Monday, July 29, 2013

Houston Grill & It's A Grind @ Cyberjaya

Checking out a couple of Cyberjaya's intriguing newbies: Houston Grill & It's A Grind.

First, Houston Grill, one of Cyberjaya's increasing number of restaurants with an upmarket vibe, with a menu that comprises everything from beef ribs to gnocchi to lobster.

We headed here for the brunch selection, which features the likes of fried eggs with Hollandaise sauce & sausages (RM22 before taxes) ...

... & chunky French toast comprising both a 'regular' rendition dipped in honey-cinnamon egg batter & served with turkey ham & beef bacon ...

... as well as a more unorthodox version (RM20) that features ciabatta slices baked with Parmesan cheese & thyme, topped with tapenade & dressed with a honey-lemon vinaigrette.

Finding wine in Cyberjaya is a needle-in-haystack struggle. But voila, here's the needle.

Houston Grill employs a professional barista, so rest assured, the coffee's worthwhile.

Need more caffeine? Here's where the cutely named It's A Grind comes in.

Comfy & spacious, the kind of coffee house where we could spend hours working on our laptops. For what it's worth, Cyberjaya's It's A Grind is the first foreign outpost of a California-based brand.

The coffee here might sound commercialized, but the varieties are fun, spanning Madagascar vanilla lattes to white chocolate caffe mochas.

We skipped the ice-blended beverages, though we love their names, which include Java Rush, the peanut butter-laced Funky Monkey & Nutty Cookie Gnar Gnar.

Spiced chai tea lattes & peach yogurt smoothies are available for coffee-shunning customers.

It's A Grind appears to use Rainforest Alliance-certified coffee to fulfill its environmental & social responsibility policies. Beans come from Central & South America.

Cool headlines ...

... with a sly but not-exactly-subtle humor that makes us smile.

Houston Grill @ Cyberjaya

Houston Grill,
Century Square, Jalan Teknokrat 3, Cyberjaya.
Tel: 03-8320-9889
Open daily, 1130am-11pm

It's A Grind,
G03, Prima 11, Blok 3545, Jalan Teknokrat 6, Cyberjaya.
Tel: 03-8311-9488
Open daily, morning through midnight.

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28 comments:

  1. Regular or unorthodox French toast...both sounds and looks good to me =)

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    1. Ulric: heh, french toast is such a fun brunch recipe. with a lot of room for restaurants to tinker with to make it their own =)

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    1. Cquek: heheh, i'll just assume you enjoyed this entry =)

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  3. Cheese on egg, sunny side up? Hmmm...now that's an idea I can try... :)

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    1. Suituapui: looking forward to seeing/reading about the experiment's results! I wonder what type of cheese would be best used for the recipe =)

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  4. I like the signs...and the coffee looks very good!

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    1. Linda: yeah, this is an area that's not really known for quality coffee, so it's good to have this option now =)

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    1. Wong: or the young at heart! =)

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  6. Not bad hor opened in Cyberjaya. At least the place wouldn't be so boring.

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    1. Melissa: heh, it's worth doing a food crawl in cyberjaya nowadays, since more restaurants are opening here =)

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  7. Its a grind sounds like a good place to gather a few pals so we can run through the different coffees:D Somehow Cyberjaya and Putrajaya now has more offerings that few years back when its either i pack myself a lunch pack or Burger King or starve. LOL.

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    1. Missyblurkit: yeah, I hope It's A Grind does well. It's cozy and they didn't mind having us sit there for hours while only ordering a couple of drinks, heheh =) and yeah, cyberjaya is slowly but steadily gaining a few worthwhile eateries. But there are still only a handful of outlets here that serve alcohol, heh :D

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  8. french toast looks enticing, price isn't too out of reach either :D

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    1. KY: ya, at first glance on the menu, the price looked kinda high to me, but it's quite a massive portion of French toast =)

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  9. looks great outing place again~ =D

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    1. Mr Lonely: not bad to check out if u're ever in cyberjaya =)

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  10. sooo many grills and grinds.. luckily it's not bump and grind :P OH the chunky french toast looks great!

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    1. Ciki: ooo haha, trust u to make that inference! Maybe the bumping and grinding happens after the grilling and grinding are over =) heh, thick slices of bread! =)

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  11. Actually I have never been Cyberjaya before, next time if you visit again, bring us along lah! hehehe :P

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    1. CK: ooo, cyberjaya is actually very nearby, using the highway. just 25 minutes away from my place at sri petaling. come, we go ... it's quite an interesting area =)

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  12. At Houston Grill today. Waitress informed me that today's their last day opening. Not enough patrons, I guess. :(

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    1. McGarmott: yikes! geez, that's really sudden and unexpected. thanks for the info. am sorry to hear that too...

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  13. Was at It's A Grind for lunch ordered the seafood pasta or something the picture looks nice with cast iron pan. And Surprised I was served Microwave Food in those plastic container like eating airplane food... it was disappointing :(

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    1. BJ: yikes, i haven't tried the food at It's A Grind, but that sounds discouraging... thanks for sharing...

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  14. Houston Grill has re-opened but the menu became more localized with Nasi Lemak & Char Koew Tiaw. They only had 1 choice of grill and it was tenderloin :( I guess they found out the hard way that Cyberjaya is not a place for fine-dining.

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    1. Anonymous: yikes, that's not a revamp for the better. and not exactly much of a grill anymore. but thank you for the update =)

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