Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Huck's Cafe

Dining out at Huck's is like dining in at a beloved friend's home, thanks to the host's hospitality and his hearty, heartfelt cooking.

Huck Seng, the affable proprietor, has converted the top floor of his suburban house into a warm, elegant venue where small groups can come together for cozy dinners.

Nearly every day, Huck slaves in the kitchen _ sometimes from noon onwards _ to prepare each meal, which generally kicks off with appetizers of shrimp-filled fried wontons. Tiny but flavor-packed and incredibly crunchy, without a trace of excess oil.

We adored the French onion soup. One of the best ever _ rich and superbly fresh. Huck buys many ingredients on a daily basis, without storing them in the fridge.

Several one-of-a-kind gastronomic innovations available here include the "Biscuit Pizza" _ basically soft, cookie-like pastry topped with roast chicken, cheese, mangoes, pineapples, chili, onions, tomato & mushrooms. Filling AND fulfilling.

Lamb cottage pie _succulent chunks of lean meat in tangy gravy, served piping-hot and topped with thick, creamy mashed potatoes. What's even more impressive is that Huck is a self-taught chef who honed his craft by cooking for his children.

Pot-roast beef meatloaf with chickpeas. Wholesome and somewhat rustic, this comfort-foodish recipe should please even the fussiest family matriarch.

"Sealed With A Kiss" _ chicken breast marinated with thyme & white wine, foil-cooked with potatoes & five types of mushrooms. An aromatic delight; amazingly, the chicken breast tasted as tender as thighs.

Creme brulee. Simple, but as satisfying as most versions at formal restaurants.

"Apple Rocher." Apple muffins, straight from the oven & topped with Ferrero Rocher.

Reservations need to be made at least 24 hours in advance. But with word-of-mouth spreading by the day, Huck's might be booked way ahead for weekends.

Wine is offered, both by the glass and bottle.

Basil seed mint soda. Prices here are reasonable; a three-course meal should cost slightly more than RM60 per person.


Huck's Cafe,
26, Jalan 5/58, Gasing Indah.
Tel: 7781-2781
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31 comments:

  1. What a curious concept. It's like a private kitchen. Food sounds good too judging from your review. Are the menu pre-determined or you get to choose?

    Think I might just pay them a visit soon. Where's Gasing Indah?

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  2. OMG. yrs is the 2nd "raving" review I read of this place.
    I think tis jz took top of my list for a visit!

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  3. I'm just curious, I know of a few private kitchens around but usually they're kinda hush hush since no one wants the big publicity for certain reasons. Is it any different for this place?

    Jon, Gasing Indah is the housing area at the bottom of the Gasing Heights condo, i.e. off Section 5 and on the way to Pantai Dalam.

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  4. qwazymonkey: oh, he has a facebook page with a photo album of the menu, so u can choose your own dishes from this selection here: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=20564&id=122362777810506 ... boo has listed some directions to gasing indah below, but here's a google map link as well: http://bit.ly/htPI9l
    tng: go with a few other people if possible, so u can sample more items! be prepared though ... the portion sizes are really large!!!
    boo: oh, i think he's been playing it by ear, since this seemed to start out as a hobby for him. he's not publicity-shy though, but i think he's been pleasantly surprised by the positive feedback from his customers :D

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  5. Oooh. *drool*
    I love how delicious the carby dishes look - shall head over soon.

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  6. @Jon : Let me know when you intend to visit, may just pop along :P

    @Sean : Food looks great! How does the wine work though, call in with your preference?

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  7. my my... I love home-cooked food :)
    I think that I'll love this place... cosy, home-feel!!

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  8. michelle: yep, can linger here all evening!
    j: ya, the carbs are really filling ... frankly, that pizza might be enough for two people to eat without having to order anything else! :D
    unkaleong: oh, i asked him to reserve a bottle of wine for us, and he said he could serve us a french red, but i didn't enquire any further. i suspect u could also bring your own bottle for a minimal (or maybe even nonexistent) corkage charge =)
    leo: yeah, it's really well-prepared, with no msg and using mostly organic herbs and spices. but i almost wish there was a bed for us to sleep in after such a big meal :D

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  9. he cooks great food n he's opened for hi-tea too!!!

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  10. softbunny: heheh, high tea at huck's seems like a nice idea for weekends. wouldn't mind some scones and tea :D

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  11. Now to figure out where Gasing Indah is...

    (And why do I get the feeling the waiting list has suddenly grown by a mile after your review? Hehe.)

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  12. Lfb: ahh, it's one of those housing areas off jln gasing. Less than 30 mins from your home :D huck's seems to be booked through the end of this week already. I hope he doesn't burn out from all that cooking!!!

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  13. The owner seemed really impressed at your ability to eat 4 portions for 2 people! I guess he doesn't know you like we do!

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  14. Ah that's very near, then. And already so booked ar? Time to see when Devil's free for more makan! :D

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  15. lemongrass: oh ya, i noticed on my news feed that he wrote about me on his facebook page (which some of you joined yesterday, yay!). actually my friend and i didn't manage to finish part of the food, so we had to get doggy bags in the end :D
    lfb: ya, half the days for next month are also gone, due to folks booking for christmas and year-end celebrations. but go ahead and work out your magic makan organizing skills (and maybe bring qwazymonkey, tng, j & unkaleong along, since they all wanna come here too)! :D

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  16. Me, I where got any makan organising skills, much less magic ones? :P

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  17. the shrimp filled wantons looked like something you can snack on during chinese new year! should bottled them up! haha

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  18. Lfb: got wat. Didn't u recently lead a band of babitarians into the wilderness, where u successfully feasted on pork ribs and what-not :D
    Eiling: good idea! Wonder whether huck will accept orders for Chinese new year!

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  19. It wasn't the wilderness lah. Just Sunway Damansara... :P

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  20. Lfb: if u do a google image search for 'wilderness,' you'll find pics of sunway damansara :D

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  21. Lfb: now if only u'd offer a prize in cash or kind to go with that triumph :D

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  22. A Christmas dinner here would be fine. Though I highly doubt he's not already fully booked by then.

    Clever concept, brought to mind this place I read about in Hong Kong.

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  23. J2kfm: oh ya, I'm betting that Xmas eve and day have been taken ... Would be nice if a few more good 'private kitchens' like this open in KL. Definitely a nice change from dining at regular restaurants =)

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  24. Have eaten Huck's cooking at him home during special occasions.......can't wait to try these "yummies" at his new location! Bet they are as yummy as ever! Huck you rock, man!

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  25. Reia: yep, wish it would be easier to just walk in anytime to sample his food! :D

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  26. hey sean.. ive been here.. the food is amazing! its in his house.. beautiful concept! u should try Malayalee food. South east indian.. The food there is awesome! thats if your into indian authentic food. Its called May N Mikes Spicy Corner. its at 357c 5/57 Petaling Garden. its close to Huck's cafe, just that its before and its a shop lot! try it!! finger licking good!

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  27. Shereen: glad u enjoyed huck's! Oooh, I've heard of may N mikes, but haven't managed to try it yet. I have a bit of trouble with indian food cos i can't handle spicy stuff very well, but if I'm ever in that neighborhood, will look it up. Thanks for the info! :D

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  28. HI Sean, is this Huck's Cafe the same with Huck's Cafe at 22, Jalan Abdullah Off Jalan Bangsar?

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  29. Larina: yups, it's the same. it moved from its former location in PJ =)

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