Yes, at last! After much procrastination, both gNOMes finally paid White House Kitchen a visit, together with gNOMe 2’s brother, who is an even bigger food critic than them!
Half a year ago, this eatery was known as Kennedy’s Grill. Ever since the previous owner passed on, this place was taken over by Mr Sanjeev and his father, and voila! White House Kitchen was established.
This place just screams American! We love the interior decors, one can find Capt’ America signage, posters of James Dean, Monroe, Presley; red and blue painted walls with american themed shirts and posters hung all over.
The place is lit just right, normally with some good ol’ country rock. But that night was a full night of Kenny G-esque sentimental music, which was quite nice to unwind.
There’s a guitar at one corner, we thought it was just on display, never would we imagine that it belongs to Head Chef Don and he would use to sing and serenade the customers. Hence, also known as the singing chef 😉
We started the night with French Onion Soup (RM9.90) and A&W Root Beer Float (RM6.90).
French onion soup originates from France (duh!), is an onion soup usually based on meat stock with croutons and cheese on top. At White House Kitchen, this entrée is the toned down version. Instead of croutons, one is served garlic bread. The baguette tasted soft, yet crunchy at the sides. Garlic spread was flavourful, with huge chunky garlic bits infusing every bite. soup is flavorful as it is a puree of well-blended onions that give it a sweet and savory taste at the same time.
But if one is not happy with the toned-down version, one can also order the full version, albeit for a higher price. You pay for what you get, no?
Le beef, Le lamb, Le pasta. 3 different mains for the 3 hungry gNOMes. Pasta was served first!
Davy Jones’ Carbonara Pasta (RM27.90). Spaghetti cooked with Salmon, Prawns, Mussels, Squid, & Beef Bacon in Carbonara Sauce. First bite told us that the sauce was quite diluted, which was below gNOMe 2’s expectations. Nevertheless, the seafood was indeed fresh! The prawn was slightly grilled, leaving a hint of grilled/burnt taste when one bites into it. Juicy, thick prawn meat. Yums! But the winner of the lot goes to the SALMON! Salmon was very fresh, cooked in a manner whereby the meat stayed juicy and tender, and the skin, crispy! We believe that if there was only an egg benedict sitting right on top of everything, this meal would be a delish.
The Silence of The Lambs (RM26.90) came right after. The only lamb dish available here. Grilled lamb served with home made mint sauce. Lamb was grilled just right, making it succulent and luscious although the lamb could do with a little bit more seasoning. The home made mint sauce was appetizing, not too diluted as compared to the ones marketed outside. Grilled greens make a good side dish, perfect to start the dish with. The only setback was the fries. They tasted cold and soggy 😦
Graceland T Bone Steak (RM42.90) came in a hot plate! gNOMe 1 asked for medium rare, what’s steak without some blood huh? We realized that the chef would have made your order as you wanted, but the hot plate will cook it further for you. So when the steak was served, it became closed to well done. gNOMe 1 was disappointed, we notified the staffs and immediately Head Chef Don got up and cooked a fresh new batch for gNOMe 1! Now, talk about good service! Would have been better if they served it without the hotplate, as to preserve the bloody nature of the steak!
The second round of steak which came, cooked personally by Head Chef Don, was a vast improvement. The meat was juicy and bloody (just the way gNOMe 1 wants it) and the self-made marination sufficiently tasty. However one complaint would be that the potatoes were rather bland.
Food portion is indeed huge, so both gNOMes were pleased with their dinner. White House also serve lunch sets, do try them out and let us know what you think. They even go to the extent of sourcing ‘Halal’ meat cuts so rest assured, this place is for everyone!
Verdict : One ought to order the ‘Salmon in Lemon & Butter Sauce’ judging from the good salmon bits on the pasta. If you don’t like your pasta sauce to be diluted, just request for one egg benedict to seal the deal. One thing that has impressed the gNOMes is that White House Kitchen is very open to feedback and constantly strive to improve and evolve their menu. We love the ambiance and the top notch service extended to us by Mr Sanjeev, Head Chef Don and Head Waiter Daniel.
How to get there :
Address : No. 20-1, Jalan PJU 5/5, Dataran Sunway, 47810 Kota Damansara, Selangor Darul Ehsan.
Contact : +603-6140 7167
Opening Hours : Tuesdays to Sundays, 11:00 am till 11:00 pm
UPDATE: FOR OUR MUSLIM READERS OUT THERE, WHITE HOUSE KITCHEN IS NO LONGER SERVING HALAL FOOD. SEE THIS POST FOR THE LATEST UPDATE.