Sunday, February 16, 2014

Miam Miam @ 1 Utama

Miam Miam mania is spreading swiftly: The cafe that was born in Penang scarcely six months ago has launched its first branch in the Klang Valley this past week, expanding the brand that recently also unveiled outposts in Singapore & close to Melbourne. Plans are allegedly afoot for Miam Miam to invade Canada, China & Indonesia too this year.

Miam Miam's menu here is pretty similar to what Penang's residents can enjoy, except for one key point that will prompt some patrons to whine: No pork is served at this 1 Utama outlet, which means the signature spaghetti (RM26.80 before taxes) lacks the bacon that's found at Gurney Paragon. Still, it's well-prepared pasta, with firm strands of spaghetti mingling nicely with an onsen egg, turkey ham, baby spinach & tomatoes tossed in a butter-&-shoyu broth.

The food is essentially European with extensive Japanese influences; the oven-baked macaroni is worthwhile too (RM24), cooked with four cheeses & crunchy panko breadcrumbs.

Miam Miam's thickly sliced French toast has become near-legendary in Penang; the cafe's likely best-seller is extremely hearty, partnered with plenty of maple syrup & house-made whipped cream.

 Folks are fans of Miam Miam's commendably constructed souffle (RM16.80) as well; flavours include green tea & vanilla.

Miam Miam serves "souffle pancakes" too, fluffier than regular pancakes. Have one topped with vanilla soft-serve ice cream, Granny Smith & red apples, cinnamon, granola & raisins (RM20).

Hand-dripped, light-bodied coffee (RM8.80), blended with 100 percent Arabica beans.

All in all, Miam Miam seems to have nailed the formula of becoming an F&B success story. This is a good-looking restaurant with crowd-pleasing offerings; service is perfectly efficient though possibly impersonal, though that might be the hallmark of  a rapidly expanding chain.

Miam Miam
146, Ground Floor, 1 Utama, Bandar Utama, Petaling Jaya.
Old Wing location, replacing Petite Millie


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28 comments:

  1. The food looks comforting yet hearty. Didn't know they have one in Penang.

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    1. Chong: yeah, both the savoury and sweet fit that description :) the penang people will be commenting soon and mentioning their gurney paragon outlet :)

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    2. I hope you are not referring to me LOL :p

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    3. Ken: haha ... caught in the act, hehe :D

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  2. After few days here, everything looks so yummy to me.... I am starving.... :P

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    1. CK: omigosh ... next time you must smuggle in packets of maggi mee from KL! :)

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  3. Wow, didn't know they are expanding that fast!

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    1. Ken: yeah, they're definitely hoping to be a force to be reckoned with =)

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  4. Looks good! Hmmm...luckily, it's not miang miang...tua keladi! :D

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    1. Suituapui: heheh, ya, the name is cute :)

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  5. Onsen egg...my fav egg-style! The green tea souffle sure looks like a sinner =)

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    1. Ulric: ya, and the food comes out quite fast but still tastes fresh, so that's a positive point =)

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  6. It looks great, Sean! When I saw the name I couldn't help but think of Ling Ling and Pom Pom. :)

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    1. Linda: haha, yeah, the name is pretty cool :)

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  7. Visited the Pg outlet before! I like the food actually! And when I hovered around on the 1st day of opening in 1U, i was so disappointed to find out that its pork- free!
    Well, anyhow, I'm all for the desserts so the pork part didn't affect me much... just well.. that spag was a lot better in Penang!

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    1. Rebecca: ya, i hope they maintain the consistency of their food standards. i did enjoy this meal ... it might not have been spectacular but it was satisfying, for sure, heheh. the full menu wasn't available yet last week though, so i didn't manage to try their savoury souffles =)

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  8. I guess since its located in a shopping mall, it makes more business sense to make it pork-free so that they can have a bigger customer base. To be honest, as long as the food is tasty, it doesn't matter if they use pork or not.

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    1. Baby Sumo: yeah, true, we can definitely have a fulfilling meal with beef, chicken and fish! :)

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  9. The desserts look inviting, OMG *control control control*

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    1. Choi Yen: heheh, hope you'll enjoy them! =)

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  10. damn... food looks really good!!!

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    1. Eiling: yeah, i think it's worth a stop :)

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  11. No offence but ,after watching your blog, and went to tried their foods, for me , their signature spaghetti and carbonara is lousy , The egg on top becomes an " extra " when they thought it can helps to emulsify all the sauce but yet it's more like spaghetti with steam Bacon and vege soaked in Water PS: alot of water, the,same thing to their Carbonara. Its overpriced for this kind of foods. Matcha Souffle is still okay . Cheers.

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    1. Jiun Kiat: no worries, it's good to hear feedback from other customers :)

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  12. I went to the one Utama outlet and was fairly disappointed by their service. The waitress was downright rude! She was snappy and impatient with our queries when taking our order. Her facial expression was no where near welcoming. When I was at the counter paying my bill, a line was already forming outside, this particular waitress told her friend to "buat-buat tak nampak" as they were busy I guess. Apparently they're using iPads to take orders and take payment, and her iPad was jammed or not responding. She couldn't register my payment, so I offered to pay exact amount instead. She took the money and I asked "is it okay if I leave?", and she replied with a short and snappy "bye". Considering that the place is not exactly cheap and they're charging us service tax, I definitely expect better service than that. Won't be visiting this plan anytime soon until that waitress gets transferred or something.

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  13. I did not enjoy my experience at Miam miam. Went at 3.30pm expecting a lesser crowd but still had to wait 20 mins for a table. The food took another 20 mins to come. Ordered the squid ink rice and the Miam miam spaghetti, the spaghetti tasted super salty! Servers were also very impersonal, I would expect an establishment like this would have friendlier servers.. All in all, would not come back again.

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    1. Personally,miam miam was kind of overrated.My experience at miam miam was merely decent.Food was overpriced.For the same amount of money you could eat better elsewhere.The miam spaghetti was salty.French Toast was average.The souffle wasn't too bad.The baked rice was lacking in flavor.To be honest,am not looking forward to comeback here again.

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