Damansara

Damansara

Featuring Yellow Brick Road, Li Restaurant, Every Sundae, Tsujiri (Damansara Uptown), Hail's Soft Serve & Dessert Cafe, IDC, Tea Press (Damansara Uptown), MARCO Creative Cuisine, Wakon Japanese Restaurant, Órale
Kate Mun Yi
Kate Mun Yi

Have that sudden craving of something Spicy and crunchy with a Mexican flare to it! In uptown, there is an eatery which has replaced the old Hail’s dessert with that fiery Mexican fun, full of spice and flavours named Orale! This has made the waves around town with its pulled beef burrito and the carne asada burrito! Their other feature is the Bella’s Beef Nachos (RM13) which is a fan favourite in this restaurant! It’s a perfect sharing portion for 2-3 friends alongside those fantastic burritos or taco! This Bella’s Beef is a feisty bowl of crunchy deep fried taco chips layered with generous amounts of smoked ground beef that was laced with a sumptuous coating of spices that make you want to dive in more and to topped it all of; it was showered even more decadently with a thick layer of melted cheese and those citrusy diced tomatoes, cucumber and onions that just ties this song of flavour together in your mouth!

Ramen has won the hearts of many foodies worldwide! Usually you would find the ramen to be made with a creamy, thick and full of flavour consists of Pork bones including the pork slices which is truly rich yet heartwarming that just makes everyone satisfied especially during the winter months in Japan! But now slowly, the world are getting more health conscious and so they started introducing the option to chicken made ramen.. They have a few options from their original shio to a category called extreme which has a thicker and richer broth and it is their signature ramen broth!
Initially, we were hesitant as the heavy and rich texture of the soup would be hard to achieve with chicken but from this ramen shop, it was a well balanced soup with slight heavy texture on the mouthfeel.. I had the Toripaitan Shio Egg Chien (RM17.40) which has a rich broth and there were a few options but I opted for the one with half boiled egg! The noodle texture was on the soft kind and the broth was quite flavourful without the massive heavy texture.. You can opt for the spicy broth if you are into more spice in your ramen

Kakigori has became the fab desserts that everyone loves to have during a hot summers day! This smooth cloud texture shaved ice dessert originates from Japan that was introduced in the 11th century made for the wealthy! This shaved ice dessert is rather similar to our Malaysian favourite ABC ice kacang that has the same concept of shaved ice that is being flavoured with vibrant colours of syrup, coconut milk and assorted toppings ranging from sweet corns to stewed red beans..
The latest addition of the Kakigori flavour would be the Iron Lady Tea from the After Meal dessert in Uptown. For me personally this is a refreshing take on the Kakigori by infusing Chinese tea into it considering the Japanese would include Matcha into it. This Kakigori (RM20) from After Meal is really amazing as the texture of the shaved ice is really fine, fluffy texture that is similar to a texture of the snow and the flavour of the Iron Lady tea wasn’t over powering as they managed to fine tune the balance between the floral notes, smokey taste and the sweetness from the chewy brown sugar pearls and the stewed red beans! This was truly enjoyable to have on a hot day! The taste and texture evolves gradually in every spoonful and it was just a joy to have it after a heavy dinner!

That’s the best advice. You’re going to find that there’s something that you do well, and try to do it as much originality as you can, and don’t skimp on the words. Work on the words.”- Bob Seger
Originality is somewhat a rarity this days especially in desserts as people flock to the latest fad until the next one comes along. But there is a dessert that just keeps going strong which is the Herbal grass jelly that is so rooted with tradition for we fellow Chinese!
In Uptown, there is a place called After Meal desserts that have famous neighbours like Tsujiri and Miru but it does stands out quite prominently with its striking colours.. There aren’t short of smiles there in this little place as the people there are just filled with warmth and smiles of hospitality ever so eager to help you navigating their dessert menu.. Their signature is the Classic Herbal Glass Jelly & Taro Mochi but they have a few variations to it! So we opted the one with the Fresh Milk ice cream! It’s actually great for sharing as this dessert portion is suitable for 2-3 person if you aren’t a big sweetie but if you are I’m sure you are going to be extremely satisfied by having it alone! It is all made to order and I can tell you that the combination of smooth and silky texture of the grass jelly kakigori underneath the thin layer of grass jelly brought out an interesting flavour profile and balance between the bitterness of grass jelly with the smooth texture of the shaved ice and adequate sweetness of the syrup with the chewy little pearls, the crunchy flakes of almond together with the smoky milk tea that being poured above it creates a truly harmonious and layers of taste in every spoonful! You gotta try their Iron Lady Grass Jelly Milk tea! It truly convert with depth of flavours that brought out the earthiness, smokey notes from the fermentation process and you can know that it was being made carefully with the proper seeping of the tea to extracts it’s Chinese red dates or plum notes.. It will surely give those bubble tea places a run for their money 🤣 #afoodiesaffair #aftermealdesserts #damansarauptown #burpple #burpplekl

We love desserts! And especially it is made with soy bean. When we got to know that the Li Damansara Jaya offers a Malaysian version of a panna cotta known as Soy Milk Panna cotta (RM10) that is inspired by the local favourites; tau foo fah! We immediately ordered it without an ounce of hesitation! It doesn’t take very long to wait for this Malaysian panna cotta to arrive for us to savour it. In terms of appearance wise, it’s presentation does looks somewhat similar to a Japanese Ikura chawanmushi just that it is a the cold version of it.. Portion wise is quite small and just suitable for 1 person to enjoy it but it does have a vibrant color that pops from the pineapple jam and it was being surrounded with a pool of sweet and sugary sauce of Gula Melaka and transparent pearls of Sago! The moment we dived in the bowl of it and we can felt it through our spoons on how delicate, silky smooth yet firm the texture of their panna cotta! It was abit jiggly but the moment we had it, it was truly electrifying as the texture was really smooth and silky and it immediately sprang to us that they achieved the consistency of a Tau foo fah with the soy milk panna cotta and the sweetness of the Gula Melaka helps the panna cotta to have a slight dash of palm tree sweetness to it without being too overly sweet or over powering and the pineapple jam was really smooth, with a hint of natural sweetness from the pineapples alongside the sourish acidity from the pineapple fruit itself! It was really a heavenly combination of bubbly and silky smooth texture together with the sweet and sourish taste from the toppings! Loved it!

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A dessert that makes everyone in this special society called the Chocoholic anonymous! It is a dessert that is pancake base chocolate crazy from the chocolate pancakes to the generous velvety shine of the chocolate sauce to the home made chocolate/ Nutella ice cream that brings this dish a hot and cold combo alongside a few touches of strawberry and blueberries to add glam to this chocolate filled dessert.. The chocolate pancake is amazing and fluffy that matches beautifully with the chocolate sauce and the fruit but sadly the chocolate/Nutella ice cream is a major let down as it felt too icy and lean towards the store bought brands taste rather than the homemade taste.. The overall service is still need to be improved considering that their food is really good!

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Teapress Japanese tea rosters as the name suggested are well known for their teas and also their ever so photogenic and adorable sweet treats that truly are a scrumptious partner with their well thought after tea menu.. Well other than the petite daifuku's which are their best seller, we came across something that is rather unique and not found in most Japanese restaurant menu which is the Ochazuke.. Ochazuke is actually a rice dish with a tea broth and sometimes the rice dish will be accompanied by either Salmon or Saba.. So when we were browsing through its newly revamped menu, we were really elated to find such a dish and didn't hesitate to have a go with it! So in their menu they have a Salmon or Saba option which is of same price and we went for the Salmon Ochazuke (RM15).. The wait wasn't too long and while you beginning to enjoy the wonders of the tea you've chosen, there comes the Ochazuke being serve together in a tray which is reminiscent to the style of a bento.. In that tray, it consists of the rice bowl which is has generous sprinkles of Mentai salmon that was crumbled and sliced seaweed and alongside it is a pot of tea broth that is warm and the plate of additional tea bits.. After pouring that lovely broth, we immediately had the first spoonful of it and it was really a surprise how light the tea was in terms of the color but in terms of the flavour is was really intense yet pleasant and it goes swimmingly well with the salmon and the rice.. This bowl is truly an amazing bowl of contrasting textures and flavours yet it goes harmoniously together in every spoonful!

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This quaint little tea salon located in the heart of Damansara Uptown vicinity is an amazing escape from the bustling traffic that you would experience the moment you enter their doors.. As the whole salon isn't big in terms of space but it's petite space gives you a strong Japanese aura and zen vibe that somehow calms you down and it's music is really calming as well. The menu is quite concise with detailed items ranging from their teas, coffees to beautiful little dessert and also savoury onigiri! Not to forget; they do have a set lunch including drinks for RM20.. Their interior set up do reminiscent of a Japanese sushi bar with its counter that is like an omakase about to happen but in this case it's the showcase on the art of brewing tea that takes the spotlight.. The tea that I tried today is Hoji Tea (RM10) and you are given 3 cups as they want you to fully appreciate the tea flavours and body without compromising on its quality. The Hoji Tea is carefully brewed by their staff and it's does have a strong yet fragrant toasty aroma,nuttiness and a hint of roasted brown rice on the palate with a medium body that compliments well the desserts or your savoury meal.. To pair with this medium bodied yet well balanced tea is the Daifuku strawberry (RM5) which is their best seller, they do have other types as well.. The daifuku is really delicious and not overly sweet as it has a smooth and chewy outer skin of Mochi that covers the strawberry like a second skin and in between that is the thin coating of azuki (red bean) paste that just lifts up the strawberry sourish nature with it's sweet yet smooth and fine paste.. Really delicious tea time treat!

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A hot day would certainly make us yearn for something cooling; well in this case it's the ice cream that we are longing for desperately to cool off those heat! In a row of shops with interesting layout of restaurants, pubs and even a wine bar located in damansara kim that happens to be near the TTDI MRT station; there lies a kiwi inspired ice cream parlor that surely makes you swoon in ever scoop that you have every time we visited this place.. Well you've guessed it, it's IDC! This is an ice cream parlor that is truly inspired by the kiwi brand of Kapiti! It's a pricey ice cream but it's all worth it in every mouthful! In this visit, we tried the Lavender Welsh Cake (RM15) which is one of their best seller plated dessert category. It's certainly caught our eyes with its interesting yet flavourful combo description! It's portion is just sufficient for 1 according to their friendly staff and it was all we need after a cleansing dinner. The presentation of this dish is really simple yet beautiful to the eyes with its sprinkles of dried cranberry that enhances its touch of the generous single scoop of vintage strawberry ice cream that was enveloped with 3 buttery welsh cakes alongside with a delicate drizzle of Manuka honey. The first bite of it were truly delicious as you get the tart yet crunchy and springy texture of the dried cranberry which compliments well with the sweetness of the Manuka honey and the creaminess of the vanilla ice cream.. it was a delightful treat in every spoonful that makes my little heart flutter! No wonder it's one of the best!

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"My love for ice cream emerged at an early age- and has never left."- Ginger Rogers.. That's exactly how I felt with food and especially with ice cream which is the food we associated with fond memories.. This parlor which is located at the same stretch as the Farm to plate and Uovo is quite a welcoming sight as it's a great place to end your day or meal with a bowl of satisfying scoop of ice cream.. This place does reflects its name and they offer as the name suggests ice cream desserts and coffee.. Do note that they only have ice cream flavours made by the land of the lord of the rings (New Zealand).. Its a premium ice cream brand that is also available on the shelfs of the supermarkets.. The moment we walked into this parlor of delicious things, we notice that it has a laid back vibe to it as everything is clean, simple and spacious.. They have indoor and outdoor seating as well.. The main attention would be the long stretch of every imaginative ice cream flavour laid out for your eyes to feast on! After much decision and trying out; yes they do allow you to taste test it out before deciding on one! Finally, I chose to be with blood Orange with raspberry sorbet (RM8) to end my night of feasting! Well it's really an interesting pairing as the blood Orange brought out the acidity and strong citrusy notes alongside with a hint of sweetness from the raspberries that is the only hard texture you get when you eat the Sorbet! It's really a great palate cleanser also just abit steep on its price.. It's still worth the scoop to have

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