Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Agape: Love Your Food @ Setiawalk Puchong

Not a bad nook for nibbles; this new European eatery is on a sparsely traveled corridor in the Setiawalk complex, but it's worth sniffing out for its pork-loaded menu. Plus, there's currently an opening promotion of 30 percent discounts off food through June 30.

Prawn-pork perfection: Brochettes of plump crustaceans wrapped in juicy-savory bacon (RM18.50 before taxes), served with tequila lime sauce.

Spice-rubbed grilled pork belly rashers with baked potatoes & bok choy (RM29.80), meaty cuts, tender & reasonably flavorsome.

Slow-braised belly with crispy crackling, pan-fried potatoes & apple demi-glaze (RM29.80). Pleasant presentation, but the pork tasted past its prime for this one.

Plenty more on Agape's ambitiously wide menu, from beer-basted ribs to garlic-herb knuckles, Boston butt to brine chop, kebabs to meatballs, Cuban honey-baked ham sandwiches to chipotle pork wraps, sausage spaghettis to pepperoni pizzas.

Open all day long, noon through 11pm, Agape is spaciously suitable for families, though it caters for friendly outings too, with Aussie wine offered at wallet-loving rates of RM65.

Agape: Love Your Food (located above Brussels Beer Cafe),
5, 1st Floor, Block I, Setia Walk Mall, Puchong.
Tel: 03-5882-0139

40 comments:

  1. It's certainly a pork-errific place! =)

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    1. Ulric: ya, can totally ignore the non-pork dishes here, even though there are some tempting ones like lamb shank Provençal, beef & ale stew, and chimichurri chicken =)

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    2. They certainly have quite a wide selection to choose from...which is fun =)

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    3. Ulric: yeah, we were kinda debating whether a wide menu is actually good or bad for a restaurant that's just starting out like this one, without many customers initially. There seem to be maybe nearly 50 savory items on the menu, which might be a bit too much, but let's hope it works out well for them =)

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    4. Hopefully they will do well...the spice-rubbed grilled pork belly rashers looks damned good! =)

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    5. Ulric: yeah, satisfied with that one. almost ordered one of the sandwiches & wraps too, but finally stopped at three items =)

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    6. Spice-rubbed grilled pork belly rashers in a tortilla wrap! :3

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    7. Ulric: heh, the wrap is this _ shredded pork, chipotle mayo, mozzarella, caramelized onions & lettuce (RM11.50) =)

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  2. Whats with the ermm "imaginative" name? LOL.
    But seriously? a stale pork belly? Eeksk!

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    1. TNG: heh, I think it might be a Christian reference. agape can refer to love =) it's a bit strange, cos the grilled pork belly was excellent, very fresh-tasting, but the braised belly tasted a bit off. Maybe not stale per se, but somewhat stinky, with that not-too-nice porky odor =)

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  3. Hi Sean,

    I absolutely love exposed brick in restaurants and anywhere else, it gives such a warm and welcoming ambiance! That pork looks really good!

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    1. Linda: yeah, it's a good look for a restaurant like this. helps make the place not look sterile or characterless =) and yup, i liked the first two pork dishes quite a bit :D

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  4. Prawn and pork? I wonder what that tastes like... Agape here is the name of a NGO-centre for children with special needs and people will pronounce it in all kinds of ways.

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    1. Suituapui: ooh, maybe u can try cooking bacon-wrapped prawns at home. it sounds like a not-too-complicated recipe =) ya, i'd probably pronounce it Er-Gah-Pay =)

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  5. A lot of pork! I think we will enjoy this place. hehehe

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    1. CK: and some of the pork recipes here are quite interesting. i should have tried to talk to the chef to find out what's his inspiration, heheh =)

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  6. You had me at RM65 wines. :P

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    1. Bangsar Babe: always good to see bottles of wine at below RM100 at restaurants in this age of inflation. though i have to admit that this RM65 wine tasted pretty average =)

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    1. Kaimen: sounds good, am looking forward to using your website at some point =)

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  8. Wow I'm officially pork-ified! haha such a clever twist for different uses of pork indeed. I think I'd love the Prawn wrapped with bacon to bits!!

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    1. Iamthewitch: heh, juicy prawns plus juicy scallops definitely equals a win! :D

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  9. Agape reminds me of a church in Seremban.hehe....
    You go setiawalk regularly?

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    1. Melissa: oh ya, but i guess it's not a common name for a restaurant yet in malaysia, heh =) not really regularly. maybe only once every two or three months =)

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  10. non-halal .. LIKE! prawn and pork is really pushing the index for MI. as in myocardial infarction. seriously.

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    1. Ciki: ya, living dangerously! but these are dangerous times in any case, and we must find solace in whatever pork and prawn that we can :D

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  11. It's on your menu this week. YuMMY!

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    1. Cquek: get here before the promotional discount ends this week =)

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  12. prawn in blanket looks great, someone should make mantis prawn in blanket too!

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    1. KY: great idea for a snack! can do for potluck or housewarming :D

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  13. I do think that the prawn-pork combi is ingenius ! Well done !

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    1. Wong: ya, the two ingredients definitely complement each other =)

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  14. I love crackling, especially when it's done properly. Wonder if anyone in KL would sell just crackling for crackling lovers like me?:P (can buy them in packs in the uk)

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    1. Baby sumo: ya, the crackling in this dish was actually really good. Addictive. If they sold crackling in a supermarket here, I'd buy a few packets and munch on them in my office cubicle :D

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  15. I thought it was another organic restaurant when I saw the title (as there's an organic farm called "Agape").

    Nothing like pairing meat with red wine. =)

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    1. Waverly: ooo, looks like 'agape' is a popular name for a wide number of businesses =) and yep, i had a glass of red wine today with some lamb, and it was the best partnership =)

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  16. Looks like a good selection of porky goodness. Bacon and prawn sounds like an awesome pair especially with some beer!

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    1. Missyblurkit: yeah, definitely a good place for pork-lovers to explore some interesting recipes :D i think this place showed me that bacon and prawns work even better together than bacon and scallops, heh :D

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  17. I have been to this place twice and the rest of the food on the menu was really good as well.. the wraps was great and do try the pork knuckle... it comes with an amazing sauce that keeps bringing up your appetite with every bite unlike most knuckles which can make you tire of eating it due to it's heavy tastes... Really good stuff

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    1. Unknown: great to hear you're a fan, and thanks for the tip on the knuckles. yeah, i don't often order knuckles, but this one sounds like a should-try =)

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