Tuesday, October 18, 2011

The Art Cafe

The Art Cafe's concept is simple: Malaysian artist Christian Lai welcomes strangers into the living room of his home & cooks for them.

Call or text Chris to make a reservation at least one day in advance, then show up at this SS2 venue & select your food from what's available on his blackboard. After that, sit back & relax or browse through Chris' collection of paintings.

Chris' signature recipe seems to be grilled pork cutlets with spicy chocolate sauce, pumpkin, mushrooms & almonds. He's not a trained chef, but his food is well-prepared _ heartier & more wholesome than what some formal restaurants serve.

Pasta alla Norma, a Sicilian favorite that features a topping of tomatoes, eggplant & cheese, with Chris supplying slices of pork bacon for a meatier bite. Everything is cooked on order, so a little patience is essential (though it really won't take too long).

Pork Diablo, a classic recipe with mustard sauce that we rarely see in KL. Prices are fair; a two-course meal without alcohol won't cost much more than RM50.

Wine is available on request. Or bring your own (corkage is RM20, if we recall right).

A collage of photos, depicting Chris' East Asian travels. Housekeeping notes: cat haters might want to steer clear of this place, since Chris keeps a few friendly felines. They're usually locked up when customers come, but some can sometimes get loose.

The Art Cafe,
97, Jalan SS2/74, Petaling Jaya.
Tel: 010-2045-295
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21 comments:

  1. SS2. Perfect :)
    no desserts?

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  2. rebecca: got fruit pies! but have to order in advance, since he needs a few hours to bake them, heheh :D

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  3. Hmmm...d food looks interesting indeed :)

    I assume tat d menu is written on d blackboard :D

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  4. It looks like somebody's house. U sure they're not going to slice you up and make dinner out of you? :P

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  5. Ulric: yups, it's a relatively small selection on the blackboard. maybe one or two salads, 5-8 main courses (mostly pork dishes) & three pastas! :D
    Qwazymonkey: it was kinda scary coming here actually! the house & this street is quite dark at night. and Christian is a man of few words, so there can be some awkward silence :D

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  6. Ahhh...luckily u din experience a Hannibal Lecter moment...nom nom nom :p

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  7. see, such a Hannibal Lecter moment!

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  8. So is this like a private kitchen sort of concept?

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  9. I would like to go, but Mr. LFB might not want to, since there are cats! LOL

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  10. @qwazymonkey: Sounds like the owner may out-Hannibal-Lecter Mr. Yoong here, eh? Hehe.

    @ckiong: You can bring the Diva - she's all about the cats!

    @Sean: His art is sweet! Nice. :)

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  11. cheap! i like! This grilled pork cutlets with spicy chocolate sauce, pumpkin, mushrooms etc sounds like a tasty concoction:) btw.. i owe u a date elsewhere.. remember! i will email:)

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  12. Why's everyone afraid that you'd be sliced up and eaten? I'd expect Christian to be more afraid of you....

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  13. Were you the only customer that night?

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  14. Well Sean, have the pigs stop oinking? Hahahaha...

    How many does the place seat? Looking for a venue to throw a dinner party soon :P

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  15. Wah looks like this concept of restaurant in a home is getting more and more popular yes? Looks like a cosy and homey place too! Wonder how many ppl it can cater to at a time?

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  16. ulric: actually i'm also a budding cannibal, since i wouldn't mind tasting human flesh =)
    qwazymonkey: heheh, but at least the host spoke in a normal fashion. no ominous "hello, clarice" voice :D
    michelle: yeps, kinda similar in concept to huck's cafe in bangsar! =)

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  17. CK: bring Mr. LFB here and force him to hug a cat! :D
    kenny: yeah, i wouldn't mind being able to draw and paint like that! i never had any talent with a paintbrush, heh :D
    ciki: will await your email! yeps, it's been a very, very long time! =)

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  18. lemongrass: heheh, what he didn't know couldn't hurt him! and i looked like just a regular friendly customer :D
    baby sumo: yep, there were just two of us dining here. it was a thursday night, i believe =)
    unkaleong: the pigs will stop oinking when the cows come home, heheh. i think a dozen people could fit here, but there might be trouble with the owner preparing all the food on his own. honestly, i think huck's cafe in bangsar is better equipped for dinner parties :D
    iamthewitch: yeah, eating here definitely feels refreshingly different from eating at a commercial cafe. i think it only handles small groups though, since only one person does all the cooking and serving! :D

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  19. Oh man, we just went to icook last night and now you're giving us another ss2 eatery! You're spoiling us silly! =D

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  20. Wow the private dining concept is certainly gaining popularity here. Looks like a nice place.

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  21. dropsofcontentment: hope you guys enjoyed icook! but ss2 is such a hub for eateries. i think i've barely explored five percent of the neighborhood! :D
    eiling: yeah, i wonder whether these private kitchens might be more profitable because of lower rental costs and other expenditure =)

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