Eat Drink KL: Slurp Cafe @ 3 Two Square, Petaling Jaya

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Slurp Cafe @ 3 Two Square, Petaling Jaya

A cafe that's bound to be polarizing; we kinda like it, but we're not sure we should.

 Let's start with the positives: Slurp's spotlight-on-superheroes trappings are engaging ...

... albeit inescapable, even for customers who lock themselves in the men's room cubicle.

Still, the comic-book theme seems an odd match for the menu, which tries to take flight with East-West fusion experiments like pasta a la nasi lemak (RM21+): spaghetti stir-fried in sambal, surrounded by anchovies, peanuts, boiled egg, cockles, cucumber, curry prawns & papadum.

Surprisingly, this works. The spaghetti's well-prepared, firm to the bite & flavorsome, complemented by fresh, hearty accompaniments. Evidence that a chef of courage & imagination can take familiar ingredients & combine them into something singular.

Slurp also tackles the mamak mutation of Murtabak Maggi & makes a burger of it (RM17+), lodging not merely an egg between two chunky-crunchy slabs of instant noodles but mayo & Worcestershire & sesame sauces too.

It's potentially more 'guilty' than 'pleasure.' As if noodles weren't carbs enough, Slurp's kitchen scatters fries liberally over this plate, likely causing some customers to wish they possessed Wolverine's metabolism.

Drinks aren't spared from culinary villainy. Durian fuels the twist to Slurp's caffe latte; thankfully, the taste of the fruit is clear & clean, overt without being overbearing.

Desserts seem designed to delight. We're pretty sure these are the handiwork of Cake Tella; Eddie Tan's signature concoctions of peanut butter mille-crepe & Baileys chocolate mousse cake with caramelized hazelnuts take center stage in the chiller. 

Caveat: Folks who plan to visit Slurp might want to avoid bringing impatient friends who relish opportunities to complain. The food can take up to half an hour to come out; also, while the service team is attentive, many of its members face language barriers that make it impossible for them to respond effectively to customers' queries & special requests.

Slurp Cafe,
C-16-01, Dataran 3 Two, Jalan 19/1, Petaling Jaya.
Mon-Sat, 10am-10pm. Tel: 03-7497-1367

This restaurant is available for bookings under TABLEAPP, which enables customers to make instant reservations at Malaysia's top restaurants, while saving time and money in the process. Reserve your table at this restaurant by clicking here.

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