Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Lavazza @ Viva Home & Caffeinees @ Kg Pandan


Checking out a couple of cafes ensconced between the city & Cheras.


First up, Lavazza at Viva Home, which has an ambitious menu for a shopping mall venue. Couldn't resist ordering this foie gras risotto; the liver is fine, but the rice is mushy, drowned in some sort of pea-&-brown-sauce gravy. Pricey for RM69.90+.


Duck confit spaghetti (RM18.90+). The menu describes the duck as having been "slow-cooked & bathed in oil for four hours." Unfortunately, it might have been soaked unrelentingly in salt too throughout that tortuous time. Maybe the kitchen had a bad night.


Guinness-laced onion soup. Not the broth of our dreams, but flavorsome enough, served with some strange cheese-laden toast.


Lavazza's macarons err on the side of being biscuit-like. Better luck next time.


Cocktails are available, absolutely affordable. Think RM19.90+ for a Margarita.


Next up, Caffeinees, nestled in a super-spacious Kampung Pandan bungalow.


The selection is sweeping, but we opted for some grainy goodness. From the West, here's the "Valencia Seafood Rice," kinda like paella but not quite. Moist, hearty fare, tangy with tomatoes & savory with squid & shrimp.


From the East: Chinese fried rice with egg, anchovies & some sort of chicken satay. A mishmash of Malaysian elements, not bad but not terribly thrilling.


Caffeinees serves no wine _ a deterrent against the possibility of our returning here.


Lavazza @ Viva Home.
Caffeinees @ 16, Jalan Kampung Pandan, Kuala Lumpur.
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26 comments:

  1. Wow @ that gravy-laden risotto. Can't even see a single grain of rice o_O

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    1. Timing: heh, yeah, not exactly the ideal preparation for risotto. any more watery and it could have been porridge! =)

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  2. Oh my goodness me...WELL captured.. I could almost taste the superb food from my planet.

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    1. Cquek: come back to Earth soon! this planet needs you! =)

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  3. Urghh what's that pink glumps of sauce/dressing/gravy on top of the Valencia Seafood Rice?
    And Lavazza is obviously naming their menu a tad too ambitiously.. Lol

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    1. TNG: ooh, i think it's tomato puree for caffeinees' seafood rice. probably not really needed for the recipe =) i think there's definitely some sincere effort on the part of the creators of lavazza's menu, but the execution fell short in the dishes we tried. but luckily though, i think they have a fair number of fans living in the neighborhood =)

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  4. There's definitely potential in lavazza's menu BUTTTTTTT the food looks rather disappointing! Is Viva Home the shopping mall filled with furniture/home stuff stores?? hehe can't remember but might have seen it once!

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    1. Vien: yeah, unfulfilled potential so far. but the fundamentals are there, they just need to get the execution right, i think =) heh, yeah, i think it's the one that's supposed to specialize in household stuff. i must admit, i didn't window-shop :D

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  5. The Lavazza looks interesting, others not sure; and deco a bit like a wedding studio, I think !!!!!

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    1. Wong: oh yeah, it could be a good place to use for photo shoots! including for wedding pictures, heh :D

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  6. For someone who can eat soup noodles and ramen everyday, I shudder at the sight of rich sauces drowning risotto, rice, pasta, noodles or sashimi! The poor risotto, but the liver looks nicely done

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    1. Footfringe: heh, you're right, that rich sauce would have been better served accompanying a piece of chicken or turkey, i think! :D

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  7. Alrite....obviously "Caffeinees" wins ^_^

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    1. Melissa: heh, i think both have hits and misses. and both have a loyal fan base too! :D

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  8. Hmmmm...two places off your list eh? Ya...the Chinese fried rice certainly does not look alluring...

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    1. Suituapui: yeah, i think i'm probably not gonna be returning to either of these eateries. though maybe a second chance might be worthwhile, since there's much more on the menu besides the fried rice, heh =)

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  9. Oh no, this doesn't sound like a positive outing for you eh? :-P

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    1. Pureglutton: not the best meal of the year, nope =)

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  10. The colors of those macarons look just a tad too artificial. I suppose there's not too much hope of natural coloring of flavoring judging for their appearance.

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    1. The Yum List: yeah, i'm not too sure what ingredients they used, but the flavor was also not quite what we had been hoping for =)

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  11. Been meaning to pop into Caffeinees...since our past few drive bys showed that it is possibly doggie friendly...The seafood rice may just be for us if we feel like carbo loading. Otherwise its just perhaps coffee and furkid for company>.<

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    1. Missyblurkit: ooh, ya, i dunno whether it's furkid-friendly but hopefully it is, since there's plenty of space and it's bright and cheerful enough. sounds like a good plan for a saturday afternoon :D

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  12. I been to both place but rather disappoint with their taste... But still i always go the lavazza in tmn segar perdana due the speedy wifi n comfy chair!

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    1. Cindy: speedy wi-fi is definitely a good incentive to visit! :D heheh, ya, both these outlets are really comfy, easy to relax here =)

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  13. they could have just used toasted baguette or a nice garlic toast for the soup instead of toast topped with cheese?!! Cheese and guinness? heheh

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    1. Eiling: yeah, a very strange combination. though i guess it's cool of them to try to experiment and try something different, heh :D

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