Sunday, April 17, 2016

Classic Rebel @ Section 16, Petaling Jaya

Rising up with a rebel yell, this new venue tucked on a Petaling Jaya back-lane seeks to subvert expectations of what a suburban cafe in the Klang Valley might serve, spotlighting mainly South American flavours on small plates & sharing platters.

Classic Rebel's cooking is chock-full of lively, uplifting dimensions; expect several essentials of the Latin American repertoire, including escabeche - well-rounded, vibrantly balanced seafood preparations of prawns with fennel, black fungus & tiger's milk citrus marinade (RM20) & red snapper with pickled salsa, avocado cream & lime juice (RM20). Also recommended for whetting the appetite: Dips that run the cross-border gamut, from Middle Eastern baba ghanoush, creamy with artichokes & roasted eggplant (RM13), to Mexican guacamole, rich with avocadoes, onions, tomato, cilantro & extra virgin olive oil (RM18).

From fowl to fish, there's no absence of attractions: The roast chicken packs a tangy-smoky punch with its robust orange-chipotle marinade (RM45), while the salmon more than holds its own on the other end of the flavour spectrum, transformed into tender & fresh-textured gravlax with beautifully understated subtleties, partnered with soft & sweet plantain fritters for a surprisingly successful coupling, finished with fennel, sour cream & dill (RM28). Thumbs up too for the tamarind-glazed beef short ribs, caveman-worthy in their chunky-fleshed primal succulence, complemented by cranberry-orange chutney (RM75).

 Side dishes showcase confident, contemporary flourishes - the mushroom 'pizza' is a deconstructed display of crispy-creamy earthiness, fuelled memorably by grilled mixed mushrooms with mushroom puree, phyllo pastry, parmesan, tomatoes & thyme (RM18). Burnt vegetables also bring on the heat - leeks come matched with prawns, spring onions & croutons in seaweed butter (RM25), while cauliflower mingles with almond chile relish & yoghurt (RM15). Alcohol is not available, but tasty mocktails supply some solace. All in all, this place is off to a solid start - expect to hear more about Classic Rebel in the months ahead.

Classic Rebel PJ
7 Lorong Universiti B, Section 16, Petaling Jaya, Selangor. Formerly Roast & Grind Cafe.
Currently open for dinner on most evenings. Call 03-7932-4524

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16 comments:

  1. Billy Idol's Rebel Yell comes to mind instantly! A real rock classic, love it!!!

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    1. Suituapui: my favourite billy idol song is cradle of love! heheh :D

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  2. No alcohol served! But can be BYO? If yes, any corkage? Can't imagine eating without a bottle of red :)

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    1. Leo: heheh, we asked them the same question - unfortunately, they haven't really decided yet, but if customers do bring a bottle, i believe they'll oblige and let customers drink here :)

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  3. I thought the pic on the left was a nicely decorated mocktail only to look closer and realised it's a table decor...nice! :D Is the scooter out front a permanent feature too? ;) Like the looks of the roast chicken and short ribs.

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    1. Contact.ewew: yeah, i couldn't resist photographing that stuff on the table :) i think the scooter is someone's working vehicle though :D yep, both the chicken and the beef would satisfy carnivores quite well :)

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  4. I like that cute decorative coconut tree :P

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    1. Choi Yen: haha, yup, it's a nice touch to the venue :)

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  5. That's some good looking dishes!

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    1. KY: kudos to the kitchen! :D

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  6. whatttttt no alcohol?! Jo would be upset hahaha... Food looks good!

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    1. Ciki: heh, yeah, though on the bright side, for once, we still managed to enjoy this meal without a drop of wine :)

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  7. I'm not a big fan of fennel, a bit is ok. The fragrant is too strong for me. I remember I had some dessert with fennel infused before, that was interesting. :P

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    1. CK: ooo, we're the opposite - i actually like fennel, and i wish there were more dishes at restaurants in kl that serve fennel :D a fennel-infused dessert sounds fun to me, heheh ;)

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  8. Formerly Roast & Grind Cafe? Gosh. I never knew a Roast & Grind Cafe existed lol!

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    1. Rebecca: ooo, it was quite a well-hidden cafe in section 16!

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