Checking out a couple of suburban watering holes that sprouted this year around Petaling Jaya, starting with Glomac Damansara's Galerie Du Vin.
A few nice touches to the decor of this fairly friendly restaurant, casual enough despite its wine-focused theme to make for a fuss-free weeknight meal.
The menu revolves around meat & seafood, including competently prepared roast pork.
Catfish, supposedly with a Portuguese influence in the recipe. The fish is OK, while the sauce is creamy & flavorsome; ultimately, one could do far worse than eat here.
The range of wine is fine too, offering something for most booze-loving budgets.
Barely a 10-minute drive from Galerie Du Vin (on a weekend, that is), Happer should also satisfy whenever the urge for cracking open a bottle of red or white is high.
(Possibly) hundreds of bottles of vino on the wall; we'd love to take them all home.
Happer's menu also strives to be crowd-pleasing; there's guaranteed to be demand for a decent Hokkien Mee, even one where crispy pork lard is absent.
Mini pork burgers with an unexpected accompaniment of tempura-like battered veggies, also satisfactory for stuffing the stomach. Won't win awards, but that's not what this neighborhood hangout is out to do.
Caveat: When we visited, both Galerie Du Vin & Happer were not serving wine by the glass. That's unfortunate, but that should change at least for Happer ...
... since an Enomatic wine dispenser is part of the furnishing here.
Galerie Du Vin (no pork served),
A-G-9, Glomac Damansara,
Mon-Sat, 4pm-2am. Tel: 03-2857-2711
Happer (pork served),
54, Jalan SS22/25, Damansara Jaya.
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