Review: Fusion Food + Coffee @ Garage 51 Bandar Sunway

I had originally intended to grab some beef noodles for dinner at Bandar Sunway… only to realise that the Soong Kee Beef Noodle outlet near Sunway University had closed. 😦

Most of the other restaurants were crowded, so I popped into Garage 51, a cosy place serving fusion food and coffee. They’re also one of the pioneer Australian-style cafe/restos in the area, known for their gigantic milkshakes.

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The decor hasn’t changed much from my last visit; ie still sporting the ‘industrial chic’ look with lots of wood, steel and ambient yellow light.

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For drinks, the Mochatella (RM16) comes with a small pitcher of milk, which you can pour into a glass filled with coffee cubes and hazelnut chocolate. Since the cubes are made from coffee, you get an ice cold drink that isn’t diluted – and you can adjust how ‘milky’ you want it to be. Hazelnut chocolate on the bottom gives the beverage a good level of sweetness. I’d suggest not ordering this for dinner though, or you’d end up hyper until 5AM like I was lol.

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Garage 51 serves a good selection of fusion dishes, from pastas to grilled proteins, salads and rice bowls. I went for the Hoisin Smoked Duck Rice Roll (RM16), which came in a generous portion with Japanese rice, tempura mushroom and onsen egg. Considering the price vs portion, it was pretty value for money! The duck had a sweet flavour which was closer to a teriyaki glaze, and the meat was tender but not gamey. Loved nibbling on the flavourful extra layer of duck fat on the top ! The tempura mushrooms weren’t greasy and gave the dish a crispy element. Egg was perfectly poached. All in all, a solid rice bowl.

Look at that egg: 

GARAGE 51 

51, Jalan PJS 11/9, Bandar Sunway, 47500 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia

Business hours: 11AM – 11PM (closed Mondays)

Phone: 03-5612 5618

Opening hours: 11AM – 11PM (daily)

Portobello Fries @ My Burger Lab, Bandar Sunway

I was reading food blogs the other day when I stumbled across one highlighting the amazing Portobello Fries they sell at My Burger Lab. My curiosity was piqued. Mushrooms made into fries? Sounded like a dream come true.

I had the fries on my mind all day. and right after work, I stopped by at the nearest MBL outlet I could find, which was at Bandar Sunway, just across the road from Sunway University College.

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The place’s decor is cosy and hipster-ish, with bricks and wooden tables. Obviously catering to a student crowd, they specialize in – what else – gourmet burgers, the likes of Ohana (Swiss Beef Patty, paired with Mushrooms, grilled Pineapple Ring and Hot Sauce), Beautiful Mess (Cheddar beef patty topped with portobello mushrooms, honey mustard and sunny side up egg) and more. But we’ll leave the burgers for next time. I homed in on my order of the Portobello fries…

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For RM18, they come served piping hot in a basket, with a side of tangy, spicy hot sauce. Breaded to golden brown perfection, the shrooms are crispy and salty on the crust whilst retaining their moistness on the inside – so you get a mouthful of juicy goodness when you bite into each piece. The portobellos are fat and fleshy; it’s almost like eating meat. Definitely addictive, although it can get overwhelming if you’re eating them on your own so sharing is the best way to go. Portions are sizable.

My Burger Lab is a homegrown brand and they’ve garnered a strong fan base with their creative takes on good ol’ burgers. They have several outlets around the Klang Valley ,including at OUG, Seapark and Cyberjaya.

I’ll return next time to dig into their scrumptious burgers!

MY BURGER LAB 

3, Jalan PJS 11/9, Bandar Sunway, 46150 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Opening Hours
Monday – Friday : 11.00am – 10.15pm
Saturday – Sunday: 5.00pm – 10.15pm (Dinner)
Closed on 1st Monday of the month

Mexican Food @ Thyme Out, Bandar Sunway

I blogged about the delish food and chill ambience @ Thyme Out, Bandar Sunway in a previous post – and this time I came back with another friend who wanted to try Mexican fare. She wasn’t impressed, but I think it’s all a matter of taste, coz the food quality (to me) was as good as ever the second time around.

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…except the Wild Strawberry Mojito (RM7). It tasted like cough meds.

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I had the Nutella Shake (RM12) .I wasn’t expecting it to be so big (that’s what she said :D) so I gasped at the size when the waiter brought it to our table. The glass was taller than my head and came topped with loads of whipped cream, a chunk of Snickers, caramel sauce, minty garnish and a Thyme-Out shaped chocolate bar. It was packed with creamy, nutty goodness but wasn’t overly sweet.

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C and I got the Southern Chicks  (RM18 for three) hard-shell tacos to share. She didn’t like the coleslaw, but I thought it added a nice, refreshing tang to the meal. The chicken was crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. Wish they had more salsa base though. Without the accompanying sauce, the tacos were a bit dry. Personally, I prefer their Finding Dory dish.

That being said, I think this will still be my go-to-spot whenever I crave a Mexican fix. 🙂

THYME OUT 

66, Jalan PJS 11/7, Subang Jaya, 47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia

Opening hours: 11am – 10pm

http://www.thymeoutkl.com/

Thyme Out, Bandar Sunway PJ

We Klang Valley-ites love our Japanese food and steamboat buffets. Just go to any shopping center or commercial food hub, and chances are more than 40% of the restos offer either Jap food (sushi, ramen, udon, etc) or some kind of steamboat. Tex-Mex food, on the other hand, is much harder to find beyond Chilli’s, and they’re usually expensive. A shame, because I really like my tacos!

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S and I were hunting for food near Sunway University College. Just next to the uni is an odd mix of industrial/commercial lots – mostly car repair shops and factories interspersed with chic cafes to cater to the student population. There, we found Thyme Out! Punny name aside, the place dishes out cheap but tasty Mexican food like tacos, nachos, burritos and the like. The smoking area outside has a colourful wall with Mexican folk art inspired murals.

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Cosy interior, decorated with patterned tiles, clean and polished wooden tabletops, and modern, sleek-looking chairs.

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They started off as a food truck, moved to a hawker center, before finally opening their first outlet in SS15 Subang. The one we visited is actually their second shop 🙂

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I got the Finding Dory (RM18) – three fish tacos served with tartare sauce.  Juicy fried fish fillets sat on a bed of pink, marinated cabbage, wrapped in a soft, open-shell tacos. Fillets were a bit small in size, but they more than made up for it with flavour. Bursting with juices, the fried stuff and the crunchy cabbage gave a nice contrast to the soft wheat tacos. 20160702_202051-tile

S had Chicken tacos (minimum order 2). One of the only way to make me eat my greens is by sandwiching them in bread with some meat. The tacos had Chicken meat, tomato cubes, cabbage, salsa and just the slightest hint of sour cream . Chicken was a bit dry but overall still good. Felt healthy too 😛

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Tacos aside, they serve stuff like burritos (lamb, chicken, beef), nachos, Chimichangas (I will be back to try these!), Buffalo Wings, fries/chicken tenders and other snacks, and desserts. Price-wise, reasonable for the setting. Portions are moderate. But if you’re looking for a relatively affordable alternative to Chilli’s, give Thyme Out a try 😉

THYME OUT 

66, Jalan PJS 11/7, Subang Jaya, 47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia

Opening hours: 11am – 10pm

http://www.thymeoutkl.com/