Saturday, September 6, 2014

Quiznos, LifeJuice & Infusion @ 1 Utama

Checking out a trio of noteworthy F&B newbies at 1 Utama's old wing, starting with the first Malaysian outpost of U.S.-based toasted submarine sandwich franchise Quiznos.

Quiznos Malaysia's specialities: Chicken & steak sandwiches, toasted on order to coax out pleasurable flavours. Both stay fairly faithful to their American counterparts, with recipes like the Baja-named chipotle sauce or carbonara-inspired sandwiches for chicken & peppercorn or Swiss cheese for beef. Bacon-wise, pork is completely out though.

Mesquite chicken with optional beef bacon, cheddar cheese, tomatoes, onions, lettuce & ranch dressing, served nice & warm in crisp, fresh-tasting rosemary parmesan bread. RM13.90 for a 6-inch sub that should prove a satisfactory lunch. Bountifully stuffed, with well-balanced, savoury flavours, no less than what we'd hope for from a brand that's been in business since 1981.

Beef fares equally well; we like this one, made sticky with mozzarella & cheddar, onions, mushrooms & what the menu lists as honey bourbon mustard & a zesty grille sauce (RM16.90 for a six-inch). The copious slices of meat are tender but still taste like real beef; ideal for those mealtimes when we feel more like a jackal than a giraffe.

Next up, barely a dozen paces away from Quiznos, there's LifeJuice, which hopes to kick-start a craze for cold-pressed juices that pack multiple pounds of wholesome produce into each nutrition-filled bottle. Note the background here, with organic juices prepared fresh on-site in a striking setting that's cannily constructed for shoppers to see.

The industrious entrepreneurs of LifeJuice seem to have worked hard to create an interesting range, showcasing varieties such as Eau de Vie (coconut water, aloe vera, kyuri cucumber & agave nectar) & 300 Days Of Summer (watermelon, mint leaves, rock melon, pink guava, lemon & honeydew). Each can be refrigerated for three days.

They're understandably not cheap though, so we only tried one bottle for this round; Pasion, with pineapple, passion fruit, chok anan mango, turmeric & lemongrass, was worth the RM12+ price tag for a 300-ml portion. Thick & potently flavoursome, but free of any cloying sweetness. Most crucially, it does feel nourishing & rejuvenating, more so than many commercial juices.

Final stop: For coffee, naturally. Infusion is the start of a potential mall-based speciality-coffee franchise - think Artisan perhaps - complete with espresso-based & filter coffee with reputable single-origin beans & blends, paired with pastries & cakes.

The latte's reasonably robust, made with a Coffex-roasted blend (Brazil, Colombia, Guatemala & Vietnam). Served hotter than we prefer, but that's nit-picking. It's a pleasant, calm stop in a relatively less busy part of the mall.

Quiznos Sub Malaysia: Ground Floor (near TGI Friday's)
LifeJuice: Ground Floor (near Putien)
Infusion: Second Floor, 1 Utama, Bandar Utama, Petaling Jaya

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28 comments:

  1. Gosh!!! 1Utama has been around like forever and I only went there once...a long long time ago - that must be the old wing you're talking about. Nobody to take me there...or to IKEA. The sandwiches sure look tempting. Ummmm...I seem to feel that the counter is rather high, what do you think?

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    1. Suituapui: ya, i have fond memories of hanging out at 1 Utama back in the 1990s ... and watching movies like Good Will Hunting and As Good As It Gets here :) the sandwiches were tasty, and hmmm, maybe it's the angle of the photo, but the counter seemed to be OK in height, don't recall any discomfort while ordering, heh :)

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  2. huhu, i love those food, thanks for sharing once again~ =D

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    1. Happy walker: glad you enjoyed reading about these outlets :)

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  3. I can't say no to beef bacon! Looks like subway-kinda sandwich specialist?

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    1. Ken: oh, quiznos says it was the first to have come up with toasted sub sandwiches, which in this case do taste nicer than regular sub sandwiches :)

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  4. I was beside myself when I saw that Quiznos was opening, what more in my second home! Yay! But nope, haven't found an excuse to go yet... at least, not until I can collect points with the ONECARD :P

    Lifejuice - Haven't tried yet. Meant to, but oh well. I guess it's convenient enough. Luckily they let you sample before buying.

    Infusion - Mocha not my favourite. Just me, though.

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    1. SC: Quiznos ... it'll be interesting to see how many more outlets they open this year :D
      LifeJuice ... ya, i was in a rush, so i didn't take up their offer to sample the juices, and there were some flavours that were not yet available that morning, but i wouldn't mind trying the other juices, they sound pretty interesting :)
      Infusion: heh, i had a hankering for an affogato that morning, but that wasn't available either :)
      1 Utama used to be a second home for me in, ermm, 1998, but it's foreign territory these days :D

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    2. Hi Sean, Affogato not available? I'm so sorry about that. We'd happily make one for you on the house for your next visit.

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    3. Douglas: hey thanks, no worries. i asked whether there was any affogato (it wasn't on the board menu), but the barista on duty said that affogatos weren't available ... which i thought was strange cos i've seen it on your fb page (and it looks great!). but i figured maybe the ingredients weren't available that morning or it had been discontinued. will check again the next time i'm at 1U :)

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    4. No worries! As for the hot lattes, I agree with you completely as my staff are frequently bombarded by customer requests to make the coffee hotter. However, we want to always serve them at the correct temperature. We hope your next visit would be better!

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    5. Douglas: thanks ... yeah, i guess maybe that could be a question that your staff could ask customers while taking the order (whenever they're not too busy) ... would you prefer your coffee very hot or at a more comfortable drinking temperature? though yeah, i realise that might cause a whole other headache in terms of preparation :)

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  5. I am probably in the minority here, but I am not a sandwich person, really. I prefer soups, salads, stews, roasts, etc. There are many Subway restaurants here in Montreal but since they only serve sandwiches I don't go there. I do love juices, though! :)

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    1. Linda: i generally prefer burgers to sandwiches, but i like the potential versatility of sandwich recipes. on the other hand, i agree with you, stews and roasts are the best! (i'd skip soups, heh). i'm not a fan of commercial juices, but these cold-pressed ones seem to be worth exploring :)

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    2. I do love juices, and I even make some myself, as this way I know what I am putting in them. I only drink 100% juice with no sugar added, not the "drinks" with all the sugar if you know what I mean. Since I suffered the C Difficile in July, I haven't touched beef (even though beef was not the cause). I love lamb, pork, chicken, though! :)

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    3. Linda: those home-made juices do sound like the best! and you can tweak your own recipes so that you get your preferred balance of flavours. and yeah, fruits are sugary enough without needing extra sugar :)
      i try to only take beef a few times a week now. but yes, it's good to go for the healthier forms of protein, i figure :)

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  6. Love the juices at Ashley's coz they are packed with goodness but less sweet. How does this one stack up?:)

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    1. Ciki: i think you'll like LifeJuice's juices too ... they taste not too sweet, so it's easy to finish an entire bottle :)

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  7. The Mesquite Chicken sub looks awesome - all that melty cheese - yum.

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    1. The Yum List: oh yeah, as far as sandwich cravings go, mine were satisfied here :)

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  8. I'm not a sandwich fan, but I eat a lot here, since not many choices in company canteen. :(

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    1. CK: i guess if it's a good sandwich with great ingredients, it could be a more satisfying sandwich :)

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  9. Dun mind grabbing a sandwich or two from Quiznos...just to try something different from the usual subs =)

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    1. Ulric: yeah, the sandwich range at quiznos is quite solid. there were two or three other options i was tempted to try :)

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  10. The juice certainly sounds power packed with lots of vits and antioxidants! Convenience in a bottle...oerfect for people on the move!

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    1. Missyblurkit: ya, i hope the folks of lifejuice do well ... it's nice to have a mall franchise that serves something really healthy (but still very tasty) :)

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  11. very bad experience here, burnt fries and onion rings and they still serve it to you. so bad will not go back, quiznos was my fav in america. so dissapointed

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  12. Quizno's is great. It's from my hometown of Denver, Colorado, and quite popular in the States, so I was happy to see their latest branch here opened in my neighborhood (Damansara Perdana). Too bad no real bacon and salami on the menu, but yeah... it's Malaysia, after all. :)

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