Thursday, July 21, 2016

Snickerdoodles, Union Jacks, Yoga Life Cafe, The Bagel Factory, Sin & Sensibility, Bondee & Blushh

A glimpse at several wide-ranging restaurants that closed down before we managed to write about them: First off, Snickerdoodles, which showcased an admirably ambitious menu for a cafe in Happy Garden, serving house-cured, pan-seared pork shoulder with a Waldorf salad & mustard sauce; slow-cooked & deep-fried chicken leg confit with vegetable couscous; sloppy joe-inspired potato fries with ground beef & scallions; & crispy polenta fries with parmesan & rosemary.

Union Jacks promised British-inspired fish & chips in Damansara Uptown, but its offerings floundered in terms of authenticity.

Yoga Life Cafe was a homey, wholesome spot off Jalan Ampang for refuelling with some home-made, preservative-free chocolate brownies, beetroot-carrot-ginger pure juice & an apple-raspberry smoothie after an hour of Anusara or Ashtanga.

The Bagel Company offered pumpkin seed bagels, cheese bagels & garlic bagels in a cosy venue lined with lots of local art.

Sin & Sensibility: Cheesecakes belonged to the former category & matcha latte to the latter at this defunct Jalan Ipoh cafe.

A riot of colour, this independent venue was a bit unruly & rough-edged, but it was an interesting entry to PJ's Section 14, serving everything from chapati to croque monsieur, coffee to green-apple lassi, in a setting with globe-trotting on its mind.

Goat's cheese pizza with spinach & egg, & pasta with prawns & avocado, were among the attractions at Soho KL's Blushh.

Twenty One Grams at Jaya One served panini sandwiches & coffee; its original outlet at PJ Newtown remains operational.

Crepe Est Belle at Bangsar's Wisma UOA specialised in savoury & sweet crepes, with toppings that ranged from a sunny-side-up egg to beef rendang to chicken curry to turkey & courgettes, baked apples to lemon & berry sauce to bananas with Nutella.

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12 comments:

  1. What a shame, eh? Especially that first one. My partner tried Union Jacks and then told me that it's no go. So I never went to try and as predicted it did not last long. In Uptown area I have seen many come and go. Portobello has shut down and so has The Salad Bar. Most recently Umai-Ya changed hands to Mikado. Will pop by that one pretty soon.

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    1. Phong Hong: yeah, snickerdoodles gets strong points for trying to come up with some interesting and satisfactory dishes ... but yup, sadly, i wasn't a fan of union jacks either. i can't recall what outlet has taken over that location in damansara uptown - there are always new eateries opening in that neighbourhood every other week!

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  2. I like those first two dishes - at Knickers...I mean, Snickers whatever. LOL!!! But I guess it depends on the time of day, may just go for bagels or cakes or crepes instead.

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    1. Suituapui: heh, yeah, there's all sorts of food in this entry. my favourites are the pork shoulder and chicken leg at snickerdoodles too!

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  3. I thought the turnover in SS2 was high, and then there's Uptown. I also tried Union Jack's - it under delivered for me, so not surprised it didn't last.

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    1. SC: yeah, and with the new starling mall opening later this year, things will get even crazier and more chaotic in uptown! :)

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  4. There are so many eating choices in Uptown that if you're not up to par, you can't last very long...so sad :(

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    1. Contact.ewew: even the good eateries in uptown also face struggles, unfortunately!

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  5. so many places in one blogpost! haha

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    1. Ciki: something for everyone, hopefully! :D

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  6. So many restaurant but no address.. can you share the location?

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    1. AppleG: unfortunately, the outlets/branches in this post have all closed down and are no longer operating.

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