Restaurant review: This yummy fish will have you dancing during dinner

As one of the few restaurants around town serving good Indonesian fares, Dancing Fish in Bangsar Shopping Centre is a favourite haunt for many. Throughout the five years since it started, Dancing Fish has been maintaining its standards and quality.  

There has not been many changes to their menu as they obviously believe in doing (and continuing to do) what they do best.  After all, their success has always been from the food they serve and only some new tweaks are done to present some refreshed options.  I visited the restaurant recently and was delighted with some of their current favourites.

Dancing Fish

The star of the restaurant was of course, its Dancing Fish. Known as “Nila Goreng”, the crispy deep-fried red tilapia is usually served with Sambal Terasi and Kicap – the popular regular version.  Every part of the fish was super crunchy and totally edible – bones, fins and all!

Dancing Fish Tempoyak

If you are a fan of “tempoyak” (fermented durian), then check out the Dancing Fish with a new twist – served with Sambal Tempoyak. Tempoyak is of course an acquired taste – you either love it or hate it.  When made into a sambal by adding chillies and lime, it’s totally another level of “acquired taste”! 

Nasi Kuning Berempah
Ikan Seabass Bakar with Sambal Cobek Merah

Besides the Dancing Fish, another popular fish dish was the Ikan Seabass Bakar with Sambal Cobek Merah, which I was told, was just introduced recently in the menu.  The grilled seabass was smothered in a fragrant red sambal paste which called for lots of rice.  Check out their Nasi Kuning Berempah also – it’s amazing.

Buntut Goreng Enak
Gulai Pucuk Paku

For a complete meal at Dancing Fish, other popular dishes to order are the Gulai Pucuk Paku – jungle ferns cooked with coconut milk and turmeric and Buntut Goreng Enak – chunks of Australian oxtail, marinated and braised in aromatic herbs and spices which were then barbecued over charcoal fire to intensify the flavours. These had to be eaten with their special vinaigrette chilly spicy sambal for full satisfaction!

Udang Masam Kedondong

I also loved their Udang Masam Kedondong – fresh bouncy prawns cooked in an asam and kedondong gravy which was incredibly addictive!

Dancing Fish is still the restaurant to head to whenever I crave for Indonesian food!

Lot T120-122 3rd Floor
Bangsar Shopping Centre
Bukit Bandaraya
Jalan Maarof
59000 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-2095-6663
Open daily 11.30am till 10.00pm

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