Monday, January 31, 2011

Fat Spoon @ Damansara Uptown

Always liked those cafes and eating places with unique interior. Not fancy or high class type of interior but rather a more unique type of interior like this place, Fat Spoon in Damansara Uptown that is located next to the famous Hon Kee porridge. It is rather interesting on how they decorate the place, using old fashioned furniture. I even saw one of the tables is actually refurbished from an old sewing machine. They even make do with pieces of colourful wrapping above the counter as wallpaper.

When the menu came, was surprised as they used Peter and Jane books as the menu is pasted into them :) Reminiscence of my youth :p They had the menu written all over a large black board there too.

Blackboard Menu

My friend ordered the Nasi Kampung (RM14.90) that comes with curry chicken, half a hard boiled salted duck egg, assam prawns and stir fried french beans. Tried a little bit of the curry and it tasted quite good.

Nasi Kampung

First time trying Fried Nasi Ulam (RM11.90) which is fried and it was delicious as it was very fragrant with all the herbs. It does not taste too "greeny" in the sense that the herbs and vegetables are overpowering because it has been cooked. It comes with a side of cucumber and pineapple pickles and a large succulent piece of deep fried chicken. This is definitely a fav in my list :)

Fried Nasi Ulam
A nice motif on the Fat Spoon Hot Chocolate. Heard it was nice and rich.
Fat Spoon Hot Chocolate

Even the English tea is served in style. Old fashioned "cockery" haha! A teapot with painted roosters and tea served in a chinese tea cup :)

Definitely would love to come here again as it feel cosy and ambiance is pretty interesting.

73 Jalan SS21/ 1A,
Damansara Utama,
Petaling Jaya 47400,
Tel: +603 7728 3323

Operating Hours:
Tuesday - Sunday
11.00am - 10.00pm

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Urban Permaculture

Permaculture is similar to organic farming but it is more friendly to the ecology as you would only use materials found nearby. This means carbon footprint is reduced and energy (transportation) is saved. Permaculture involves sustainability whereby is it self sustainable/ sufficient. I read from somewhere on the internet that permaculture is an acronym for permanent agriculture which refers to long term agricultural practices where resources is not depleted but rather, in a manner where it will be sustainable.

Most of us living in city areas where land is scarce for agriculture activities, thus the term urban added to the front. This concept factors in the scarcity of agricultural land and maximise the use of whatever that we can find commonly. Composting of waste, getting seeds from the fruit that we eat, sourcing plants from nearby or neighbours, harvesting of rainwater and in other words reduce, reuse and recycle. Bricks and construction materials that are to be dumped, can be used for structures like the herb spiral. Wooden chips, dead leaves swept from the roads and even our broom sticks (made from coconuts) can be used for "enrich" the soil. Large planters box would be in place if there is no garden land.

I was fortunate to have a friend who attended a permaculture course and started sharing her knowledge in this area. You would be surprised at what nature has to offer and in our tropical climate, there are just so many herbs and spices available. Imagine, cooking and just grabbing the herbs and vegetables just outside your backyard ala Jamie Oliver, just grabbing and tossing them into your own pan :)

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Divino @ Jaya One

Post Christmas dinner celebration in Jaya One and finally chose Divino. It was a post Christmas dinner and thus, you can still see some christmas decorations in the photos. The place is a little quiet and quiet places are always good to hang out as you won't need to worry about seating and noise.

Rack of Lamb with Yoghurt and Mint (RM36) that consists of four juicy and tender ribs. The side of carrots was really sweet and the mashed potatoes were good too.

Carbonara Beef Pepperoni Pasta RM18 was delicious and was recommended. My friend thought that it is a little on the rich side but for me, it's just nice :) Served with pieces of beef pepperoni and some scalded asparagus in my opinion is good.

There is a service charge of 10% and government tax of 5%. Had a toast of Cabernet Sauvignon towards the new year!

6-1 Block M
Palm Square, Jaya One,
72A Jalan University,
Petaling Jaya 46200,
Tel: +603 7955 9968, +603 7956 2368

Kalamazoo Cafe @ Aman Suria

Kalamazoo Cafe is located a few doors away from Betty's Midwest Kitchen where I have dined in previously. Coincidently, one of the restaurant owners is my ex-colleague and Kalamazoo Cafe is born from his passion on restaurant business and his student days in Western Michigan State University.
Frisco Melt (RM10) consists of two beef patties sandwich with home made with homemade Thousand Island sauce and cheese with a side of fries and some lettuce and tomatoes. The bread was nicely toasted but a little on the hard side which I personally like. The beef patties are quite good but it was a little on the salty side as the piece of cheese itself is already salty.
Frisco Melt

Egg and Bacon Sandwich (RM7.50) that basically have a sliced hard boiled ege, bacon, lettuce and mayonnaise in between two pieces of toasted bread which is similar to the frisco melt.
Egg and Bacon Sandwich

Good thing they serve plain water here and it for only RM1, you get a jug of water. This place offers affordable sandwiches and have light meals like sandwiches as well as heavier stuff like pork ribs. Personally, the ambiance is good for having meals with friends and chats as parking here is a breeze and it is not too crowded. Next time, pork ribs ;)

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Decanter @ Section 17

Having tried Decanter in Damansara Heights for their breakfast, this time we were at the newly renovated Petaling branch for dinner.

The specials are not on the fixed menu but rather, there is a blackboard and the specials are written on it with chalk. Ordered the Mixed Grill which is more of a meaty affair. A huge sausage, a piece of ham, grilled tomato, a piece of chicken, a piece of steak, one large prawn topped with cheese and comes with a small salad and mashed potatoes. This in my opinion is on the oily side. Portion is huge though and can be shared between two light eaters.

Mixed Grill

The Mixed Grill came with a nice side of salad and gravy lightly dressed.


Chicken Wings....thought that it would be grilled chicken wings or maybe fried but it turned out to be some stir fried chicken wing pieces. Was a little on the salty side and is suitable to go with a pint or two but definitely not as a snack on its own. Made a mistake of not asking for more information.

Chicken Wings

Parking is a breeze here as it is located in the quiet residential area near Tiara Damansara apartments and avoid parking woes and jams! Nice place to chill with wine and drinks too.
5, Jalan 17/56, Section 17
46400 Petaling Jaya,
Selangor Darul Ehsan
Tel: 03 7968 1300