Sunday, January 19, 2014

Svea Cafe, Upbeat Health Bar & Snow Factory @ Avenue K

For folks who need further evidence that Avenue K's star is on the ascent, this revamped mall now features a Swedish cafe whose selection extends well beyond meatballs.

Svea Cafe opened this past week inside the Taste Enclave food court, though its full menu remained unavailable when we visited. For now, customers can check out recipes like "Seamen's Beef" (RM18.90). Tastes kinda like typical stew, but that's not necessarily a terrible thing. Coming attractions comprise seafood cakes, salmon soup, pork chops & ham pies.

Interesting desserts include the "ris a la malta" rice pudding with almonds & cinnamon (RM10) ... 

... & the warm Swedish porridge of oats with cranberries (RM10), exceptionally healthy-tasting (but could be too bland for some).

 Speaking of wholesomeness, here's something else that's newly unveiled on Avenue K's second floor: Upbeat Health Bar, which serves nutritious, low-guilt fare near the Fitness First gym.

Try the Mission flour tortilla wraps, assembled on order & packed with ultra-creamy mushroom croquettes, cherry tomatoes, lettuce & an addictive "secret house sauce" (RM8.90, 411 calories).

Also available: Protein shakes & freshly blended smoothies, made with ingredients like Greek yoghurt, green tea, honey, blueberries, mango & soy milk.

Peanut butter shake mixed with bananas, chocolate whey & milk (RM9.90 for 261 calories), plus flax seeds for extra texture (RM2 surcharge). Understandably, it's not what we'd describe as delicious, but it's not undrinkable.

And for fans of dessert, there's more on this level: Snow Factory, the first Malaysian offshoot of a Taiwan-based brand.

Yoghurt, yoghurt-based ice cream & fruit preserves form the key offerings here.

The blueberry flavour tastes pretty natural & the texture's satisfyingly dense. Refreshing enough on a sweltering afternoon.

Svea Cafe, Upbeat Health Bar & Snow Factory Malaysia
Level Two, Avenue K, Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur

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22 comments:

  1. I have never tried Swedish food, Sean, but I am now tempted to thanks to your photos here! Wow! The meat and carrot stew like dish looks divine!

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    1. Linda: ooo, maybe you could search online for some swedish recipes, they could fun to experiment with in the kitchen! i'm glad you liked the photos :D

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  2. Yogurt-based ice cream!!!! Shut up and take my money! :DDDD

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    1. Ken: haha, ya, i usually can't resist anything with 'ice cream' in the description :D

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  3. The beef stew certainly looks good!

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    1. Suituapui: especially for fans of beef stew! :D

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  4. The beef stew looks yummy!

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    1. Baby Sumo: we were pretty hungry, so we finished every bite! =)

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    1. Wong: looks like it'll prove a popular choice! :D

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  6. nice environment and the food picture is mouth watering too! =D

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    1. Mr Lonely: yeah, comfortable eating here! =)

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  7. Ooh, a 'health bar', can't wait to try it.

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    1. The Yum List: hope you enjoy it! pretty good value for nutritious fare =)

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  8. When I used to work at KLCC the food choices at Avenue K was terrible, happy to see there are many choices now :D

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    1. KY: ya, at this rate, eating at avenue k might become more enticing than klcc! =)

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  9. Looks like i could do a food crawl here in Avenue K! LOL

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    1. Rebecca: ya, that's totally true! i need to create a separate blog tag for avenue k after this, heh :D

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  10. Awesome! Your publication is out, that's one thing I consistently download nowadays! :)

    Great job on the food blogging, I for one would happily for the the RM 10 oats, it's what I eat every morning anyway.

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    1. Huai Bin: thanks! hope it's useful and enjoyable for you =) heh, i should follow that example and eat oats regularly too. now down with the flu. guess it's the season :D

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  11. This is another reason to visit Avenue K for lunch! Love the rice pudding:D

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    1. Missyblurkit: yeah, i've visited Avenue K more in the past two months than i had in the past five years! :D and the rice pudding is an interesting one :D

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