Wednesday, September 25, 2013

I'm Not A Chef @ Kota Damansara

It's a bit off the beaten track, but this cool cafe with a memorable name is worth visiting, thanks to the efforts of co-owners Natalie & Stef, two friends with a heart for good food & friendly service.

Homey & casual, featuring a menu of fairly familiar fare at a cheerfully cheap cost.

Nat hails from Miri, so a variation of Sarawak's kolo mee is one of the specialties here, topped with minced chicken, braised egg & sliced mushrooms. No pork, but no matter; it's satisfyingly tasty nevertheless.

The noodles come with accompaniments including a nourishing soup for only RM5.50.

The menu here is a mix of both East & West; a heartily enjoyable lamb burger is available alongside everything from pancakes & omelets to paratha & black pepper udon, with many items priced under RM10.

Save space for desserts; a counter full of them includes the likes of this fresh-tasting apple pie, warmed up for sweet gratification & served with vanilla ice cream.

Red velvet, available in both in sliced cake & cupcake form.

Croissants, muffins, puffs & more; it's a carb-lover's fully baked fantasy.

Carrot cakes, chocolate cakes; we only had a small taste of some of these, but we liked them.

Enough dessert porn? Yeah, that'll do. Truth to tell, we wanted to try everything.

Caffeine: I'm Not A Chef offers Puro Fairtrade coffee & tea.

Not bad; probably not as flavorsome as we like our lattes, but that's our own flaw.

I'm Not A Chef serves no wine, but Thai & Vietnamese beers seek to fill that void.


I'm Not A Chef Cafe,
B6-2-5, Jalan Teknologi 2/1E, Signature Park, Kota Damansara.
Tel: 03-6143-7440
Open 10am-10pm, Monday-Saturday

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30 comments:

  1. I love the signs on the walls, and the desserts look wonderful, Sean!

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    1. Linda: oh yeah, some good vibes here, from the decor to the desserts =)

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  2. I sure would wanna go there - must support own countryman mah! LOL!!! The name Nat sounds familiar. A blogger too by any chance?

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    1. Suituapui: ooo, not a blogger that I know of, though maybe she is, I'm not sure =)

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  3. It's such a sweet cafe, sounds and feels heartfelt

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    1. Footfringe: ya, the sort of small cafe with a friendly, personal touch (unlike some others we might have visited recently, ahem) =)

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  4. Very friendly price and nice deco too! :D

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    1. CK: ya, can definitely eat a lot here without having to pay a lot, heheh =)

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  5. Cheerful and cheap = great combo. :-)

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    1. The Yum List: a combo that makes a cafe worth visiting, yeah :D

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  6. ahh.. i love the curtains~ allow the sun to shine in for natural lights.. nice place for photo. =p

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    1. Jean: true, I think you'll be able to take some beautiful shots here =)

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  7. A cozy place with a variety of food for Fri lunches...hooray! =)

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    1. Ulric: heh, yeah, one of the better cafes in Kota damansara, I think =)

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  8. nice place for casual food!! The environment looks so comfy too! Ah.. east meets west? Ideal choice for me to bring my parents over ... I like Western food, but they never gave in to me.. hahahaha!!

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    1. Eunice: that sounds good! Your parents can enjoy the noodles here, while you can order the burger! :D

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  9. That area rental is relatively cheap in comparison to elsewhere perhaps? But really, the meals are coffeeshop prices and looks (and taste) flavoursome based on your description!

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    1. Rebecca: ya, it's further away from the main sunway Giza & strand section of Kota damansara. A bit hard to find actually if you're not too familiar with Kota damansara. But ya, the food here was quite a pleasant surprise :D

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    1. Melissa: yeah, lower than expected =)

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  11. If this place was in my neighbourhood, I would be sure to visit it all the time. I love little places like this with good honest food.

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    1. Baby sumo: that's true, that's a nice way to describe it. Definitely makes me wish this place was located in my neighborhood instead too! =)

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  12. These days I'm so unfit, climbing a flight of stairs up to a cafe probably will leave me in a pool of sweat. =D

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    1. Drops Of Contentment: i can totally empathize! though luckily, there are plenty of delicious pastries to help us replenish our energy when we finish walking up the stairs to this cafe! :D

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  13. Looks like a nice and cozy place whipping out homely food. A great comfort during work hours!

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    1. Missyblurkit: that's a good idea for folks working in this neighborhood. flee the stresses of the office for an hour and soak in the calm and good food here :D

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  14. Hi Sean, thanks for this luvly review of yours! We are amazed with your introduction! Firstly, we apologized if anyone came over and did not received any great service from us (as stated that we are extremely very casual till even customers help us to open door for other customers :p ... ya we might even just suddenly sit next to you and chit chat too! We prefer to create ...make yourself as home feeling :D *ok...sounds we are lazy...*) Hope to see you drop by again soon for next round! Thanks again!
    Feel free to keep yourself update at our FB page:
    https://www.facebook.com/imnotachef.cafe

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    1. Stef: it was very good visiting your place. we had a nice time, and i think more people will enjoy the experience at I'm Not A Chef too =)

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  15. Food was okay, service was very poor..
    As in the person was very rude..

    Try to smile more and greet ur customers as they walk in..

    I made a mistake by bringing my own sachet of green tea and apologized for it.

    But the lady or owner I don't know was very rude and sarcastic..

    U could have just said it nicely with manners, instead of saying that "it's common sense" "its better to stay home if people would bring thier own food/drink".

    Opening a restaurant is a wonderful thing, because ur making people happy with the food u serve.

    What's is the point of opening a restaurant if u don't have good service?

    It shows that u dont have passion for what u're doing at all

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  16. I have been there before and I agree with the person above. The food looks nice, but the taste is not something I would be willing to pay for.

    My colleagues and I were the only customers there and the lady serving us was not very friendly (was rather awkward when she came and clean our table because she was keeping a straight face). Initially we wanted to spend some extra time there, but the place is quite hot (not exaggerating!)so we went to another place.

    I guess they should add that beside of not being a chef, they are not restaurateurs as well.

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