Monday, March 7, 2016

Felice Hoa @ Mont Kiara & Highland Viet @ Taman Mayang

This low-key Vietnamese cafe serves a solid selection of Saigon street-food favourites - Felice Hoa's pho bo proves notable for its rustic, coarse-textured beef balls, while its banh cuon is reasonably enjoyable too, with well-seasoned ground pork rolled in smooth steamed rice sheets. We also like the lemongrass chicken rice platter, thanks to the succulent, flavoursome meat; the only genuine lapse is the banh mi - it's an interesting version, relying on tender ciabatta bread instead of a baguette, but it's hobbled by slices of marinated pork & a garlic mayo spread that both taste strangely out of place, failing to complement the sandwich's other constituents. Prices are nonetheless fair for Mont Kiara; a meal here shouldn't surpass RM30 per customer.

Felice Hoa Viet Cafe
B1-C5 Kiarawalk, Kiara Designer Suites, Mont Kiara, Kuala Lumpur. Tues-Sun, 10am-4pm, 6pm-10pm

Highland Viet offers a voyage through Vietnamese soul food, with hits & misses along the way; the soupier recipes fare best - bowls of noodles with pork trotters & quail eggs, as well as fish with tomatoes in a clear, tangy broth, supply sufficient satisfaction. The aromatic braised pork with hard-boiled eggs also delivers what most patrons might expect. But we'd skip Highland's banh mi, a timid & tepid imitation of the vibrant Vietnamese sandwich & its dynamic dimensions. Boiled rice with chicken is a flop too - dry, bland grains, alongside meat that tastes past its prime. And while the papaya smoothie sounds like a tempting thirst-quencher, it's a touch too sweet & not quite natural-tasting enough. Most dishes cost between RM10 & RM12.

Highland Viet Cafe
129, Jalan SS25/2, Taman Mayang, Petaling Jaya, Selangor. Wed-Mon, 930am-930pm

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17 comments:

  1. Oh dear Highland Viet sounds like a "must avoid" lol!
    Felice been around for so long and tho the chef is a FB friend, I've not visited yet! Must show support soon :D

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    1. Rebecca: there's one other reason i personally am not the ideal customer for Highland Viet ... the staff members we encountered don't seem to be able to speak English at all :) hopefully you like Felice ... the pho makes for a decent lunch, i think :)

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  2. I am a huge fan of Vietnamese food! Too bad we have limited choices here in Penang!

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    1. Ken: i like vietnamese flavours too ... especially in the use of vegetables! :D

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  3. That first bowl of pho is fully loaded with beef....nice! :)

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    1. Contact.ewew: yeah, definitely ideal for fans of beef :D

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  4. We were thinking to visit Hanoi, but too busy lately; maybe have to wait till next year, hehehe.

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    1. CK: hanoi AND ho chi minh city in 2017 then! :D

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  5. You're going in 2017? Can I tag along? I love Vietnamese - I prefer Thai actually but I like Vietnamese too.

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    1. Suituapui: ooo, not me, but i was encouraging CK above to go in 2017. i've been to ho chi minh city (and it was pleasant), but not hanoi so far :) yeah, if i had to choose, i'd probably opt for a vietnamese lunch and a thai dinner, heh :D

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  6. I've been to Highland Viet cos it's nearby, etc. Yeah, I don't think they speak any English, either but they seem to understand Cantonese and the universal language of "point at menu to order". As someone who's not a fan of spring onions and similar garnishes, I wouldn't order the banh mi either. But yeah, can't go wrong with the noodles :P

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    1. SC: sounds like we sort of have similar sentiments overall about highland viet. unfortunately, i'm cantonese-challenged, so i had a trickier time, heh :)

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  7. So far I've only found 1 place in KL which does pho to my liking!

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    1. Baby Sumo: you're right - great pho is really hard to find in KL :)

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