Monday, April 30, 2018

Rumah Hijau Cafe @ Kota Damansara

From Kuching to Kota Damansara: Sarawak's Rumah Hijau Cafe has opened its first outpost in the Klang Valley, spotlighting state specialities like nasi uruk, a variation of fried rice that's less oily and a little more garlicky - it's usually served here with ikan kembung, but swap the fish for ikan terubuk masin instead for a fully Sarawakian platter (beware of bones though). The platter costs a reasonable RM12, making for a worthwhile lunch in a setting that's suitably greenly decorated.

Prawn-topped Sarawak laksa (RM12) and beef-laced mee kolok (RM10) are available too, acceptable if you work in Kota Damansara and have a hankering for these dishes. Rumah Hijau claims to bring many of its key ingredients from Sarawak, such as the laksa paste, so an approximation of authenticity can be expected. Wrap up your visit with sago gula apong (RM5).

Rumah Hijau Cafe
7-1, Jalan PJU 5/3 Dataran Sunway, Kota Damansara, Petaling Jaya, Selangor. 
Open Tues-Thurs, 12pm-4pm, 6pm-10pm; Fri, 3pm-10pm; Sat-Sun, 12pm-10pm.

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Sunday, April 29, 2018

Preview: The Sandwich Hub @ TTDI

By Aiman Azri

TTDI's first dedicated sandwich bar is set to open in style this week, promising a free sandwich for everyone who visits on Wednesday, 2 May 2018! 

The Sandwich Hub is a fuss-free, grab-and-go destination that serves 12 types of tasty sandwiches every weekday, 10am-3pm - it even offers curbside delivery if you're just driving by or have difficulty finding a decent parking spot.

Ahead of The Sandwich Hub's launch, we had a preview of its signature selection, which covers a wide range of flavours and inspirations. The sandwiches were conceived by the Hub's founder and restaurateur Shankar Santhiram, who also owns the neighbourhood's beloved D'Legends Bar while leading his own management consulting and leadership coaching firm, EQTD Consulting.

Shankar came up with the idea of The Sandwich Hub to create affordable meals - with each sandwich costing below RM10 - that anyone can enjoy for lunch, no matter how busy their schedules, without enduring a food coma afterwards. 

Each sandwich is nonetheless satisfyingly hearty, with plenty of substance in between the thick, freshly crisp ciabatta bread, layered with house-made sauces. For sandwich devotees, this is the place to bookmark, even after this Wednesday's free-sandwich fiesta.

Start with the Asian-influenced sandwiches, most notably The Kopitiam, which brings together meaty chunks of chicken char siew with the crunch of spring onions for a can't-fail sweet-savoury combination that evokes classic Malaysian coffee-shop comforts (RM 8.90). 

The Kampungku should also be a crowd-rouser, smashing sambal ikan bilis with melted mozzarella cheese for a spicy-creamy fusion mix that still succeeds in reminding us of traditional hometown flavours (courtesy of the sambal), true to the sandwich's name (RM 8.90).

To complete this triumvirate of triumphs, take a deep dive into the crustacean-filled Indian Ocean, which surfaces with poached sea prawns and a curried cocktail sauce that tingles the taste buds in the unmistakable manner of cherished Indian curries (RM 9.90).

Meat maniacs can sink their teeth into The Sirloin, which showcases a hefty, caveman-worthy portion of roasted sirloin steak slices, balanced with lettuce and ranch dressing - for RM 9.90, it's a bargain for beef-eaters.

The Shepherd is one of our favourites, featuring reasonably tender roasted lamb shoulder slices, well-partnered with caramelised onions and mint mayonnaise for buoyant uplift - a testament to The Sandwich Hub's finely judged sense of execution to elevate each sandwich (RM 9.90).

Vegetarians, fear not: Meat-free possibilities won't be found lacking - The Cheesy Cheese is a dairy delight that's generously layered with chubby slabs of aged cheddar, pickles, tomatoes and onions for robust, punchy dynamics (RM 7.90), while The Gardener proves to be a bountiful harvest of grilled eggplant, zucchini and chive mayonnaise that brings potent flavour to fibre (RM 7.90).

So far, we've sampled seven sandwiches, and there are still five more to go (we'll try The Cheeseburger and The Maharaja sandwiches next!) - it's easy to imagine popping by The Sandwich Hub on a regular basis, since the variety is diverse enough to ensure that practically every preference is catered for. Many thanks to The Sandwich Hub for this sneak peek.

The Sandwich Hub
30, Jalan Tun Mohd Fuad 1, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur.

Open Monday-Friday, 10am-3pm. Curbside Delivery: 011-1165-6377

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Saturday, April 28, 2018

The Bogota KL @ The Row

With the colours of the Colombian flag emblazoned on the entrance, The Bogota is a distinctive new alfresco bar that lets customers create their own gin-and-tonic combinations.

Choose your gin from six available varieties (from Beefeater to Bottega Bacur to The Botanist), then mix and match it with a garnish (with possibilities like fresh blueberries, dried pineapples, basil, rosemary or chillies), a fruit-based flavouring (gold kiwi, pink guava, feijoa, among others), and of course, a tonic (Schweppes, East Imperial, Fever Tree Indian or Three Cents). 


Servings start at RM28 per glass; kick back and knock back a few, with the sounds of Angel Canales and El Gran Combo pulsating in the background. 

The Bogota
48, The Row, Jalan Doraisamy, Kuala Lumpur. Open Mon, Wed, Sun, 5pm-1am; Thurs, Fri, Sat, 5pm-2am.


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Event: The Eat X Dignity Relaunch

By Aiman Azri

The official relaunch this month of Sentul's Eat X Dignity, formerly Project B Cafe, marks a fresh step in collaborative efforts between Malaysia's Dignity for Children Foundation and the Berjaya Cares Foundation. 

Eat X Dignity is more than a cafe; it's an initiative that provides underprivileged students with the opportunity to learn entrepreneurial skills in the F&B industry. Everyone who works at the cafe is part of the programme, which teaches practical skills that participants can take with them to other restaurants once they graduate.

At the relaunch ceremony, a cooking exhibition by programme participants produced lip-smacking Indonesian satay lilit. Guests also enjoyed nasi kerabu, which is however not part of the cafe's menu. On regular days, Eat X Dignity serves burgers, pasta, noodles, rice, salads and an assortment of fried chicken, ranging from RM7 to RM20 per dish.

All proceeds from the cafe's sales go to the Dignity for Children Foundation to fund further initiatives to help more children.

The young participants of this initiative are encouraged to pursue their own projects. For instance, they can cultivate herbs in a garden, which are then used in the cafe's dishes. Currently, you can discover lemongrass and various kinds of ginger there.

 
Eat X Dignity is one of the several initiatives run by the Dignity for Children Foundation. Other entrepreneurial efforts include Cut X Dignity (hair salon) and Sew X Dignity (fashion). The foundation also hosts fundraising opportunities for the public to help fund and Empower-a-Child.

To keep up with their projects, visit them on Facebook and their website.

Eat X Dignity
25-G, Jalan 11/48a, Sentul Raya Boulevard, 51000 Kuala Lumpur. Daily, 1030am - 9pm.

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