Monday, March 19, 2012

Jen's Underground Supper Club

Home is where the mushroom mini-tart is: somewhere in TTDI, a family has opened its house to friends & strangers, all eager to eat pastries perfected by matriarch Jennifer Palencia.

The concept is fuss-free: call to make a booking & come here for tea, Tuesdays through Fridays, 3pm-6pm. As you step in, the the air will probably be filled with the florid sounds of jazz & the fresh scent of butter & herbs.

A complete tea-time set should set customers back by RM50, but it might be filling enough that they'll skip dinner. Offerings change from week to week, but savories start the ball rolling _ maybe little quiches & beef balls, warm & aromatic.

Mushroom tartlets. Jennifer's a self-taught chef _ reminiscent of Huck at Huck's Cafe in how their passion & prowess for cooking shine through their food. Guests know they're in for a treat _ no shortcuts, no second-rate ingredients.

Spaghetti bolognese sounds like a cliche, but a version like Jen's reminds us that it's really a delicious recipe that's fun to gobble up, especially when the ragu is this fragrantly seasoned.

Hitting the sweet spot: lemon meringues, light but luscious, with a straight-from-the-oven feel.

Mini pavlova. On other weeks, teatime temptations at Jen's might comprise raisin scones, pistachio mille-feuille, cheese sticks, marshmallow meringues & pecan pie with creme fraiche. You never know what you're gonna get!

Saving the best for last: classic French-style puff pastries conclude our tea _ crisp, flaky ones, topped with rich, super-smooth creme chantilly & strawberries.

Creme patisserie with vanilla hazelnut praline cream. We swallow, we swoon.

Tea & coffee. That is all, that is enough.

Jen does dinners too, but for larger groups & only a couple of times a month. Expect hearty European fare like roast lamb, lemon-cooked salmon with onion rings & baked eggplant with Parmesan & tomatoes. Dinners cost RM150 per person; bring your own bottle.

Jen's Underground Supper Club,
Taman Tun Dr Ismail.
Tel: 03-7728-7909
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44 comments:

  1. I like the look of the desserts. So you pay according to what you eat/order, right?

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    1. Baby Sumo: oh ya, you could skip the savories & just have the dessert pastries. i think it might be RM8 per piece. we chose to just have the complete set of whatever was available from the kitchen that evening, which cost RM50 per person =)

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    2. Hmmmmm ....... this is the one I've been invited to and invited to and invited to ....... and haven't made time for!

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    3. Cruzer: worth checking out, definitely =)

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  2. "Tuesdays through Fridays, 3pm-6pm."

    Awww, no weekends?

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    1. Timing: heheh, i think jen takes a break on weekends for some personal time! :D

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    2. Which kind of sucks for most of us who work on weekdays :P Not everybody has the flexibility to say "Boss! I'm going for a 1+hour tea break now!"

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    3. Timing: let's cross our fingers that she'll consider doing a saturday tea maybe. wednesdays through saturdays would be nice, heheh :D

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    4. You could maybe take a late lunch at 3 on Friday and then do a 'ponteng' and dovetail into happy hours, swandive may be a better option. Live up to your nickname and be creative la. You Malaysian or not?

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    5. Cruzer: heh, creative timing. i like that :P

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  3. Somehow it seems like she's cooking specially for you! Here's hoping Jen sets up her own restaurant soon? hehe

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    1. Drops of contentment: heh, you're right, there is a sense of intimacy & exclusivity & privacy here. She had only two sets of guests that evening, so there was a personal touch (her daughter was the one who attended to us, while she was busy in the kitchen) =)

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  4. Mini lemon merengues and pavs - reminds me of home - I'll take two of each. :-)

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    1. The Yum List: i'd take two too, but i wouldn't wanna share! heheh :D

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  5. underground makes it sounds like something illegal. This is quite a good concept, something like a private chef.

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    1. Eiling: yeah, it's nice to be welcomed into someone's home and being able to enjoy their cooking :D

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  6. Home cooked food at it's best. Yummy~~ I wonder if this dining concept will work well in KL. Maybe all the housewives in Malaysia can start their their own little restaurant at home =)

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    1. Smitten By Food: ya, i think it's a great idea! especially for folks who are passionate about cooking and who enjoy having others taste their food :D

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  7. i want to come in here for tea but ttdi...hmmm

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    1. Michelle: it's a nice neighborhood! and quite accessible from various highways, heheh =)

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  8. "Tea & coffee. That is all, that is enough."

    No alcohol for Signor Yoong wor. Sure boh enough? :P

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    1. Haha, yaloh, no alcohol?
      I don't think we can go and try at this place, since the timing not very friendly.

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    2. Kenny: heheh, i confess, we adjourned for alcohol somewhere else after that during dinner :D

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    3. CK: the horse can go and try, since he's not started work yet! but ya, hopefully jennifer will start offering tea on a saturday or sunday sometime soon :D

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  9. What a pleasant surprise, thank you Sean
    Love and Peace, Jen

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    1. Jennifer: it was a great meal, jen. thank you for opening your beautiful home to us =)

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  10. Oh my!
    I stay nearby :P
    So how... hmhmmm.. hehehe.. got WIFI or not??

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    1. TNG: gosh, yeah, i forgot you're a TTDI resident now! i think should have wi-fi, but i didn't ask. heheh :D

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  11. *sigh* Only in the evenings? What a pity! I rarely venture out of my residence at that hour unless necessary but I will try to make an exception one of these days. =D

    With that being said, it's really cool to know that Jennifer has opened up her house for an underground supper club. =)

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    1. Waverly: oh yeah, i do believe it's worth the effort. you're right, it's a nice change from eating at formal cafes & restaurants. i hope more people will be inspired to open up their own homes for supper clubs in various neighborhoods :D

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  12. I guess tat d quality is always in control....
    Reminds me of hong kong... Where some housewife use their house to cook for like 3 to 5 tables/night..
    Very nice...
    It is kinda weird for me to go toa stranger house for dinner....

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    1. Simple Person: true, there's a 100 percent guarantee for quality, since the chef is proud of her food :D ya, it can be a strange experience, and maybe a bit awkward at first, but the family here is very welcoming and friendly =)

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    2. Somemore d daughter personally attend to u huh.... Lol

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    3. Simple Person: oh, it's a family-run set-up. no need for waiters and waitresses, heh =)

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  13. I really thought it was your home at first, Sean! :p

    That looks like a lovely holiday home to me, actually! Is it for sale? ;p :p

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    1. Rad: oooh, I'd be really happy if this were my home! It's truly 100 times nicer than my apartment, heheh :D

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    2. Haha I doubt the 100 times bit you said :p

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    3. Rad: heh, well, 80 times at least :D

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  14. its all very homely stuff. weekdays unfortunately...i will have to be ask the "boss" for time out so i can kick off my shoes and chill to regain some sanity during weekdays.

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    1. Missyblurkit: i empathize! it's only tuesday and i'm already feeling the weight of the week bearing heavily on my mind and shoulders! we all desperately need a mid-week pick-me-up, i think...

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  15. How does one get his own ID on this site? Errol de Cruz

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    1. Cruzer: wish i could help you there, but i have no idea =)

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  16. And having dined before, I vouch for everything Sean has said. Errol de Cruz

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    1. Errol: great to hear that. i hope to make it for a dinner here someday too. thanks.

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