In recent years, Butter Up has built a solid reputation as one of Seri Kembangan's top purveyors of pastries & cakes, but it's steadily becoming a neighbourhood dining destination too, promising an extensive ensemble of hot & heavy meals, founded on a comfort-food theme, promoting pork as a crucial component, served in a cheery, casual setting by an efficiently run team.
Can't go wrong with combos of egg with meat: Butter Up's Eggs Benedict boast two runny yolks perched over thick English muffins, splashed with creamy sabayon sauce, layered with pork bacon & finished with fries (RM14.95; more affordable than the Klang Valley's norm). If you prefer an Asian inflection, check out Butter Up's interpretation of omurice, featuring fried rice blanketed by a moist, lightly salted omelette, with juicy grilled pork shoulder & brown sauce to round out the plate (RM16.96).
There's even something of a Tex-Mex corner on the menu - nachos with spicy slow-braised pork chili con carne prove predictably crowd-pleasing (RM8.90), while tacos take on an Eastern twist, partnering its load of roast pork with a Thai-inspired tangy sauce, pineapples & Japanese cucumbers, plus a substantial salad on the side (RM13.78).
For lovers of herb-rubbed meat, Butter Up's main courses offer genuinely reasonable value - the grilled pork ribs with chimichurri are capably executed, with the focus on fork-tender flesh; at RM26.50, you can add two sides, such as egg-topped rice & pasta aglio olio, for a tremendously filling meal. The pan-seared chicken leg might placate fans of fowl, laced with notes of lemongrass & honey (RM15.90; also with two generously portioned sides - we chose crunchy garlic toast & crisp coleslaw).
Seafood gets more than a fair shake in the pizza, pasta & rice sections - the smoked salmon with egg & cheddar on a tomato-base pizza is stretched out with no lack of fish (RM22.26), while the pasta vongole emerges with all the clams, garlic, shallots & chilli flakes necessary for a successful rendition of this classic (RM16.96). But our guilty-pleasure award goes to the mozzarella-baked seafood rice, presented piping-hot, supplying irresistible spoonfuls of crusty-cheesy savouriness (RM19.08).
Butter Up's counters strive to tempt customers with bread & sweet treats galore - we sampled the Japanese-influenced black sesame & matcha red bean cake slices (RM6.50), both of which were satisfactory, not overly sugary, concentrating instead on clear, clean flavours. Many thanks to the Butter Up team for having us here.
21, Jalan Psk 9 Pusat Perdagangan Seri Kembangan, Selangor.
Tues-Thurs, 12pm-11pm; Fri, 12pm-12am; Sat; 10am-12am; Sun, 10am-11pm. Tel: 03-8959-1117
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