Sunday, February 1, 2015

Meteora & Meltz @ Subang

Checking out a couple of cafes with some interesting ideas in Subang, kicking off with Meteora, where customers consume cakes, churros & coffee under the inscrutable stares of Audrey Hepburn & Uma Thurman.

 Variations on a theme: Toast with corned beef, sunny-side-up, onions & potatoes (RM13.90) & with beef bacon, scrambled eggs, cheese & mushrooms (RM14). Easy to enjoy, but easy for kitchen-equipped folks to execute at home at a curtailed cost.

Meteora gets creative with some of its burgers, especially an Indian-inspired one with tandoori chicken, mint sauce, cucumber, onions & papadum (RM12.90, with RM3.50 surplus for potato wedges) that shares the menu with beef burgers topped with tomato relish, gherkins & caramelised onions, though the buns taste a tad dehydrated & the patties seem under-seasoned.

 Churros & pancakes on one platter (RM11.90), a nice touch in theory, but the churros could be fresher & the pancakes fluffier.

 The disconnect between design & delivery dampens Meteora's desserts as well - cheese cake quenelles cushioned with cookie crumbs & crowned with salted caramel drizzle, served in a glass (RM9) sound like a deconstructed delight, but the substance is sapped of fun & flavour, a description that may extend to the cakes too. But we have to thank them for trying.

 Meteora is a very friendly neighbourhood hangout nonetheless; perhaps order a coffee & play a card game with your buddies.

 Next up: Meltz, which also offers a diverse menu, with Marlon Brando casting his watchful gaze on patrons here.

 The Carnivore Hot Dog (RM18), with an 8-inch, 120-gram sausage, half-beef, half-chicken, soaked in beef & cheese sauce with turkey bacon, served with optional onion rings. While hot dogs are generally known to be a guilty pleasure, everything from the meat to the bun on this plate tasted over-processed, evoking more guilt than pleasure.

 Meltz's 'fondue' (RM29) misses the mark too - the chocolate sauce is cloying, the butterscotch sauce seems strangely sourish, the fruits prove listless & the marshmallows & brownies feel like empty calories.

 Props to Meltz for doing some things differently nevertheless - the Waffogato (RM17) is an intriguing cross between a waffle & an affogato, though it scores primarily for novelty value. Note: Our visits to both Meteora & Meltz were several months back, so the menus & prices here might have matured since then.

 Kiwi fruit smoothies (RM8) & coffee, maybe not the main reasons to make it to Meltz. Again, this is a place we wish we could be more enthusiastic about - it's another welcoming cafe that's eager to please, & we would have liked to endorse its offerings.

Meteora
54-1, Jalan USJ 9/5P, Subang Jaya. Daily, 11am-11pm (1am Fridays & Saturdays)

Meltz
41, Jalan SS 15/4B, Subang Jaya. Open Tuesday-Sunday, 12pm-1130pm

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15 comments:

  1. Being watched my movie stars seems to be a theme....shame it didn't make the churros better!

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    1. YouHadYourLunch: movie posters are quite a convenient and fun way to spruce up a cafe ... and anything with audrey adds a touch of grace, yeah :)

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  2. Dear Sean,

    I get a bit confused when you post more than one place at a time. LOL! I must say, though, I love the photos here, everything looks so good and tantalizing. :)

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    1. Linda: glad you like the look of the place and the food! :) oooh, it's pretty straightforward actually ... the first half is dedicated to meteora, and then the second half is all meltz :D

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    2. I think it is in the way it is presented, but not your fault. If one place was on the left and the other on the right it would be easier. LOL! :)

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    3. Linda: that would be a cool presentation format! It might be more difficult to read on a smartphone, but it could certainly look terrific on a computer that way :)

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  3. Churros and pancakes....both things I love on one plate is indeed a brilliant idea (if only they were just as brilliant in taste)! :D

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    1. Contact.ewew: true, it's pretty brilliant to put two beloved desserts on one plate, a potentially delicious double-whammy ... hopefully they've been fine-tuning the recipes, and it might taste better this year :)

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  4. Oh? Somebody's a Linkin' Park fan or something? Was a big thing at one time. Lovely toast - my girl loves corned beef! The Carnivore Hot Dog sounds great too - sure has a lot of good stuff in it even though it doesn't look like much in the photo.

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    1. Suituapui: heh, yeah, i never did ask why they chose to name their cafe Meteora :) yup, corned beef and egg and toast would seem to be a pretty safe crowd-pleaser :) the hot dog at Meltz was mighty big & hearty :)

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  5. Ahh a miss for both cafes. Well, like you said, can' blame them for trying and hopefully they improve..

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    1. Rebecca: yeah, it's cool that they have fun and interesting ideas ... just need to execute them better :)

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  6. Woahh...I want that "Waffogato"! hehe...
    Been doing lotsa cafe hopping huh? ^_^

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    1. Melissa: cute name hor! :D and ya, been hopping around but not losing weight despite all that exercise, heheh :D

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  7. I frankly had the worst food experience at Meltz. Worst waffle ever, even the cheap ones sold at DailyFresh fared wayyyyy better

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