Brunch and Waffles @ The Owls Cafe, One Space, One City USJ

The Owls Cafe has made a name for itself in the Klang Valley, thanks to its signature waffles and brunch offerings. From a humble little cafe in Bukit Jalil, the brand has since expanded to include The New Chapter by The Owls Cafe at the Calvary Convention Centre, Midorie x The Owls Cafe at MYTown Shopping Centre in Cheras, as well as two outlets at The BUNCH PJ and One Space, One City USJ respectively. S and I paid a visit to the latter for Saturday brunch. We were lucky as we got in just before a queue started forming.

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The aesthetics are pretty consistent across their outlets, in that they’re always brightly lit and boast a minimalist look, with clean white/beige furniture and a touch of green. This outlet is smaller than the one at Cavalry, but it also has a high ceiling so it’s less noisy. 

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S had the Nutty Latte, while I went for the Vanilla Latte. Ice cold and perfect for a hot day, milky and not too sweet!

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Every time S and I have gone to The Owls Cafe elsewhere, he orders the same thing – and this time is no exception lol. But as the saying goes, why fix something that isn’t broken? The Morning Daisy is a solid choice for those who want a hearty pick-me-up, and includes a buttered croissant, salad with sesame dressing, scrambled eggs and criss-cut fries. Everything comes together in perfect harmony: the crispy, crunchy potato goodness of the fries, the fluffy eggs with just a dash of salt and pepper for seasoning, the flaky pastry and the refreshing greens.

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Decided to try something different this time and went for the Ultraman Pasta. For those not familiar with Cantonese, Ultraman is known as ‘ham dan chiu yan’ or ‘salted egg superman’ – a moniker that comes from his peculiar egg-like appearance. Anyway, the Ultraman Pasta consists of al-dente pasta coated in a savoury salted egg yolk sauce, served with juicy and sizable chicken karaage, topped off with fried egg. Sinful, but oh-so-worth it.

We could not make anymore room for desserts, but their waffles are really good too. There are two named after the owners of the cafe, Rebecca and David.

Service is nice and friendly. Mains and desserts average around RM18 – RM28.

THE OWLS CAFE @ ONE SPACE ONE CITY USJ 

G.01, G.02 & G.03, Ground Floor One Space @, Jalan USJ 25/1C, One City, 47650 Subang Jaya, Selangor

Opening hours: 11AM – 8PM (daily)

 

 

Mad Hatter Sunday Champagne Brunch@ Shook!

It’s a lazy Sunday morning. How about an appointment with the Red Queen over delicious food ?

Last month, I got to go to Shook!’s Feast Village for their Mad Hatter Sunday Champagne Brunch – a buffet brunch inspired by Lewis Carroll’s famous novel. It was my first time there and I really liked what they have done with the place.

Guests entering the open-air area on the lower ground floor will have to walk through a giant clock archway. They are then greeted by a lively cast inspired by Alice’s adventures – there’s the Mad Hatter himself, the Red Queen and a host of other characters milling about amidst giant teapots and books.

And of course there’s food. Glorious food, prepared by four kitchens featuring Japanese, Italian, Western and Chinese cooking.

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The food is displayed along the buffet line at the open-air kitchens, where you can also watch the chefs in action.

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So. Much. Food. But a girl’s got to start somewhere! The pasta and cold cuts counter seemed like a good place…

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Whenever I’m at a buffet line, I try to take a little bit of everything to taste, but I always end up sticking to something I have tried before and like lol. In this case, it’s always the smoked duck, which has a layer of fat to balance out the lean meat.

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Cheese – so many different kinds! I initially thought that big round thing that all the small cheese were sitting on was a wooden table – turns out it was cheese as well.

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A seafood fricasee which was somewhat overly creamy. It was chock full of ingredients though – chewy, springy squid, shrimp and mussels.

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Fried snacks at the Chinese counter – stuffed crabs, chicken wings, fish cakes, money pouches and more. Chefs were also chopping up roasted duck and chicken meat upon request.

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Fun, quirky decorations for your Instagram account.

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Open centre court. I like how they had shiny stars hanging from the mall’s ceiling. 🙂 ‘Dining under the stars’… so to speak.

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Seafood lovers are not left out. There were fresh giant clams, Atlantic blue mussels and large tiger prawns.

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Performers serenading the crowd as they enjoy their food.

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One of my favourite sections is of course the Japanese kitchen. Here, ramen and udon were served in delicate bowls, before being poured over with piping hot miso soup.

The portions are bite-sized and served in tiny cups to encourage patrons to try a bit of everything. I had chuka idaako (marinated baby octopus), inari (tofu stuffed with rice), hotate (scallop), fresh butterfish, maguro (tuna) and salmon cuts.

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Salmon gravlax.

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The Dessert Bar looked so good that I was contemplating writing another post for it – there were so many varieties to choose from! Colourful sweet treats lined a buffet area decorated with white picket fences. From chocolate eclairs to meringues, cakes and lollipops, this was a true ‘Wonderland’. Some looked too good to eat.

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(Top right) ‘Red Velvet Pillows’ (a fitting name!), it was basically a soft, fluffy vanilla cream wrapped in a thin raspberry-flavoured skin with a berry centre, sitting atop a slice of spongy red velvet cake. Heaven.

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A Macaron tree – almost too pretty to be plucked from.

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If you’d like to spoil yourself silly with a treat this Sunday, the Champagne brunch is RM268++ per person with free-flowing Moet and Chandon. Food only is priced at RM168++ per person.

SHOOK! Feast Floor, Starhill Gallery,

181, Jalan Bukit Bintang, KL (Tel: 03-2782 3875).

Operating hours: 6am-11pm.

Brunch: 12pm to 4pm.