KlaVaGaBon with Apprentice

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Just as I had posted several Melbourne Gastronomic Bonanza (MelGaBon) entries, the time finally came for a Klang Valley Gastronomic Bonanza.

Klang Valley refers to the area comprising of Kuala Lumpur and the surrounding mega-Suburbs that contribute greatly to the daily transportation congestion🙂

It was more of getting Apprentice out of her cobweb-funk and percolate creative ideas and solutions for her assignments that were piling up fast. What better way to Release the Kreative Kraken than chomping selectively at currently inspiring spots in the Klang Valley?

 

Hence the birth of KlaVaGaBon… sounds like a cousin of Baklava, thrice removed, dragged across the marshes of Mordor, and reunited with La Famiglia in the Shire😀

 

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Strap your tummies, peeps! Here we GO!😀

The Library, Damansara Uptown

This urban-classy cafe had rave reviews when it first opened at Avenue K, Kuala Lumpur (just across from Petronas Twin Towers). Few friends who have been there waxed lyrical about the interior and a few of the stand out libations.

However, it was right smack in the City of Gridlocked Traffic, a sure turn-off for a Suburbian like Yours Truly.

When the whispers spread through FB about it’s impending opening in an area very close to my dwelling, I just heard a chorus of fellow-cawfee-afficionados raise their hands and Praised the Lord!

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It is a shop lot on the same block as Starbucks in Damansara Uptown, about 10 doors down the road. Parking during weekdays in this area is notoriously MISSION IMPOSSIBLE.
Thought the continuous flow of tiles from counter all the way across the floor was rather arresting. Baristas behind the counter were amused with the time I took deciding on which drink to order because my wandering Interior Designer eye kept interrupting my processing :)
Thought the continuous flow of tiles from counter all the way across the floor was rather arresting. Baristas behind the counter were amused with the time I took deciding on which drink to order because my wandering Interior Designer eye kept interrupting my processing🙂
Seating area on upper floor.
Seating area on upper floor.

Had a slice of their Black Forest cake and Tiramisu. Honestly, I’ve had better.
Sorry, The Library!

Tried to comprehend what attributed to the positive reviews The Library received from their opening at Avenue K.

Interesting interior fittings, but was not blown away by their offerings.

(Aside: Have I been spoilt by Indie choices I’ve been to in Melbourne and Ipoh? Hmmm…)

Rating: GIYRW2 (Go If You REALLY Want To)

Nutmeg, Bangsar Village II

This restaurant is within a Mall, and I was pleasantly surprised to find out that it opens at 9:30am (Wow, I thought only IKEA opens for business at that time!).

And to our dismay, the place was PACKED!

This is Nutmeg at 10:45am o_O
This is Nutmeg at 10:45amo_O

 

However, I was attended to almost immediately at the “Waiting Line” and was informed we would have to wait close to 15 minutes for a table. Left my contact number with them, and we waltzed around BVII to kill time.

Within 10 minutes, I received a call, and given a table number (so all we had to do was quote our table number and would be ushered to the said spot). Not bad!

View from my seat. Our table was right at the back of the house. Our zone was retro-styled to mimic a backyard of an old house. Details were in the floor tiles, grilles, an interior architectural pieces.
View from my seat. Our table was right at the back of the house. Our zone was retro-styled to mimic a backyard of an old house. Details were in the floor tiles, grilles, an interior architectural pieces.

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Apprentice's Belgian Waffles with Vanilla Ice Cream, Passionfruit sauce with toasted Almonds... yum yum yum
Apprentice’s Belgian Waffles with Vanilla Ice Cream, Passionfruit sauce with toasted Almonds… yum yum yum
My brunch: Baked Eggs with toast. Rather filling too. Be prepared to wait more than 20 minutes (if the place is packed).
My brunch: Baked Eggs with toast. Rather filling too.

Was a rather pleasant experience being in Nutmeg and was very satisfied with the service (the waiter in charge of our area was diligently checking on every table regularly). We opted to drink water only because we had Another spot to drop by🙂

Rating: PFR (Pretty Freakin’ Redonkulous) !!

The Good Batch, Damansara Uptown

Yup, it’s in the same zone as The Library, and  just a few doors away from the Cupcake Champion called Wondermilk.

A relative newbie (well, to me at least!), this spot is known for the mile-long queue.
What could be the attraction?

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You just have a feeling the food is gonna do All the Talking at The Good Batch!

As we approached the front door, we noticed there were a few groups chatting just at the side of the lot.
It was 3pm and there was STILL A  QUEUE! LOL!!

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Wasn’t too long for Apprentice and I though (Yay for Duos!) and made our way yet to another “back of the house” table.😀

One thing about this place though, Acoustics is Bouncing Off the Walls and Floor! You have to speak in your stage-talking-voice just to be heard.

It is LOUD in here
It is LOUD in hereo_O

Menu was simple: Western + Local twist or vice versa. Sounds like another “Fusion” treat?

Not really. There were SO MANY goodies to try out, but our tummies could only take in desserts. Hahahahaha!

Meet Macho Nacho. Entree-sized o_O  Dinner's cancelled coz I'm stuffed to the brim!
Meet Macho Nacho. Entree-sizedo_O
Dinner’s cancelled coz I’m stuffed to the brim!
Mochasaurus Rex :D
Mochasaurus Rex😀
Banana & Nuttela Pie with a Big Dollop of Vanilla Ice Cream. Somebody's gonna have a break out on her forehead unless Proactiv #4 is used ASAP!
Banana & Nuttela Pie with a Big Dollop of Vanilla Ice Cream. Somebody’s gonna have a break out on her forehead unless Proactiv #4 is used ASAP!

I can see why regulars are willing to queue just to inhale the yummies at The Good Batch.
Note: It is also Cash only.

Ratings: FROMG (Freakin’ Redonkulous Oh My Gawd)😀

Many more cafes to be conquered by the Dynamic Duo… perhaps a month later after Fasting Month of Ramadan🙂

I just HAVE to include this gem of a restaurant we stumbled upon while stuck in a traffic crawl somewhere in Sentul…

 

Tee Hee :D
Tee Hee😀

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