Friday, September 26, 2014

Purple Pasta @ Oasis Ara Damansara

A purple reign has dawned in Oasis Ara Damansara, where this pasta perfectionist recently replaced Epiphany Coffee - though the outlet's ownership basically remains the same as before.

It's a complete revamp - pretty much everything has been changed, from the name to the menu to the furnishing. Worth noting: Purple Pasta retains a warm service team that works hard to keep customers happy.

Plenty of pastas here (more than a dozen recipes), but since the restaurant is still fine-tuning its selection, there's only one purple-ish preparation offered for now: Spaghetti aglio olio, dyed with a (reputedly) natural colouring, tossed with smoked duck, leek, garlic, chilli flakes, a poached egg & basil-infused olive oil. RM18; currently available during dinnertime. Tasty enough - the colour provides more of a visual enhancement than a flavour boost.

Purple Pasta is particularly popular among office workers for lunch, thanks to its no-frills RM5 pastas - think carbonara, marinara sauce or brown gravy. But it's probably worth upgrading to the RM15 varieties, accompanied by the likes of baby octopus in Japanese mayo sauce. Other RM15 possibilities: Clams in red rice wine, lamb in bolognese sauce & more.

Prices are kept relatively low at Purple Pasta, so patrons can graze on a sauteed prawn salad with arugula, lettuce, cherry tomatoes & balsamic vinegar for RM8) ...

... or gobble up 50 grams of flavoured popcorn (caramel, cheese, seaweed or kimchi) for RM5.

Italian-inspired coffee granita (RM7) works sufficiently well for dessert, though affogatos are available too for the same price.

The novelty of a new colour returns for the latte, served with a spoonful of Azuleta violet sugar.

Kitsch aside, Purple Pasta remains serious about its caffeine; there's cold brew coffee alongside an espresso/flat white range that relies on a Colombia-Guatemala-Indonesia-Brazil blend.

Purple Pasta
Block D, Oasis Ara Damansara, Petaling Jaya. Daily, 1030am-10pm. Tel: 03-7859-9998

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26 comments:

  1. They shud have highlights of purple as their decor (replace the green with purple would be most effective) to keep with their theme...those rm15 pastas sounds really interesting though =)

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    1. Ulric: cool idea on having more purple inside besides the signboard outside :) and ya, i think they're trying to work on an innovative range of pasta, but it's not clear when they'll be able to fully launch it :)

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  2. The pasta with octopus looks pretty good. The low prices would definitely attract the crowds.

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    1. Baby Sumo: ya, fans of baby octopus will probably enjoy that pasta, it has a sweetish flavour to it. and yup, so far it looks pretty busy for lunch :)

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  3. The latte looks so good!

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    1. Linda: glad you like the look of it! :)

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  4. So where is the purple pasta?

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    1. The Yum List: the first pasta, the duck aglio olio, is made with a spaghetti that's dyed somewhat purple, but it's not very apparent in that colour, heh :)

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  5. Yup! No purple pasta leh? Just the violet sugar, closest one can get to the name.

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    1. Suituapui: the duck aglio olio spaghetti is supposed to be slightly purple, but yeah, the coffee with violet sugar is more eye-catching :)

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  6. My favorite!!! ^^

    Violet sugar, huh? I've never seen it before; the most I've seen are the common white and brown ones.

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    1. Waverly: oh yeah, if you can find edible wild violets (which we can't here, heh), you could grind them and use them as a natural colouring to enhance the appearance of sugar, heh :)

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  7. I like the food, thanks for sharing~ =D

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    1. Happy walker: glad you enjoyed reading about the pasta here :)

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    2. yeah, btw, you're so geng leh so late also haven sleep like me.. hahaaaaaa
      =D

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    3. Happy walker: night time is a good time to complete tasks :)

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  8. Oh! I think i'll love this place! I am a huge fan of pasta, and yes, it must be topped with perfectly poached egg!

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    1. Ken: I'm a fan of well-prepared pasta too, and the poached egg was a good bonus to complement that recipe :)

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  9. Kimchi popcorn? I need to try some of that..

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    1. YouHadYourLunch: fusion fun! :)

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  10. Haven't had pasta for quite awhile, hmmm maybe should make some tomorrow. :)

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    1. CK: good luck! hopefully we'll get to see the results of your pasta cooking! :D

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  11. Yeah I was looking for the purple pasta too, hehe! They should have more purples in the premise la :P

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    1. Pureglutton: it's official! malaysians have a passion for purple! :D

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  12. Violet sugar is interesting.

    Good price range too. Not many places offer RM5 pastas these days!

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    1. Missyblurkit: yeah, i don't quite like added sugar in my coffee, but this was an interesting novelty :) and yup, RM5 for a plate for reasonably well-prepared pasta is a good deal! :D

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