Friday, October 25, 2013

Fat Butter @ Desa Petaling & Heritage Village @ Solaris Dutamas

A contemporary kopitiam that channels a deft dose of nostalgia, underscored by a soundtrack that segues from P. Ramlee's 'Rasa Sayang' to Nat King Cole's 'Unforgettable' & Frank Sinatra's 'The Way You Look Tonight' within a fifteen-minute span.

 Fat Butter, which opened this month, looks pretty nice, furnishing a purpose to finally venture to Desa Petaling's Megan Salak Park, a short drive on the KL-Seremban Highway from Bukit Jalil, Sri Petaling & Taman Desa.

 Fat Butter's nasi lemak (RM12.90) is decent; the rice is fresh, warm & moist, fairly fragrant but perhaps not as punchy as some might seek in flavor. The accompaniments get passing grades.

 Laksa Mee Pantai Remis (RM8.90), a recipe from Perak's coastal town. Fans of soupy-spicy prawn mee might like to give this a shot; otherwise, other Malaysian pleasures like Mee Muar, ubi kayu kukus, keropok lekor & rojak buah are available.

 Fat Butter also serves a wide range of Western comfort food, from Salisbury steak to cannelloni, French toasts to chocolate muffins.

 This place takes its Southeast Asian coffee seriously, with a selection reminiscent of Chawan's.

 The Indonesian Kapal Api coffee milkshake is enjoyable; creamy, with a caffeinated kick.

Batu Pahat ice-blended coffee. Ice-blended costs RM5, milkshakes RM7.

Nasi lemak lovers, this entry's for you: Checking out another kopitiam newbie, Heritage Village, which opened this week in Solaris Dutamas to complement its existing Paradigm Mall branch.

Heritage Village's nasi lemak is founded on a Penang family's three-generation-old recipe, with herbs & spices added at intervals while the rice is steamed. The flavor is well-nuanced, but the texture of the broken rice makes for a mushy mouthfeel. The interesting side course of ikan acar, fish pickled in turmeric vinegar sauce, is substantial & pleasantly sourish. RM12.90.

Duck egg char kuey teow (RM14.90). Adequate to address CKT cravings, though not as rich & creamy as it could have been. Other attractions on Heritage Village's menu include Penang-style chee cheong fan, jiu hu char, pie tee & chicken pongteh.

Fat Butter,
A9-LG-02, Megan Salak Park, Jalan 2/125E, Taman Desa Petaling, Kuala Lumpur.
Daily, 830am-11pm

Heritage Village,
Block A1, Level G2, Solaris Dutamas, Kuala Lumpur.
Beside Mee Jawa, across from Chawan.

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36 comments:

  1. Kapal Api coffee milkshake...kickass! =)

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    1. Ulric: a milkshake that's a major treat, a double threat :D

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  2. The name may scare some people off... LOL!!!

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    1. Suituapui: heheh, either that or tempt them here :D

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  3. Nice to see more independent kopitiam-style cafes opening! Especially for nasi lemak fans like me

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    1. Footfringe: ya, now we gotta hunt for the ones that serve really, really satisfying nasi lemak tho! :D

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    2. That be the real challenge!

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    3. Footfringe: we'll actually have better luck hunting for the places that serve satisfying burgers :D

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  4. I have to agree with suituapui, the name could scare some people off, Sean. :) I love the exposed brick, I find that it gives such a warm ambiance to any place. Great review, as always, my friend. :)

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    1. Linda: heh, yeah, i guess they're taking an interesting risk with this catchy name :D thanks ... yeah, i do like the exposed-brick feel very much too, and it's nice to see many places use it these days =)

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  5. Suddenly feel like having some nasi lemak for breakfast! :P

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    1. CK: heheh, now i feel like having nasi lemak for dinner! hope you manage to have some good nasi lemak soon =)

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  6. AWESOME PLACE!!! and your photo is very attracting...
    thanks for review and recommend :)
    i will go one day :P

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    1. 镜框外ザ軒: hope you enjoy your visit and the food! =)

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  7. This is a rare find. Desa Petaling should never be the same anymore!

    Wilson

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    1. Wilson: yeah, let's see if other interesting eateries also decide to open in desa petaling. it's a nice location =)

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  8. One doesnt wan to get reminded of "fat" in any eatery right... :P HAhah

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    1. Rebecca: heheh, but hopefully Fat Butter can get away with it, just like Fat Spoon does! :D

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  9. love the name FAT BUTTER!!! love the word Fat in anything.

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    1. Fatboybakes: heheh, Fatboybakes could do a collaboration with Fat Butter! especially since there aren't many cakes available here so far :D

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  10. That ice blended sure looks refreshing for a sweltering afternoon.

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    1. The Yum List: yeah, the perfect antidote for our hot-humid climate! :D

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  11. That's a new gem to be in Desa Petaling. I like the coffee selection:D A head on to head on to my neighbouring housing estate.

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    1. Missyblurkit: yeah, it's only 10 minutes from my neighborhood of sri petaling too! i think it could be a decent stop for weekend breakfasts =)

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  12. Fat Butter - what a name! The Laksa Mee Pantai Remis looks interesting. Have passed by Heritage Village in Paradigm several times but never tried it before - that Nasi Lemak's unique!

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    1. Pureglutton: oh yeah, definitely a catchy name! and i haven't seen laksa mee pantai remis available at other outlets in kl =) the nasi lemak at heritage village is quite unique in the choice of accompaniments ... you can also choose inche kabin (the nyonya fried chicken) to pair with the rice :D

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  13. Fat Butter's decor looks nice, and now u make me crave for nasi lemak.

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    1. Baby Sumo: yeah, kudos to the interior designers for fat butter! heheh, this was a fairly good month for my nasi lemak intake :D

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  14. The name sounds greasy LOL

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    1. Ken: the food's kinda greasy too (but grease can be good!) :D

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  15. Looks great! Thanks for the heads up. Time for us to pop by, hang out and feel the cafe for ourselves. I have always like deco with bricks, its gives cafes a vintage feel and sense of character;)

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    1. 比比: yeah, the decor here is quite charming. this place has potential, let's hope they'll work hard to achieve that potential =)

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  16. Batu Pahat ice-blended coffee. Ice-blended costs RM5 looks good ..

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    1. Cquek: yeah, quite a decent alternative to commercialized ice-blended =)

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  17. Oh! More new places for us to check out. Good to see more local delights opening up in this area too.

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    1. Kelly: yeah, it's a good excuse for me to go eat nasi lemak. and i like how it's less than a 15-minute drive from my home too :D

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