Sunday, March 23, 2014

Jibby & Co @ Empire Subang

Jibby & Co opened outside Empire Shopping Gallery this past week, instantly becoming one of Subang's most ravishing restaurants. But this venue hopes to succeed on more than superficial charm, with a menu that's more ambitious than many might anticipate.

Watch this two-storey space register strongly on the F&B Richter scale for suburban cafe-watchers; it looks like the result of an earth-shaking budget, with every square metre blanketed in a stylish sheen.

The restaurant's name will raise eyebrows too, though its explanation is far from scandalous: 'Jibby' is the nickname of this outlet's co-founder Najib Abdul Rahman, who is also the executive chef for the Serai chain of eateries.

Sabah-born Najib spent a decade working in Melbourne; the melting-pot culinary influence of the Australian city is showcased in Jibby & Co brunch offerings like baked eggs (some might prefer them runnier) with house-made chicken sausages, lemon zest, Neapolitan tomato sauce & North African ras el hanout spices (RM28 before taxes).

Our best bet: Sunny-side-up eggs with creamy yolks over corned beef, potatoes, confit cherry tomatoes, strained yoghurt & thick toast (RM27). Pretty addictive, with the labneh providing pleasantly tangy nuances.

Jibby's poached eggs show a tell-tale reliance on vinegar in their preparation, but that's fair enough for a busy kitchen. They're partnered with hash browns, salmon roe, smoked salmon, corn, zucchini & hollandaise sauce (RM25); it sounds like a recipe that could be elaborately enjoyable, but it proved not as memorably punchy as expected (the corn was more effective than the salmon roe in boosting both taste & texture).

 The brunch menu is available 8:30am-4pm daily, so even late risers can make it in time for a densely filling French toast, topped with creme patisserie, berries, crushed pistachios & maple glaze (RM22).

Greek yoghurt with raspberry coulis & crispy honey cornflakes (RM24). Jibby's prices are evidence of inescapable inflation. 

Sumatran single-origin coffee can be ordered (RM12, aeropress or pour-over). Not bad; no complaints about how this tastes.

We like the Banoffee Pie shake; it's creamy without being too thick, flavoursome but not cloying, smooth & not harshly icy.

 Come during off-peak hours to snatch a seat on one of the two couches, the most comfortable & coveted section here.

 We'll explore the lunch & dinner selection in a future entry; there are both hits & misses here, so there's space for fine-tuning, but ultimately, Jibby & Co has real potential. There will be buzz.

 Jibby & Co is open daily through midnight, with the kitchen closing at 10:30pm. It's at the outdoor parking lot near CIMB Bank, on the Tangs end of the mall's frontage.

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

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38 comments:

  1. Because I am always eating when I read your blog. I anticipate leaving hungry.

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    1. Cquek: that's a cute way of putting it! :D

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  2. You answered the Jibby question before it could be asked :D

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    1. Footfringe: haha, preemptive strike ... Hopefully whatever's in a name won't overshadow the charm of this cafe :)

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    2. haha, it would have been a considered decision ... :)

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    3. Footfringe: heheh ... just like how i'm still resisting a visit to a certain agricultural agency's restaurant in solaris dutamas :)

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  3. Loving the concept and environment here...those baked eggs...gasp! :D

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    1. Ulric: hope you manage to check out this place and enjoy the eggs in the near future! :D

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  4. Instagram worthy place hahhaha! My god the prices... ahem..

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    1. Rebecca: heh, yeah, this place should fare quite well on social media :) and ya, i guess these are the prices that have to be charged by some outlets this year to try to maintain a healthy profit :)

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  5. Oooooo.....eggs...eggs...eggs...and more eggs, all runny - just the way I love 'em. The downstairs area makes me think of Delicious - the KL outlet. Hmmm...that name. No relation to somebody with one quite similar, I am sure? LOL!!!!

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    1. Suituapui: heh, i love all things eggy too ... the baked eggs were not quite runny enough for me, but i totally loved the fried eggs :) and heh, no, the name might be two-thirds similar to the a more prominent jibby, but it seems coincidental :)

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  6. Beautiful place with a lot of natural light! I like I like. :D

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    1. CK: yeah, i think you'd be able to take a lot of excellent photos here! :)

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  7. Jibby? sounds like a familiar name to me haha, i like that egg ben, the hollandaise sauce looks perfectly done

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    1. Ken: heheh, it's always difficult to resist ordering poached eggs :)

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  8. I love the food and plants here. The aerial views almost made me dizzy. LOL! :)

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    1. Linda: haha, yeah, it was fun taking those photos from the restaurant's mezzanine area :D

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  9. More reasons to visit that side of town.

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    1. The Yum List: yeah, subang's f&b scene is thriving this year :)

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  10. Wow high ceilings and lots of natural sunlight.. I like too! Been a while since I visited Empire Subang, but this place looks fantastic!

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    1. Baby Sumo: true, i only visit Empire Subang a couple of times a year generally, but this venue definitely makes the complex more interesting. and it's even cooler cos it's a standalone little building outside the main mall :D

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  11. oh no!!!! i like the environment with the natural sunlight!!!

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    1. 小乱: hope you manage to visit this place and enjoy the environment! :)

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  12. Seriously, the place looks amazing with the natural sunlight. Even though I seldom visit Empire Subang, this could be a good reason for me to visit.

    Wilson

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    1. Wilson: oh yeah, i think you'd like the ambiance here. it's definitely different from the rest of the mall and quite impressive in its own way :)

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  13. that poached egg looks as good as the high ceiling and deco of the restaurant!

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    1. KY: thank goodness for poached eggs and pretty decors, heheh! ;)

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  14. at first I thought Jibby & Co sounds like a restaurant by our PM because Mahathir has the loaf in empire and he wants one too. Lol.. ok i was thinking too much. The eggs benedict looks good but sometimes the chef adds expensive ingredients (roe) which does not really enhance the flavour but instead enhances the price tag!

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    1. Eiling: haha, that's an interesting point ... maybe someday all our present and former prime ministers will have their own cafes :) and you make an interesting point about the prudent use of ingredient to really enhance a dish too :)

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  15. Hello.. I've been following your blog for food reviews all these while. :D
    How's the food there? and the Banofee?

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    1. Kopi Kaki: there are some good items and some items that can be improved. the banoffee shake is good.

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  16. Just back from Jibby & Co. Rating 8/10 for service. 8/10 for ambiance, 9/10 for food and drinks. It's a 4 star rating comes with right pricing. Excellent rating does not come cheap.

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  17. im a huge fan of your blog and would really love it if you could create a separate label for brunch places :))

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  18. Hi, I am photographer from Aspial Wedding Bridal House. I am interested about your cafe environment and I found out that it is very suitable to take wedding photos. So, may I get your permission to have a series of photo shooting in your cafe? Good to hear from your soon and have a nice day =D.

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