Eat Drink KL: Fat Butter @ Desa Petaling & Heritage Village @ Solaris Dutamas

Friday, October 25, 2013

Fat Butter @ Desa Petaling & Heritage Village @ Solaris Dutamas

A contemporary kopitiam that channels a deft dose of nostalgia, underscored by a soundtrack that segues from P. Ramlee's 'Rasa Sayang' to Nat King Cole's 'Unforgettable' & Frank Sinatra's 'The Way You Look Tonight' within a fifteen-minute span.

 Fat Butter, which opened this month, looks pretty nice, furnishing a purpose to finally venture to Desa Petaling's Megan Salak Park, a short drive on the KL-Seremban Highway from Bukit Jalil, Sri Petaling & Taman Desa.

 Fat Butter's nasi lemak (RM12.90) is decent; the rice is fresh, warm & moist, fairly fragrant but perhaps not as punchy as some might seek in flavor. The accompaniments get passing grades.

 Laksa Mee Pantai Remis (RM8.90), a recipe from Perak's coastal town. Fans of soupy-spicy prawn mee might like to give this a shot; otherwise, other Malaysian pleasures like Mee Muar, ubi kayu kukus, keropok lekor & rojak buah are available.

 Fat Butter also serves a wide range of Western comfort food, from Salisbury steak to cannelloni, French toasts to chocolate muffins.

 This place takes its Southeast Asian coffee seriously, with a selection reminiscent of Chawan's.

 The Indonesian Kapal Api coffee milkshake is enjoyable; creamy, with a caffeinated kick.

Batu Pahat ice-blended coffee. Ice-blended costs RM5, milkshakes RM7.

Nasi lemak lovers, this entry's for you: Checking out another kopitiam newbie, Heritage Village, which opened this week in Solaris Dutamas to complement its existing Paradigm Mall branch.

Heritage Village's nasi lemak is founded on a Penang family's three-generation-old recipe, with herbs & spices added at intervals while the rice is steamed. The flavor is well-nuanced, but the texture of the broken rice makes for a mushy mouthfeel. The interesting side course of ikan acar, fish pickled in turmeric vinegar sauce, is substantial & pleasantly sourish. RM12.90.

Duck egg char kuey teow (RM14.90). Adequate to address CKT cravings, though not as rich & creamy as it could have been. Other attractions on Heritage Village's menu include Penang-style chee cheong fan, jiu hu char, pie tee & chicken pongteh.

Fat Butter,
A9-LG-02, Megan Salak Park, Jalan 2/125E, Taman Desa Petaling, Kuala Lumpur.
Daily, 830am-11pm

Heritage Village,
Block A1, Level G2, Solaris Dutamas, Kuala Lumpur.
Beside Mee Jawa, across from Chawan.

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