Friday, May 11, 2012

MacLaren's @ Damansara Perdana

Possibly Damansara Perdana's friendliest pub, free from the slightest sliver of sleaze.

MacLaren's Eurasian chef whips up everything from deviled chicken curry to pork vindaloo, but the top recommendation is the slow-cooked lamb leg curry (RM22++), a wicked concoction, thick with apples, potatoes, raisins and nuts, served with buttered bread.

Pork patties here are kitchen-made for a relatively coarser chew; take two of 'em, toss in some bacon, egg and cheese, and voila! A pork burger (RM19++) that should satisfy. Other topping options include pineapples and chili con carne.

Chocolate bread pudding (RM12++) _ warm and moist, soft and sweet, this is a recipe by the chef's mom. Much yummier than restaurant buffet versions.

Braised apples in a wine compote (RM12++) with a super-special basil-and-raisin ice cream, something also made at MacLaren's, with a fruity-herbal flavor.

Wine is available at RM12++ per glass. Perfectly drinkable.

Basic cocktails are also offered, potent enough to please.

Gin and tonic, to finish the evening on a fun, fizzy note.

One lament: parking here is a pain at night. But MacLaren's is an oasis of calm, for now.

MacLaren's Restaurant and Pub,
Metropolitan Square, Damansara Perdana.
Open daily from lunch through late.
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34 comments:

  1. Hohoho! I'm totally drooling at that chocolate bread pudding! I used to dislike them because I've only tried the BAD buffet ones! But good ones can be reaaaaaly good! :P

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    1. Vien... Luckily u dare enuff to try again.. If not then u will miss out a lot...
      Actually I like anything tat come with chocolates.... My fav....kekeke

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    2. HAHA yes! or I'll be deprived of something so yummy for the rest of my life! O.O

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    3. Vien: yeah, i kinda dread the bread puddings at buffets. but then again, most of the desserts at our buffets are kinda a waste of stomach space =)

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    1. Simple Person: the owner seems to be here quite often, and he greets everyone and tries to make sure that all the customers are satisfied :D

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  3. Lamb Leg Curry with apples, potatoes, raisins and nuts? Tats a first for me =)

    Ooo...tat pork burger looks good...no prob for me cause I like coarse patties...as long as there's an egg n cheese to with it...hehe :)

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    1. Ulric: it's a nice combination for a curry. lots of complexity for flavors and textures :D heh, yeah, i prefer a coarse burger patty compared to one that feels overly processed too =)

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  4. I thought that this was a sports pub summore lol

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    1. Michelle: oh yeah, that might be the first thing that crosses someone's mind when they hear this name :D

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  5. Which one do you prefer? Braised apples here or braised pear in Coconut House? :P

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    1. CK: heheh, the braised pear at coconut house is sweeter and softer :D

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  6. On a unrelated subject, mangosteen makes an appearance on DISH's dessert (for set lunch) LOL

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    1. Haha...they did update their set lunch menu pretty quick! :P

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    2. Baby Sumo: arggh, i'm not sure i can get to Dish for lunch this month! maybe i should buy a bag of mangosteens from the pasar malam to console myself :D

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    3. Their set lunches are available on weekends too =)

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    4. Haha just ask if he could make you the mangosteen dessert for dinner! ;)

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    5. Ulric and Baby Sumo: ok, you both have good ideas. dish isn't actually on my to-visit list for the rest of this week, but maybe i'll try to squeeze something in, heh =)

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  7. cute name, but I kind of expected some sports cafe or at least some sports cars in the premise! LOL :P

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    1. Ciki: heheh, i guess maclaren's and mclaren are too similar in spelling and pronunciation! but i'm not a sports fan, so it actually didn't occur to me initially :D

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  8. How come parking is tough at night? I thought it would be easier? Ooh it's not often I see devil curry!! How does it compare to others like Simply Mel's? =D

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    1. Drops of Contentment: i think there are too many pubs on this block already. so the outdoor parking gets pretty full after work, and i can't find any indoor parking for visitors =) i haven't tried the devil curry here, but the lamb curry is quite good. meaty, aromatic and flavorsome :D

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  9. Free from sleaze?! Yay!! :D

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    1. Bangsar-Babe: heheh, say no to sleaze! :D

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  10. "free from the slightest sliver of sleaze" - you'll catch all of the girls' attention with that line. :-)

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    1. The Yum List: those are the magic words for me too! i like my evenings to be good, clean fun :D

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  11. you forgot to mention the strong 'oily' aroma that the place exudes.

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    1. Ivan: heh, i'm actually honestly not sure what you're referring to. maybe my sense of smell was dulled by the booze here! :D

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    2. ah, ric actually saw my comment here. LOL. anyway, he's done a mighty fine job at reducing the smell. they even have a new bartender, so you can expect more cocktails.

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    3. Ivan: that's all good news! looking forward to seeing if there'll be some creative cocktails on the table :D

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  12. When I see Maclaren, I thought of the Maclaren baby stroller. But I don't see any stroller here. =)

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    1. Smitten By Food: heh, this could be a kid-friendly eatery during the daytime though! :D

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  13. Bread and butter pudding. Chocolate ones too? That will be a math made in heaven. If only more places serve proper ones:D

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    1. Missyblurkit: oh yeah, this could be one of the klang valley's tastiest restaurant-made bread puddings! :D

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