Monday, April 20, 2015

Second Sunday @ Damansara Jaya

A new day has dawned in Damansara Jaya: Second Sunday could become the first choice for denizens who desire a distinctive destination with fun flourishes & colourful cooking by familiar faces formerly from The Front Door in Chinatown.

 Second Sunday's recipes showcase character & complexity, charm & cheer, striking a tone that suits the cafe's setting. Brunch fare emerges with enjoyable enhancements; fried eggs come frilled with crispy cheddar cheese, flecked with seaweed & sesame seeds, satisfyingly teamed with sauteed herbed mushrooms, smoked salmon & sliced avocado on rye toast. RM24.

The kitchen specialises in sweet-&-savoury playfulness, combining flavours & textures in styles that sometimes triumph & sometimes need tweaking. These fluffy-warm pancakes prove a pleasure, stacked with beef bacon (very tasty, for a change) & parmesan cheese, showered with strawberry basil sauce that supplies a mellow sort of sweetness. RM19.

 Stuffed tortillas seem like a tantalising touch, but the flatbread may feel dry & doughy, filled with crunchy green apple slices that provide a pickled tartness (try a little tenderness instead, sugary & succulent?), melted cheddar cheese that's sticky but superficial (an alternative cheese could work wonders), salted caramel, biscuit crumbles & vanilla ice cream. RM15. This is named Number Six on the menu, a nod to an open sandwich with similar but more successful components at The Front Door.

Second Sunday's frozen yoghurt with granola could be polarising too - the fro-yo, chopped up in a couple of mixed varieties that include berries, is rather icy & might not completely complement its companions on this shallow plate. Warm syrup & cold milk make for a muddle, but we still appreciate how Second Sunday is striving to offer its customers something special. RM14.

 We like this one, called 'Pankek' - pandan pancakes, crowned with juicy caramelised bananas, fragrant with toasted dessicated coconut flakes, paired with Gula Melaka syrup, for a combo with nice Malaysian kuih-muih nuances. RM16.

Also easy to enjoy: Durian milkshakes (RM13), respectably creamy & relatively natural-tasting, alongside all the coffee that customers need (flat whites, lattes & cappuccinos each chime in at RM10). There's still one more mystery to solve though: What's the meaning of the cafe's name? According to co-owner Basil, there's no real reason for it - so feel free to speculate.

Second Sunday
31, Jalan SS22/19, Damansara Jaya, Selangor. 
Open 10am-10pm, closed Tuesdays. Kitchen currently closes at 5:30pm. Tel: 03-7731-7126

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25 comments:

  1. Sean, I have never seen a place like this before. "Grab your menu and order at the counter" is something I just haven't seen anywhere. It is a very cool idea, and I love granola! I, in fact, just purchased a couple of boxes of Quaker Harvest Crunch granola cereal a couple of weeks ago, as they were at a great price and I do love this cereal. There is a lovely ambiance here and the dishes are well presented and look flavourful and healthy. :)

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    1. Linda: the 'menu-grab' section was very cool ... there are a lot of interesting corners at this place :) it's 11:20 a.m. right now, and i wouldn't mind a bowl of Quaker Harvest crunchy granola for a late breakfast! :D

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  2. Yum yummmm!!! All look good. I wish I could get my pancakes to look so perfect. Gotta try making some pankek one of these days - have been sitting on a similar idea for a while now - the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak, so lazy. :D Hmmmm....go and eat every second Sunday only? Once a month?

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    1. Suituapui: the pancakes here are pretty indeed ... good luck on your gula melaka/pandan/coconut pancakes ... i'm betting they'll be really enjoyable :D haha, well, the second sunday of April is over already :D

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  3. Oh my... I must get my hands on those pankeks soon! :-)

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    1. The Yum List: i think you'll like them ... they're a delicious dessert :)

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  4. Sounds like an ideal place for breakfast!

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    1. Ken: or brunch .. or lunch ... or tea! :D

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    1. Queenz: yep, no pork is served here, and the cafe welcomes muslim customers :)

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    2. but are the raw material resourced from halal-certified suppliers?

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    3. Dayana: i'm sorry, i'm not able to confirm that.

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  6. I like the look of the Pankek too! Definitely reminds me of ketayap.

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    1. Baby Sumo: it's been a loooooooooong time since i ate ketayap! :D

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  7. I was wondering about this place (saw the construction), and I knew you'd find out, haha. Thanks :)

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    1. SC: i've been keeping an eye out on this place! :)

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  8. The pancakes look yummy....and, err, any special discount on the Second Sunday (of the month)! ;D

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    1. Contact.ewew: haha, you could try asking! :)

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  9. Some hits, some misses, but definitely a good effort going on there!

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    1. YouHadYourLunch: yeah, i'm optimistic about this place's potential :)

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  10. Gula melaka and pandan, the 'Pankek' sounds like what I would enjoy! :D

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    1. CK: i think you'll like it too ... maybe it's something you could also try making for your weekend kitchen! :)

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  11. The caramelized banana supposed to be in such appearance? Too dark in colour, did it burnt?

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    1. Choi Yen: heh, nope, not burnt, i think it may have been soaked in gula melaka :)

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  12. Went for dinner. Not much choices available. Ordered the lamb balls spaghetti. Taste is bad. Just so bad......

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