Thursday, March 27, 2014

Jibby & Co @ Empire Shopping Gallery

Returning to Subang's Jibby & Co, this time to try its lunch & dinner selection. Earlier entry on Jibby's breakfast: March 23.

Start with salads: Jibby serves fresh, hearty ones with fun twists, such as this visually tantalising version of Salad Nicoise (RM28 before taxes) that substitutes tuna with blue swimmer crab meat (a step up, for sure), combined with tomatoes, corn, new potatoes, half-boiled eggs, french beans, baby romaine, onions & boiled eggs with a sesame dressing.

Panko-crumbed boiled egg with salmon, asparagus spears, zucchini, dill, edamame, ikura & seeded mustard dressing (RM29), a princely portion that could easily work as a main course.

An eclectic list of light bites is also available, ranging from salted egg yolk chicken 'popcorn' (RM22, leaning a little more toward wet than creamy) to hummus with minced lamb & pine nuts.

Whole soft-shell crab burger on brioche (RM29), a big treat for fans of this crispy crustacean, coupled with Asian coleslaw, spicy mayo & sweet potato fries. 

Not everything here's a smash hit though; we wanted to like this appealing-looking pizza, topped with Moroccan-inspired lamb shank meat, pine nuts, roasted aubergine, za'atar herbs, natural yoghurt & baby spinach (RM35), but it was less punchy-tasting than expected, with a base that evoked supermarket-variety crusts. But no point being negative & dwelling on this.

Lots of cakes in the chiller; temptations include Vogue (RM16.50, fraisier genoise sponge, mousseline cream, vanilla & strawberries), Meteora (five-layer hazelnut dacquoise, praline & paste), apple cakes with almond crumble, chocolate pavlovas, lemon meringue tarts, nutella cakes & more.

 Jibby & Co is strictly halal, as is much of Empire Shopping Gallery; there seem to be only four or five outlets in this mall _ such as Italiannies _ where customers can unwind in the evening over wine & cocktails.

 Italiannies _ mercifully less than a three-minute stroll from Jibby & Co _ has a lounge at the back that's hidden but spacious, ideal for escaping the crowds.

The house wines at Italiannies are OK, but the cocktails aren't, barely befitting their deceptively low RM20+ price tag. The Mojito is more fizz than liquor, while the Sangria is artificial-tasting & cloying.

Jibby & Co
GK11, Empire Shopping Gallery, Subang Jaya
Tel: 03-5613-7070


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20 comments:

  1. love the high ceiling and deco, also the eggs T_T

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    1. KY: ya, next time i wanna sit upstairs on the mezzanine level :D heheh, yeah, i like salads better when there are eggs in them :)

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  2. Ooh, the eggs look so good, Sean! Love the look and feel of this place, too!

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    1. Linda: those eggs do add a lot of cheer to the salads! :D and yep, this place is truly photo-worthy in every way :)

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  3. oh no, u revisited again in one week time?! arghhh, i really like the environment and the food there!!!

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    1. 小乱: heheh, ya, one visit for brunch and another visit for dinner, since the menu's so wide. ya, there are quite a lot of good items here to try :)

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  4. Love the egg - that soft moist slight runny yolk is just how I would love it. Pizza looks really great though, despite what you said about the crust.

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    1. Suituapui: yeah, the eggs were done pretty much just right to complement the salads they were in ... and ya, i think i was expecting a more satisfying and flavourful kick from the pizza, it fell a bit flat for me there :)

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  5. I think the salads looks very .. ermm.. very basic stuff put together kinda of thing..

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    1. Rebecca: heheh, they're both full of lots of ingredients and dietary fibre though :D

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  6. Next Monday we need to go to Subang for my medical checkup, hope we will have time to visit this cafe. :)

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    1. CK: ooo, ya, there are a lot of cafes in subang now, but this place is currently one of the most popular ones in the neighbourhood right now :)

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  7. Oh yes, i'll definitely go for those colorful fresh salad!

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    1. Ken: we happily finished every leaf and stalk in the salads :D

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  8. Service is a mess and very poor during Saturday.

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    1. My blog: yikes, hopefully you voiced your frustration personally to the management there and they took note of your criticism and will work out those kinks.

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  9. i have such terrible experience with their worker.


    http://www.mybuletin.com/2014/04/barista-jibby-co-panas-bontot-selepas.html?m=1

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  10. overpriced.. super slow service.. food was good though..

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  11. Can we do a reservation for birthday? Any special for birthday celebration?

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  12. All that glitters is not gold. This is certainly true of Jibbys. Given the hype n prices I expected much, only to b very disappointed. The rojak mee I ordered was abysmal!!! Only to b compounded by the slow n poor service. One of the waitress was openly shouting n grimacing in front of us. They should train their employees to b more professional.

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