Monday, July 7, 2014

Simply Green @ Fraser Place & The Fix @ The Gardens, Mid Valley

Some new spots have sprung up this month for white-collar workers looking for lunchtime fare that'll keep them alive & awake for several more hours. We'll start our afternoon break with a stop at Simply Green, the latest salad bar to launch in the city centre.

Simply Green is a friendly little eatery in Fraser Place where salads are customised according to the patron's preference & assembled to order. Not an original idea, but it functions fine: Select a base, pick toppings from a long list of possibilities, then choose a dressing. Voila; your personal creation should be ready in 10 minutes.

We opted for the largest salad (RM23.90), comprising one base (baby spinach), six 'mains' (garbanzo beans, roasted pumpkin, grapefruit segments, seaweed, barley & hard-boiled omega egg), two 'supplements' (avocado & Swiss cheese), one 'prime' (chicken yakitori ) & one dressing (green tea vinaigrette _ taking Simply Green's name to heart & going as green as possible).

The result: Pretty reasonable. Most of the components tasted fresh enough; the meat was a little greasier than expected, but this lots-of-leaves lunch is still the ideal counterpoint to a crispy-fried-chicken binge. 

Surprisingly hearty; it's a hefty bowl, as filling as a plate of pasta. Simply Green's generous with its ingredients, making the price worthwhile. Smaller salads start at RM14.90, but even those come with one base, a full five mains, a supplement & a dressing.

It'd be fun to build a completely different salad next time. Maybe with a base of brown rice, plus toppings of black beans, broccoli, beetroot, edamame, jalapenos, raisins, cashew nuts, blue cheese, grilled tikka fish & lime herb mayonnaise.

Now that there are two salad bars within a one-kilometre radius of each other, it looks possible that a few more might open in the months ahead; let the salad wars begin!

Wholesome lunch, done & dusted. But before heading back to the cubicle, coffee's essential; that's where The Fix comes in.

The Fix also opened this week, but at another office hub: The Gardens South Tower, home to IGB Corp. & the Joey Yap Conference Centre. Similar to Simply Green, it's a Monday-through-Friday-only outlet, spearheaded by three friends promising to provide top-flight coffee in a speedy takeaway service.

The blend's currently an easy-to-drink Sumatran-Brazilian (probably Papa Palheta's Throwback?), according to co-owner Alan, who's paying close attention to customer feedback; he indicates The Fix is considering some potentially more robust offerings.

Dainty cheesecakes & brownies are now available, with sandwiches possibly in the pipeline. Loyalty cards are ready though.

 Simply Green Salad
Ground Floor, Fraser Place, Jalan Perak, Kuala Lumpur. Same building as Mediteca
Mon-Fri, 8am-8pm

The Fix Coffee
Lobby, The Gardens South Tower, Mid Valley City, Kuala Lumpur
Mon-Fri, 8am-430pm

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19 comments:

  1. Building your own salad is a great idea! Caters to idiosyncrasies...

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    1. YouHadYourLunch: that's true ... my idiosyncrasies would like to add some hemp seeds into the salad :)

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  2. I'll take a large one pls...warm potato + carrot, Jap cucumber, red radish, sweet corn, orange segment, pasta fusili + grilled eggplant, bacon bits + cajun chicken + calamansi vinaigrette...plus a red apple watermelon juice...and maybe a pumpkin soup...after walking there 15 mins from my office...hehe :3

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    1. Ulric: ooo, that's quite a hearty salad ... lotsa carbs and protein in there, and tangy-tasting too! :D

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  3. wah nice, I would like to try it too, why no state price de? XD

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    1. Happy Walker: ah, RM14+ for a small salad, about RM24 for a big one :)

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  4. What a nice place, Sean! I love everything here, and the sign in reference to the wisdom of tomatoes is stupendous! :)

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    1. Linda: true, i was glad for a wholesome meal here :)

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  5. Ahhhhh...I had salad in my post yesterday too. Wish I had avocado as well...and ham or bacon. Hehehehehe!!!!

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    1. Suituapui: heheh, bacon would be a tasty addition to a salad :D

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  6. I love any salads with avocado.... they make it taste so creamy and yummy!

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    1. Baby Sumo: that's true, i'd be happy to have avocados in salads, in curries, in desserts, in nearly anything, heh :)

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  7. I would love to try those salad!

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    1. Ken: i definitely enjoyed it :)

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  8. Ooh I do like a good salad! I'm not sure about creating my own though - I tend to put everything in, and so all my salads taste the same. ;-)

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    1. The Yum List: heheh, i'd happily put spinach and avocado in all my salads too! :D

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  9. i saw there is avocado in the salad...love it!

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    1. Applefish: yeah, i definitely had to choose that, and they were quite generous with the avocado :)

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  10. Thanks for sharing this great post on green salad. It looks very healthy and we can easily find out these ingredients from our local market. Now I am waiting for recommendations for some Green supplements that I can get from my local store.

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