Saturday, May 10, 2014

Kitakami @ Sri Petaling, Kalamazoo @ Aman Suria & Summer Lounge @ Kota Kemuning

Brief visits to a trio of eateries where comfort-food pastas, burgers & cakes reign supreme, starting with Kitakami ...

... the closest thing right now to a contemporary-minded cafe in Sri Petaling, right down to its everything-old-is-cool-again embrace of vintage artefacts like a used sewing machine & transistor radio ...


... plus put-away-those-iPads shelves of novels & record covers from when Travolta & Newton-John were pop culture titans.

Oven-baked pork bolognese spaghetti with cheese & sausages. Decent for a dish that's mainly built with processed food.

Blueberry & Oreo cheesecakes in the chiller, but maybe not this time.

Caffe Musetti Grand Cru Blend, 100 percent Arabica beans. RM8 for a latte.


Next up, Kalamazoo, a Petaling Jaya diner that reputedly pays fond tribute to its owners' time at Western Michigan University.


Burgers occupy a place of pride here: We opted to share the tempting-sounding KZoo Ultimatum, a physically towering creation with a pork patty, chicken patty, beef patty, plus a mixed lamb-&-beef patty.


Unfortunately, too much of this went unfinished. The patties proved disheartening _ overly processed in texture & poorly balanced in flavour. On the bright side, Kalamazoo is a pet-friendly cafe, so visitors might meet some cute puppies here.

Final destination: Summer Lounge, a Kota Kemuning cafe where the mood seems cheerfully sunny. Alas, this place has permanently closed sometime following this visit earlier this year. It's a brutal business.

In memoriam of Summer Lounge's menu: Pork burgers intriguingly infused with bacon in the patty, paired with sweet potato fries (RM21).

Spaghetti with more bacon, chillies & oven-baked tomatoes (RM15).

Was this a Mars Bar cheesecake? Or Snickers? Most likely the latter, based on looks. We forget.

Strawberry Disaster Cake. Cute name.

Let's drink to the memory of Summer Lounge, which permitted customers to bring their own wine.


Kitakami
B1 Glass City, Jalan Radin Anum 1, Sri Petaling, Kuala Lumpur 
Wed-Sun, noon-9pm

Kalamazoo
A-G-36, Jalan PJU 1/43, Aman Suria Damansara, Petaling Jaya
11am-10pm, except Tuesdays

Summer Lounge
24-2, Jalan Anggerik Vanilla BE 31/BE, Kota Kemuning, Shah Alam


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18 comments:

  1. What a beautiful, welcoming, colourful, open and airy place, Sean!!! That oven-baked pork bolognese spaghetti with cheese and sausages is something I would definitely want to try! (even though I am not big on pasta) It looks really, really good!

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    1. Linda: that's true, i like the colours too, very vivid :) i'm a pasta fan in general, i have a weak spot for freshly made ones :)

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  2. Finally, Sri Petaling has a cafe :)

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    1. Footfringe: i want more, more, MORE!!! :D

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  3. Love the look of that baked pasta. That's at WeUs, right? KitaKami...

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    1. Suituapui: more of WeWe or UsUs maybe, heheh :)

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  4. Mars Bar Cheese cake? It's a YES from me! :D

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    1. Ken: i love Mars bars too! :)

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  5. Just came back from JB, getting more and more cafes in JB too. :P

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    1. CK: ooo, hope you had a good trip, and it sounds like maybe i should plan a visit to JB too! :)

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  6. F & B biz is brutal yes yet many ventured into it - guess it does look good "I own a cafe syndrome" hahaha . But location is quite a deciding factor for biz survival

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    1. Rebecca: yeah, there are all those factors to juggle ... it's sad when genuinely good cafes have to close, ya...

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  7. Oh gosh that burger from Kalamazoo looks huge, did u have to take it apart to eat it all?

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    1. Baby Sumo: ooo, we tried cutting the patties into bite-sized pieces with knives ... that kinda worked, but we ended up not finishing the burger, unfortunately...

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  8. Ahh I was thinking that Kitakami would be serving Japanese! Nice cafe though.

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    1. Pureglutton: yeah, there's a mishmash of recipes on the menu, i think they'll do well in this neighbourhood :)

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  9. Hi Sean,

    May I know if Kitakami @ Sri Petaling is a pet friendly cafe?

    Thank you and have a nice day.

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    1. Hi Sook Peng, I'm afraid I don't know the answer to that, but I suspect the answer is probably no, since most of the seating is indoors and it's a cramped area.

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