Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Konscious Health Food Cafe @ Damansara Perdana

A fresh renaissance is dawning for health-food restaurants in the Klang Valley: This month, we bid a wholesome welcome to Konscious, a reincarnation of the now-closed Nadalama Spa cafe (Konscious is run partly by the folks who owned Nadalama). It's perhaps more of a hippie cafe than a hipster one.

 Konscious is consciously evocative of Nadalama; there's an open kitchen that feels like something in someone's home, set amid a rustic, Balinese-inspired ambiance with hypnotic New Age music wafting in the background. Sure, these could all have ended up looking cliched, but there's a sincere charm to Konscious Cafe.

 Eastern influences permeate a menu of intriguing temptations like Thai khanom jeen, featuring rice noodles with fish sauce & plenty of leaves (some washed in pure baking soda to remove possible pesticides & chemicals), all served in recyclable bowls.

 Vietnamese beef 'pho' is also available; Konscious says its beef & chicken are of the free-range, antibiotic-free sort; these noodle recipes taste light, perhaps not as robust as some might prefer, but they work very well for a low-guilt lunch or dinner.

Think Pink: Falafel burger laced with pistachios & herbs, topped with pink beet hummus, sandwiched in organic sourdough. No refined flour, sugar, dairy or wheat products, that's the hook at Konscious Cafe.

Konscious' interpretation of Vietnamese banh mi comes with chicken marinated in kefir probiotic fermented milk. If what you're looking for is uniqueness, well, you've found it right here.

 Naturally, there are some salads: Choose from a surprisingly spicy Fuji apple & mint preparation (RM10) or organic Japanese daikon with snow lotus dressing (RM12.80). Konscious is still very much in a soft-launch stage, so the menu is limited for now.

 Gluten-free basil oatmeal quiche? OK. Stinky tofu? Hmmm, could prove an acquired taste.

 Coffee (RM9 for an espresso) isn't spared from Konscious' ethical eating & drinking: Inca Fe organic beans are used here, cultivated in Peruvian plantations & blended & roasted in New Zealand.

And course, juices like the Little Miracles range, which promises 'organic energy' with components like green tea, ginseng, pomegrate, acai & agave. We've misplaced our receipt, so we've not listed the price for many of these items, but most cost between RM10 & RM20.

  Bamboo straws, organic sweeteners, Ayurvedic Himalayan salts: The folks of Konscious have an all-encompassing philosophy to their cafe, signalling that their heart is entirely in what they advocate.

 Konscious is rather hidden, inconspicuously nestled without a signboard next to a laundromat. But now that it's been found, reviewed & revealed, the floodgates are thrown wide-open, so expect to see & hear more about Konscious in the months ahead.

Konscious Cafe Health Food Restaurant
10 Jalan PJU 8/3A, Damansara Perdana, Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia
Tue-Sun, 12pm-1130pm. Tel: 03-7710-0129

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29 comments:

  1. the Thai khanom jeen looks like Asam Laksa

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    1. Ooo, khanom jeen has a very different flavour, and this version has fish balls, but if it helps, you could think of it as a type of thai laksa :)

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  2. one day i gonna eat all the food that you eat ah~ haha !! XD

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    1. Happy walker: good luck, go for it! :D

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  3. Didn't order any desserts? I saw cakes, hehehe.

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    1. CK: heheh, next round for the dessert selection! :)

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  4. Looks like a great place, Sean!!! I love tea, and their food presentations are fantastic! :)

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    1. Linda: an interesting twist to these noodle, burger and sandwich recipes! :)

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  5. Healthy eating = healthy living. No prices mentioned for the main dishes? Usually, they're very expensive. Don't mind going if they are delicious, not for health reasons...as after eating at such places, one would go back to one's good ol' ways - back in square one.

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    1. Suituapui: most of the main dishes cost under RM20 here :) i empathise with your sentiments about health-food outlets ... i'm not a healthy eater myself...

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  6. Sounds like I've love this cafe!

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    1. The Yum List: i think you'd appreciate this place a lot! :D

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  7. The spicy fuji apple & mint and organic Japanese daikon with snow lotus salads sounds flavourful...might pop by for a bite or two after their full menu launches...hehe =)

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    1. Ulric: ya, they're crisp salads with some interesting flavours (almost pungent in a way, because of the dressings they use ... a bit of an acquired taste, heh) :D

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  8. Intriguing place and approach..although Id be happy as long as I could have a falafel burger with beet hummus!

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    1. YouHadYourLunch: yeah, some nifty novelties here in the name of nutrition ... that falafel burger was an interesting change from the usual beef burgers :)

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  9. yay! I can comment! :D
    Ok, I' wan taht burger pls!

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    1. Rebecca: yay, you're back! heheh :D ya, it'll be interesting to see if you like that burger. i think you might prefer the juicy flavours of meat burgers though, maybe :)

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  10. Too healthy for me, haha!

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    1. Choi Yen: heheh, maybe for once every few months can try a healthy meal :D

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  11. Looks amazing! Much nearer than hopping on a plane to Ubud for this kind of feel. Will definitely visit.

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    1. Hsien: yeah, it's a quirky little place. i wish it was set in a leafier neighbourhood, but i guess it's still a nice little retreat, especially at night, probably. i hope you enjoy your visit :)

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  12. Tried looking for it on Sunday night, couldn't find it! Shall try again in daylight. Looks so good and guilt-free.

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    1. sarah: yeah, it's a bit tricky to spot, especially since it has no signboard ... but the landmark would be a laundry shop next door :) the food's a bit of an acquired taste, but yeah, it's guilt-free :)

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  13. Waited one hour for food when it was empty. It was good, but not after waiting for an hour.

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    1. Cris: yikes, we didn't have to wait very long for our food (i think only about 10-15 mins), but ya, one hour is too long!

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  14. Waited for 40 mins . N told me is not vegetsrian . Asked me to order something else . Bad experice . Even a gado gado salad almost took them 50 mins

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