Monday, February 15, 2016

Tea & Tattle @ Damansara Uptown

Ipoh's Tea & Tattle cafe opens its first Klang Valley outpost this month - a cheerful spot with an inventively stimulating menu.

The ideal introduction may be this trio of sriracha-infused starters: Doughnut chips - to be precise, cinnamon-dusted doughnuts disguised as chips - served warm, fresh & fluffy with sriracha, maple & dill dips (RM18), baked tater tots topped with a comfort-brunch mishmash of a sunny-side-up, sriracha, sour cream, nachos, cheese, jalapenos, spring onions & red onions (RM20) & crazy-crispy, can't-stop-snacking southern American-inspired fried chicken wings with carrots & creamy sriracha mayo (RM19).

Soups, salads & stews: We like the cauliflower broth, thick & textured, with a real-food flavour that hints of garlic & herbs (RM14, with bun included). The borlotti bean salad jar is appealingly composed, but it tastes a bit too nondescript to stand out (RM16; with tuna, romaine & cherry tomatoes in a subtle balsamic dressing). We have mixed sentiments about T&T's version of gumbo (RM28) - it strives to be a respectable rendition, featuring chicken, chicken sausage & shrimp, & it tastes OK for an interpretation that's nearly 10,000 miles removed from Louisiana, but it still offers only a shadow of gumbo's intense pleasures.

The signature dessert seems to be strawberry nachos - tortilla chips cloaked in cinnamon sugar, served with vanilla ice cream & sweet marinated strawberries (RM18). Cakes also prove pleasant enough, specifically the coconut vanilla sponge. And of course, there's tons of tea here - the range runs from Chocolate Chai to Green Kukicha, mostly RM16 per serving - brewed at the table in tea infuser cups. All in all, not a bad new stop in Damansara Uptown; note that the kitchen is currently short-handed, so patience is required for food orders, but on the bright side, the service team is warm, obliging & eager to satisfy.

Tea & Tattle
12, Jalan SS 21/35, Damansara Utama, Petaling Jaya, Selangor. Daily, 10am-12am. Tel: 03-7732-6080

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  1. Lovely looking place and what they serve looks good too. Nice name too. No scones with clotted cream and fruit jam, the traditional English cream tea? I'm more into coffee though.

    1. Suituapui: ooo, scones would have been a nice idea too ... i can't remember whether they're on the menu here :)

  2. Those yellow walls are bright and cheery.

    1. The Yum List: yep, definitely some positive sunshiney vibes ;)

  3. The place sure looks clean and inviting.

    1. Ken: yep, it's newly refurbished and completely transformed from the previous venue!