Thursday, December 20, 2012

Urbanfresh, Pestle & Mortar & Taste Better @ Setia City

Congratulations! You've safely navigated the highways to reach Setia City Mall; the next challenge is finding somewhere worthwhile to eat here amid the parade of usual suspects like KFC, McDonald's, Secret Recipe, Subway and Sushi King.

We'll stick to the lower ground level. First, peek inside Urbanfresh, the anchor supermarket, where a little bakery churns out fresh bread all day long.

Who knew that fine scones could be found in this mall? This savory, herb-filled one should counter hunger pangs for at least 15 minutes.

Beside the bakery, a patisserie beckons, promising sweet treats galore.

Lamingtons make an unexpected appearance. Take a table, rest your feet and nibble on one, enjoyably soft and spongy.

It's also surprising at first to see a superbly stocked liquor section here, especially since the rest of the mall is abysmal for alcohol.

Whiskey, rum, gin and more; pick your poison, all at reasonable rates.

Personal mini-bottles of wine; bag them and sip slowly while window-shopping.

Stepping outside the supermarket, the intriguingly named Pestle & Mortar is worth a stop.

Savories here include nasi lemak and chicken chop, but the attraction's the Nyonya kuih, tasty and authentic enough to spend a ringgit or two on.

Wrapping up with a visit to stinky-sweet specialist Taste Better.

Durian custard puffs, with fresh batches prepared every couple of hours.

There's also soft-serve ice cream (or was it frozen yogurt? Hmmmmm).

Durian-flavored as well. Deliciously creamy, with minimal stench.
Entries on other Setia City eats: Khao by Rama V (May 2012) and Griffiths Coffee (Nov 2012).

Urbanfresh, Pestle & Mortar and Taste Better,
Setia City Mall.

26 comments:

  1. wow...you've tried so many types at one visit?
    the scone looks good!

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    1. Melissa: yeah, cafe-hopping inside the mall, since it's a relatively small mall =) liked the scone, it was more textured and flavorful than the regular ones :D

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  2. Durian custard puffs? Ahhh!! That's both creative and adventurous.

    By the way, how did it taste? Any traces of durian in the custard filling?

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    1. Waverly: oh yeah, they say they use fresh durian fruits to prepare the custard puffs and ice cream. there wasn't actually any fruit pulp in it, and the flavor was fairly mild instead of pungent, but still unmistakably durian, heh =)

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  3. I love the design and surroundings! More or less like Jason Food Hall in BSC...;D
    I also love the name 'Pestle and Mortar', I wonder what type of food they serve is made by using that... sambal? ;P other than that? hmmmm....

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    1. Eunice: ya, it's a nice food hall/supermarket, very welcoming for shopers. can definitely compare it to jasons food hall in some ways :D heheh, pestle & mortar reminds me of the tools that my grandmother once used to prepare sambal too. but ya, this is supposed to be a nyonya-style cafe. i heard their laksa is Ok =)

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  4. haha did you get lost on the way there? We went for a treasure hunt few months back at the mall so we have really run round the whole place! That scone looks like it could fill us up for a lot longer than 15 minutes though.. =D

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    1. Drops of Contentment: heh, i almost got lost, since both my companion and i had trouble with our phone GPS apps. but luckily, someone up there was watching out for us, so we made it to the mall without having to make too many U-turns, heh. oooh, it's not a bad mall for a treasure hunt though, since it's not as large as, say, pavilion or mid valley or paradigm mall. heh, i blame my metabolism, that scone was only a 15-minute fix =)

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  5. lol that is cool idea..
    bring it in the bag and then sip slowly during shopping.
    then the face will turn red...

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    1. Simple Person: heheh that's actually exactly what we did. Drinking the wine while walking and shopping ... But luckily we didn't get drunk :D

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  6. This is one of my favourite frozen yogurt- but not the durian.

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    1. Cquek: hehe, yeah, durian fro-yo is definitely not something that everyone will enjoy :D

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  7. You have a big appetite, 是福气!

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    1. Wong: heh, if the food's good, I'll eat it =)

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  8. I kinda like the eateries in Setia City but its quite a distance to brave for the eateries. Perhaps to time it when I have my appointments in that part of the world though I must say that the folks in Klang and Shah Alam certainly have reasons to rejoice.

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    1. Missyblurkit: that's true, i guess there's no real reason for us to make the drive there, since we have so many malls overflowing with eateries closer to kl. but yeah, it's good to know that residents nearby can get good food at setia city, heh =)

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  9. We haven't been Setia City Mall yet, maybe next time follow u? hehehe.
    Time to hint hint my boss for pumpkin scone and peanut butter Lamingtons, lol.

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    1. Ck: heheh I don't think you will like setia city mall. Maybe we should go to paradigm mall together :D ooh, I also want to try the pumpkin scone. Peanut butter lamington, hmmm, hard to imagine! :D

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  10. WHERE IS THIS PLACE??!!! I've never heard of Setia City Mall before! HAHAHA I definitely need to update myself! and oh myyyyyyy durian! Haven't had them in ages! Shall have a durian feast soon!!! Woohooo :D

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    1. Vien: heheh, i don't think you'll be traveling to setia city mall anytime soon, it's somewhere on the outer fringes of shah alam :D oooh, i hear the durians this year are pretty decent (wouldn't know myself though, since i'm not a durian admirer, heh) =)

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  11. Now that looks like a scone worth reckoning with!

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    1. YouHadYourLunch: it could be the mother of all scones! (at least in malaysia, heh) :D

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  12. looks like the setia mall is quite happening too but too bad i haven't been there. haha

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    1. Eiling: heh, it's a decent mall, but i think it so far hasn't offered anything that we can't get in KL =)

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  13. True, the distance aint worth the journey and the variety is limited. Savoury scones are popular in KL cafes too.. :)

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    1. Tng: ya, I guess it's safe to say I won't be planning a return to Setia city mall for now, heh =)

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