Sunday, February 12, 2012

Entree @ Damansara

Attempts at Asian fusion cooking can often stir up dining disasters, but this casual cafe is bucking that trend with its creative culinary choices.

Flavors here are bold enough to seize attention from the start. Grilled prawns & alfalfa on wholemeal toast might sound innocuously pleasant, but "assam pedas" concasse turns it into an hors d'oeuvre like no other, flaring with spicy pyrotechnics to put the tongue on red alert.

Burger lovers, brace yourselves for one of the Klang Valley's best beef patties _ enjoyably coarse & chewy, this tastes like real meat instead of unidentifiable cow components minced & processed into fast food. The Asian element: an aromatic lemongrass essence in every bite.

Penang-inspired produce: 46th Rangoon Street laksa _ slippery, slurp-worthy noodles soaked in a remarkably flavorsome curry broth brimming with shredded chicken, prawns, beansprouts, tofu pok & crispy bean curd skin.

But not everything here is a smash hit; the fish & chips with tomato lime sambal are as forgettable as a food court offering. Still, it's impressive that Entree keeps prices low; set lunches hover around RM10, while a filling dinner could easily dip below RM30 per person.

Entree's (pork-free) menu features only two desserts, but both are intriguing enough to try. Deep-fried California plums with gula melaka reduction? A little too sourish for our liking, though the vanilla ice cream manages to take some of the edge off it.

Jack fruit spring rolls with apricot coulis. Something that grandparents would probably adore, since it kinda tastes like a traditional crispy street snack.

Wine isn't listed on the menu, but ask & you will receive. Entree supplies delicious South African varieties nicely priced at RM18+ by the glass. Service is reassuringly prompt & friendly.

Ipoh white coffee & tea-coffee combos are also available.

Being optimistic: Entree could fare fairly well, despite Damansara Uptown's parking woes & worrisome competition among the neighborhood's galaxy of eateries.

Entree Cafe @ Damansara Uptown,
33, Jalan SS21/56B, Damansara Utama (beside The Ship restaurant).
Tel: 03-7732-8540
Open daily through 10 pm.
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38 comments:

  1. The laksa looks good - what kind of noodles do they use? Look pan mee-ish?

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    1. The laksa looks quite nice, but no seeham?

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    2. Kenny: the noodles looked like fettuccine to me, but tasted like kuey teow. dunno if that's pan mee (i just checked, & i've only had pan mee twice in the past three years! once at canoodling, and then at publika's eat food village) :D

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    3. CK: heheh, no seeham, but got a nice surprise: a half-slice of hard-boiled egg that we found inside! :D

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    4. We'll introduce you to some yummy pan mee at our taman then. Jom makan! :D

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    5. Kenny: pan mee with no chili but plenty of egg, please! :D

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    6. Hey...Sri Petaling got lar...Face to Face Noodle House...pan mee or kolo mee with soft boil egg(s) to make it eggylicious :)

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    7. Ulric: oops! And to think I never realized that! Am pretty bad at noticing outlets like those =)

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    8. It's true...so near yet so far goes d saying...happens to me too...*hints Iwate Ramen* =)

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  2. Their food very special n unique....
    N spicy too

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    1. Simple Person: ya, it's nice when restaurants make the extra effort to make their recipes interesting! :D

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  3. Klang Valley's best beef patties? Oh man... when am I ever going to go on a diet.

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    1. Smitten By Food: heheh, a good beef patty would probably be protein-rich but not too high in fat :D

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  4. Oh, drove past a few times and wondered what they serve. It's kinda quiet. Certainly didn't expect such creative fare!

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    1. Thenomadgourmand: ya, there were about five or six tables occupied during meal hours, but that's still less than half of the restaurant's capacity. hopefully they'll have strong word of mouth spreading. they deserve at least one visit =)

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  5. That laksa does look slurp worthy. The decorations are cute and simple too.

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    1. The Yum List: yeah, it's a very welcoming place indeed! :D

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  6. Speaking of burgers, i'm still recovering from the shocking list of ingredients used to prepare mcD's famous patties...

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    1. Michelle: ooh, i think we can rest assured that entree's patties are made of honest, honest-to-goodness meat =)

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  7. Interesting place! I'm not too keen on Asian fusion cuisine but the dishes looks pretty good!

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    1. Vien: oh yeah, I was feeling a bit skeptical initially too, but all my doubts were laid to rest :D

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  8. Hoorah for fusion food that WORKS! Damansara Uptown is becoming such a great food destination. The jackfruit spring rolls sound fab!

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    1. Hungry female: yeah, I wish I could devote more time to exploring damansara uptown. But it's a pain to drive to, and its parking situation makes me wanna pull out my hair :D

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  9. I need an egg to accompany the declared best beef patty :P

    Btw the Rangoon Street Laksa looks so inviting :)

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    1. Ulric: a sunny side up, runny egg! Yeah, that would work :D and oh yeah, the laksa was nice & creamy & coconut-milky =)

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  10. fusion can sometime spell trouble but this place looks like it has the correct formula in place. i can't wait to try the jackfruit spring rolls:D

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    1. Missyblurkit: i guess it's a thoughtful chef who created these recipes! someone who really took the trouble to think, to experiment & to taste! :D

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  11. Klang Valley's best beef patties.. REally?? Sure or not;) will have to try for myself:P
    The desserts just look weird. seriously.

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    1. Ciki: heheh, one of the best beef patties! Maybe not exactly THE best, but I'd put it in my top five :D ooh ya, u're right, the desserts do look a bit bizarre. Approach with caution =)

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    2. can u feel chucks of beef in it.. can ya?! :P

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    3. Ciki: i can feel it came from a real, red-blooded cow! :D

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  12. Ooh interesting walls! I have a painted walls too in my room!

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    1. Rad: oh yeah, u could be an excellent interior designer! =)

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  13. and the laksa is using pasta instead of the rice noodles? hehe

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    1. Eiling: an interesting twist! :D

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  14. I went there for lucnh yesterday. It was a very good first impression that I came again for dinner on the same day (with someone special).

    It was funny when I caught myself dacing outside the shop while looking at the menu for lunch. I fell in love with the place.

    A must try place.

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    1. Len: glad to hear you've fallen in love with this place! here's hoping you'll have more great memories here in the months to come :D

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    2. Tq Sean. The owner can quickly remember my face. That was great because they give the sense of importance to the customers. :)

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