Thursday, August 4, 2011

En Ginza Cafe

This spacious, welcoming hangout seems suitable for resting the feet after a shopping spree, but while we like its casual vibe, we have mixed feelings about its fusion food.

Seaweed-flavored fries with wasabi dip. A simple snack; not sure how to describe something that fades in the memory almost immediately after it's consumed.

Spaghetti in tomato sauce with mussels, scallops, prawns & squid. Supposed to be topped with shirasu and laced with sake, but the shirasu at least appeared absent. What remained was a run-of-the-mill pasta recipe. To be fair, there's much more on En Ginza Cafe's menu, so maybe other items might taste better.

Bread fans should nonetheless make a beeline for this cafe, since lots of doughy delights line its shelves, including freshly baked rolls stuffed with pumpkin paste.

Blue cheese bun. An agreeably stinky alternative to conventional cheese-topped buns.

Coffee art! Say Hello, Kitty, to this latte. Or was it a cappuccino?

Can't recognize this winking character, but it was cute all the same.


EN Ginza Cafe @ Pavilion,
Tokyo Street, Level 6, Pavilion, Kuala Lumpur.
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20 comments:

  1. Seems to be a simple meal by ur standards :p

    The big question is: will u revisit to sample more of their menu? :)

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  2. I really would like KL to have a decent Japanese fusion place. Their baked stuff looks good tho..

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  3. Ulric: well, they have that Japanese hamburg steak thingy that i know u like. Maybe I'll tar pau their bread from time to time, but I think I'll wait awhile before returning here to eat. They don't currently serve booze, and they say it might take three months to get their liquor license!!!
    Hungry Female: yeah, there's so much versatility in the use of Japanese ingredients. Some eateries in KL have tried to tap that potential, but maybe the problem is it's difficult to serve top-notch Japanese fusion at mid-range prices to cater to teenage and young adult customers...

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  4. Hamburg...yumyum...

    Speaking of which...have u been to SMI Cafe?..located in Central Plaza...behind StanChart n Pavilion...they serve really good western Jap fusion at super prices...I get my hamburg fix from there n their potato salad rocks...better yet booze is available :D

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  5. Ulric: SMI has been on my to-do list for years, seriously! But it's a bit of an inconvenient location. Lazy to walk there if I'm already at pavilion. And if I'm driving, I'd have to slowly go through traffic past pavvy, grand millennium and the rest of bkt bintang before getting there. I know, excuses, excuses :p

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  6. Just park at Pavilion...I know a shortcut through d back :D

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  7. I love looking at all these coffee art... too bad I dont drink coffee :(

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  8. for the sake of that Hello Kitty drink....I will pay a visit when i happens to be in KL!! ^^

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  9. one day, you will look down, and see your reflection in the coffee foam.. :P

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  10. ulric: a mysterious secret shortcut! very intriguing!
    baby sumo: i'm not a fan of coffee either, actually. but we were tempted when informed about the coffee art :D
    melissa: yeps, and you can ask for designs of other faces too, if you prefer =)
    ciki: noooooo! i'm a real person, not a cartoon character! :D
    lfb: i admire how much skill it probably takes to produce the art. my hands are too shaky for that! =)
    tng: yaaaa, and it all goes on discount after 9-something, just before the store closes :D

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  11. But shaky hands are so good for other purposes... :D

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  12. lfb: no wor. as my recent experiences have reiterated, sturdy and steady hands are the key to success and satisfaction :P

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  13. hey i loved the coffee art. they are too cute to be drunk!

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  14. eiling: heheh, ya, the coffee and bread here are the main attractions :D

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  15. the foods are nice, but I had a really sloppy rabbit latte art compared to yours and my friend's. Been there for the advertised Japanese barista latte art but I didnt see any japanese barista. The indian barista named Mike made really insincere latte art, could I upload a photo here?

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  16. Jm: really sorry to hear about your experience. Wonder if there might have been a change in staff over the past month. But I do sympathize... Not sure if bloodspot allows commenters to upload a photo here, but if you could do it on your blog or facebook account...

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  17. latte or capucinno also can ask for design of hello kiity??

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  18. huiqi0016: yeah, i think so =)

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