Contemporary and classy. These are the two words that best describe the environment at Way Modern Chinois. Inside, the dark interior is a stark contrast to the brightly lit environment just a few steps away from its doorway which is accessible through a lift door. The unconventional entrance will certainly raise an eyebrow or two and bound to catch many unsuspecting customers by surprise.
The surrounding ambiance at Way Modern Chinois invokes a pleasing yet mysterious feeling. Dark furnitures, rose wood panelling and strategically placed spotlights dominate the scene in the absence of bright enclosures, oriental paintings or hanging scrolls that we commonly associate with most Chinese restaurants. Even the music selection largely falls under the new-age genre instead of the classical Chinese oldies that one would expect. Two large mirror panels are cleverly used to give an illusion of a larger floor space.
Named after the owner’s son, the word ‘Way’ also signifies “unique” or “one and only” in Mandarin. The clever use of connotation was also extended to their menu with humorously spelt dishes such as “What Tan Hor” instead of ‘Wat Tan Hor’ for their flat noodles.
As unconventional as it sounds, Way Modern Chinois is set to break all customary precepts about Chinese dining. With a quirky name called Pac Man Dumpling (RM 22.00), one can expect a cute appetiser comprising of a piece of round cracker (Pac-Man) seemingly ‘chasing’ after the dumpling-shaped ghosts. The dumplings were made from steamed prawn marinated with Szechuan seasonings accompanied by spicy Ponzu dip.
The Crispy Duck Spring Roll (RM 12.00) came stuffed with shredded aromatic duck meat marinated with red fermented beans and orange peel. The use of orange peel was a subtle twist that Way Modern Chinois adopts to give the appetiser a slight zesty flavour.
Using the same fermented red beans, the Red Duck (RM 98.00 – whole duck) / (RM 60.00 – half duck) was marinated and air-dried using an industrial fan to remove the water content of the meat yielding a crispier skin upon roasting. As it arrived on the table, the aromatic scent of the roasted duck was enough to make anyone salivate with anticipation.
The Crab Roe Fried Rice (RM 42.00) was sumptuously fried with premium ingredients such as fresh scallops, abalone and a generous topping of creamy crab roe. Apart from its nutritional value, the long-grained Basmati rice was used as it has a much less-sticky properties.
Don’t miss out on the restaurant signature dessert, “Way” Style Sago Mango Pomelo (RM16.00) which comes with mango, grapefruit, sago and orange juice topped with sweet mango cream.
The restaurant also features a snazzy bar that concocts a unique selection of cocktails, mocktails as well as imported liquor.
The Eight Immortals (RM 22.00) was a refreshing beverage made from strawberry puree, lemongrass syrup and a stalk of lemongrass. The taste was very Asianised as compared to the usual mocktails due the ingredients used.
A combination of genmaicha-infused gin, sweet vermouth, lime juice, egg white and roasted rice produced the ferocious sounding White Tiger (RM 40.00) cocktail that resulted in a complex yet mellow flavour. The egg white was specifically used to create the foam.
With its bold and unique ‘way’ of redefining Chinese cuisine, Way Modern Chinois undoubtedly exudes an exquisite dining experience accompanied by proficiently crafted dishes that offer distinctive flavours.
Way Modern Chinois
No. G-1, Work@Clearwater
Jalan Changkat Semantan
50490 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-2095 1118
Business hours: Noon till 3pm, 6pm till 10.30pm (closed Sunday)
Note: Way Modern Chinois serves pork-free food