Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Switchblade @ Solaris

This memorably named outlet brings a sense of spunk to Solaris Dutamas.

The tagline here is "Come for the clothes, stay for the food" _ highlighting its concept as a one-stop outlet to both clothe and feed the body.

The menu and the decor might remind customers of places like The Pink Sage. There are teething problems with the food, but things should improve in the weeks ahead.

Switchblade Salad, with feta & Italian dressing. Crisp and fresh, but rather ordinary.

Gnocchi with radicchio & gorgonzola sauce. Surprisingly decent, considering this isn't an Italian restaurant. The texture was terrific, without the stodginess that afflicts gnocchi elsewhere. But the sauce tasted a bit too mild to take this to the next level.

Rockabilly Burger (homemade grilled beef patty with mushrooms, beef bacon, cheese, egg & mustard). Hearty and flavorful, but the patty could have been juicier.

Gostoso Chicken (pan-fried chicken breast layered with mash potatoes & spinach). Sounded interesting on paper, but the meat was kinda dry and tough.

Trejo For President, comprising deep-fried folded tortilla with ground chicken mix, tomatoes, chilies, shredded lettuce, cheese & arrabbiata sauce. One of those supremely sinful _ and absolutely addictive _ Mexican-inspired platters.

Lamb burger with yogurt mint sauce. Too gamy to recommend.

Blue cheese, spinach & truffle oil pizza. Not bad at all; the crust was thin and crunchy, while the toppings worked well together.

Switchblade Ice Cream (vanilla & choc flavor with crushed almonds & cocoa powder). A frosty favorite, certainly the best way to finish this meal.

Chamomile tea and Oreo Milkshake.

"Passion Me" flavored tea & Kiwi Fruit Milkshake.

Switchblade Kuala Lumpur,
Solaris Dutamas, KL.


  1. Blue cheese, spinach n truffle oil??
    Expensive joint?

    Oh my.. at the rate burgers are poppig up everywhr, I'm gonna hv to move fast to gobble / taste each one! ;p

    But the food seems "poshy" while the clothes seems "Streetwear"..

    Doesnt quite gell?

  2. tng: not really pricey. the pizza was actually the most expensive item we had (RM32.90), but we couldn't taste the truffle oil anyway. most of the other items were around RM20.
    i think their food is like a cross between chili's and the pink sage. teenagers and young adults would probably enjoy it. and their clothes, errmm, yeah, a bit too "hip" for me :D

  3. From the way you described the gnocchi, I'm sold! ;)

  4. im gonna avoid dis place after that nightmare i had in here!

  5. Bangsar-babe: hopefully they'll be consistent with their preparation of it! :D
    jessyca: a bit cheaper than chili's and TGIF...
    Joe: ya, solaris dutamas can be a bit confusing, but switchblade is much easier to find compared to nathalie's. It's on the ground floor, facing the main road

  6. Blue cheese! My favourite! (Devil abhors the stuff though...)

  7. lfb: maybe it reminds him of some other cheese (one not associated with cows, goats or sheep)? :P true fact: didja know there are nearly 100 types of blue cheese worldwide (i didn't until earlier this year).

  8. what a cool place! we should dress up and go :P Rockabilly Burger !!homemade grilled beef patty with mushrooms, beef bacon, cheese, egg & mustard!!! wahhhh... sounds v good. too bad not juicy but seriously, i like my burgers that size. too big and it's a waste;)

  9. ciki: u'll fit in perfectly, cos your clothes are stylish and funky! :D yep, this is a burger for slightly smaller appetites. they also do a mini-burger for less than RM20...

  10. I can't believe this escaped my eye. Where is it? Below Pink Sage ar? Can't think of any other location. I'm such a failure.

  11. lemongrass: hey, there are still lotsa empty shoplots at solaris dutamas. this is a few doors away from wau penyu. just look for the flashy entrance! :D

  12. Fuuu wahhh.. you have been to almost all of the places in Dutamas huh?

  13. leo: allllllmost ... still got 3 or 4 more to try. luckily, there aren't that many restaurants in the complex =)

  14. vialentino: pretty nice presentation :D

  15. Is that iceberg?! I don't understand how in this day and age, iceberg lettuce still has a place on mid-range outlets like this! It carries no weight, no flavour, nada! WHY?!

  16. min: heheh, that's quite a rant! :D i guess it's something safe to fall back on. but u're right ... it also carries very little nutrition too, i bet...

  17. Looks like a cool place. I say, forget the clothes and go try the food. From the pics, the food looks delicious!

  18. eiling: heh, maybe i should have put more attention into taking proper photos of the clothes :D

  19. damn i can't believe i was late for the gnocchi!!! i love gnocchi ~haz

  20. klreporters: arrgh! if only we had known!

  21. Hi Sean,

    Thank you for the review.
    Switchblade™ Kuala Lumpur is in soft operations now and your group is among our first customers! Yeay!

    We will definitely take note on your comments on the Gostoso Chicken and the truffle oil in the pizza.

    We will be announcing our Grand Launch Opening soon and all are invited to follow us on Twitter :

    and Facebook : Switchblade™ Kuala Lumpur

    Thanks again and please do drop by to Switchblade™ Kuala Lumpur soon!

    ★ Come for the clothes, stay for the food! ★

  22. deni: we definitely enjoyed our evening here. the food was generally good, the outlet was comfortable and the staff were friendly. good luck with the grand launch! :D

  23. Thanks again Sean! Hey, approve SBKL on your twitter...hehhehhehe....

  24. Dear Sean and all your blog followers,

    All of you are invited to our clothing store and diner Switchblade™ Kuala Lumpur located at Solaris Dutamas for our Opening and Launch this coming Saturday 10th of July 2010. Time is from 3 to 5 pm.

    Live acts: Kugiran D'Tepi Pantai, acoustic sessions & kids fun zone
    Fashion show featuring our latest clothing collection!
    Big Boys must come with Big toys i.e cars, bikes & errr... trucks!
    Bring the kids!
    Refreshments served!
    Family fun time :D

    See you all here!

    ★ Come for the clothes, stay for the food! ★



  25. deni: hope the launch went really well! sorry, was unable to make it that day.
    erni: probably about rm 30 per person, including drinks...

  26. Hi Sean,

    Yeah, the launch was superb! can browse the pixies at our Facebook Page....



  27. azbee: hope u enjoy it! =)