Friday, July 20, 2012

Swich Cafe @ HP Towers Semantan

Employees at Damansara Heights' HP Towers might seem more fortunate than most as far as lunch options are concerned, thanks to this cool cafe in their office building.

Forget sloppy salads; Swich puts virtuous effort into veggie ensembles. The "Lite Aphrodite" (about RM16) is a hillock of strawberries, carrots, tomatoes, spiced pecans, arugula and romaine with balsamic honey truffle dressing. Add several ringgit for thick slices of smoked salmon.

The Beef and the Barbie: succulent slow-cooked beef (lots of it!) with Swich's house-made barbecue sauce in a sesame bun with apple dijon slaw (about RM18). Prices here are steeper than what char kuey teow might cost, but portions are heftier and arguably healthier.

Swich's chocolate brownie is brilliant, thanks to its mouth-filling, flavor-flooded creaminess. The red velvet cake is less memorable by comparison, but still marvelous.

We've never seen this much cranberries jammed into a carrot-and-walnut cream cheese cake. Every bite was berry-licious! Confession: this visit to Swich was several weeks ago, so some items might no longer be on their ever-changing menu.

To avoid a food coma from all this glorious grub, order some coffee, made magical at Swich with a sprinkling of Valrhona chocolate.

Or have some hot chocolate, made doubly chocolatey with Valrhona too.

Swich's weekdays-only, no-dinner-served business hours are unkind to folks far away. But try heading here for a long Friday lunch if you're seeking someplace different. The service team whispered that a branch in Bangsar Shopping Center might happen sometime this year.

Looking for lunch closer to the city? Acme's weekday afternoon sets might be an option.
Main entries on Acme at The Troika: Dec. 2, Dec. 5, Dec. 7, Dec. 15, Dec. 18 and Feb. 11.

For (an arguably too-steep) RM49++, customers can enjoy a light, well-prepared meal, with salads, soups, main courses and desserts changing each week.

This recent set comprised small cups of a cherry tomato salad and white onion soup with parsley and sour cream, followed by breaded sole fish with mashed potatoes, peas and tomato coulis.

Floating Island meringue-and-custard with pistachios to wrap up what works as a business lunch.

Folks who have too little time for a set meal can opt for something from Acme's Too Late For Breakfast menu, like the double-yolk delight of this turkey ham and cheese bechamel toast topped with fried eggs, beetroot and leaves (RM25++).

Or skip straight to dessert: the passion fruit-strawberry pavlova is nothing but nice.

Acme's cakes are always tempting too, laid for all to see on the counter; the chocolate chip one is OK, though less richly sumptuous than some might hope.

The wicked juxtaposed against the wholesome: Dirty Martini, cold as ice, and Tea Forte Antioxidant honey yuzu tea, hot as a furnace.

Swich Cafe,
HP Towers, Jalan Gelenggang, Bukit Damansara, Kuala Lumpur.
Acme Bar and Coffee,
The Troika, Kuala Lumpur.
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52 comments:

  1. Oh I know someone who wants the burger... (and I think he might be heading there this weekend ;P)

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    1. Baby Sumo: oops! It's a very nice pulled-beef burger here, but we'll have to warn him that Swich is closed on weekends! =)

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    2. Ulric: no rats in swich's kitchen, it's very hygienic! =)

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    3. Double rats! Really wanted to try the The Beef and the Barbie...the apple dijon slaw looks uniquely interesting and the Lite Aphrodite with the smoked salmon looks fab minus the pecans...yucks =)

      Well I guess I have to wait for their expansion plan to be completed...hehe =)

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    4. Ulric: oh yeah, they've got quite a few interesting recipes here; i really wish i had been able to order more items! :D

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  2. Thank you, Sean for your visit and your gracious review of Swich!

    At our current location offices are closed during the weekends and public holidays, so we don't operate on those days. But with our planned expansion coming up, we'll hopefully be more accessible to more food and dessert loving folks. The Beef and the Barbie is still available as it is our signature dish. We refresh our menu regularly because we keep a close eye on customers' preferences and we try to manage wastage responsibly. We love creating new dishes and we always aim to provide a flavorful and enjoyable dining experience at Swich. Each week we have a couple of new or different items for our set lunch to keep our menu interesting, for example next week we'll be having Chilli Crab Pasta! Not many industry gets to serve people happiness on plate and we feel very fortunate to be in such a vibrant industry. We hope you'll come by again and try our delectable cakes made by our award winning baker and honest good food made with lots of love and care by our fun loving kitchen crew! See you soon!
    PS: All our new stuff and promotions are posted regularly on our facebook page www.facebook.com/Swichfinefood, so please check us out on FB and come by when you see something that catches your fancy :)! 

    Cheers!
    CC Lim
    Swich Cafe

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    1. CC/Swich: it's always a genuine pleasure to visit an eatery that's run with heart and which serves great food. i'm one of the many who are looking forward to your expansion, and i'll be there for your salads, your pastas next time, and definitely your cakes! =)

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    2. Thank you Sean for your kind words. Please do come and try our salads and pastas, and of course our cakes! We try to come up with various healthy flavour and texture combinations and our salads are combinations of ingredients which are traditionally and even medically used to promote good health. In addition, we try to minimize the use of sugar for our cakes, eg. our Sticky Date Pudding only uses 1 tablespoon of organic muscovado sugar for the entire cake, because we use 3 times more dates. Because we care very deeply about what we put on the table and what we feed people (hence our tagline Food for Thought) it's always a pleasure when people enjoy our food. We love the idea of fashioning Swich after the French cafe culture, with a lot of joie de vivre and a little bit of philosophy!

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    3. CC/Swich: that's a great reinterpretation of "food for thought." And we both know someone who's visited your cafe for the first time today and not just enjoyed but fell in love with your offerings. See you all soon, I hope =)

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  3. Awesome! Plenty of clients in that area. Parking is horrible though.
    Ans yes, good for the DH folks, as there's a dire need of a good eatery there for sure! :)
    Those delectable cakes must be reviewed on my blog soon :P
    CAKESSSS!!

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    1. More burgers and cakes = more trips to the gym...hahahaha :P

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    2. (Sorry, Sean, for intruding on your blog)

      Hi Rebecca

      There's usually parking at the basement level of HP Towers during lunch time. (And Ulric, Fitness Firs is just next door :)). Unfortunately because the office crowd doesn't really eat a lot of cakes and desserts, we can't offer a larger selection than we would like to. We are always experimenting on new recipes, and today because some dear old friends are coming for lunch, we've pulled out some stops and made Durian Cheesecake, Durian Sponge Cake with Fresh Durian Cream, Swich Valrhona Chocolat Paradis Cake, Hokkaido Cakes with Durian Cream, and with Cempedak Cream, Swich Tutti Fruitti (made with cempedak, topped with fresh mangoes, lime and toasted coconut and because mangosteens are available, we've tossed that in for good measure:)). Carrot and Cranberry cake and Swiss Bliss Brownies are also available today. We love baking for our family, friends and customers!

      If there is any particular cake you like and would like to try it at Swich, please let us know and we will be happy to do a Swich version for you!

      Thanks, and happy day (it's Friday after all!)
      CC
      Swich Cafe

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    3. Rebecca: i'm feeling 99 percent confident that you will LOVE swich's cakes! they're that good! :D

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    4. The Swich Valrhona Chocolat Paradis Cake and Hokkaido Cakes with Durian Cream sounds just the thing for me =)

      Sean....got mangosteen in the Swich Tutti Fruitti lar...hehe =)

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    5. Ulric: heh yep, that's an added attraction, definitely =)

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    6. OMG!! cempedak and durian and mangosteen! I'm back from Sg on Mon.. hmmmm *scheming on how to slot a makan session here * LOL!
      Ok, parking woes seems solved for now. Will try HP Towers basement

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  4. Bukit Damansara is too far for me, BSC might be friendlier. :D

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    1. CK: oh yeah, i like this bukit damansara location, but it's very difficult for most of us to get there during office hours. am looking forward to their BSC branch too! =)

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  5. not sure if i should go to acme again. food is too average for the pricing.

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    1. Michelle: oh, i'm still a fan of acme! it's a nice place to chill out for both lunch and dinner :D

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  6. It's one of my favourite places to go with my friends between classes at HELP. The brownie and chocolate cake is heavenly!

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    1. Akira: ooh, i'm glad to hear that swich has many fans! i haven't tried the chocolate cake, but i hope i get the chance soon :D

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  7. Thanks for the review. This is why I like to follow your blog. How else would I have known that Menara HP had a cafe like this ;)

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    1. Renaura: thanks for the very kind words =) i hope you enjoy eating at swich. i honestly liked the food here, and i believe others will too :D

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  8. Are prices in Acme going up? Used to be very reasonable, at least for dinner. I like the place.

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    1. Footfringe: oh, prices for the a la carte are the same, but ya, the set lunch is a little too steeply priced, i think. but i guess rental and other costs here are high. i like acme a lot too, and i know i'll keep returning =)

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  9. Swich's chocolate brownie must try that..
    I love brownie.. :)

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    1. Simple Person: oooh, if you love brownies, i can almost guarantee you'll appreciate swich's choc brownie. it tastes really fresh, rich and moist =)

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  10. so good!!! i can go on Monday~ ^^

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    1. 女飞侠: i hope you enjoy your breakfast or lunch or tea here! :D

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  11. I love the bright and airy ambience.. lots of sunshine! Good to know that they use quality ingredients in the food and drinks! Valrhona is the bomb! :)

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    1. Iamthewitch: oh yeah, there's plenty of natural sunlight to keep Acme a cheerful, warm-looking place in the daytime :D and yeah, Swich's beverages have the extra X-factor, thanks to the valrhona! =)

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  12. The Beef and the Barbie? And where's Barbie...gal? =p
    I always avoid buying carrot cake, because I was afraid that the cake would be dry or crumbly. But the one you had here looks good!

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    1. Melissa: heheh, i guess the Barbie refers to the barbecue sauce ... maybe :D true, carrot cakes are usually hit or miss elsewhere. i think the freshness of the cake here was what made it wonderful, plus all the great ingredients they jammed into it! :D

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    2. You're both exactly right, it refers to the barbecue sauce (styled after the great Texan American barbecues) and is also a tongue-in-cheek reference to the feminine companion of the beef - the Beef referring to the man, and the Barbie, as represented by the sweet sauce and the slightly 'tart' green apple Dijon slaw, referring to the lady. We think the Beef ain't complete without his Barbie! :)

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  13. Acme portions are too small la. I need three set lunches to feel full! :P

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    1. Bangsar Babe: oh, you're right about the smaller portions at acme. i guess it caters more to businesspeople who want light lunches. heh, so my proposal would be, for folks who prefer a heavy lunch, head to the other restaurant in this post, swich cafe at hp towers! :D

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  14. you just couldn't stay away from Acme could you! you're right though - that brownie looks good!

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    1. Drops of Contentment: heh, acme has been one of my favorite haunts this past year. i wish swich cafe was nearby too, so i could haunt it as well, and keep buying its brownies (they could be addictive, i fear!) :D

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  15. A decent salad! With colour and interesting ingredients! Hurrah for Swich. And my goodness that burger looks good. Wish we had a place like that in my office...fingers crossed for one in BSC. You find some great places, Sean!

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    1. YouHadYourLunch: oh yeah, there are a whole bunch of interesting salad, sandwich and pasta recipes here that i'd love to return to try someday =) and yeah, that was a really satisfying pulled beef burger. if this place were in my office, i'd be here at least once a week for their weekly specials :D thanks for the kind words, yeah =)

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  16. I love a good carrot cake and that one looks so moist.

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    1. The Yum List: i'd rank it as one of the best carrot cakes i've EVER had! :D

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    2. Thanks, Sean, for the compliment! I'm really sorry that I missed your visit (I was in Singapore when you came by). Let me know when you're coming by again, we'd love to hear your honest opinion on our other offerings :). Our kitchen crew is thrilled to hear your views here, it means an awful lot to us that the team's efforts are being appreciated and enjoyed.

      Have a great week ahead!
      Cheers,
      CC

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    3. CC: sure, will definitely introduce myself if i'm back at swich. it was actually a fluke visit that one time, on a friday afternoon when i was in the neighborhood. usually it'd be difficult to head there on weekdays. take care, and i hope it's a great week for the team at swich too :D

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  17. oooh, this is the one opened by your BFF's friend hor...

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    1. Fatboybakes: heheh, but i don't have BFFs, i only have BFFNs (best friends for now) :D

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    2. Fatboybakes: wisdom is also fleeting =)

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  18. I'm tempted with the cranberries cake too. It looked so intense and packed with cranberries although the outlook of it doesn't look too pretty.

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    1. Eiling: oh yeah, i think maybe i should have photographed it from a different angle, but you're right, it's one of the most flavorful cranberry cakes imaginable :D

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