Thursday, December 18, 2014

Enorme Italian Restaurant @ PJ Centrestage, Section 13

Since we're still waiting for a renaissance of Italian restaurants in the Klang Valley, every new pizza-&-pasta specialist will secure a warm welcome from us. So it's nice to introduce Enorme, opening this week in Petaling Jaya's Centrestage complex.

Enorme's kitchen is helmed by Malaysian chef William Teh, whose experience over the past decade has spanned stints at Singapore's Les Amis Group. Now back home, he recently helped create the food menu at Subang's Flat White cafe, which also showcases Italian inspirations that reflect Teh's travels to that nation.

Wood-fired pizzas are the speciality at Enorme, with a twist - customers can choose between XXS-sized, five-inch servings that cost RM11-RM15 each, large ones for RM23-RM37, or XXL-sized behemoths (which explain Enorme's name - Italian for enormous) for RM43-RM65. We're not sure what the exact sizes are for the latter two.

The XXS version serves a fun purpose - we can imagine ordering several of these to share & sample a variety of pizzas. Our best bet: This one, well-topped with pancetta, sunny-side-up, mozzarella & diced tomatoes (RM14), but there are other options with Parma ham, streaky bacon or honey-baked ham (yup, Enorme is a pork-loving place).

The menu is wide; everything we tried was capably executed, from the lobster salad - comprising a fair portion of fresh-tasting crustacean flesh for RM22++ - with celery, red chillies & lemon juice ...

... to the capellini tossed with pulled duck confit, sun-dried tomatoes & parsley in a light parmesan sauce (RM32++). There's no true show-stopper here, as far as we can tell, but there are no soul-crushers either.

Truffle lovers will want to inhale deeply & savour this vegetarian lasagne with chopped black truffles, aubergines & zucchini (RM36++). Need a good reason to head to Enorme sooner rather than later? The restaurant is promising a 20 percent discount on its first 200 receipts - we can testify that we received it. Considering that Enorme only opened on Wednesday this week, the discount may still hold till this weekend.

We began with pork, let's close with it: Enorme's pork rack is a hefty 250-gram chunk of lean, mean protein (RM51++ - tip: if you like chicken breast, you'll be OK with this), accompanied by peas & orzo, the rice-shaped, short-cut pasta that's not often seen at KL's eateries.

Wine is sold at PJ-appropriate prices of RM20-RM25 per glass. Enorme's service team is encouragingly friendly & obliging.

Enorme Italian Restaurant
Ground Floor, PJ Centrestage, Jalan 13/1, Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Open 10am-12am daily

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Eat Me Dessert Club @ Telawi, Bangsar

From patties to pancakes: The team behind Bangsar's beloved KGB burger outlet this week launched an ambitious initiative - a dessert parlour that specialises in a carefully curated selection of plated treats.

 
Thanks to KGB founders Steven & Jo for this invitation to visit Eat Me, another outlet with a catchy name (no relation to the Bangkok restaurant, of course), situated beside Killer Gourmet Burgers; customers can easily hop into Eat Me - pretty in pastel colours, with soft, soothing shades - for something sweet after their savoury burgers.

 
Eat Me opens up to a world of thoughtfully constructed desserts, with inspirations & ingredients from East & West. Informed enthusiasts would realise that this Sydney Star (RM16.90) is influenced by the illustrious strawberry melon cake at Sydney's Black Star Pastry patisserie. Eat Me's rendition is reinterpreted, with cookies & cream crowned with strawberries alongside watermelon sorbet. Jo, who puts her training in baking to full use here, is still fine-tuning these recipes, so expect to see them evolve - for this one, the components might not necessarily complement each other in their current form.

 
 
The ice cheese tarts might remind some of Singapore's Japanese-helmed Flor Patisserie; available in variants of passion fruit, strawberry & cempedak. Eat Me is all about pushing the boundaries for KL's desserts, taking note of trends across our borders & reshaping them into imaginative new creations. These tarts cost RM8.90 each & can be shared by two.

Our current Eat Me favourite: The Belgian Musang (RM18.90), which features a fresh-tasting, moist & pulpy durian cake, its flavours nicely balanced with dark chocolate fudge, topped in eye-catching fashion with Eat Me's own-made durian ice cream.

Also well worth trying: Thin waffles tinged with cempedak, absolutely aromatic (RM16.90). If you're into sweet & salty flavours, Eat Me is also expected to serve maple waffles with sage-fried chicken & passion fruit cream (RM20.90) at some point; its current soft-launch menu comprises 15 items, but three fascinating-sounding ones - including a Momofuku-motivated banana-hazelnut bar & Hong Kong-spurred ice cream sandwiches - remained unavailable for our visit.

There's a playful twist to nearly everything here - the creme brulee (RM13.90) comes crowned with pop rock crumbles for some carbonated fun. Jo credits Adelaide's Eggless Dessert Cafe as a template for her vision with Eat Me; this is meant to be a dessert lover's version of a supper club - a wonderland where fresh discoveries can regularly be made.

 
Many dessert addicts are nevertheless among the pickiest people to please, stubborn in their belief that they know best what's right or wrong (someday, they'll know better). Opinions will clash on whether Eat Me's churros (RM13.90) meet the mark; we like them - they're fresh, firm & crisp, with a clean taste.

Also made from scratch in Eat Me's kitchen: Ricotta milk batter pancakes, light & fairly fluffy, with honeycomb butter, maple syrup & bananas (RM17.90). We hope this will be available at Steven & Jo's next opening - KGB Plus, a burger & tapas joint tentatively slated to unfurl next year in Taman Tun Dr Ismail.

 
 
Drink Me: Beverages bring on an inventive spark too. Don't miss the Nutella Chill Pill (RM12.90); its pill-shaped coffee cubes, paired with warm milk & Nutella, could become one of Eat Me's most-photographed pleasures.

 
Iced lavender tea, salted caramel praline milkshakes (first introduced at KGB) & season-suitable gingerbread hot chocolate round out the single-page selection at a cafe that'll spread plenty of cheer this Christmas & beyond.

  
It'd be ridiculous to not note that - in a striking coincidence - two dessert specialists have opened on the same Telawi street this past month. Eat Me makes for a nice pairing with Jaslyn Cakes farther up the road, since it opens in the evening, while Jaslyn is typically closed at night. Also, Eat Me focuses on an entirely different spectrum of elaborate dine-in desserts, while Jaslyn does terrific takeaways.
Earlier entry on Jaslyn Cakes: November 27.

Eat Me Artisanal Desserts
23 Jalan Telawi 2, Bangsar Baru, Kuala Lumpur. Open 5pm till late; closed Tuesdays

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The Optimist Coffee @ Ampang

The cup is always full, never half-empty, at The Optimist Coffee, serving flat whites, roasted hazelnut lattes & pandan lamingtons with plenty of smiles outside the Ampang Park LRT station's street-level entrance starting this week, 7am-7pm.

Even the kiosk's customers seem more cheerful than expected, buoyed perhaps by their confidence in the coffee here.

The flat white (RM7.90) & iced roasted hazelnut latte (RM9.90) might be served in disposable containers, but they taste as indispensable as what we'd find in many cafes. Rich & robust, perking up commuters & city workers since December 2014. Quote-of-the-day stickers on the coffee cups may vary from customer to customer.



Quite a sizeable selection for a rather small space - everything from espressos (RM5.90) to hot chocolates (RM7.90) to mochas, vanilla lattes & salted caramel lattes (RM8.90 for hot) for the steady stream of patrons.

Customers can also take away snacks - the pandan lamingtons are completely satisfying, well-balanced in taste & texture, well-priced for RM3 each. Brownies, pastries & sandwiches might be available, if they're not already sold out in the afternoon.

Only a five-minute walk from the office where we worked last year; it's too late for us to enjoy the caffeine here regularly, but we're hopeful The Optimist Coffee - which seems to be an independently run business - will open more outposts eventually.

The Optimist Coffee
Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur. Across the road from the Ampang Park shopping centre


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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.
Eat Drink KL: Small Businesses, Huge Flavours is the first eBook to help customers navigate the diversity of independent F&B entrepreneurs who bake & boil in their own kitchens, offering some of Malaysia's finest, most fascinating food products.
This resource will be continuously updated with new listings: www.eatdrinkkl.publ.com/businesses 
Check out EAT DRINK, a new F&B website jointly run by The Expat Group (TEG) & Eat Drink KL. This website features all of our up-to-date reviews, plus exclusive weekly articles & a searchable database on restaurants in KL & Selangor: EatDrink.my