Tuesday, January 6, 2015

T.B.F Brunch Bar Desserts @ Sunway Giza, Kota Damansara

Duck bacon strips accompanied by Harry Potter-inspired butterbeer? For an all-day-brunch menu that takes out-of-the-blue detours into red-hot new territory, it may be worth travelling to TBF, The Beer Factory's revamped outpost in Kota Damansara.

TBF's hits include fluffy-fruity potato hot cakes, tinged with berries & topped with ricotta cheese (RM26 before taxes), an alluring alternative for pancake fans who want to experiment with a change of texture. Served morning through night for now; by February, TBF plans to have a separate selection for its Melbourne-inspired brunches & a tapas-focused menu for dinner.

Here's what everyone will come for: Golden duck bacon strips (RM26), salty-sweet, with a firm bite & fulfilling chew, evocative of bakkwa. Fun snack; note it's served at room temperature (or in our case, slightly below), not warmed, to preserve its crunch.

Eggs, the essential brunch component, are well-represented, from a reinterpretation of Eggs Atlantic - poached eggs over a 'sandwich' of smoked salmon in crispy potato waffles (reminiscent of rosti) doused in hollandaise sauce, altogether addictive ...

... to comfort-food baked eggs (RM22), runnier than the norm, thickened with red pepper coulis, spinach & minced chicken.

TBF's playful streak extends to Asian recipes: Check out the nangka-topped tom yam fried rice with lots of accompaniments, including chicken wing, prawns, squid, crackers, pickles & a sunny-side-up (RM18). TBF's menu maestros are also plotting a lychee fried bee hoon soon; dare we hope our favourite local fruits - mangosteen & ciku - might also appear here someday?

Tender fried chicken wings, luxuriously coated in salted egg yolk, served steaming-hot, certain to be crowd-pleasing. RM21.

Soft-shell-crab devotees will worship the buttermilk pasta (RM33), crowned with one whole crab PLUS another crab chopped up & hidden amid the pasta strands. This princely portion should be shared; it might end up being too cloying to finish alone, especially since there's nothing in the bowl to cut through its richness.

TBF's desserts display cheeky imagination too: The 'Revenge of the Ballerina' (RM28) is meant to be smashed up in a violence-fuelled frenzy & spooned up for stress-relieving pleasure.

Crispy-creamy Oreo Garden (RM18), a more soothing finish to this meal. Plus point: TBF's service team members are enthusiastic & eager to oblige, though they can sometimes suffer memory lapses if you make off-menu requests for, say, wine or water.

TBF's coffee concoctions might be more gimmicky than genuinely delicious though - it's cool to see milk ice cubes poured over with coffee for the Reverse French Vanilla Piccolo Latte (RM16), but a more satisfying balance of flavours might tip in favour of a proper barista-prepared rendition. The thrill here is in putting the piccolo together, not in sipping it.

Deconstructed mocha macchiato (RM18); a better type of chocolate might have made a difference for this one ...

... while harsh rum overpowered the Deconstructed Rum & Raisin Affogato (RM26), the Klang Valley's most alcoholic affogato.

No fear; there's plenty of liquor to accompany TBF's tasty temptations, from Harry Potter-inspired butterbeer (RM35; beer with a butterscotch sweetness, made here at TBF, served in a Huggaz bottle cooler) to asam boi Mojitos (RM28) to regular ol' wine.

TBF @ Kota Damansara
Ground Floor, Sunway Giza, Kota Damansara. Open daily, 11am-2am

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26 comments:

  1. This is unique, Sean. I have never seen a place quite like this before. :)

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    1. Linda: glad you like the look of this place and its food! :)

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  2. I am seeing so many things that I like here...the potato hot cakes, duck bacon strips, baked eggs, fried salted egg yolk chicken wings, 'Revenge of the Ballerina' and the Reverse French Vanilla Piccolo Latte! =)

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    1. Ulric: ya, the creative team behind this menu has done quite a brilliant job :D

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  3. Ooh, nice to see some new things on this menu.

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    1. The Yum List: yeah ... yay for duck bacon! :D

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  4. I'm not sure of the ballerina but the play on the Oreo Garden really looks like a potted plant...only this one has edible soil :D

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    1. Contact.ewew: yeah, it'd be nice to see even more 'flowers' and 'plants' on that soil :D

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  5. Interesting name, Revenge of the Ballerina! The Eggs Atlantic sure looks like something worth drowning for. I don't drink though...not anymore. :(

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    1. Suituapui: ya, "revenge of the ballerina" is a truly twisted name for a dessert! :D glad you like the look of the eggs atlantic too :D

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  6. Interesting presentation but erm... i hope that's not a newspaper?

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    1. Ken: heheh, it's a specially created paper that's meant to evoke the look of a newspaper ... but with vintage headlines and illustrations :)

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  7. happy new year, sean! love your post as always. but i need to conquer my fear (damansaraphobia) to step foot in kota damansara, was brought for a joyride by taxi driver in this area when all i wanted to go was damansara heights

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    1. Sibu Food Diva: happy new year to you too, and may 2015 be a good one for you :) thanks ... yeah, i don't like going to kota damansara either ... the traffic there can be unpredictably messy sometimes :) but wow, kota damansara vs damansara heights is definitely a huge difference, heh :)

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  8. hoepfully i can go there try, haha, nice!!!

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    1. Happy walker: hope you enjoy TBF! :)

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  9. Lovely looking menu. I'm certainly intrigued!! :D

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    1. Rebecca: ya, i was super-intrigued too by the options of the menu ... even the nangka tom yam fried rice, even though i'm not a nangka fan :D

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  10. The dishes look/sound interesting and fun. Would love to try duck bacon strips but hope the not cold version. :P

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    1. CK: ya, quite cool these dishes ... yeah, i think a bit warmer might be nicer, heh :D

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  11. Interesting food, duck bacon strips!

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    1. Choi Yen: yeah, creative recipes. and the duck bacon will be a popular seller :)

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  12. I like all the food & drinks you ordered here!

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    1. Melissa: heheh, i like them too! :)

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  13. What a fun menu! You gotta know your stuff to play around with food like that, and sounds like they get away with it!

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    1. YouHadYourLunch: yeah, the maestros behind the menu here have a good track record, and i'm looking forward to seeing what else they'll be whipping up! :)

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