Cafe Discovery #9: Lapis @ Wangsa Maju

Day 99: Lapis @ Wangsa Maju

My family and I went to Lapis cafe today for dinner. Lapis means layers in Malay. I was told that the menu was rather limited and that it is a cafe not a restaurant. The decor is very “hipsteresque” which I like. Very modern and cute. Definitely an instagramable spot.

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The menu only had 10 main dishes, a couple of sides and kids food and a few drinks. Very limited. They also do daily specials and today, it was “pulled” lamb sandwich (RM 18.00). Of course I ordered that as my main dish. Service was quick and it arrived rather fast. They buttered up a cut of french bread and had a few thinly sliced lettuce and a generous amount of shredded lamb meat in between the bread. It came with chips, garlic aioli and a runny chilli vinaigrette. The chips were decent. Really thick cut, soft on the inside chips. Garlic aioli I found really garlicky and the runny chilli vinaigrette was strange. It had a really strong vinegar smell and taste. I don’t know whether to have that with the lamb sandwich or the chips. It definitely didn’t go with the sandwich. Neither was it any better with the chips. The lamb sandwich was dry. There was nothing interesting about it. The lamb smells and it had no taste. It would’ve help if it had a barbecue sauce or caramelised onion or even pickles to help give it taste and not leave it so dry.

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My sister ordered the Creamy Fusilli (RM16.00) which was basically fusilli in a bowl of mushroom soup.  It was literally just garlic, onion, cream, thyme and a few slices of button mushroom. It was well seasoned and the sauce was nice. The sauce was just too runny to be a pasta sauce. Runnier than a bowl of mushroom soup. Some parmesan cheese would’ve help to thicken the sauce and make it stick to the pasta.The fusilli was over cooked – you don’t have to chew it anymore, it just melts in your mouth. Since the sauce was too runny, the fusilli ended up tasteless and tasted separate from the sauce. It was a disappointment really.

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Usually cafes like this, they concentrate on their coffee and desserts. Since I don’t drink coffee, I had to try their dessert. I ordered the carrot cake and it was a tiny portion. It definitely was an awesome slice of cake. The creme cheese frosting was smooth and not too salty. The frosting and cake ratio was perfect. The carrot cake was moist and it was not over powered by the spices. Walnut was in the cake too and it added texture. It was beautiful.

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My sister ordered a banana flavoured whoopie pie (RM2.50). I’ve never tried a whoopie pie before. But I know it’s traditionally a tiny sponge cake with icing in between. Their whoopie pie was dense probably because of the banana flavour. I’m not too sure. It was nice and moist and not too sweet. I can taste a little bit of nuts in the cake, probably walnuts. It was decent but the carrot cake was definitely a winner.

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The service was fast and waiters were all attentive to the customers. However, I was pretty concern when I saw all the waiters with long hair, men and women, not tying their hair serving customers with food. I don’t think thats proper. Thats just my opinion. Lapis is a nice cafe for when you want to grab a quick bite or to catch up with friends over coffee and cake. It is a really pretty cafe. I adore the decor.

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Ambiance: 7 out of 10
Food: 5 out 10
Service: 6 out of 10
Price: $$

Cafe Lapis
No.3, Jalan Wangsa Delima 1A
Seksyen 5 Wangsa Maju
53300 Kuala Lumpur
Tel:  03-4141 8297

Good luck!

Love,
A

When on a budget…

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Day 32: Nasi Ayam Goreng Kunyit

Everyone working in the city knows the struggle to find delicious and affordable lunch. Well, I’ve found mine when I stumble upon this gem in front of UBN Apartment.

Honestly, it is nothing outstanding. It’s just a simple dish that feeds your soul. Especially for those spicy lovers, this one is for you! Chicken breast that was smothered in turmeric powder and some salt to season, long beans, sliced carrots and some onions all fried up and mix with sambal belacan (chilli and shrimp paste mixture) served on a bed of plain rice and some sweet soy sauce to calm the spiciness a tad bit. Sounds simple but it is addictive. All that for only RM5.

Good luck!

Love,
A

Restaurant Discovery #2: F.I.Q’s Gastronomy

Food, Innovation, Quality is what the acronym stands for. Interesting concept of serving fine dining food in a casual environment. Opened in February, F.I.Q’s is in an unfamiliar area of Subang that my dad was so amaze we found it. Ample parking space all around. As you walk in, it has this industrial decor – red bricks, white walls with ageing wood benches, chairs and tables and colourful cushions. They had an open kitchen, with half brick wall separating the kitchen and the dining area. Still warm and cozy and customers can witness the chefs hard at work preparing the dishes.

The menu is very ambitious to say the least. Looking at it, seems like they promise to serve you food with new interesting combination of flavours that you would only expect to get in a fine dining restaurant. But can they deliver?

Lets jump to the food review!

First, to drink, I ordered the mocktail F.I.Q’s Mojito made with mint leaves, sweet basil, sugar, lime and Sprite. As you can imagine, it was OVERLY SWEET! Why add sugar when you use Sprite? Sprite is sweet enough. It could also do with more mint. I ordered a glass of water and gave the Mojito to my sister.

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F.I.Q’s Mojito (RM11.00)

For our appetisers we had the Roasted Gnocchi which was served with crispy mushrooms, capers raisin emulsion, herbs walnuts and powdered olive oil. Straight away Heston Blumenthal came to mind. The gnocchi was fluffy but dense in the best way. So smooth it melts in your mouth but still have a bite to it. You can taste that it was probably made with 90% rich buttery mashed potato instead of having loads of flour in the mixture. The capers raisin emulsion was interestingly good. It had a rich flavour to compliment the gnocchi. Mix everything on the plate together and you get an explosion of flavours with different textures to stimulate your appetite.

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Roasted Gnocchi (RM20.00)

We also ordered the Crunchy Calamari which as usual, disappointed us. I don’t know where to get good fried calamari. They were overcooked and really tough although the batter was really crunchy and seasoned really well. It came with this aioli and that was good. Calamari had a sprinkle of paprika and it goes well with everything. If only the calamari didn’t taste so much like rubber…

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Crunchy Calamari (RM14.00)

Mac & Cheese was listed under their starters menu which was a bit of a surprise but it did state that it was “light”. Creamy cheese sauce which wasn’t too heavy which is why they said it was “light”, chewy macaroni and crunchy beef bacon. Do I have to say more? It was nicely baked with a generous sprinkle of Parmesan cheese on top to add to the crunch. It was definitely light enough to be a starter. Thumbs up to that!

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Mac & Cheese (light) (RM15.00)

As for main course, my Spinach Risotto served with pan fried chicken breast, carrot puree and fried onions failed to impress. When I ordered risotto, I was expecting a rich creamy dish with almost a porridge- like consistency yet each grain still holds its shape and texture. Instead, I got an undercook risotto that was too salty to even consume – bare in mind I like my salt. I couldn’t take another mouthful so I returned the dish and politely asked if they can prepare me another one minus the extra salt. About 10 minutes later, came out my new risotto. Lets give it another go. It was still a tad undercook, not as bad as the first one, and it was still salty but edible. It was not creamy and it didn’t have that porridge-like consistency that I was looking for. The carrot puree helped to sweetened the dish and reduced the saltiness. The pan fried chicken breast was actually delightful. It was crunchy on the outside but manage to keep its moist on the inside.

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Spinach Risotto (RM25.00)

As usual, I had a taste of everyone’s food. Sharing is caring! My sister ordered the Roasted Chicken served with loaded mash potato with bacon bits, chives and almond, mix greens (which was just lettuce), roasted mesquite gravy and soft rolls that they made themselves. Loaded mash potato was not that loaded. It was just a spoonful of potato puree and it was smooth and creamy with crispy bacon and almond to add a bite to it. The chicken was probably a minute overcook. It was still moist but you can tell that if it stayed in the oven a second longer, it would’ve been dry. The gravy tasted like your usual roast gravy with a touch of barbecue sauce. They proudly advertise that they make their own bread and the bun was in fact soft and fluffy but we didn’t see the point of it being apart of the dish.

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Roasted Chicken (RM27.00)

I managed to convinced my mum to order the Salted Beef Fettuccine. I must compliment the chef on the pasta as it was made and cooked to perfection. Oh did I mention that they try to use all fresh ingredients and that they make their own pasta too? Yes! Handmade pasta has to be the best thing ever and it was! it was really good. The fettuccine was cooked with basil oil, tri herbs and chilli flakes served on a bed of 150 gram of beef brisket. All of the flavours complimented each other well. The pasta balanced the saltiness of the beef and the chilli flakes added heat to the dish. 150 grams of beef was a tad much for the tiny amount of fettuccine it came with. Ended up having to eat the salted beef by itself and it was well, salty!

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Salted Beef Fettuccine (RM27.00)

Pan Fried Seabass served with chinese kale, miso carrot emulsion, maldon sea salt and apple raita was Dad’s choice of main course. You can taste the freshness of the fish and it was cooked perfectly as the fish flaked off from the crispy skin beautifully. The miso carrot emulsion didn’t go well with the fish, it didn’t enhanced the flavour of the fish in any way. The tartness and sweetness of the green apple cubes coated in yogurt was an added crunch to the dish. It was a good dish according to dad as he cleans his plate but I must say when he fed me the greens on the dish, salt overdose took over the chinese kale. The fish was a pretty thin slice and it was small too. Didn’t fill up the big guy at all.

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Pan Fried Seabass (RM26.00)

I was beyond disappointed when the lovely waiter told me they don’t have the Baked Alaska that I was excited to devour. So we ordered the Smores instead. the Smores came in a jar with the crackers at the bottom, followed by marshmallows on top, then chocolate ganache and more marshmallows at the very top. It looked amazing. But it was so difficult to reach the crackers at the bottom without making a complete mess. Chocolate ganache was too thick but it didn’t taste too chocolaty which I like. The tiny marshmallows were probably just quickly blow torched so it didn’t melt on the inside. Disappointed yet again!

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Smores (RM10.00)

All and all they have a good concept to start with but there are still rooms for improvement. I am pretty sure they are working on their menu still and are planning to bring out more exciting experimental flavours for us. So will I come again to F.I.Q’s Gastronomy? Yes I definitely would give it another go. There’s a lot on their menu I would like to try. Have you been to F.I.Q’s?

Ambience: 6 out of 10

Food:  5 out of 10

Service: 7 out of 10

Price: $$

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FIQS Gastronomy
34 Jalan SS19/1D, Subang Jaya
Tuesday-Sunday, 12pm-1030pm.

Tel: 03-5613-0473

Good luck!

Love,
A