Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Cafe Vina @ Setia Alam

Every neighbourhood deserves a a cosy venue like Cafe Vina, situated across the street from a row of terrace homes, spearheaded by the family who founded Pizza Uno in the 1990s (they've since sold their stake in the Italian restaurants).

Cafe Vina's a welcoming place where customers can linger for hours, admiring the colourful collage of Hollywood film posters & European landscape portraits on these walls while appreciating the menu's melange of everything from Portuguese-inspired bacalao & English-style fish & chips to Penang lor bak & Vietnamese spring rolls.

Cafe Vina's fare feels honest, hearty & home-made; the oven-roasted, sausage-stuffed pork belly proves as satisfying as what Mom might make for her family. Fair value for RM26. Pork shoulder (RM28), ribs (RM38) & knuckle (RM60) are available too.

Don't duck the applewood-smoked duck breast (RM28), moist & meaty, flavourful & fulfilling, well complemented by an orange-cranberry glaze, rocket leaves & roasted potatoes. Or order the duck leg confit (RM28) or duck ragu with fusilli pasta (RM20).

Tapas include pan-fried halloumi cheese with olives (RM13), cheese-baked spinach with bacon (RM14), olive oil prawns (RM14) & fried button mushrooms (RM12) ). We also had much-appreciated bites of Cafe Vina's sausages, which taste terrific.

With the family's pizza heritage, it makes sense to try a pizza here, crowned with choices like mixed sausages (RM20), bacon & pineapple (RM20), anchovies & olives (RM20), spicy salami, chillies & onions (RM20) or prawn, squid & mussels (RM23).

If you're reading this before the close of February, head over for Cafe Vina's CNY lap mei fan (RM25). Setia Alam might seem a distant drive for most of us, but this restaurant is worthwhile if you're looking for an easygoing retreat run by gracious people.

Alas, we had no stomach space remaining for dessert, which spans the likes of upside-down apple cupcakes with ice cream (RM6), crepe suzette (RM11) & tiramisu (RM11) at Cafe Vina. Bring your own wine - the corkage fee is only RM10 per bottle.

Cafe Vina
8 Jalan Setia Indah Y U13/Y, Shah Alam. Open Wednesday-Monday, lunch & dinner. Closed Tuesdays. Tel: 03-3359-6895

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22 comments:

  1. Sean, I am getting hungry looking at your photos here. The oven roasted sausage stuffed pork belly looks delicious!!! :)

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    1. Linda: i'm glad you liked these pics, and i hope you managed to satiate your hunger with some tasty cooking :)

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  2. hye sean . how can i contact you ? i want to invite you to the Grand opening twenty&co restaurant at shah alam . can you drop your email add at syuhadabuttons@gmail.com . thanks in advance !

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    1. Syuhada: thanks, will drop you a line :)

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  3. Duck breast looks awesome, love the generously stacked arugula!

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    1. Ken: oh yes, i'm happy to have rocket as any accompaniment for meat :D

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  4. Not sure if my previous comment was received. But here:

    I love this place from the wall decors to the appetizing look of the food. If the family has been in the business for more than a decade now, I'm sure this is a place where good food and service is guaranteed. I won't be surprised if it's hard to get a seat here and if customers would rather stay a while even after eating.

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    1. SuperLux: the family does a great job at cultivating a restaurant with a personal touch, you're right! :)

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  5. How come we dont have places like these in our neighbourhood?

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    1. Baby Sumo: true, it'd be nice to have something like this in sri petaling too, i totally empathise :D

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  6. Pork and duck, I love both!
    But this place a bit far for us, maybe someone can bring us there? *hint hint* Hahaha.

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    1. CK: heheh, if you try going on a weekend, can actually get from taman desa to setia alam in less than 45 minutes :D

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  7. I do have a soft spot for cosy neighbourhood cafes.

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    1. The Yum List: me too ... it's a nice balance/counterpoint to the city hangouts, though i love those too :D

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  8. "Don't duck the applewood-smoked duck breast..." Love your play with words...and no, I won't. I love duck!

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    1. Suituapui: thank you ... we should never duck the duck! :D

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  9. Looks like an eclectic mix of cuisine! I have noticed you tend to gravitate to the porky options... ;)

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    1. YouHadYourLunch: you may be right ... i seem to be in a porky phase of life, in all senses of the phrase! :D

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  10. That sausage stuffed pork belly looks like something my mom (can't) make....:D :D

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    1. Contact.ewew: heh, we were torn about which pork option to order (we also wanted the pork shoulder), but i'm glad we ended up with the stuffed roast belly :D

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  11. OMG the Lap May Fan. I am really hungry now.

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    1. Wong: hope you managed to get a good lap mei fan this Chinese New Year season :)

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