Thursday, September 26, 2013

Skohns Canteen @ Damansara Perdana

Taking a look at Skohns Canteen, which recently started serving a diverse menu that showcases burgers & scones with tantalizing twists.

 Proving that people can still invent interesting burger recipes, Skohn offers an "Exorcist" Burger, with a house-made beef patty topped with mushy peas, mustard, mayo, ketchup, sharp cheddar, lettuce & tomato. The name makes wicked sense if you've watched the Linda Blair movie. 

 Taste-wise, it's well-executed enough, creamy & hearty, likely worth the the RM16.50 price tag.

 A teriyaki chicken burger is also available, but vegetarians will prefer the PETA Burger (heh), featuring falafels with minty cucumber yogurt sauce (RM12).

Burgers are offered only during dinnertime, when a RM22 rib-eye steak, RM18 lamb chops, RM14 lasagna & RM12 spaghetti bolognese are also available. The lunch menu is a little more limited (think grilled chicken).

Lamb Dog, a six-inch sheepish sausage with caramelized onions, cheese, sweet relish, mustard & ketchup. RM13; burgers & hot dogs come with coleslaw & skin-on fries that might be moreish.

But while we hate to harp on sad service (everyone has bad days), that's what undermined our experience here. If the kitchen isn't ready to start serving at 6:15pm _ even though its official business hours begin at six _ what's required is probably an apology & perhaps a hopeful smile, instead of snappish, impatient responses that signal apathy about whether the customer stays & waits or leaves & never returns.

But let's get back to the positives, since we're optimistic that Skohns will get better as it gets more experience. Its signature scones are not shabby at all, mixed with choices like kiwi fruit, raisins, apricots, dates or pineapples & walnuts. RM6 for two.

Skohns' old-fashioned apple pie might look a little dry, but it tastes perfectly fresh & flaky ...

... with a generous amount of juicy fruits, expertly balanced in sweetness & well complemented by some hot custard. Nice one, no complaints here.

Alas, we have to wrap up on a negative note. The latte's terrible. Irredeemably insipid.

Skohns Canteen,
G-13, Perdana The Place, Jalan PJU 8/5G, Damansara Perdana.
Open 9am-3pm, then 6pm-11pm, except Fridays.

25 comments:

  1. I would like to taste the Lamb Dog, cause i was a sausage lover ......

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    1. “追食富迪”: oh ya, it's a different flavor from beef and chicken sausages =)

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  2. The signature scones look awesome! Would love to try this fruity dessert definitely. Hopefully they are improving on their services, customers are looking for good experience in restaurants these days, good food alone won't contribute much to sustainability

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    1. Ken: yeah, it's a fun twist to the regular scones that we see at other places. and ya, u're right, service plays a significant role in whether a customer can really recommend a restaurant, but i do have faith that this place will take this into account once it resolves its teething problems =)

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  3. The scones look interesting and its with kiwis too:D

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    1. Missyblurkit: yeah, that's quite unusual for scones around here. a welcome fruity treat! :D

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  4. Ooooh....lamb dog and apple pie!!! :)

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    1. Linda: a savory treat followed by a sweet pleasure :D

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  5. yummies, would like to eat at there~ =D

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    1. Mr Lonely: hope you get the chance!

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  6. oo, what does the Exorcist refer to? Is it the mushy peas?

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    1. Footfringe: there was a projectile-vomiting scene in that movie that used pea soup =)

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  7. Yay...creamy burger. Skin-on fries would be nice!

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    1. Melissa: yeah, creamy burgers are the best, heheh. and ya, the skin-on fries were a very nice touch =)

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  8. Dear Sean,

    Thanks for your review.

    Firstly, we'd like to apologise for our service on that day. Our kitchen does open at 6pm and we usually are ready by then. However, we ran out of burger meat and had more delivered slightly late to the restaurant on that night. The other non-burger items like pastas and grilled chicken/lamb were ready for order though.

    I'd also like to apologise if you thought that our waiter was snappy or impatient. They aren't usually and I believe they were actually more nervous due to the burgers not arriving yet. We will have a discussion on this with the team though.

    Regarding the latte. Guilty. We're not a coffee-bar so we don't have any baristas,
    and after some investigation, it turns out the wrong coffee was used to make the latte. Won't happen again.

    Once again, thank you so much for your review. We are constantly trying to improve and this will really help a lot to pinpoint our weaknesses.

    We hope you will drop by again and try the rest of our menu.

    Regards

    Iskandar

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    1. Iskandar: thanks for your explanation, and i do hope my comments weren't a discouragement. we did enjoy most of the food, and i do realize that you're not to be blamed for your staff member's reactions, or our perceptions toward his reactions. there appeared to be some misunderstanding, as he told us that the kitchen wasn't ready to cook anything at 6:15pm that evening. but that's in the past. i'm looking forward to reading good things about skohns (and eventually, your coffee) in the months and hopefully years ahead. take care, and yep, hopefully our paths will cross someday =)

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  9. I think I will give them a little bit more time before I visit. Hehehe.
    Suddenly I'm thinking of having a slice of apple pie.......

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    1. CK: ooo, now you made me think of apple pie also! warm apple pie with vanilla ice creaaaaam :D

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  10. I m eye-ing the lamb dog...sounds delish with coleslaw and the skin-on fries...I would advise them not to be nervous and just explain to customers the facts...the more u try to hide the facts...the more nervous and hence snappish u get...why go into negativity when u can get positive?...hehe =)

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    1. Ulric: ya, the lamb dog has got quite a robust flavor (maybe a bit gamy for me), and the skin-on fries were worth munching! coleslaw was not bad too, definitely house-made =) and ya, i was taken aback with the first hour or so of the service here. but i trust and hope that not everyone will have the same experience in the future =)

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  11. Hmm I've been meaning to visit. My friend Marcus and I are supposed to have a date here. Good burgers and sausages you say? And yummy scones? Time to finish up all that MIGF and KL Restaurant Week reviews and tuck into some hearty burgers! Oh, god help any wait staff that dares to be snappy at me. :P

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    1. Rebecca: not too bad, the food here, definitely some good points here and there. not 100 percent sure you'll actually give the thumbs up to the food here, but hopefully your experience will be pleasant =)

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  12. "But while we hate to harp on sad service (everyone has bad days), that's what undermined our experience here. If the kitchen isn't ready to start serving at 6:15pm _ even though its official business hours begin at six _ what's required is probably an apology & perhaps a hopeful smile, instead of snappish, impatient responses that signal apathy about whether the customer stays & waits or leaves & never returns..."

    No, thank you. Never mind how nice I would not want to go there...nor places that make people queue and wait...or never bother about the comfort of the customers - dirty places, wobbly stools and tables and dirty surroundings and all. I'd rather not eat! Tsk! Tsk!

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    1. Suituapui: oh ya, many of the things you mentioned would be a turnoff to many customers, unfortunately...

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  13. we used to have our lunch here. staff friendly however do forget what we hv order....haha

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