Saturday, January 31, 2015

Pot & Kettle @ Empire Damansara

Pot & Kettle's claim to fame might be its ties to pop singer & Celebrity Masterchef Malaysia winner Fazley Yaakob, a charismatic culinarian who curates elaborately experimental recipes with hit-or-miss results.

We're garlic enthusiasts, so it's easy to endorse Pot & Kettle's pizzas, which each emerge with an entire bulb of fleshy-fragrant cloves, complementing thin-crust treats topped with beef, prawns or even scrambled eggs, costing between RM24 & RM30. Note: Our visit here was several months back; the menu was still in flux, so not everything we tried might still be available now.

It's not often that we see beignets in the Klang Valley, so these seemed potentially worth ordering. More delicately airy than dense, which not everyone might enjoy - they collapse with a bite into hollowness. Accompanied by butterscotch sauce. RM10.

Pot & Kettle boils, freezes, then fries its triple-cooked French fries - a tad too greasy on the outside & mushy inside. A bit bland too, though that's rectified through another triple-threat theme: Dips of garlic sour cream, paprika sour cream & honey mustard.

Dodol topped with macarons - Malay-French fusion. Alas, the dodol proved rubbery while the macarons were hard & chewy.

Cakes also boast a distinctive touch - Brazilian chocolate ganache layered with Japanese green tea paste, adorned with Hawaiian papaya & Philippine mango slices. But the sum of the parts tastes like a regular chocolate cake with preserved fruits.

Lavazza coffee - not exactly Empire Damansara's ideal option for caffeine; many other coffee specialists occupy this complex.

Pot & Kettle Cafe
G-18, Empire Damansara, Damansara Perdana. Closed Mondays.

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Friday, January 30, 2015

Charlie Chaplin Cafe & Evelyn's Chocolate House @ One City USJ Subang

Chilling out with Charlie & Evelyn, two of the more familiar F&B names at Subang Jaya's Skypark One City shopping mall.

We have mixed feelings about Charlie Chaplin Cafe - 'City Lights' is one of our favourite movies, & we're not sure this restaurant captures the Tramp's warm, playful spirit; it's beautifully but too slickly outfitted, showcasing more sheen than soul.

Black-&-white bolognese pasta (RM26) on plates emblazoned with Chaplin's signature character's image & coffee profiled with bowler-hat-&-baggy-pants artwork make for distinctive designs; they look more memorable than they taste. Argentinian & Aussie wine is offered at RM12.50 a glass & RM59 a bottle - more affordable than expected, but not for the Tramp of course.

Also in this mall, Evelyn's Chocolate House, which specialises in choc desserts, boasts an old-school diner's rollicking vibe.

Evelyn puts chocolate to creative use; its offerings range from white chocolate swans on choux pastry boats (RM8.50) to soft crepes sliced into pasta strips, smothered with chocolate sauce & ice cream (RM23.90), washed down with all manner of chocolate-heavy beverages. Probably best enjoyed by children with parents who won't mind sending them on a sugar rush.

Charlie Chaplin Cafe
Ground Floor, One City USJ Subang, Selangor. Tel: 03-5115-0196

Evelyn's Chocolate House
Level 1A, One City USJ Subang, Selangor. Tel: 03-5115-0200

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Kenny Hills Bakers @ Bukit Tunku

Bear with us for a bit of history in introducing this place: It begins with Malaysian filmmaker Au Tai Hon, who was a major fan of Solaris Dutamas' Craft Bakers, which closed last November when its owners left KL. Au, a co-founder of the much-missed Yogitree restaurant at The Gardens, lost no time in hiring Craft Bakers' head baker Johnny & secured the bakery's recipes to nurture this new patisserie of his own in Bukit Tunku, calling it Kenny Hills Bakers, a nod to his neighbourhood's old name.

Kenny Hills Bakers opens this week; step inside & the irresistible fragrance of fresh baking might sweep you off your feet. Hand-crafted sourdough loaves, ciabatta bread & baguettes made with stone-ground organic flour share the showcase with croissants, scones & tarts, supplying a sensational excuse to indulge in the most satisfying of carbs.

This has the feel of a real community space, with customers from nearby strolling in & out, some buying bread to take home & others lingering over coffee. Seating is limited inside, so most folks will have to endure the heat outside - thankfully, it's a calm & leafy setting. Kenny Hills Bakers has no signboard for now, so it still retains the charm of a hidden secret.

Fluffy-flaky croissants (RM6) with sides of salted butter & kitchen-made marmalade (RM2 surcharge); prices here hit harder than initially expected, but the top-flight ingredients & painstaking attention to detail do combine to elicit extra-delicious results.

Slather lots of Kenny Hills' chunky-creamy peanut butter on rye bread, but beware: a bite may coax you to buy a whole jar.

Don't skip the banana almond tarts (RM10) - they give tarts a good name. Warm raisin scones (RM6) prove worthwhile too.

The pies have it - meaty-buttery ones, only minutes out of the oven if you're fortunate enough, stuffed with slow-cooked beef & Swiss brown mushrooms or succulent chicken & leek (RM10 or RM18, depending on the size). We prefer the beef - it's tastier.

Kenny Hills Baker is serious about its coffee, with single-origin beans currently roasted by Solaris Dutamas' Hot Shots. Cappuccinos, lattes & flat whites all clock in at RM10 each; organic tea - English Breakfast & Earl Grey - costs RM9 per cup.

Affogato arrives with Kenny Hills' own salted caramel ice cream, pretty mellow in flavour, perfect for steamy afternoons. RM15.

Cold-pressed juices are offered too - try the passion fruit with wild honey, winningly balanced & natural-tasting. RM10.

Expect the selection to expand in the days ahead - there'll be banh mi with chicken liver pate (RM18), roasted vegetable croque monsieur (RM18), quiche with house-cured salmon & broccoli (RM18) & more. And expect to hear much more about this friendly bakery-cafe in the weeks to come.

Kenny Hills Bakers Taman Tunku
I-1B, Taman Tunku, Off Langgak Tunku, Bukit Tunku, Kuala Lumpur. Currently open daily, 730am-7pm. Tel: 03-6206-4111


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Sausages to sambal. Muffins to marshmallows. Peanut butter to mango chutney. Cornflake ice cream to honey aloe yogurt. Lavender-laced lemonades to lychee-&-guava juices.
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