinking neons and blaring music with scantily clad females welcoming you inside.
Inside, all is calm, cool and classy.
I assume Dewakan is an amalgam of Dewan Makan (Malay for Dining Hall which makes sense).
Dewakan stands for 'Dewa Makan' which means, omigod, 'Deities Eating'!
Well, I guess it is apt since the food is worthy of the gods!
In Malay, 'dewa' means male deities and 'dewi' means female deities. Dewas are lower ranking than Gods and Goddesses and originate from Hinduism.
I assume the decor is very Melayu so I wore frightfully expensive, hand blocked batek shirt with Nagas (dragons) to blend with the furniture since I am a wallflower type. Only to discover the decor is sleek, stylish and ultra modern like Ruyi restaurant!
Dewakan seats only around 30 and has no long table so we all had to sit at individual round tables of 5 or 6.
The special MIGF 6-course Dinner costs RM 165 without wine and RM 250 with wine. The 10-course dinner costs RM 207 without wine and Dewakan is helmed by super chef Darren Teoh.
Explains restaurant manager Hafriz Mazlan, "To us, Dewakan means food from God, and as restaurant we want honour the bounty and blessing given to our land. We want connect ingredients from sea, farms, mountains and jungle to a canvas that is our plate in the most interesting way we know how."
Like I said, the food at Dewakan is worthy of the gods and what is good for them is good for us mortals.
DEWAKAN IS AT LEFT
DEWAKAN IS AT RIGHT
DEWAKAN IS MANAGED AND OWNED BY KDU UNIVERSITY COLLEGE WHICH IS OWNED BY PARAMOUNT BHD
THE SIGN IS DISCREET
KDU COOKING ROOMS
SURESH ISSAC OLIVER, DEPUTY HEAD OF SCHOOL OF HOSPITALITY, TOURISM AND CULINARY ARTS WITH KITTY LEE, HEAD OF SCHOOL OF HOSPITALITY, TOURISM AND CULINARY ARTS
SUSAN OOI, CEO AND CMO OF KDU COLLEGE IN PJ
WITH MIGF SIGNAGE PROCLAIMING THE AUGUST EVENT
KITTY LEE, ITALIAN TRADE COMMISSIONER DR ANDREA AMBRA, SUSAN OOI AND SURESH OLIVER
MAHENDRA GURSAHANI, MRS SUBH GURSAHANI AND SUSAN OOI
ANDROS XAVIER CHAN, ALLAN CHEONG YON HAN AND DATIN SU DAY
ANDROS XAVIER CHAN AND ALLAN CHEONG YON HAN
KITTY LEE JOINS THE 2 A's
SUSAN OOI AND HOST WITH MOST DATO STEVE DAY
DATO STEVE DAY, MAHENDRA AND SUBH GURSAHANI AND SUSAN OOI
DATIN SU DAY AND DR ANDREA AMBRA
ANDREW HO, SHERILYN FOONG, SUSAN TAI AND JEFFREY CHEW THE GROUP CEO OF PARAMOUNT CORPORATION BHD WHICH OWNS KDU EDUCATION GROUP
SHERILYN FOONG AND DATIN SU DAY
THEIR EXCELLENCIES ALEKSANDRA ANNA CESKA AND CHRISTOPHE CESKA THE AMBASSADOR OF AUSTRIA TO MALAYSIA
DATO STEVE DAY AND JEFFREY CHEW OF PARAMOUNT
THE 3 A's---ANDROS, ALLAN AND ALEKSANDRA
SHERILYN FOONG, KITTY LEE AND ANDREW HO
LOUNGE OF DEWAKAN
KITTY LEE, JOHN CHUA, MEERA CHUA AND DATO STEVE DAY
MEERA POINTS TO HEAVEN IN ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF THE GODS' BLESSINGS
DATO RICHARD TEO CAME IN HIS RED PORSCHE
DATO STEVE DAY WELCOMING GUESTS
NICK LOUGH IN BATEK
I WAS DISDAINFUL OF THE DEAD, UGLY, PATHETIC STICKS WHICH REEK OF SEVERE LACK OF IMAGINATION AND COST-CUTTING ON FRESH FLOWERS...
...UNTIL WE WERE TOLD THE BROWN BUNCH OF STICKS ARE EDIBLE AND MEANT FOR THE BUDU-FLAVORED SAUCE!
DIP THE DEAD-STICKS INTO THIS BUDU SAUCE!
THIS IS WHY YOU SHOULD NOT JUDGE A FLORAL DISPLAY UNTIL YOU EAT IT!
RAZOR CLAM, ROSE APPLE, CASHEW NUTS AND TENGGEK BURUNG
KING OYSER MUSHROOM, GREEN CURRY PASTE, CUMIN YOGHURT AND MACKEREL
HAFRIZ MAZLAN PREPARING SOUP FOR FORBIDDEN RICE PORRIDGE
CHEF DARREN TEOH AT WORK, HE IS CHINDIAN
VERY EXOTIC MANEUVRE
WHAT GOES UP MUST COME DOWN!
DATIN WINNIE LOO AND JOHN CHUA
WHY IT IS CALLED FORBIDDEN RICE PORRIDGE IS BEYOND ME
SOUP BEING POURED
MEERA LOOKS LIKE BEAUTY QUEEN
CORN FED CHICKEN BASTED WITH WHEY AND CHICKEN RAGOUT WRAPPED IN KADUK
RESTAURANT MANAGER HAFRIZ MAZLAN EXPLAINING EACH DISH
GULA MELAKA MARQUISE, SOUR MERINGUE AND PULUT ICE CREAM
I ALMOST ATE THE STONES TOO UNTIL HAFRIZ STOPPED ME AS THESE ARE REAL ROCKS AND WOULD BREAK MY TEETH
SO I ATE THE ICE CREAM LAH
DATO STEVE DAY INTRODUCING THE TEAM OF DEWAKAN HEADED BY DARREN TEOH
DATO NICK LOUGH SPOKE ON GUESTS' BEHALF AND EXPOUNDED ON CHEF DARREN TEOH'S SKILLS
FAREWELL BUT WE WILL BE BACK!