Sunday, February 9, 2014

FIQ's Gastronomy @ Subang Jaya

Food, Innovation, Quality: FIQ's Gastronomy lives up to its acronym; this cheerfully friendly cafe, which opened this month in a relatively less familiar section of Subang Jaya, looks poised to become a big, irrepressible hit.

Innovation truly is FIQ's middle name: The team that toils in its open kitchen strives to present recipes that transcend regular cafe fare while still preserving suburb-suitable prices. This spinach risotto with carrot puree, crispy brined chicken & fried onions (RM22+) succeeds on both of those ambitious fronts.

Roasted potato gnocchi with mushrooms, herb-tinged walnuts & caper-raisin emulsion (RM18+ for a starter-sized serving). To be clear, FIQ's members haven't sprung out of nowhere; they've worked at various Malaysian hotels in the past, honing their craft & building their confidence to run their own restaurant.

Pasta is made from scratch here, Tuesdays through Sundays; temptations include tagliatelle with duck confit, basil-laced melted butter & veggies (RM24+). The food looks so vibrantly alluring, we wanted to order everything on the one-page menu.

Creamy carrot soup with beef bacon, fried shallots & extra virgin olive oil (RM12). And there's still more to indulge in, from salted beef sandwiches with miso mustard to a mac-&-cheese that sounds like pure comfort food.

FIQ's desserts feel like an addiction, not an afterthought. The best bet: S'mores (RM10+), the calorie-intensive camp-fire favourite of marshmallows, crackers, hazelnuts & gooey chocolate ganache. There are also brownies, baked alaska, raspberry granita & pumpkin bread pudding here.

We'd love to have paired this meal with a Merlot, but FIQ's isn't that sort of venue. Still, this Snickers-&-peanut-butter shake ensured there was no space for complaints. The soundtrack's fine here too, with mid-tempo John Legend, Mariah & Alicia tunes for lunchtime.

The coffee's very much worthwhile too; single-origin Ethiopian, if we correctly remember what amiable restaurant manager Shahaman said. (Correction: Our memory betrays us. It was Sumatran!)

All in all, we like FIQ's. The food is well-prepared & it's clear that tons of thought, love & energy went into making this place. Expect to hear more about FIQ's Gastronomy in the months ahead.

FIQS Gastronomy Subang
34 Jalan SS19/1D, Subang Jaya
Tues-Sun, 12pm-1030pm. Tel: 03-5613-0473

FIQS Gastronomy Subang
34 Jalan SS19/1D, Subang Jaya
Tues-Sun, 12pm-1030pm. Tel: 03-5613-0473


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43 comments:

  1. Interesting dishes with quirky and playful combination, the spinach risotto definitely caught my attention!

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    1. Ken: yeah, high marks for presentation here. and the menu is pretty cool cos nearly every item sounds intriguing enough to order =)

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  2. Oooh all the dishes look fab!

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    1. Kelly: yeah, gorgeous stuff, kudos to the kitchen team :)

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  3. gorgeous shots sean!
    Coincidentally my friend posted about this place on Instagram today! And I verified that the kitchen is halal so I'll be dropping in for a visit soon.
    Food looks pretty and i didn't expect such fair prices!

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    1. Rebecca: thanks! yep, the outlet seems entirely muslim-owned/run, so it's pretty safe in that sense. the food is certainly photogenic, and the decent prices would definitely be an attraction! :)

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  4. The place looks nice, a lot of natural sunlight, I like!

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    1. CK: ya, i'd prefer to head here during the daytime to take advantage of the natural lighting! =)

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  5. Great find! Maybe a visit soon to relieve some stress...hehe =)

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    1. Ulric: oh no, the dreaded S-word! here's hoping the stress evaporates soon ... or that it's melted away by some tasty treat :)

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  6. The food here looks really fresh... the risotto caught my attention with its vibrancy and the crispy brined chicken sure looks good.

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    1. Baby Sumo: yeah, they make a lot of the stuff fresh here in their kitchen (they even bake their own bread apparently). the chicken was beautifully flavourful and tender ... the risotto could have been a bit more al dente, but it was still all right =)

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  7. Yum! I wish more of these interesting cafes would start opening up over on the Ampang side of the city.

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    1. The Yum List: hopefully that will happen in 2014! it would be a nice way to reinvigorate that part of town :)

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  8. Cheerful is right! Love all that natural sunlight --- certainly makes dining a happier experience, no? :)

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    1. Kenny: haha, ya, as long as there's air-conditioning indoors to insulate us from the sunlight (fortunately, there are both air-conditioned and alfresco areas here!) :D

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  9. that's some very smart idea in furnishing the place up.

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    1. KY: ya, quite a cool look for this part of subang =)

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  10. The food presentations are dazzling, Sean! I like the light decor, too.

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    1. Linda: true, i like how each dish is plated and presented =) and am glad i managed to head here during the daytime =)

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    1. Suituapui: very different from regular duck pastas, thanks to the greens =)

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  12. Hmmm...I could have sworn I left a comment earlier.

    The food looks awesome! The ambience is bright and cheery as well! Adds to the want to makan list =)

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    1. Unkaleong: evil blogspot gremlins, swiping our valued comments! :) yeah, the next time you feel like a drive to subang for a good meal, can set your gps to this place ... parking is not too difficult here, compared to the more crowded ss15 area nearby =)

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  13. Hi Sean, thank you for the beautiful and honest write up. We appreciate your time and effort to be with us on a hot sunny day!

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    1. Shahaman: no worries! it was a very enjoyable lunch. and thank goodness the air-conditioning inside was nice and strong =)

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  14. And a little correction to the coffee beans we use, it's actually from Sumatera instead of Ethiophia. Would be delighted to see you again here at FIQ! :)

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    1. Shahaman: oops, i suspected i made a mistake there! have edited the post above to add the clarification, thanks!

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  15. OMG!! This is so beautiful, and the flavours seem wonderful!

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    1. Cquek: worth checking out if you're ever in subang jaya and need a meal there! =)

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    1. Wong: yup, beautiful presentation :)

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  17. Its a rip-off....
    For the amount paid, and the serving portion given, not worth it. With the same amount of money, I could have had a full satisfying meal at Chilli's....
    And I ask if the beef could be replace with chicken, they said no problem.... After half way of waiting through it, only they came to inform me that there will be an addition of RM 7 charge for the change.... Seriously, RM 7 for chicken? It better be a free range chicken.

    Mac & Cheese, a classic meal.... It came soaking in cheese SAUCE.... Not melted sticky cheese.... It was macaroni soaked in cheesy sauce....

    Rip Off....

    PS, service was slow, environment was hot event with 4 over head A/C...

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  18. I did enjoy my time here! Subang is starting to shape up as an alternative location for the Bangsar / TTDI cafe vibe. (At least, I hope so. Fingers crossed.)

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  19. Tried this place, unfortunately, definitely not a returning customer.
    Food is over priced for the quality served,

    Had the ravioli and its was bland and tasteless.

    Coffee was alright. Fish was ok. Chicken was ok.

    Everything is just a plain ok.

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  20. I hardly comment but I just had to for this one.

    It's sad there're mix comments here.
    Pricing is always a factor, but it's Subang... and it's not overly overpriced. We really love everything we tried.

    At the sight of the french fries being served (even without trying), we immediately ordered a second helping (which we regret later because we were so stuffed!). It's that kind of impression the food gave us. I had the grilled chicken served with mash and salad which is so yummy! Flavourful, well marinated chicken thigh and sauce the sauce that accompany it made me wanna lick my plate clean.We also had smores and when it was served, we took a while to stare and allow the "majestic" sight to sink in. In silence, we dig in and savoured every spoonful.

    Can't wait to go back!

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