Monday, October 31, 2011

Urban Picnic

Love the name, love this place; hidden at the back of Menara IMC, Urban Picnic is an oasis of Mediterranean cooking in a culinary desert.

It's a simple set-up, with both air-conditioned & alfresco areas, lined with shelves of olive oil, cheese, gourmet pasta & other products for purchase.

Urban Picnic opens at 7:30, so early birds can load up on a Big Breakfast: sunny-side-up eggs, house-made sausage, cheese toast, butter, jam & salad.

The real attractions arrive when the menu changes for lunch at noon. This looks like a salad, but it's more sinful than a Big Mac: warm slices of duck with onions, mushrooms & best of all, crispy duck lard croutons for a calorie-packed crunch!

Soupe au pistou, a French Provencal summer soup comprising veggies with pesto. Tastes pretty rustic, thanks to its wholesome, natural savoriness.

Roasted lamb Mechoui-style, with semolina & raisin sauce. A Moroccan favorite, encouragingly hearty & engagingly flavorsome.

Hazelnut monin iced latte & Valrhona hot chocolate (sumptuous!). For fans of booze, only beer is available, with no sign of wine, unfortunately.

Our main lament: Urban Picnic's last call for food orders is at 2:30pm. And it closes at 6pm. Also, it only opens on weekdays.


Urban Picnic,
Menara IMC, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-2026-5040
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26 comments:

  1. the lamb looks like comfort food to me. :)

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  2. Is there any difference between 'HOUSE-made sausage' and 'HOME-made sausage', we wonder? Oh do enlighten us, oh word-maestro-ey one. :)

    P.S. Food does look good. Yay.

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  3. Michelle: it is! Comfort food for carnivores, heheh. There's also a salmon & lemon pasta that i'd love to order another time :D
    Kenny: oooo, this is how I see it, but I'm just making up my own definition: homemade = sausages not mass-produced, not made in factories. house-made = sausages made "in-house," made in the restaurant's kitchen for the restaurant's customers. So in that sense, all house-made sausages are homemade, but not vice versa. P.S. Is very good. And within walking distance from your former office summore :D

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  4. that sausage looks like a winner!

    (sounds better when you read it out loud) :P

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  5. last orders at 2.30pm? That's way too early. Sometimes people would like to have a tea time or late snack break. I used to go to the cooking school at the Menara IMC. I wonder if it's still there.

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  6. KY: heheh, better to be a wiener than a whiner, I say! :D
    Eiling: ya lor, and it would be nice if it were open for dinner too, since the location is perfect for people trying to escape the traffic jam. Ooh, the cooking school is still here! And this outlet is actually run by the same company :D

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  7. its certainly well hidden. haven't seen it despite my visits to IMC:-(

    the soup looks like a happy comforting soup to me. and so is the not so healthy duck "salad".

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  8. missyblurkit: ya, it's behind the lobby, without much signboards showing the way to it =) they do daily specials too. one of the specials last week was duck confit & truffle pasta :D

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  9. Lament indeed! Looks like I'll need to wait up extra early to make it for breakfast! I'll always remember Menara IMC for Pure Seed the florist. They do awesome flowers! lol

    Adam

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  10. adam: pure seed? florist? i must have missed that! gosh, menara imc seems like a treasure trove of hidden outlets now! and to think it looks so plain from outside :D

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  11. Ah, so. Thankee for enlightening us, oh master of words... :D

    P.S. I have a feeling I'll head there some day and try the dishes. :D

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  12. haha yea they used to have a shop on Ground floor but they recently moved upstairs to 3rd. Probably why you missed it. Look up their website for designs! Yea it does look like a plain old office building doesn't it? =p

    Adam

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  13. I've never heard of Menara IMC before... Judging from the opening hours, this place is specially catered for working adults around the area yes? Which means I'll never get to try it! :(

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  14. Kenny: you are most welcome, oh, ermm, slave to sensuality :D
    p.s. eeee, i wanna return too! they have these gourmet sardine sandwiches i wanna try =)
    Adam: wow, 3rd floor. i guess they're not trying to attract casual passers-by then. just looked at the bouquets on their site, and they have an amazing variety! pricey though. thank goodness i've never had to buy a bouquet before, haha :D
    Iamthewitch: yeah, jalan sultan ismail is filled with office buildings with unmemorable names! most of those other buildings only have boring cafeterias, which are also only open during office hours. maybe you can come here on a day when selangor has a public holiday but not KL, heheh :D

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  15. Oooooo....I have to try the Soupe au pistou! Had it in Nice and absolutely loved it. Time to venture further for lunch during weekdays...

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  16. bangsar-babe: oh, the chef here seems to be french, so the soup here could taste quite authentic (assuming they can get the same ingredients, heheh)! :D

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  17. Gourmet sardine? That means they don't come in a can, is it? :P

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  18. kenny: they're called "connetable sardines" ... i wish i could describe them, but i've never seen or tasted them before! heheh :D

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  19. Wow! If its run by the same ppl as the HTC gourmet cooking school, you can be sure it's good! No wonder it sounds familiar!

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  20. Thenomadgourmand: ooohh, i wonder if i should try to attend one of their cooking classes someday! heheh :D

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  21. Oh, hhmm.. with your current kitchen that doesnt even have a fridge? Nahhh :P

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  22. Thenomadgourmand: heheh, I guess I can only cook ingredients that come from cans and jars :D

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  23. and try the 'house-made' yoghurt and cookie!

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  24. frozeH: i didn't realize they had those here! thanks for the info! :D

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  25. the croque monsieur is the awesomeness!

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  26. J: yay! Will check it out someday, tnx =)

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