Friday, November 6, 2009

MM Café

Barbican non-alcoholic beer, peach-flavoured – the dude of the couple ordered this.

On a sunny Saturday afternoon, I had lunch with the “anywhere also can lah” couple. Despite the fact that one half of them had been residing in PJ for a few years, they’ve only dined once in Section 17. And it took them forever to remember the name of that particular restaurant. Such an adorable couple, this.

Since we were in that area, might as well visit a relatively new café (to me, at least) that I’ve read about. The couple obviously agreed - “anywhere also can lahmah. We explored without an address and at one point, I was so convinced that we’d end up getting lost and be done with Food Foundry instead. We eventually found it, which was, taaadaaa, metres away from the mille crepe hall of fame.

It’s no swanky Delicious by Miss Read. No chic Café Del Mar tunes nor foie gras pate too. MM is a neighbourhood café that’s as cozy as it can get. I liked it, especially when it comes with free WiFi. There’s a banner that screamed best brownie in Malaysia or something like that. Oooh, this I have to try.

Lamb chop? You are ordering LAMB CHOP?? How unadventurous! Shouldn’t you be ordering beef stroganoff or something that I can’t even pronounce instead???

I was prepared to strangle her.

As it turned out, the lamb chop was good. Take away the sauce and we’ve got pieces of tender meat that were distant from the gamey distraction. It made me wonder the last time I had lamb chop, which was considered a luxury when I was a kid. You must be anticipating my choice of main. I had chicken pie. Oooh, how adventurous of HairyBerry, eh? Again, good stuff, despite the tiny portion. Equate it to the shrinking size of our beloved filet-o-fish. It must be the soft, slightly chewy skin and lacing of hearty cream sauce that made the pie so engaging. And then, we had desserts. A sort of powdery and bland tiramisu is not something I’ll order the next round. But I will have the brownies though. They prided themselves fairly well, for the brownies were delicious. Rich in chocolaty taste (why does phrase sound so familiar?), soft and nicely paired with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. But…ahem, best? They should try our Ah Pa’s version also.

The sprouting of cafés is amazing, especially in new townships and malls. But the cynical part of me has always been associating them with menus filled with DIYs like spaghetti bolognaise, fries and burgers. You know, science projects that cost a bomb. What’s more when the taste is average at best. Definitely a waste of money, I think. It’s a different story here. So far, I enjoyed the honesty of the preparation and will not hesitate to return for other dishes. Hopefully they are good too.

MM fits into my “anywhere also can lah” relaxing weekend lunch list.

MM Café (an acronym for Mastermind?)
AG-1. Ground Floor
Block A, Happy Mansion
Jalan 17/13
Petaling Jaya, 46400 Selangor
Malaysia
Tel: (+603) 7958 8728

18 comments:

thenomadGourmand said...

ohh..Happy Mansion. Got lots of gems there really!
Even the coffee shop here serves pretty famous chic rice.
Then there is 6-10 grill, etc...

Selba said...

Everything looks good!

The barbican non-alcoholic beer with peach flavored sounds great! A bottle for me, please! :)

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

tak boleh pakai la the chicken pie..it would have disappeared in 2 bites under my "supervision"

ck lam said...

Good choices of food and the peach beer is wonderful to go with the meal. Hope to visit this place in the near future.

J said...

Coooool. :)
Good to have more choices in the Happy Mansion area. It's a perfect lazy weekend location. :)

UnkaLeong said...

Close to home. Me likey.bv New ar this place?

mimid3vils said...

I thought that pie is pancake =.="

Btw, how's the pricing>?

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550ml jar of faith @minchow said...

I've only recently been able to find Happy Mansion on my own without getting hopelessly lost! I am so glad that I've finally gotten my head around it because if I got a penny for everytime that godforsaken "anywhere also can lah" comes up among dining companions, I'd be filthy rich now! To MM it is then!

Petite Lass said...

Slllurrrrpppp.....they all look so irresistable!

sc said...

i never tried it coz when it first opened it's doors, i've read some average/ bad reviews.. so did not feel like popping by to try :p

~Christine~Leng said...

I like to say anywhere also can lah too... haha. maybe I should drop by Happy Maison for MM too. lol

Nic (KHKL) said...

thenomadgourmand, there's also this pork knuckle place that i've not been before. must go try one day d!

selba, haha, i was really surprised when my friend ordered it. he seemed to be ok abt it. i didnt try though...hehe

joe, i think we both sama macam la. luckily the conversation was interesting enough to distract me from eating it at one go..haha.

ck lam, yes! u should do a section 17 food crawl! there's my elephant, the nasi lemak place, mille crepe and now, mm cafe. :)

j, yupe, i thought so too! and parking is a breeze! the reasonable prices are pleasing too. :)

unkaleong, i dont think it's new leh. ciki blogged about it like, last year! give it a try, bro!

Nic (KHKL) said...

mimi, haha, the pie is kinda confusing, i agree. it's not the typical crust. the prices are affordable. cafe prices la. between RM10-20. some dishes even cheaper. give it a try! :)

makan monster, cool stuff. i'll go check it out.

minchow, ya know, my virginal visit to section 17 was 2 years ago when i went for the food blogger's xmas celebration at my elephant! been frequenting this area since then. to MM, definitely! and my elephant. and that nasi lemak place.. ;)

petite lass, the chicken pie is pretty good. do check it out! :)

sc, i wasnt really interested at first. but after reading ciki's post, i thought i shd give it a try. the spacious parking area was an influence also la..hehe

christine, i guess everyone likes to be "anywhere also can lah"..haha. i'm guilty of that sometimes. check out the place! the menu's kinda good, i thought. :)

Jason said...

Ah, I kept on forgetting about this place

Shell (貝殼) said...

The presentation of the food looks good~~

& Nice photos !

Nic (KHKL) said...

jason, very near yr place! must go check it out ya! :)

Shell (貝殼), thanks for the compliment. yupe, i thought the presentation's pretty good too. :)

Anonymous said...

BAD service & rude cook !! I won't encourage anyone to patronise the MM cafe. We (2 persons) placed our order of chick pie & fried rice. The chick pie came quite promptly but not the belacan fried rice. We waited and waited, but by the time the chicken pie had been completely finished, the other order still had not arrived. Instead we saw other customers that came in later than us being served plates of their yong chow fried rice. We asked the waitresses to check on our order because we were sitting near the kitchen but they were reluctant to approach the cook. We could hear the cook complaining that the customer can complain but that's the way he likes to cook his food. After hearing that, of course we were pissed!! We voiced our opinion loudly to the waitress so that the cook could also hear that this is not the way to serve your customer, and if the cook wanted to complain, then he could come out and talk to us. It seemed as if the waiting staff were afraid of the cook because none of them said anything to him. Of course, the cook didn't come out and apologise. By the time the belacan fried rice finally came, we had lost our appetite to eat. Asked them to pack the food instead.
CERTAINLY won't want to come back again !!!! NEVER AGAIN!!