Faking it. A phrase we hear once too often. From silicone implants to ethics to etiquettes to orgasm, the list goes on forever. So, what's real anymore?
When it comes to food, real food, to me is a plate of arousing, smoke-scented hokkien mee by the roadside with a glass of sweet sugarcane juice. And a dog or cat standing next to you, patiently, hoping for a piece of that heaven. Never had I thought, in a more logical context, that organic food is real food. Well, it is. Then again....well, nevermind. The fuel issue has already consumed both the sensible and emotional sides of my brains today.
Let's just chill and enjoy the meditative taste of Yogitree, shall we?
Flaky Salmon & Crab Fishcake With Tomato Relish & Homemade Tartare Sauce (RM15). Though smaller than expected, the cakes were perfectly browned and packed with a generous amount of minced salmon and crab meat. Visually appetising, yes. The tartare sauce complemented the rich taste of salmon and crab well. I didn't enjoy the relish as it was too bland, I thought. I should also mention that the cakes were not oily at all.
Anyone For A Dip? No, it's not what you think. That's the name of the RM12 platter. The best part about it (besides the fact that it's rich in calcium and folic acid) is the bread. Served bite-sized (how ingenious!), both the multigrain and white types were soft with a crispy skin. The organic hummus (chickpea paste) was smooth and mild in taste. On the other hand, the moutabbel (roasted eggplant paste) had a burnt taste, which was rather confusing. The platter also came with some green and black olives.
Crispy Duck Salad With Pears And Toasted Black Sesame (RM22). Good choice, exclaimed the staff when we ordered the dish. The mixed mesclun leaves and sweet/sour pear strips provided a nice crunch while the duck meat (though slightly tough) gave a touch of savouriness. Dressing came in form of sesame oil. It very much resembled yee sang (raw fish salad) sans the artificial colourings and flavours, of course. Very DIY as well.
Spaghetti Carbonara With Bacon, Mushroom & Egg (RM21). What attracted me was the no-cream feature. Which means the sauce consisted solely of egg (not egg white, as posted earlier). Roman style, they claimed. An interesting (and healthier) alternative to the usual cream (fat) laden carbonara sauce. Light and easy, I walloped it in a breezy. However, the beef bacon, I thought, was rather bland. Smaller cuts would have been appreciated as well. Add another RM4 for the smoked salmon version.
With a cooking manifesto including the use of freshest ingredients possible and slow cooking methods as well as to bring out its natural taste, what's there not to like about this real food cafe and yoga boutique? Ok, the above-average pricetag is a turn off, I agree. It's hard keeping it real, isn't it?
And why does that voulez-vous coucher avec moi song keeps ringing in my head?
Lot F-237B, 1st Floor (Isetan Side)
Gardens Mid Valley
59200 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: (+603) 2282 6163
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