Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Slurp Cafe @ 3 Two Square, Petaling Jaya

A cafe that's bound to be polarizing; we kinda like it, but we're not sure we should.

 Let's start with the positives: Slurp's spotlight-on-superheroes trappings are engaging ...

... albeit inescapable, even for customers who lock themselves in the men's room cubicle.

Still, the comic-book theme seems an odd match for the menu, which tries to take flight with East-West fusion experiments like pasta a la nasi lemak (RM21+): spaghetti stir-fried in sambal, surrounded by anchovies, peanuts, boiled egg, cockles, cucumber, curry prawns & papadum.

Surprisingly, this works. The spaghetti's well-prepared, firm to the bite & flavorsome, complemented by fresh, hearty accompaniments. Evidence that a chef of courage & imagination can take familiar ingredients & combine them into something singular.

Slurp also tackles the mamak mutation of Murtabak Maggi & makes a burger of it (RM17+), lodging not merely an egg between two chunky-crunchy slabs of instant noodles but mayo & Worcestershire & sesame sauces too.

It's potentially more 'guilty' than 'pleasure.' As if noodles weren't carbs enough, Slurp's kitchen scatters fries liberally over this plate, likely causing some customers to wish they possessed Wolverine's metabolism.

Drinks aren't spared from culinary villainy. Durian fuels the twist to Slurp's caffe latte; thankfully, the taste of the fruit is clear & clean, overt without being overbearing.

Desserts seem designed to delight. We're pretty sure these are the handiwork of Cake Tella; Eddie Tan's signature concoctions of peanut butter mille-crepe & Baileys chocolate mousse cake with caramelized hazelnuts take center stage in the chiller. 

Caveat: Folks who plan to visit Slurp might want to avoid bringing impatient friends who relish opportunities to complain. The food can take up to half an hour to come out; also, while the service team is attentive, many of its members face language barriers that make it impossible for them to respond effectively to customers' queries & special requests.


Slurp Cafe,
C-16-01, Dataran 3 Two, Jalan 19/1, Petaling Jaya.
Mon-Sat, 10am-10pm. Tel: 03-7497-1367

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34 comments:

  1. Wow! Murtabak Maggi Burger...tat I gotta try...just to experience some guilty pleasure...hehe =)

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    1. Ulric: heh, i'm glad i tried it, but i'm not sure i'd do it again! hope u enjoy it though :D

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  2. Ah when I thought it will be a nice little Japanese style cafe...

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    1. Chiariyees: oh ya, there are some japanese influences here. i think they do some Omu-raisu recipes :D

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  3. maggi mee burger is an intriguing one..its great to see creative risks paying off!

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    1. YouHadYourLunch: yeah, not all experiments would end in success, but it's fun to see restaurants that try! :D

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  4. I don't like the wall art...except for Spiderman. That one I love! I like the exposed brick!

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    1. Linda: heheh, spider-man's one of my favorite heroes! :D

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  5. Yes please to "Wolverine's metabolism." Can that clone that yet? I'd be happy just with Wolverine though. ;-)

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    1. The Yum List: hahah, you'll have to wait in line for that! (and the line might be very, very long) :D

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  6. Eeeee....we have one place here too, Japanese anime all around. No, thank you...

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    1. Suituapui: heheh, i guess it means more to those of who grew up in more recent decades and have more affinity to these characters :D

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  7. Hmmm, you just ordered one drink? :P

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    1. CK: hahah, yeah, unfortunately they don't serve wine or hard liquor here, but the durian latte was decent enough :D

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  8. aww..this gluttony meal can fill my stomach till the next morning!

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    1. Fish: heheh, ya, a lot of carbs for a lot of energy :D

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  9. comic lovers sure like the drawings here.
    'Murtabak Maggi' is something I would love to try :-)

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    1. Melissa: heh, i used to be a major comic-book fan when i was a teenager =) and ya, i think that can be quite an addictive recipe =)

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  10. Ahh keep on seeing it when we drive past but never quite sure if it's finally open yet. The art is a bit of a misplacement, but the food looks very interesting indeed... although I think we'd need to make an appointment with the gym right away. :D

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    1. Drops Of Contentment: heheh, yeah, i like the wall art, but the combination of that with this menu is just a little too jarring. and yeah, i feel like i ate 2,000 calories in this meal! :D

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  11. The 3D art is actually pretty cool... I made sambal prawn spaghetti before and I know it works. Murtabak maggi burger... a Malaysian version of the ramen burger?

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    1. Baby Sumo: ooo, i remember seeing your lovely sambal prawn spaghetti! i guess this one tries to be more elaborate by adding all the other nasi lemak ingredients together too :D and ya, you're right, that murtabak maggi burger is pretty much a ramen burger (which i had recently somewhere else, and it was kinda greasy, heh) :D

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  12. I could be a fan with the main deco theme using marvel and gundam !

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    1. Wong: heheh, make mine marvel! :D

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  13. Wow, what a playful combination of pasta and nasi lemak LOL

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    1. Ken: yeah, i like the whimsical quality on the menu here! :D

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  14. comic cafe i like where to find in Penang? no where to be seen.

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    1. Cquek: heh, hopefully there'll be a comic cafe in penang soon =)

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  15. Dragonball vs Superman! Very creative! Is this the first comic cafe in KL?

    Wilson

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    1. Wilson: heh, i'm not sure if there are any others, but i wouldn't mind seeing more comic-book cafes around :D

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  16. Such a playful place! Kinda a big child's comic dreams.

    The menu will get a little of getting used to I supposed?

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    1. Missyblurkit: heheh, yeah, i think if i had been 20 years younger, i'd have loved this place quite a bit :D and ya, the menu's a little crazy, but crazy-good, i think =)

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    1. Nurrahmad: no pork is served, but it might not have an official halal certification

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