Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Delirium @ Menara Manulife, Damansara Heights

A new venue by the New Zealanders behind KL's Antipodean cafes, Delirium is certain to attract an outpouring of attention in the months ahead. Its spacious setting in Menara Manulife boasts an appealing appearance, its menu showcases thoughtfully priced temptations with admirable ambitions, & its affable service team makes an appreciable effort to please.

We ordered three diverse dishes off Delirium's lunch menu - each had its merits but could have been better executed. The orzo short-cut pasta with mushrooms & cheese (RM22) was a little watery, while the reinterpretation of the Reuben sandwich (RM20) was a mixed-bag surprise; we enjoyed the warm rye bread but the filling tasted like regular roast beef instead of cured.

The tacos (RM20), meanwhile, comprised a stuffing of very salty & oily meat that overwhelmed the lifeless veggies - a guilty treat to be gobbled down in a hurry, paired perhaps with the opposite of an indulgence: a vanilla protein shake with Vegemite (RM15), targeting gym-goers at Fitness First nearby. Note that the cafe offers two menus, one starting lunchtime, after an earlier breakfast selection of salmon kedgeree, shiitake mushroom porridge, zucchini fritters with poached eggs & bagels with avocado spread. The kitchen is supposed to run till 6:45pm weekdays, but on one Tuesday, it was nearly closed by 5:30pm.

Delirium Coffee
Menara Manulife, Jalan Gelenggang, Damansara Heights, Kuala Lumpur. Weekdays, 7am-7pm; weekends, 8am-3pm

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23 comments:

  1. Yay!!! Another breakfast place to try :) is their breakfast menu same with Antipodean? On brighter note.. The space is much bigger than Bangsar and Mid Valley's outlets though

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    1. Leo: oh, there's one major difference - no pork is served at Delirium (definitely fair enough, due to the office crowd here). i think all the recipes on both the breakfast and lunch menus are crafted specially for this cafe :) yeah, the tall ceilings help to enhance the sense of space! :)

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    2. No pork? Darn... But they have to look at bigger picture I suppose. The Malay is a market too big to ignore

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    3. Leo: and i assume that since they're in an office building, the building management might also have regulations about what they can serve. oh, but notice though, they have cute animal-design plates ... and one of the plates has a cool piglet design :)

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  2. I like this place, clean and bright. Very different from Antipodean.
    Hope the food become better soon. :)

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    1. CK: yeah, i wouldn't have guessed that the owners were the same as Antipodean's :) and i hope so too! i've been following Antipodean since its first week in Bangsar, and it'd be nice to also see Delirium do well :)

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  3. Oh, I was excited when I read, same people behind Antipodean, but looks like their menu needs a bit of tweaking huh?

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    1. Contact.ewew: ya, the menu's very alluring, and i was really looking forward to trying it. i'm not sure whether this was an off-day for the kitchen, but there were things about each dish that fell clearly short. the reuben for example tasted mostly like a roast beef submarine sandwich that you could get at a run-of-the-mill mall deli, accompanied by what felt like a store-bought-type salad mix that was just put on the plate and not dressed well ...

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  4. I especially love your first aerial shot, Sean! Lovely place! Is that a haze I see in your photos? Are you still getting this haze? Stay safe, my friend.

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    1. Linda: thanks! it was fun getting that shot, and i'm glad you like this cheerful-looking place :) appreciate your kind wishes ... the haze situation has improved this week compared to last week :)

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  5. High ceilings and natural light are always a bonus in my books. :-)

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    1. The Yum List: heheh, no arguments from me there! :)

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  6. Seating arrangement makes me think of work - a classroom! I'm all for sandwiches but the colors in the tacos are enticing...

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    1. Suituapui: i'll trust you on that since you were a schoolteacher once! :) i love how tacos can look vibrant with their colours of red, yellow, green, white, etc :D

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  7. I really love this place. Went for lunch today with my fiance and we were wandering for a restaurant to eat. One of the waiter saw us from the cafe and called us 'come guys eat here!' with a big smile on his face. Such a welcoming gesture and we decided to give it a try. Great service, energetic staff, feels like dining in the US! Even the owner keep smiling and serves ketchup to one of his customers. Go to the food counter and you could see great selection of cakes and cookies. My not-so-smart phone died so i could not take any pictures. I will come back to try their breakfast menu.

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    1. Viviantie: glad to hear you loved this place! i think we met that same member of the service team, and yes, he's a gem to have on that team - he definitely helps to make the place come alive. hope you enjoy their breakfast menu - i'm curious about the bagels and the porridge and the fritters :)

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  8. I was so mesmerized with the excellent service i forgot to mention about their food. Yes good food too, reasonable price. I had tomato pasta, and fiance had lamb kebab. Yummy and fresh! For dessert we had Red Velvet Chocolate cake..self baked by the cafe :)

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    1. Viviantie: my companion almost ordered the lamb kebab, but we ended up going for the reuben instead ... maybe next time :)

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  9. I'm left wondering how many afghans have had those cookies.

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  10. a new place to try out~ =)

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    1. Happy walker: Hope you enjoy it! ;)

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