Friday, November 7, 2014

Petit Noms @ Empire Damansara

Returning to Empire Damansara's Petit Noms, where big & bright flavours are now bursting out of Rex & Michael's kitchen.
Earlier introduction to Petit Noms: May 17, 2014.

Petit Noms has steadily & stealthily become one of this building's best bets for a satisfactory meal; tucked away one floor above Sevencups & Boat Noodle, it maintains a low profile & low prices, but its relatively lofty standards make it worth a visit.

Petit Noms' menu is peppered with inventive twists; for fans of brunch fare, the Eggs Benedict secure a makeover here, with the poached egg & hollandaise sauce partnered with chicken confit & chicken ham over hash browns. Slice into the yolk & combine it with the meat & potatoes for messy mouthfuls of comfort cooking. RM16.50; Petit Noms' all-day breakfast recipes, which also include baked eggs (RM18) & croque madame (RM13.90), are available for both lunch & dinner.

Say Cheese! Petit Noms' photogenic salad weds delicately thin & desirably creamy flakes of rich-tasting, 18-month-aged cheddar with rocket leaves, coral lettuce, cherry tomatoes & balsamic cream for a starter to whet the appetite for more. RM9.

The menu here is compact; this turns out to be the sole salad for now, but Petit Noms strives to keep things fresh by revamping its repertoire regularly. If you're intrigued by the current selection, head here within the next several weeks before the next shake-up.

Fans of salmon can sample Petit Noms' own-cured, Nordic-inspired salmon gravlax (RM13.50 for about 55 grams). There's a wide-ranging European bent to much of the food here, a legacy perhaps of Rex's year-long experience of cooking in Ireland.

For a one-of-a-kind marriage of Mediterranean & Asian flavours, one of Petit Noms' current mains is 'The Perfect Couple Wrap' (it could easily be named The Odd Couple), which pairs one grilled strip of kofta-like minced chicken, spiced with cumin, with a second strip of tsukune-style chicken tinged with shoyu, scallions & garlic, bundled up with crunchy veggies & creamy yoghurt, served with roasted sweet potatoes & an Asian slaw. RM17.

Customers can also order the kofta & tsukune separately, without the wrap for a lower-carb lunch; three skewers each costs RM9.50, with the tsukune accompanied by an egg yolk on the side.

Petit Noms manages to keep prices for nearly its entire menu below RM20 (before taxes), with rare exceptions like this interpretation of the French classic 'hachis Parmienter' (RM21); think of it as a shepherd's pie, with a base of tender pulled beef ragout topped with a thick layer of irresistible mashed potatoes, surrounded by buttered veggies.

Save space for at least one dessert; we like Petit Noms' cornflake, honey & yoghurt parfait (RM6.90) but the beignets with vanilla ice cream (RM7.50), Nutella & peanut butter crepe with vanilla ice cream (RM10) or French toast with caramelised bananas, strawberries, maple syrup & again, vanilla ice cream (RM12) sound equally enticing.

Petit Noms is a place for tea & coffee, but patrons can bring in a bottle of wine (or two!), since corkage is kindly waived here. Extra tip: take a table by the terrace for a view. Many thanks to Michael & Rex for hosting this enjoyable rainy-weekday dinner.

Petit Noms @ Damansara Perdana
Lot 125, First Floor, Empire Damansara, Damansara Perdana, Petaling Jaya
Open Tuesday-Sunday, 11am-10pm. Tel: 03-7611-0142

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22 comments:

  1. Nom at Petit Noms...then catwalk over to Cat in the Box for a cuppa =)

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    1. Ulric: or vice versa ... a combination of both is definitely a good idea :D

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  2. Hmm...same building....different place :D Am liking the looks of that oozy egg =) Hachis what? Oh, shepherd's pie...without it looking like a pie! Who doesn't like meat and potatoes ;)

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    1. Contact.ewew: haha, yeah, missed each other by a bit :) oozy eggs are always tempting ... and yeah, that's a pie that works well as food to hearten the soul and stomach :)

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  3. This place is near to my house and office too, I would love to try their eggs benedict for brunch!

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    1. Audrey: ooo, glad to hear it's a convenient place for you, and hope you enjoy petit noms if you visit :)

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  4. Oh? so not everything comes in a petite portion?

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    1. Ken: heheh, nope, portions are not particularly petite :)

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  5. haha, i like this food~ thanks for sharing again~ =D

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    1. Happy walker: glad you liked the look of the food here

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  6. Yup, as what Ken said, sure nothing's petite...but good that they're keeping everything below RM20.

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    1. Suituapui: quite appreciated, since RM20-something is the norm for dishes at many cafes now :)

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  7. As you know, Sean, I am a HUGE fan of salmon! :)

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    1. Linda: we both belong to the worldwide salmon fan club! :D

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  8. The salmon and "The Odd Couple" look tasty! <3 Very strong kebab feel in it too...

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    1. Waverly: always nice to find different salmon recipes at different places :) and yup, if you're a fan of kebabs, the odd couple will work well for you :D

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  9. The Eggs Benedict looks good, at first I thought that was a piece of foie gras above the hash brown, hahaha.

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    1. CK: heheh, you're right, now that i look at the photo again, it could almost have been foie, haha :D

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  10. Seem like there are so many great food can be explored at this place~

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    1. Choi Yen: ya, the people who work at empire damansara now have a lot of choices! :D

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  11. they serve pretty amazing food with generous portion and good coffee! I drop by Petit Noms almost every week :)

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    1. LLQ: glad to hear you like petit noms! :)

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