Monday, May 6, 2013

Grafa @ SS15 Subang

Thanks to a refurbishment, a revamped menu & extended business hours, Grafa has transformed from a simple suburban cafe that sold cycling merchandise into a full-blown restaurant that's now one of Subang's liveliest, most youthful hangouts.

The retail section & the eating space coexist harmoniously; pop by to buy bike accessories, then stay for hearty meals that won't hurt the wallet too much.

The menu features fare that'll be familiar to fans of William's of Taman Mayang. Popular choices include spaghetti with seafood & salted egg yolk (RM25).

Similar to William's, servings at Grafa are Goliath-sized. This grilled lamb with Persian rice (RM45) will feed no fewer than two (even four's possible).

Double-beef, triple-cheese burgers with pastrami (RM25), soft-shell-crab fried rice, chicken kiev, salmon risotto, barbecued beef ribs, mee hoon tomato cili padi & black pepper beef ball soup are among Grafa's numerous other wide-ranging attractions.

Come in, the coffee's fine: caffe latte to take the temperature up, affogato to cool things down.

Hello, Ribena Longan, my old friend, I've come to drink you up again.

Grafa is a no-liquor restaurant, but no matter; it's less than a five-minute walk from Grafa to SS15's long-surviving Allegro Italian establishment.

One of Subang's best-kept culinary secrets is Allegro's exquisite zabaglione, masterfully made, lovably laced with Marsala wine. Only RM12.

Allegro's house-pouring wine clocks in at RM18. Easily _ but not eminently _ drinkable.

Grafa @ SS15 Subang,
55, SS15/4B, Subang Jaya.
Open daily, noon through 1am. 
Tel: 03-5611-7600
Allegro Italian Cafe,
11A, 1st Floor, SS15/4, Subang Jaya.
Open weekdays for lunch & dinner, weekends for dinner.
Tel: 03-5631-5682
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26 comments:

  1. Aha...Ribena Longan...tat is ur non-alkie obsession...hahaha :P

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    1. Ulric: heheh, actually my friend ordered that, and i think i was just channeling his sentiments/feelings about that drink. i must admit though that ribena and longan bring back some childhood memories for me :D

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  2. Hi Sean, great review!!! The grilled lamb with Persian rice sounds divine!

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    1. Linda: thanks! and yeah, it's a great combination of protein and carbs =)

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  3. That zabaglione looks divine! I might run over there today considering I have a day off! Yippee!

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    1. The Yum List: enjoy! i'm trapped in the office today, but i do wish i could have a zabaglione to cheer me up :D

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  4. The lamb looks real tender. Hmmm...burger again.

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    1. Suituapui: yeah, very good lamb, not gamy at all, and truly tender :D heheh, the burger here is ok but not the highlight though :D

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  5. Double-beef, triple-cheese burgers?! Thats a heart attack waiting to happen!

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    1. YouHadYourLunch: heh, it's definitely a dangerous concoction! :D

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  6. OMG that zabaglione looks so good. Well worth it for RM12 too (if it's as big as I imagined it to be).

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    1. Baby Sumo: ya, the price is incredible. if they had charged RM24 for it, i'd still have considered it worthwhile. it was pretty big, bigger than many tiramisus. and gosh, it tastes great :D

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  7. how was the persian rice, honestly? very different meh? LO>

    zabaglione with Marsala wine sounds and looks fascinating. I feel like popping it! haha

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    1. Ciki: heh, it tasted middle eastern. it was well-prepared, though i guess lamb shank with rice and gravy might not be my absolute favorite combo :D and in the end, the zabaglione was the perfect finish for this savory meal :D

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  8. Sean, would you return to grafa? Cause my recent visit there, um...it wasn't quite impressive.

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    1. Sycookies: ooh, there are a few reasons i probably won't be back very soon, but they're actually not food-related, notably the absence of air-conditioning and liquor. food-wise though, i figured it was acceptable for the price =)

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  9. Woah! That's really a gem of a find - the Marsala wine zabaglione! I will definitely try it soon! That can be my dessert after Big Hug Burger :))

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    1. TNG: yeah, that zabaglione was one of my favorite desserts in recent weeks. comparable, for me, to desserts at other high-profile italian restaurants in hotels and in the city, though it's simpler and not as elaborate, heheh. and perfect to enjoy after a burger! :D

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  10. Woah...spaghetti with seafood & salted egg yolk! Very fusion...but interesting! ;-)

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    1. Melissa: ya, actually i was hoping that it would be spaghetti COATED in salted egg yolk! heheh :D

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  11. SS 15 seems to be churning out some rather interesting eateries.

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    1. Missyblurkit: yeah, my predicament though is that parking is difficult at peak hours and there are some roads that are really clogged with traffic in front of the shophouses =)

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  12. wow bicycle and food? who would have thought of that? SS15 is bustling with college kids and young people and it's a great place for these innovative cafes.

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    1. Eiling: heh, yeah, i guess the owners are biking enthusiasts :D and ya, whenever i eat at SS15, i feel old! :D

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  13. Spot your reference to S&G's Sound of Silence!

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    1. SK: hahah, thanks for that =)

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