Monday, February 22, 2016

Salad Shack, Philtre Coffee & Group Therapy @ Damansara Uptown

Damansara Uptown's diverse crop of fresh faces include this friendly salad bar where customers can choose from a selection of signature salads or create their own wholesome combinations, served in shakers or bowls. Components range from baby spinach, red cabbage, roasted Japanese sweet potatoes, beets, avocado & apple slices to quinoa, grilled chicken, smoked duck, boiled eggs, chickpeas, kidney beans & feta cheese to edamame, dried cranberries, cherry tomatoes, corn, sunflower seeds, sliced almonds & walnuts, partnered with Salad Shack's own-made dressings - such as creamy anchovy, yoghurt, honey dijon, lime peanut, spicy Thai & more - for minimal-guilt, complex-flavoured meals that mainly cost RM9 to RM19.90.

Salad Shack
54, Jalan SS 21/58, Damansara Utama, Petaling Jaya, Selangor. Mon-Fri, 11am-6pm; Sat, 11am-5pm.

Plank by plank, piece by piece, Philtre Coffee has been painstakingly put together, with wall furnishings built with recycled wood, tables made of wrought iron salvaged from a scrap metal heap in Ipoh, & even an espresso machine found abandoned in a Batu Pahat junkyard. The cafe's specialities include its own-baked croissants, both the regular sort & a charcoal-black version, served with New Zealand's Kapiti ice cream (lemongrass ginger is one possible flavour), ideally paired with a basic latte (with beans roasted by Melbourne's Cottle Coffee). Vocabulary note: Philtre is a drink intended to arouse love & desire.

Philtre Coffee
44, Jalan SS21/35, Damansara Uptown, Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

Customers can draw comfort from burgers & drown their sorrows in beer at this casual joint - burgers come with hefty pork, beef, lamb or chicken patties, with an assortment of toppings like bacon, beets, blue cheese, eggs or avocados (starting at RM23.90, served with a side salad & fries). Ask the kitchen to hold the ketchup, which overwhelmed everything we tasted. Hot dogs are also available - pork, lamb or chicken sausages loaded in buns with relish, mustard & ketchup (RM16.90 onwards).

Group Therapy
33, Jalan SS 21/1A, Damansara Uptown, Petaling Jaya, Selangor. 
Mon-Fri, 6pm-2am; Sat-Sun & public holidays, 12pm-2am

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  1. Damansara Uptown is always a love & hate affair - love the diversity of food but hate the traffic and parking woes in this area

    1. Leo: yeah, i usually just take uber these days to uptown ... that way i get to escape parking, but ya, i still have to tolerate the traffic, heh :D

  2. Uptown is nuts for parking, but they do have some good selection of hipster food, this salad thingy looks like the next trend

    1. KY: yeah, you can find so much stuff at Uptown, it puts other neighbourhoods to shame :D

  3. Not really fancy cup/jar asald, I found it difficult to eat >_<

    1. Choi Yen: ooo, it's easier to tar pau though! :D

  4. Wallau... group therapy looks like they need to go easy on the ketchup! hahaha... not a fan of so much sugar. Anyway the salad place looks interesting. don't they serve anything in a bowl??

    1. Ciki: yeah, I'd rather skip commercial ketchup on any burger :) the salad shack actually does have a whole variety of bowls, but we wanted to try that takeaway cup :)

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