I always believe changes are for the better.....
The old Nic was an uninitiated lazy a** who loves reading about food while binging on those hazardous, cancerous potato chips but was never keen on really tasting what he read. He could go on and on about interesting eateries but when asked whether he had been to the particular place, the answer was always no. One event led to another and before he could finish testing all the flavours of those crisps, he started flogging and became an active food enthusiast. He even bought a KL street directory which cost a whopping RM45!
Yupe, he changed. For good. And for real. Take the Food Foundry experience for example.
He read about it in so many magazines. He knew the mille crepe was to-die-for. But when the location was out of his comfort zone, he just sighed and read the next food review, hoping it's just next to his couch. After attending the very retro flogger Christmas party, he finally knew where Food Foundry was. Now, that was not too difficult to find, he told himself. Who said it was, lazy a**??
Ok, let's talk about the food in this "neighbourhood food provider".
The Seafood Marinara (RM14.90) came in a huge portion and looked rather appetising with that luscious red tomato sauce dressing the spaghetti. Seafood was aplenty too. But he was deceived. The first bite revealed a rather overwhelmingly acidic taste. Perhaps the tomato paste was too dense. The seafood, oh his God, the seafood! The prawns were mouldy while the mussels tasted rather "chemicalised". Only the clams were fresh. Was it a reject or did he say something wrong to deserve this? An utter disappointment.
The Slow Braised Lamb Shank With Honey and Spice Sauce (RM24.90) was supposed to be a signature dish. He loves his lamb shanks but he's sorry to say that there was not one single reason for him to even like this version. The shank itself was rather hard (and it was supposedly slowly braised??). So, there went the flaking-the-meat fun part. The heavy "lamb" smell was prevalent too. As for the sauce, sweet was the only adjective he could use to describe it. The mash potato was too chunky and hard. Even if the direction was to provide texture to the mash, the cubes shouldn't have been so largely cut. Let’s not even talk about creaminess. Sad.
Criticism wears him out easily but the review has to go on. The Nasi Lemak with Chicken Rendang (RM7.90) was generic at best. A complete nasi lemak set with a sambal that was neither flavourful nor spicy. So far, best of the worst.
He left the table…….
To choose his desserts.
As demoralized as he was, he hoped the desserts would be as good as what he read.
Mille Crepe (RM8) was what he ordered. It was all he wanted to order. 20 thin layers of French crepe layered smoothly with fresh custards was the description. It was soft. It was delicate. It was sweet. It was moist. It was heaven. He loved the custard which actually tasted as rich as mascarpone. Strike while it’s still cold, really. He licked the plate dry.
He convinced himself to another piece. This time, it was the Cheese Cake (RM8). Yes, the cheese cake was good too. It was cheesy, subtly tangy and optimally sweet. If only the mains were quarter as good as the desserts.
He will be back for the obvious. He knows how to get there now.
But he’s still very disappointed with the mains. Mouldy prawns? Disastrous.
So, Nic really did change. And for that, he wants to thank you.
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