Monday, November 25, 2013

Awesome Canteen @ Taman Paramount, Petaling Jaya

Naming a restaurant 'Awesome Canteen' is a risky gambit, but this Paramount Garden newbie possesses the potential to live up to that description.

Thanks to Joachim for pointing us to this place, which opened this month on a street dominated by auto workshops, further up the row anchored by Loong Foong, the Chinese restaurant famed for roast duck.

Awesome Canteen is a thoughtfully outfitted outlet, with salvaged-wood tables & 20th-century relics like rotary phones & typewriters providing a nod to the past in a cafe that clearly caters to contemporary tastes. 

Come during dinnertime, when surprisingly delicious burgers are offered, ranking among the Klang Valley's Top 10. Spicy creations include a Tex-Mex medley of tabasco-grilled beef patty, melted pepper jack cheese, tomato-&-guacamole salsa & grilled chilies.

Equally excellent, if not more: A chicken burger with house-made sambal & anchovies. The fillings taste fabulously fresh, with a brilliant balance of flavors, complemented by fluffy-light poppy-seed buns; most of the burgers hover around the RM20 mark.

Gotta love burgers when they're lusciously loaded; Awesome Canteen also serves bun-free "Paleo Burgers" for those on the primal caveman diet.

Here's the Thai-influenced veggie relish that's the topping for Awesome Canteen's Tom Yam burger, featuring crisp, vividly refreshing flavors that prove the hallmark of this cafe's recipes.

Even the herb-tinged fries are well worthwhile, thanks to the diligent efforts of a nine-person team that includes Diane Ong & her friends at a Malaysian graphic design firm who've decided to pursue their dream of running an F&B establishment, hiring a talented young chef in the process.

For lunch, customers can dig into comfort food comprising not only pastas but also this Japanese curry chicken rice ...

... served steaming-hot, satisfyingly hearty with meat, cheese, potatoes, carrots & onions.

Sandwiches are also available; treats include the walnut bread stuffed with roast beef, mustard, capsicum, rocket & more (RM21.90 before taxes).

All in all, Awesome Canteen's a blast of fresh air in this neighborhood. Expect to hear & read much more about it in the months ahead.

Awesome Canteen PJ Paramount Garden (might still not have signboard this week)
19, Jalan 20/13, Paramount Garden, Petaling Jaya
Open 11am-10pm, closed Mondays as of Dec. 2. Tel: 03-7865-8048

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34 comments:

  1. The japanese curry chicken rice looks amazing! *drools* :O

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    1. jessY: that one was awesome for me! probably cos i love that kinda comfort-food recipe =)

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  2. Lovely food presentations here, Sean. Is that a typewriter I see next to the telephone in the top images??? :)

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    1. Linda: you're right, that's a typewriter there! i haven't used a typewriter in decades, heh :D

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  3. Ok, another one of those. Gee!!!! They keep mushrooming up all over! Tough competition, I'm sure. Will have to be really good to last very long.

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    1. Suituapui: oooh, luckily burgers are only part of the menu here, there are plenty of other dishes to order :D

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  4. Maybe you should do a post of Klang Valley's Top 10 burger? Hehehe.

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    1. CK: heheh, no la, too lazy to do that! :D

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  5. ah, nearby, I shall check it out one of these days.

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    1. KY: hope u enjoy it! i think it's a good one =)

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  6. lol, the name already win liao~ Awesome !!

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    1. Mr Lonely: heheh, ya, a catchy name! =)

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  7. Certainly a very brave name to christen the place! I see tiny anchovies in that sambal burger - nice! Fair review, considering they are pretty new although some blogger has already slammed them.

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    1. Pureglutton: ya, i think this place could do well, so am crossing my fingers that they''ll turn out to be consistently good! =)

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  8. The Japanese curry chicken rice and the burgers look good!
    Wow...that look like a spicy sambal burger with whole load of sambal!

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    1. Melissa: ya, i wasn't sure how the food here would turn out, but it exceeded my expectations! =)

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  9. I'm interested with the tom yum burger, sounds good!

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    1. 比比: ya, i think it'd be an enjoyably tangy one! =)

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  10. That wall garden is pretty "awesome". I'd like one too.

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    1. The Yum List: yeah, it's eye-catching! i think these vertical gardens could become a trend!

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  11. Going crazy for the Japanese curry chicken rice!!!! Looks so tempting!

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    1. Xiao: ya, i almost didn't order it, but luckily it was recommended by the restaurant team! :D

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  12. haha yeah the choice of name is decidedly odd, but guess we'll be looking past that since the food looks amazing! burgers and japanese curry chicken rice, here we come! =P

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    1. Bob and Julie: hope you enjoy the food! i'd like to try the pastas here sometime too :D

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  13. $22 for sandwiches oh must be delicious.

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    1. Cquek: heh, good beef and good veggies and good bread =)

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  14. The relish looks good. A simple looking place but there is something to the looks that feels comforting. A reminder of school canteens perhaps?

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    1. Missyblurkit: ya, it does have a modern canteen feel that's really quite charming! and i definitely appreciated the relish :D

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  15. Ahhhh finally someone has come along to breathe some life into Taman Paramount! Will definitely drop by soon since this is so near Wendy's place. Plus, they're even open on Mondays, when we always struggle to think what to eat since many places close then. :D

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    1. Drops of Contentment: yay, maybe i'll bump into both of you here sometime. i've rarely driven into taman paramount before this! ya, mondays can be the trickiest day to decide where to makan :D

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    1. Nizam: no pork served here

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