Sunday, November 30, 2014

Chequers Waffles @ TTDI Taman Tun Dr Ismail


KL's first cafe that specialises in both savoury & sweet waffles served in the spirit of experimentation has opened this week in Taman Tun Dr Ismail, setting the stage for what's expected to be a welcome explosion of waffle eateries in the weeks to come.

 Former engineer Terence, his marketing-whiz girlfriend Michelle & their chef-partner Fazli have made a timely leap to the forefront of the Klang Valley's waffle scene. Waffles-&-chicken are no longer a distant dream, thanks to Chequer creations like the Chicken Cobb Sandwich (RM19), featuring waffles with shredded chicken, hard-boiled egg, avocado, beef bacon, plum tomatoes & curry mayo. Alternatively, there's also the Chicken Square (RM22), with spicy waffles complemented by square-cut chicken, purple raisin slaw, chicken jus & sriracha sauce.

 
 
 Moo Moo (RM25), basically a waffle burger, with sirloin beef patty, cheddar, slaw, relish, crispy bacon & berry BBQ sauce, showcasing the skills of chef Fazli, a vet of establishments like Garibaldi & The Morning After. Are these recipes perfect? No (some need more sauces, others could use fine-tuning in the choice of components), but they're still convincingly tasty & competently textured, hearty & well-priced, served by a hospitable & enthusiastic team that wants customers to leave satisfied.

 
 
 Chequers' waffle version of Eggs Benedict (RM18) with watercress salad makes for a fun change. We like how several different types of kitchen-made waffles are available at Chequers, creating a more compelling sense of variety - this 'Down Home Benny' comes with extra-crispy waffles, while other offerings might surface with, say, waffles laced with pumpkin & cinnamon. Bonus trivia: Terence & Michelle were inspired to start a waffle place following their food experiences in the U.S.

 
 
 Of course, there's a vegetarian waffle too - tinged with bits of spinach, topped with a grilled portobello mushroom, glazed cherry tomatoes, balsamic reduction, rocket salad & shaved parmesan (RM18). Chequers can still push the envelope further with even more imaginative combos, but this works well enough for a promising beginning; the team says it tried out some Asian flavours, but chose to start with a streamlined Western selection first, which functions fine for consistent flavour profiles.

 
 
 Still, there's something akin to a 'goreng pisang' waffle on the dessert list - it's called 'Melting Moments' (RM16), comprising a waffle studded with chocolate chips, teamed with deep-fried bananas, salted caramel sauce, coconut & almond vanilla crust.

 
 
 We're fans of the tiramisu, soft & creamy, served with espresso & wonderfully fluffy waffles. Well worthwhile for RM13.

 
 Coffee is available, as are root beer-based beverages (like this one mixed with chocolate, milk & ice cream), but the star of the show is ultimately the waffles at Chequers, a destination that deserves attention this December. Head here soon before the crowds come.

 
Chequers TTDI
153 Jalan Aminuddin Baki, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur
Mon-Thurs, 10am-11pm; Fri, 10am-12am, Sat, 9am-10am; Sun, 9am-11pm


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Saturday, November 29, 2014

EGG: Eight Gourmets Gala @ Bandar Sunway

Eight is enough at this new dining destination in Bandar Sunway, which brings together eight eateries in a single space.

 
 
Grab a table anywhere in this hall & order from the eight options; not all were open when we visited earlier this month, but they will be really soon. There's Hakka Crab for Chinese hawker fare, Hook & Cook for seafood, Malt Berry Ape for wine & whisky, Chiyo Sushi for Japanese cuisine ...

 
 
 ... Yi for vegetarian fine-dining (hmmm), Nibbles (a salad, soup & sandwich bar), Confessions of Lady Laura for desserts & Caffeinees - the final name is a clue to the origins of Eight Gourmets Gala. This place is run by the folks who operate various other restaurants, including Caffeinees, Black Market & Niu Taste in the city centre.

 
 
 Our orders came from Hakka Crab, Caffeinees & Malt Berry Ape - we stuck to seafood, starting with the moreish crispy-fried squid heads (one piece isn't enough once you begin munching; heck, five isn't enough) with salad & sesame dressing (RM22).

 Hakka Crab's mud crabs were a bit out of our budget (RM168 for a 1.1-kilogram serving, cooked with salted egg, curry, egg white, dry curry, kam heong garlic or sweet-&-sour sauce), so we settled for a cheaper but still satisfactory big bowl of mee sua with crab meat (RM38 for a portion that three can share).

 
 Fried mee hoon with clams & petai? We knew we'd be ordering this when we spotted it on the menu. RM28.

 Hakka signature stir-fried prawns (RM46), a solid recommendation with vibrant, complexly briny flavours. No complaints about most of EGG's food; everything tastes reasonably fresh & well-executed - kudos to the kitchen.

 
 Wrapping up with Japanese-inspired salmon skewers, tender & topped with plenty of roe & mayo (RM18) ...

 
 ... & Italian-influenced pizza with dory fish & a light mint sauce, a decent bet for RM22.

 
 No lack of coffee here, though the Gigacino (RM13; a super-sized cappuccino) seems somewhat gimmicky.

 The bartender was missing when we visited, so we couldn't try the cocktails (one with vodka, passion fruit & chia seeds sounds cool); wine is available from RM66 per bottle, but note that's a retail price that doesn't include a RM30 dine-in corkage fee. Alternatively, liquor lovers can sample a Royale Iced Coffee laced with a little bit of Cognac (RM13).

EGG: Eight Gourmets Gala
Ground Floor, The Pinnacle Annexe, Persiaran Lagoon, Bandar Sunway, Selangor
Somewhere behind Sunway Lagoon Resort. Park at The Pinnacle office building basement. Open 11am-11pm daily


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