Monday, May 23, 2016

GravyBaby @ Taman Desa

A strange foreign invasion has unfurled this month in Taman Desa: GravyBaby offers Blighty-style pies baked by a British former military club chef & inventive cocktails mixed by a French bartender who flew into KL from a stint in Buenos Aires.

The pies have it: GravyBaby's specialities prove pretty satisfying. We like the fish pie, comprising smoked haddock, cod, salmon & prawns, with buttery mash, minted mushy peas & London East End Parsley Liquor sauce (RM26), lamb & redcurrant hotpot pie with mash, spicy Boston baked beans & meat gravy (RM26) & pumpkin apricot tagine pie with vegetable gravy (RM20) - thick but tender crusts, sliced open to reveal tastily prepared fillings, served fresh & warm, paired with enjoyable sides. You'll also find other tempting options like braised steak & ale pie or blue cheese, potato & leek pie - a credit to the team led by Gravybaby executive chef Paul Elliot, who spent the past few years helming the kitchen at London's Army & Navy Club.

The menu is extremely extensive - expect various salads (such as black rice with quinoa, cannellini beans, edamame & ginger sesame dressing for RM18), soups (creamy spiced roasted butternut squash at RM18), sandwiches (crab meat with rarebit on rye for RM31) & cakes (white chocolate, mascarpone & raspberry sponge for RM23), each of which conveys certain merits, plus hot dogs, waffles, cheese boards, & more - it might all seem too much for a neighbourhood cafe in Taman Desa, though GravyBaby has franchise aspirations; a second outpost is slated to launch later this year on Jalan P. Ramlee in the city centre.

GravyBaby's cocktails were created by mixologist Tony, who'll be in KL for several weeks. The bar currently opens at 7am, so if you need one, you can have a drink before heading to the office. Our favourite is the Side Truck - Bourbon, Vermouth & hibiscus, served in a teapot with dry ice (RM36) - but others might prefer the Smoking Grass (RM36; Bourbon, ginger beer, honey, lemongrass smoke), Baby Bouquet (RM36; gin, white cacao, lemon, lavender), Meringue Colada (RM36; rum, coconut water, apricot, calamansi, topped with fluffy coconut meringue), a Gin & Tonic (RM36; Hendrick's, cucumber, juniper berries, herbs) or even a Peanut Butter Milkshake that's spiked with frangelico (RM31). Finally, cocktail culture cometh in Taman Desa!

GravyBaby
5A, Jalan Desa Jaya, Taman Desa, Kuala Lumpur. Daily, 7am-11pm

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22 comments:

  1. This is definitely a restaurant i can't miss! pies!

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    1. Irvine: heheh, i'm usually not a major fan of pies, but i did like the ones here :)

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    1. The Yum List: pies done pretty well ;)

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  3. Don't like my pie doused in sauce but those drinks look interesting!

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    1. Choi Yen: heheh, yeah, i couldn't resist ordering so many cocktails :D

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  4. Such a pretty place this is!

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  5. Great, this is really near our place, haha. :D

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    1. CK: ya, only a five-minute drive, i think! :D

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    2. Only 2mins walk.. Hehe..very nice place.. Great food, great coffee, great service.. What more can you ask for..

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    3. Unknown: haha, that's a very short stroll. glad you like gravybaby ;)

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  6. Now THIS has got to be THE place for pies!!! Hope to get to check it out should I hop over anytime soon. Love the witty lines everywhere.

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    1. Suituapui: heheh, yup, if you want a hearty british-type pie with all the trimmings, this place would work well! and yeah, i like the sense of humour too ;)

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  7. seriously?! cocktail at 7am?! WOW!

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    1. Abq: heh, it's never too early (or too late) for a cocktail! :)

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  8. Ordered the steak pie set to go last Sunday 22nd May. Paid extra for the peas and mash. They just packed the pie without the sides. Felt cheated, so never going there again.

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  9. .....the place looks fine.......
    The food and other sucks..............
    Tiger beer RM 18,- no glass................++
    Sandwich with Pastrami, Stilton and Arugala.........
    You are not being asked on the choice of bread.........
    Pastrami is some luncheon meat, about 12 grams, Stilton is some processed cheese.......
    The Arugala is wilted..........
    After I complained and a long while later, my wife had finished already....I got a new sandwich, this time with approx. 15 gams of meat.......never mind I accepted the same.......
    Sandwich cost RM 1.80 you charge RM 18,- ++ for this rubbish......OMG......
    Out of the blue sky I received a third sandwich, this time with Sauerkraut added......





    The food writers suck as well........

    My first and last time for this joint....

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  10. Horrendous service. Rude and slow. Not recommending it to anyone unless they enjoy attitude from their staff.

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  11. Ordered iced latte - no taste with a lot of ice and a little bit of milk ...
    Beef pie ...rather salty and the red bean very sour...
    Very simplefood ...and no aircond just with fan...emm ...won't come back

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  12. Ordered iced latte - no taste with a lot of ice and a little bit of milk ...
    Beef pie ...rather salty and the red bean very sour...
    Very simplefood ...and no aircond just with fan...emm ...won't come back

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  13. Pie was small for the price you pay, only 2 or 3 small pcs of beef, not value for money. Not worth paying the price. Soup was good though other than that don't waste your money going there. First and the last. Felt cheated with the small amount of beef, and thick pastry. Workers unhygenic though wearing gloves, were using it while doing everything including non handling food. Unsightly.

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