Cheat Day @ Marshall Burger & Kaffa Espresso Bar, Damansara Uptown

UPDATE: Marshall Burger @ Damansara Uptown is now closed. 

Losing weight isn’t easy, especially if you work as a journalist and have a bunch of colleagues who love eating, lol.

But yeah.I didn’t tell you guys that I had a really shitty birthday in where I didn’t get to eat because my mum wouldn’t let me ‘celebrate’, and I was working from 10am til midnight because there was a last minute assignment.

So I decided to reward myself with a CHEAT DAY™.

Went to Marshall’s Burgers in Damansara Uptown, SS15. Now this place has been gaining rave reviews ever since it opened a branch here in the Klang Valley. Originating from Penang, the place is apparently very well-established and well-loved by Penangites. It’s also one of those rare places which serves pork burgers, (since some burger joints here have to cater for the Muslim crowd and are therefore pork-free or halal). The interior was a warm red and grey, with black and wood accents. Cute scrawls of the menu’s items lined one side of the place like a classroom blackboard.

They have equally cutesy, tongue-in-cheek names like The Cock for their double chicken burger and Big Fry for their double fish. Customers can also get a rundown of what the burger is gonna be about.

Yvonne had a Hawaiian Piggy (RM15.50) which came with a pork patty, ham, pineapple, lettuce and onions. Top up RM5.50 for a canned drink and side of thick cut fries/onion rings. The fries were surprisingly good! I don’t like thick cut fries because they’re so hard to get right – they’re usually too soggy or too crispy, but this was potatoey goodness. The onion rings were great as well.

I don’t often get to eat bacon, so I opted for the Fat Piglet (RM13.50) –  strips of pork bacon and juicy, done just-right pork patty, melty cheese, lettuce, caramelised onions, tomatoes  – all mashed between two warm, soft toasty buns and sprinkled over with sesame seeds. The pork patty is a real winner. Succulent and sealed with juices without being overly greasy. Bruce had the The Boar, which is TWO pork patties with cheese, but it was so big even he couldn’t finish it lol.

Well-utilised CHEAT DAY™.

Marshall’s Burger @ Damansara Uptown
86G, Jalan SS21/62,
Damansara Utama,
47400 Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
Tel: +6016-233 1231

We then went to another cafe nearby, Kaffa, to end the afternoon’s meal on a sweet note. They have a branch at the Penang international Airport. I think they serve pretty good coffee and food. Service here is definitely faster and more efficient. It was packed with customers on that Saturday afternoon.

‘Not-so-cheesy’ cheesecake, which was more sugar and cream than cheese. The base was super crumbly and kept flying everywhere when we tried to cut a piece, but the chocolate part was gooey goodness. Personally, I really like the cheese on top because it was sweeter and less filling.

I had the salted caramel macchiato, which came in a pretty blue and white porcelain cup and caramel drizzles in a flower pattern which looked too good to be eaten D: The sea salt sprinkled on top lends it a slightly salty tang to balance out the sweet caramel sauce. The coffee itself wasn’t very strong-flavoured, but it was a great drink all the same. And since I accidentally posted this on my Facebook, my mum went berserk and got mad at me for CHEATDAY™. Ergo, I’m pretty sure she doesn’t need to read this. @_@ *hides post from family on fb*

KAFFA Espresso Bar

97 Jalan SS 21/37, Damansara Utama,

47400 Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

That’s all for CHEAT DAY™. Now I shall burn off all those calories by working twice as hard on that cycling machine….

Review: Kaffa Espresso Bar @ Penang International Airport

The day we were due to fly back to KL, we arrived at the Penang International Airport earlier than expected, so while waiting for the flight, we chilled at a place called Kaffa Espresso Bar. 

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According to their website, Kaffa’s concept revolves around ‘leisure through espresso and good food in a vintage American-themed setting that lets you reminisce the glory of the past.’

I can’t say it reminded me of the past, or stood out for being distinctively American. I DO like their deco, which is hipster-ish: lots of wood, bricks and clean black.

They also have another branch in Penang’s Georgetown, and Damansara Uptown in PJ.

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The staff was friendly enuff, but the cooking time took forever. I think we waited a good half an hour even though the cafe was fairly empty.

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Cute decorations abound! Some were also up for sale.

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The brick wall was painted over with a chalk mural of an airplane.

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Ordered a hot chocolate, which was thick and creamy, topped with swirly art.

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Soup of the day – pumpkin. Thick, rich, creamy without being overpowering. Great to warm the tummy!

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Crispy on the outside yet soft and fluffy on the inside garlic bread. The portion per slice was bigger than usual.

KAFFA 

Penang International Airport, 11900 Bayan Lepas, Penang

Opening hours: 530AM – 11PM