Monday, October 12, 2015

Root Cellar KL @ Seven Cups, Empire Damansara

One of the Klang Valley's most satisfying F&B collaborations takes shape this month at Seven Cups, which is hosting the creative cooks of the KL-born Root Cellar initiative in a pop-up kitchen that makes lovely use of Empire Damansara's outdoors.

Take a table outside (or inside the cafe, if the weather isn't too kind) & make sure your first order is the Pom Chicken & Dinosaur Egg - it's one of the most delicious dishes we've enjoyed so far in October, a flavourful medley of tender pomegranate molasses grilled chicken legs with half a hard-boiled, coffee-infused egg, yoghurt & moist buttered rice pilaf (RM24). The pop-up operates everyday for dinner (6pm-10pm, Monday-Saturday) & at 11am-8pm Sundays, until Oct. 31.

If the Tender Me Brisket tastes familiar, it might be because of the beef brisket, a signature of Root Cellar founder Basira Yeusuff, formerly of Bangsar's Fancy Breakfast Club. The brisket is a robust recipe that Basira has served at food markets, catering events & supper clubs for years, partnered here with jalapenos, pickled red onions & cheese in a toasted roll for something substantial to sink your teeth into (RM24). Root Cellar's painstaking attention to detail is key: the brisket takes six hours to braise - the same amount of time to prepare the hand-cut potato crisps. Even the salad leaves on the side are well-chosen. Plus, the pop-up does all its own pickling, so don't let the jars of lightly tangy cauliflowers on each table go to waste. 

If you're trying to evoke the feel of a picnic in the park, binge on The Big Itzik - a grilled chicken sausage in a chive-&-garlic roll (Basira obtains both the bratwurst & bread from trusted sources), stuffed with roasted aubergines, peppers, a slick of hummus & feta cheese for another confidently conceived, expertly executed triumph that succeeds as contemporary soul food (RM22).

Seven Cups is also serving Root Cellar's grab-&-go sandwiches & desserts, all day long, everyday, so if you're looking for lunch or tea at Empire Damansara, check out the assortment of made-fresh-daily sandwiches - What The Duck (RM16) is our best bet, an Oriental-influenced treat spilling over with duck, hoisin, mayo, cucumber & wantan skin, though we're also tempted by options like the Salmon Ninja, Christmas Kinda, Egg + Ebiko, & Beef Meshwiya - as well as baked delights like the Limau Nipis Bundt Cake (RM13 a slice), which memorably balances zesty nuances with a rich creaminess. A great, gorgeous cake.

 It's fantastic to now be able to savour food at Seven Cups - it's been a cafe we've appreciated for coffee since the beginning, but since this is primarily a caffeine bar, it's taken a long & careful route in selecting collaborators for its selection of food. Another new offering this year at Seven Cups is ice cream cookie sandwiches, perfect for the young at heart, featuring luscious ice cream with various toppings & drizzles in between crunchy house-baked cookies. You'll find vanilla ice cream with cornflake marshmallow cookies, or Valrhona chocolate with sea-salted Belgian fudge cookies, toasted pistachios & cranberries, & more. Have 'em with top-notch coffee creations - the iced lime black brew (RM13) is wonderfully refreshing, & the ever-evolving blends from Nylon Roasters are well worthwhile too. Many thanks to Seven Cups for having us here.

Seven Cups
Empire Damansara, Damansara Perdana, Selangor

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16 comments:

  1. Their facade is very attractive and inviting and it looks like they have a nice selection of fresh sandwiches and desserts, and some great coffee to boot! :)

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    1. Linda: you hit all the nails on the head with your great description! :)

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  2. Beautiful! I love the walls, the entrance...but they should have placed the air conditioners elsewhere, spoil everything - split units, can be anywhere else...just need a longer "connection" and may not be as cold. The name reminds me of...the dentist! LOL!!!

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    1. Suituapui: heh, trust you to notice to air-conditioners! haha :D

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  3. Very inviting space... love those colorful dishes

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    1. Ken: yup, vibrant and vivid :)

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  4. Now that's something different from things that we had everyday :) a plan is already in the making

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    1. Leo: i think you might enjoy the food and ambiance here :)

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  5. What a great concept. In collaboration we are so much stronger. Good to see more team work in KL.

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    1. The Yum List: 100 percent wise words :)

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  6. I did enjoy both the sandwiches and the Pom Chicken! :D

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    1. Rebecca: i was very pleasantly surprised by the Pom Chicken ... and intrigued by the assorted sandwiches :)

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  7. We walked past Seven Cups last Saturday, but was in the morning. Should go there on Sunday instead, then can try the pop-up store. Hehe.

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    1. CK: heheh, ya, it's quite worth trying the dinner pop-up menu at seven cups :D

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  8. Food look quite promising, hope I can try it before end of this month :(

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    1. Choi Yen: heheh, you still have two more weeks :)

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