Review: 33 Blue Room, Petaling Jaya

Hey, guys! I know I’m supposed to do my 30-Day Writing Challenge prompts – but work cropped up and I’m finding it difficult to keep up. That said, since I’m on an 18-day streak, I’d hate to break the momentum – which is why I’m squeezing in this quick food post over lunch break at the office. 

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I had a couple of hours to kill while waiting for an assignment the other day. Scouring for places to hangout nearby, I came across 33 Blue Room – which was, rather unusually, tucked in an industrial zone surrounded by manufacturing companies, car dealerships and engineering firms. The place has a classy ambience – perfect for intimate gatherings with friends or the S/O, birthday parties or just as an after-hours drinks spot.

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Lots of wood and black, complemented by warm lighting. (PS: Sorry for the sucky pictures – my phone camera isn’t good with yellow / low lights). The theme of the restaurant revolves around music, which you can see from the jazz-inspired saxophone decor on the walls. There is also a deck on the mezzanine floor for the DJ to spin tunes.

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One of the restaurant’s most eye-catching fixtures is the wall of wine bottles which extends up to the ceiling.

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N and I were there around 5.30PM and they only had pizzas, pastas and some appetisers – so we waited for 6PM for the dinner menu. For drinks, we ordered the Jasmine Green Tea (refillable) and Chamomile Tea. 

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The menu is mostly Western. Their specialty is pork, so we ordered the Premium Pork Ribs to share. This is good enough for three people, as N and I struggled to finish it between the two of us –  but while there was plenty of meat, the salad and potatoes were barely a mouthful. Taste wise, it was decent but not great – the meat flaked off the bone easily, but was rather stringy and dry when chewing. Thankfully, it was saved by the barbecue sauce, which was rich and salty.

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There’s always room for dessert no matter how stuffed you are – and we obliged to an Earl Grey Mousse with Vanilla Ice Cream and Crumble. 10 points for presentation – it looked like something out of a fine dining establishment. The mousse was exquisite, and I liked how they served it with a ball of white chocolate and boba pearls; an excellent combination.

Prices are steep; expect to pay around RM100 for a complete meal for two, inclusive of drinks.

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33 BLUE ROOM 

2a, Jalan 51/225a, Section 51a Zone Perindustrian PJCT, 46100 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Opening hours: 11AM – 12AM (1AM on weekends). Open daily

Trying Out: Tommy Thongchai @ Jaya One, Petaling Jaya

So I’ve been meaning to check out this new gastropub near my workplace, coz I’ve walked past it a couple of times and the decor/vibe seemed really cool. Finally decided to visit one evening because traffic was horrendous and I didn’t want to spend 2.5 hours stuck in the car. :’D

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Newly opened in March this year, Tommy Thongchai is a Thai gastropub, serving East meets West fusion cuisine alongside a wide selection of alcoholic drinks. The liberal use of neon lights, rattan furniture paired with cosy cushions amidst the backdrop of the bar creates an instantly Instagram-worthy venue. The centrepiece of the main dining area is a colourful fairy light chandelier, featuring cute lighted pieces of Thai flags, flowers and other tiny trinkets.

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For those who prefer more privacy, the gastropub features a cosier dining spot next to the bar, which feels more enclosed and has plants hanging from the ceiling for a touch of green.

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The venue prides itself in its drinks with a Thai spin, as the mixologists hail from the Land of Smiles. Typically ranging from RM28 – 35, the extensive list covers cocktails and drinks with a Thai twist, including gems such as Tommy’s Tom Yum Thai (galangal, kaffir lime, lime, lemongrass and vodka) and Thai Tea with A Kick (lime, pineapple, honey ginger, Thai tea and rum).

**This is blasphemy because I’m not a very good alcohol drinker, ergo, I went with the alcohol-free Thai tea. lmao.

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The food is innovative and beautifully presented as well. Fusion is the name of the game: there are pasta and pizzas with Thai ingredients, burgers, rice dishes and sharing platters ideal for alcohol pairing. I ordered the Curry Tonkatsu – Japanese breaded and deep fried pork cutlet, served with a side of creamy Thai-style curry and soup. The tonkatsu was quite sizable and sure to satisfy the cravings of carb and meat-eaters, although I felt like the curry could have had a thicker consistency.

Main dishes are priced around RM25++.

  • Service: 8/10
  • Ambience: 8/10
  • Food: 7/10
  • Price: RM20+ for drinks, RM25+ for mains.

TOMMY THONGCHAI