Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Wondermama @ Bangsar Village

Taking up prime territory at Bangsar Village, Wondermama might make many chuckle at its name, but it could muster a serious challenge to cafes like Plan B, Delicious and Marmalade.

Let's list Wondermama's strengths: its menu of Asian fare is tangled in tantalizing twists; its service is fast and friendly; its cheerful, colorful setting capably forges a fresh distinctiveness.

Mother knows best: the rice in the signature Nasi Lemak 2.0S (RM23.90++) is fraught on its own with fragrance and fantastic firmness, but made even more flavorful with sambal petai sotong, hard-boiled egg, peanuts, cucumber, anchovies and soft-shell crab in lieu of fried chicken.

Another creative culinary brainchild: Otak-otak cheese sandwich (RM12.50++), pregnant with subtly spiced fish paste in crisp bread.


Senang dimasak, sedap dimakan: Special Maggi Mee Soup (RM12.90++), topped with salmon, chicken hot dog, beef bacon, fried egg and potato leaves. The type of fully loaded instant noodles that kids of all ages will slurp up to the final strand and last drop.


Not your momma's roti bakar (RM4.50++). Slathered not only with kaya, but garlic butter and tobiko too. The spread could be thicker though.


A simple salad is transformed into a sinful stunner with fried chicken surrounding the leaves and chunks of salted egg yolk surreptitiously buried beneath (look closer). At RM14++, this is one of Bangsar's more wallet-friendly salads.


Is there pizza here? No, there's naan (heh). Starchy-fluffy, showered with goji berries, mushrooms and truffle oil for a RM14++ portion.


The mysteriously named "Dancing Squid" (RM16++) is pan-fried squid with cod fish roe, celery, cabbage and butter, served warm in a jar. Not something that makes our taste buds tango, but ultimately, the hits at Wondermama still seem to outnumber the misses.


Wondermama will eventually serve wine, but for now, customers can bring their own bottles. Corkage is a high but not horribly unfair RM40++ for wine and RM80++ for hard liquor.

We sipped on absinthe, mixed with ice and with Wondermama's kumquat and rose lime juices.

Is Wondermama related to Wondermilk? We're not sure, really.

There's no doubt that folks will flock to Wondermama in the months ahead; if this Bangsar outlet succeeds, there's talk of future branches at Mid Valley and KLCC.

Wondermama is located beside The BIG Group's Plan B at Bangsar Village.

For Wondermama's first month, customers receive a 10 percent discount off the food bill.

Wondermama,
Bangsar Village, Bangsar Baru, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-2202-0886 (the number's wonky though) or 03-2284-9821
Open noon through 10pm, except for this week, when it closes at 9pm.


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64 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for your visit and comments. I believe you're the first one in town ^_^

    We're still tweaking the experience at our outlet for our customers and your feedback is most welcome. And we apologize for any inconveniences and problems you faced.

    Please visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/mywondermama

    p.s. We're not related to Wondermilk ^_^

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    1. Wonder Mama: i think you guys did really well for your first day in business. will definitely be back, maybe sooner than expected =) and thanks for the clarification on wondermilk =)

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    2. Thanks again Sean! We sincerely hope you have a better experience the next time you're with us and thank you for your continued patronage.

      The first day allowed us to gauge and understand customer taste better. Indeed, we're very touched by the show of support from the public!

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    3. If I had known it was you with the absinthe bottle, I would have said hi hahah!!!

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    4. Lanatir: it'll be me with a wine bottle very soon, so say hi, yeah =)

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    5. Btw we're using +603-22849821 as our contact for now. That other number you posted is indeed WONKY! Sorry ^_^

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    6. Lanatir: thanks! i've amended the post to include both numbers =)

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    7. Thanks so much man!

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    8. Hi Wonder Mama. The place looks great like an old house with touch kopitiam and roadside stall, kinda sweet and it brings back memories of good old days especially with the name :) Who is the designer of the place? Yourself?

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    9. Mark: i hope the folks at wondermama read this and reply to you. alternatively, you could visit them and ask them personally, heh. yeah, it's a nice place =)

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  2. I was outside Wonder Mama on Sunday...and told rif I'm very certain you would be there when they open on Monday. ;P

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    1. Bangsar Babe: heheh, your prediction came true! hopefully we'll bump into each other here someday =)

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  3. Wahh first to blog about them. My Baba friend Lanatir has a hand in this place!

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    1. Babe_KL: ooh, thanks for that. it's good to hear he's Baba, cos i'm gonna return here to try their ayam pongteh and nyonya laksa! :D

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    2. Small hand only :)

      In all honesty, the team is working very hard to ensure that the taste is up to par.

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  4. Hey...ur recent abnormal posting times is enuff to make me hanker for this place lar...hehe :P

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    1. Ulric: heh, this week's posts will mostly be during the daytime. next week i'll revert to the midnight schedule. just for fun. and yeah, i think you might enjoy the nasi lemak and the maggi mee soup here =)

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  5. ah, otak otak cheese sandwich! I want!!!

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    1. Michelle: there's also otak-otak salad, otak-otak spaghetti, otak-otak roti bakar and otak-otak naan pizza here :D

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    2. Waah...otak-otak naan pizza...tats mine...all mine!...muahahaha =)

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  6. oh yum, it looks very promising and different from the other outlets in Bangsar Village. Nasi lemakkkkkkk

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    1. Footfringe: i think they'll be direct rivals to plan b, since they're next-door neighbors. i hope the nasi lemak here passes the test of your taste buds! :D

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  7. Love the name of this restaurant. Sounds very super hero to me =)

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    1. Smitten By Food: heheh, i'm not sure why they chose the name (maybe i should ask next time), but it's certainly catchy. i guess most folks will think of wonder woman :D

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  8. Hehe I also love the name of this restaurant, I'll ask hubby to bring his wondermama (ME!) here ;P

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    1. Baby Sumo: heheh, too bad this place opened too late for mother's day this year. otherwise, it could have been a cute place for families to celebrate the occasion! :D

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  9. Love the name. The otak otak cheese sandwich looks mightily tempting.

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    1. The Yum List: it's a name that everyone can remember! :D oh yeah, it helped that the sandwich comprised pretty tasty bread, not a generic bun =)

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  10. nice!!! I was just thinking of heading to Bangsar Village for lunch!! :D OMG soft-shell crab with nasi lemak????? why hasn't anyone thought of that any sooner!!!

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    1. Vien: you'll find lots of goodies in bangsar village as well as bangsar shopping center! :D heheh, i wonder what else might go well with nasi lemak. hmmm, maybe teriyaki eel =)

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  11. wah .. I love all the dishes..
    especially the maggi mee.. i will make it LICIN.. kakakaka

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    1. Simple Person: heheh, yeah, the dishes here are simple but nice :D eating the maggi mee made me remember my college years, when i ate maggi mee at least three nights every week for supper =)

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  12. Otak Otak and Cheese? In a sandwich? This kind of combination I don't think it's possible to imagine how it tastes like ...

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    1. Timing: heh, i think some folks will love it, some folks will hate it! :D

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  13. wanted to try all that you mentioned in the post! looks promising! thanks for sharing! =D

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    1. Jean: hope you enjoy everything! fans of nasi lemak can try the version here at wonder mama; i think many might like it =)

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    2. thanks for the suggestion. ah.. i need ask many friends to go together so i can try more.. =p
      btw, thanks for stopping by my blog. =D

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    3. Jean: you're welcome :D that's a good idea. i think four to six people would be a good number, to be able to try most of the recommendations here. there are also some potato dishes and beef nachos dishes here which are good =)

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  14. I really want to know how special can the special maggi mee be....but the salmon on top together with the sunny egg yolk look delicious...

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    1. Cindy: heheh, i guess as long as you have some salmon, hot dogs, bacon and eggs at home, you can make this special maggi mee in your kitchen too. quite delicious, you're right :D

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  15. Saw the facebook page and curious to try these dishes! Love the creativity!

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    1. Kelly: oh yeah, the chef definitely made effort to put some interesting twists into these dishes while still keeping prices reasonably low =)

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  16. Wow that's the first time I've seen or heard of an otak-otak sandwich! Takes an adventurous person to be the first to try it. hahah

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    1. Drops of Contentment: heh, i'd love to see more sandwiches with seafoodish stuffings. maybe a sandwich with baked mussels or breaded oysters! :D

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  17. Okay...I think I want to cook that Maggi at home... :-D

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    1. Melissa: good luck! i'm sure your version will be absolutely tasty too! :D

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  18. Impressed by all the creatively created food!

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    1. Choi Yen: heheh, true! our compliments to the chef! :D

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  19. I saw sambal petai sotong!!! Yum yum!

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    1. CK: ya, i really like the sambal. it's got a strong flavor, but it's not too spicy for me! :D

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    2. Qwazymonkey: it's all systems GO, time for takeoff! :D

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  20. hey i like a place where you are allowed to bring your own bottle. You guys brought a bottle of absinthe?!! ewwww

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    1. Eiling: oh yeah, and eventually it won't be necessary once they start serving wine =) heh, that bottle of absinthe was a gift from another friend. i wasn't able to finish it here though, so there's still more than half a bottle of absinthe remaining in my apartment now! :D

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  21. coouldn't resist when u posted the Special Maggi Mee Soup.. nice place to hangout.. like the kitschiness of the place.. but maggi soup was not what i expected.. :(.. thought it's chicken broth maggi.. but they claimed the soup was miso based (i thought i tasted some hint of curry powder there).. very 'kiam' la.. (salty)..
    i guess i was miffed cos i was badly craving for a good ole maggi soup to cure my hangover.. haha..
    will give it another try when my headache eases...
    ^*^

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    1. Whoisnell: oops, sorry to hear the maggi didn't hit the target for you. ya, it tasted like there was definitely something extra added to it, which i enjoyed actually. hopefully you'll like the other items here. and i can empathize regarding hangover pains, so hang in there! :D

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    2. i reckon there's no one recipe in the world that will please everybody.. someone's bound to have something to say about it.. my tastebud is old-fashion.. still prefer the good ole authentic simple maggi soup with extra egg and lots of vege.. remedy for every cure ^*^

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    3. Whoisnell: you're making me consider heading to the supermarket and grabbing a five-packet stash of maggi to bring home, to keep in storage until the day i come down with a cold or fever :D

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  22. Went to try out after reading this post n gave otak cheese burger a try, but bread was hard, fries were soggy, the onli nice thing is maybe the taste of the otak are still decent though...dissapointed.

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    1. 米儿: i'm truly sorry to hear you didn't enjoy the otak-otak burger. yep, there are hits and misses on the menu here, though i enjoyed the burger. the bread was nice and crusty for me, and the fries were hot and crisp. but i'm sorry that your experience was a letdown.

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  23. That Special Maggi Mee Soup...I think I shall have it for dinner tonight. I am not much of an instant noodle person (especially the brand Maggi) but that is one good looking one.

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    1. Missyblurkit: oooh, i used to be a maggi mee addict when i was younger! i managed to defeat the addiction, but i could relapse at any time! :D

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  24. Do they cater to small birthday get together for a 5 year old? Not sure if they could cater to kid's taste buds? :-)

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    1. PrettyLittlePaws: oh, i guess you could try checking with them. good luck! =)

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