Saturday, June 23, 2018

Fasahet Somaya @ Cairo, Egypt

Open only for two hours each evening, from 5pm through 7pm, Fasahet Somaya features the cooking of one woman, Somaya, whose food represents Egyptian homemade fare at its most fulfilling. The menu is limited to a few dishes that change everyday; it's best to head here before opening hours and make a reservation, since the several tables in this small space fill up extremely fast - on some occasions, the kitchen might be out of food by 630pm. Cheap and cheerful sustenance.


Friday, June 22, 2018

Project Happiness @ C180 Cheras

Could happiness be warm, crunchy-thick toast, stuffed with soft salted egg custard (RM19), served in a cafe with flowers, balloons and hug-worthy teddy bears for sale? At the right time, the answer might be affirmative. Since ice cream makes everything merrier, order two extra scoops of ice cream, in flavours like charcoal lemon (RM8) and Musang King durian (RM9).

Project Happiness
B-16-UG, Dataran C180, Jalan C180/1, Cheras, Kuala Lumpur. Open Wednesday-Monday, 1pm-12am.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Jen's Underground @ Urbana Residences

Formerly a home-based teatime private kitchen, Jen's Underground is now a full-fledged cafe set beside the fifth-floor pool of Petaling Jaya's Urbana Residences condominium. The kitchen remains helmed by matriarch Jennifer Palencia, who brings heart to meals like savoury beef pot roast partnered with rice, fruits and vegetables (RM22); roasted chicken in spicy fried rice (RM14); a 'pantry pasta' made punchy with sun-dried tomatoes; and freshly baked meat pies.

It's a friendly space for escaping the crowds; relax and linger a little over a tenderly textured coconut pie (RM8) and crunchy-creamy chocolate strawberry pavlova (RM12). Jen focuses on honest 'community cooking,' hand-making her fare and relying on quality ingredients, including pesticide-free greens.

Jen's Underground
5th Floor, Urbana Residences, Jalan PJU 1a/46, Ara Damansara, 47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia. 
Open Tues-Sun, 11am-8pm. Tel: 016-249-8009

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Bayou Diner @ Bandar Kinrara

In the evening, Bayou fires up its barbecue, promising prodigious, protein-propelled platters: New Zealand short beef ribs are unmistakably smoked with hickory wood, while chicken legs are are brined for 12 hours and char-grilled with Cajun spices. Each can be paired with two side dishes, which include well-prepared choices like delicious russet potato gratin, potato croquettes, arancini-style rice balls, and the ultimate carb indulgence of deep-fried mac-and-cheese rolls. RM68 for the beef, RM38 for the chicken platter - worthwhile, considering either can easily feed two hungry persons. Flavourful stuff.

The BBQ selection is offered only for dinner, daily. At other times, check out Bayou's diner fare with a twist or three: The Mexican chicken burger comes with a deep-fried, crisply battered ground-meat patty, sprinkled with a little salsa (RM13.90), while the Moroccan lamb pizza is crowned with minced spiced meat, olives, tomatoes and onions on a crunchy base (RM14.90). The recipes turn out to be crowd-pleasing, targeting the majority of local palates - the burger, for example, mostly evokes the flavours of Malaysian street burgers.

Bayou Diner
51G, Jalan BK 5A/2, Bandar Kinrara 5, 47180 Puchong, Selangor, Malaysia.
Open Mon-Thurs, 10am-10pm; Fri, 11am-11pm; Sat, 9am-11pm; Sun, 9am-10pm. Tel: 03-8080-3200

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