Thursday, January 2, 2014

Talent Lounge @ PJ Trade Center, Damansara Perdana

Talent rises to the top: Launched this past month at Damansara Perdana, Talent Lounge is a place that's difficult to define but easy to recommend, thanks to its cool concept, welcoming setting, friendly people & satisfying food.

By day, Talent Lounge, owned by a Malaysian family that runs recruitment & training services, supplies a calm, comfortable space for professionals, complete with workstations for rent & a meeting room, striking a balance between being business-like & casual.

But Talent Lounge also nurtures an artistic side, turning part of this cavernous hall into a gallery that exhibits the work of local artists. When night falls, live music is also featured (once a month, for a start). So essentially, it's an event venue with lots of facilities.

Food is what we're focused on here; on that note, Talent Lounge's cafe delivers, with Sarawak-born chef Shaik Rhyszard (formerly of Mukha) commanding a kitchen that specializes in nutritious favorites _ like this combo of smoked salmon & quinoa (RM23) _ tackled with skill.

Many thanks to Talent Lounge's event manager Azlan for inviting us here; these baked eggs (RM18), creamy with ratatouille & coupled with rye bread, proved a very pleasant breakfast, exactly the kind of food that helps to boost our spirits.

Poached eggs with alfalfa sprouts & hollandaise sauce over spinach (RM18), also pure pleasure. Other potential highlights on the all-day-breakfast menu include pancakes & French toast (customers can choose a savory version with beef bacon & mozzarella cheese or a sweet sensation with honey & homemade jam).

Snacks include what's simply & deceptively labeled 'chicken wings' (RM12) on the menu. What emerges is more interesting, glazed in stickiness with an unexpected kick (it's mustard!) & with crispy breadcrumbs for extra texture. Sandwiches, pastas, burgers & meat & fish mains are also available; it's a full-on, something-for-everyone menu.

Desserts come courtesy of independent baker Butter.Fly; the chocolate pecan tart (RM13 per slice) makes for an ideal finish to this meal. Crowd-pleasing choices like red velvets, carrot cakes & banoffee pies are offered too.

 Italian coffee is currently served; expect Ethiopian single-origin to be considered in the future.

Finally, affogato, with a fun surprise: Pillowy-sweet Turkish Delight on the side. 

Lots of natural light, some nice greenery to look at outside. All in all, a nifty addition to this area.

Talent Lounge
Block A, PJ Trade Center, Damansara Perdana
Mon-Thurs, 8am-8pm, Fri-Sat, 8am-11pm. Tel: 03-7722-2952


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38 comments:

  1. The breakfast of the poached eggs and the baked eggs looks amazing!!! I love breakfasts like that! Great review, Sean.

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    1. Linda: thanks! yeah, this would be my ideal brekkie too! i can't resist eggs, poached, baked or sunny-side-up :D

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  2. Looks like a nice and airy environment with the high ceilings...the baked eggs for me please =)

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    1. Ulric: yeah, definitely no feeling of claustrophobia here. i love high-ceilinged, spacious eateries :D heh, the baked eggs were the first thing i requested here too =)

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  3. Got stage and musical instruments? Ort karaoke? I'd like that...very much!

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    1. Suituapui: yeah, the stage is set for open-mic at least once a month! sing your heart out, heheh =)

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  4. Oh my the photo of poached eggs oozing out *drool*

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    1. Cheryl: i can't resist creamy yolks either! =)

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  5. omg I love baked eggs and poached eggs! and the chocolate pecan tart looks real good!!! =D

    Heaven Knows

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    1. Chiew Nee: ya, i was happy to see both types of eggs on the menu :D and the pecan tart was a nice treat too =)

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  6. Ooo lovely breakfast /brunch kinda food! And that tart!

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    1. Baby Sumo: ya, satisfaction from start to finish =)

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  7. This place looks nice! And the chicken wings sound yummy! :D

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    1. CK: yeah, they chose a nice space here and a fair amoung of work with it :D i usually never order chicken wings, but the ones here were worthwhile, heheh =)

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  8. Smoked salmon and quinoa are my kinda healthy dish! :D

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    1. Ken: oh yeah, that combo would meet a nutritionist's approval! :D

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  9. Great natural surroundings although man-made ! Did not know about PJ Trade Center, I need to check the location !

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    1. Wong: true, it's a nice architectural creation! hope you enjoy the place =)

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  10. had their duck breast the other day, was yums!

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    1. KY: i was very tempted to try the duck breast! heheh :D

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  11. Brilliant idea - having an outlet that combines biz & food!

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    1. Pureglutton: yeah, cool multitasking!!! :D

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  12. This place looks nice & cosy. High ceiling & bright natural lighting.
    The food look pretty attractive too ;-)

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    1. Melissa: i have to agree with everything you wrote! :D

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  13. oooh, runny yolks... i like.

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    1. Fatboybakes: one of the wonderful pleasures of life :D

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  14. Hmmm.. I love the food I see here.
    That area is near Ecoba right? Nice shady area and trees and gentle breeze. Love such places!

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    1. Rebecca: yeah, they've got a very decent mix of classics, mostly tweaked with some unique ingredients here and there, courtesy of the chef's imagination =) ya, exactly near ecoba, but unfortunately it seems ecoba has closed. hope more cafes and restaurants might try to take advantage of this area for the reasons you mentioned, and maybe turn it into a cafe hotspot someday :D

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  15. Good food all around! Here's someplace new to go to next time we eat brunch outside! :)

    Thanks for the wonderful recommendations again Sean! I'm really amazed at how many outlets you go to to give us all this content, and the newsletters you put out for Android!

    Cheers and a Happy New Year to you buddy!

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    1. Huai Bin: oh yeah, there are a couple of tables outside if you wanna enjoy the outdoors here =) thanks for your super-kind words. there are days like today when i feel kinda exhausted from the eating (heh) and the writing, but your encouragement helps fuel my enthusiasm, so thanks for that, and wishing you a 2014 filled with good memories, including great encounters with food =)

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  16. Food looks amazing. Love the greenery outside.

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    1. Missyblurkit: yeah, a nice place to hop to in damansara perdana =)

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  17. what a creative idea for this place and the food looks equally good too!

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    1. Eiling: ya, i hope the passion that they've put into this place is well-rewarded =) the food is definitely thoughtfully made =)

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  18. hi, I would to know :
    1) do you have any meeting room/space which can accomodate 12- 15 people?
    2) is it available on 28/02/2014?
    3) how much is the room from 9am till 6pm? only 1 day
    4) do you provide projector & projector screen, Internet access, coffee & tea all day long?

    Appreciate your prompt reply very much.

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  19. Hi, could I have your phone number? I called a couple of time but the number in your blog belong to other company.

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  20. We booked the place for our baby 1st birthday today. The food was amazing and in generous amount. Even though we ordered for 50 pax, I think they prepared enough to feed more people. I also thank they help of their crew for setting up the place and always being accomodative. The chef, shaik... ur food is out standing.. keep it up guys.

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  21. You may choose one of the corporate bars, or corporate meeting halls , whichever suits you. If the venue will be accurate and fine, then surely your meet is going to be on the rocks for sure.

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