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Canoodling [food review]

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I admit, I’m a real tomboy at heart. Don’t let the love for pink fool you and don’t let my domestic hobbies trick you either. I’m really a sorry excuse for a female. I spend maybe 10 mins max on my face every morning and I hardly wear make up at all. My weekend clothes consist of a tank top, beach shorts and of course flip flops. Again I’m hardly the exemplary Asian female but I do try every once in a while. Like today, I actually went for a facial and met up with my girlfriend Christy wearing a tank dress, leggings and heels. Goodness me, that doesn’t sound like me at all does it? Anyway we met up for lunch at Canoodling in Bangsar Village 2. The concept of the restaurant being as the name suggest, noodles. 🙂

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20110417-105226.jpg I really admire The Big Group’s sense of branding for each of their restaurants. They’ve always do a great job branding their restaurants from T Forty Two to DISH. The food on the other hand can range from mediocre to excellent, again it depends on the restaurant. But you can always count on these themed restaurants to attract the yuppy crowd (yours truly sadly included 😦 at least I admit it).

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The Yuppies in question lol.

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20110417-105220.jpg There’s a very hipster feel to the restaurant – with it’s bright yellow cutlery to the blackboard walls to the paper ‘table clothes’ where you’re encouraged to doodle. There was even a bean sprout plant to add color to the table. Nice! I really like the attention given to the details. It really does add to create a better ambience.

20110417-105145.jpg Apart from just noodles (soup and dry), the focus is also on healthy salads with dressings inspired from the noodles themselves. There’s also Asian appetizers like pandan fried chicken, salt and pepper squid and thai fish cakes. I was also surprise to find that they had a wide range of Asian desserts like Bubur Cha Cha.

Anyway Christy and I ordered a bunch of stuff to share between the two of us.
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Pad Thai Pasta was quite disappointing. There was hardly any taste of that famous pad thai sauce and the pasta noodles themselves were just a tad bit over al dente. As the picture shows, the pasta does not exhibit the classic pad thai orange sauce that comes from the tamarind paste mixed with fish sauce and palm sugar. In fact the dish itself wasn’t very sweet and was too savoury which in Thai food is a big no no since their obsessed with balancing all the flavours. As long as you don’t expect it to taste like a pad thai, the pasta dish was quite nice to be honest.

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The Pandan Chicken Wings were fried well and were crispy on the outside juicy within. However I really do think they could have flavored it better, it was a bit lacking in the spice department. More cumin, kunyit and salt would have done the trick me thinks. I really appreciate the fact that they gave a separate bowl for the bones. So thoughtful! But the dish itself? Quite 50/50 on it.

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Ahhh this was salt and pepper squids in a flour batter that was cooked Hong Kong style. Again the batter lacked flavor and was a little bit on the chewy soggy side but the sauce that came with it (green chillis in a tangy lime sauce) made up for it. Quite a miss actually.

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This was an interesting dish – Wasabi Sesame Jellyfish salad. I love the taste of wasabi but it was quite lacking in the dish. It tasted more like a creamy sauce with just a little hint of wasabi. The jellyfish itself was under cooked and hard (as you can see in the picture). Edible? Yes. Enjoyable? Kinda. :/

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Overall I think the food at Canoodling is mediocre at best. Not to say that the food is horrible but it just barely passes the average mark. I wouldn’t mind eating here if a bunch of friends wanted to but I wouldn’t go out of my way to eat here for the food. The service though is pretty good and the manager is very friendly and attentive.

Pros: Nice Ambience, Good service, Friendly manager and staff

Cons: Mediocre food (lacking in the flavor department)

Cost: RM10 for their noodles, RM8.90-RM9.90 for salads and RM3.90-RM9.90 for the appetizers.

Recommended: Not really :/

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The Haute Food Co [food review]

Woke up to the soft patter of rain right outside my bedroom window. What began as a storm an hour ago was slowly dwindling to a gentle placid drizzle, slowly but surely dying down. My toes were cold and stiff as I lay wrapped under the blankets with my whole body aching from a hard no-gi jits and yoga session the night before. Headstand anyone?

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It was a dreary morning in Kuala Lumpur, one that required the use of covered tops. Strange indeed, cause this is the tropics after all. I blame it on 2012 and global warming. Maybe the world is ending after all. Heh.

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Anyway, F and I had arranged to meet for lunch at ‘The Haute Food Co’ in Plaza Damas. It was a new place that neither of us had ever visited but came highly recommended by a trusted foodie friend of ours. She described it as a ‘quaint cafe with good sandwiches and excellent western style coffee’. The coffee we get in Malaysia is very different from the coffee in the US, UK or Australia. Here it is made to taste stronger and for lack of a better word extremely coarse. It isn’t quite like the type of coffee you get in little Italian shops (sadly Starbucks was for a long while the only good overseas style coffee in Malaysia, thank goodness those days are long gone!). It is made to taste as strong and black as it looks and is usually made with condensed milk. While we like that coffee (it is home after all), having spent some significant years abroad – you can’t help but miss certain things. So when you tell yuppies like us ‘western style coffee cafe’ we were sold.

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20110416-092345.jpg Love the quaint charms of the counters and the front door (you can’t see it in the photo but there’s a little wind chime at the door and it twinkles ever so slightly when a customer enters).

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The daily specials written on a blackboard.

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20110416-092415.jpg Each table has a postcard size art piece that introduces up and coming artists based in Kuala Lumpur. This illustration is too cute! And yes my dear cake I won’t let the glass case get in the way of our love! Heh 🙂

F ordered a latte while I got a berry mint lemonade.
20110416-092427.jpg The latte was full-bodied and creamy. F commented that the espresso shot was quite strong (he normally likes to order double shot cause he finds most places that do western style coffee tend to have weak espresso shots). Overall it was a very good latte. I’m not much of a coffee drinker cause I really don’t like the bitter taste of pure coffee but the subtle bitterness yet full flavor of the coffee coupled with the extra creaminess of the milk made this latte thoroughly enjoyable ❤ My berry lemonade was really nice too, very refreshing with the mint just adding a very subtle hint of a kick.

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The menu is so reminiscent of coffee shops in Manly Beach, Sydney Australia which usually means having breakfast on the menu (something which we have to try next time) with sandwiches and salads being the focus for lunch. They also have teatime treats like jam drops, pound cakes, scones and chocolate logs. The specials are mainly pasta and meat entrees like chili con carne. F decided to order the smoke chicken and cheese with sundried tomato paste while I ordered the roasted lamb wrap.

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20110416-092500.jpg Anyway….. The sandwiches were soooooooo tasty! F’s sandwich was borderline heart attack indulgent. The bread was slathered with butter on both sides then toasted to a perfect crunch. While my lamb was roasted tenderly perfect, I think the spiciness of the lamb could have been increased (like definitely a bit more cumin and fenugreek). It came with a mint dip so perhaps that’s why they toned down the spices in the lamb. However the full gamey flavor of lamb came through (which I love!!)If you don’t like a strong gamey taste, I would totally avoid this. The bread wrap was also toasted so that added a nice texture too. My only complaint about the sandwiches was the lack of vegetables inside the sandwich while F complained the portions were a little on the small side. Anyway regarding the veggies, I know that it’s served with salad on the side but you know having some greens would have made the sandwiches have an extra layer of flavor. Maybe it’s cause Malaysians don’t like leafy vegetables in their sandwiches and they wanted to cater to the average Malaysian taste buds? Who knows…

Soon it was time for dessert!
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Having a huge interest in baking, I find that a lot of cakes in cafes rarely impress me. But the cakes here were baked and decorated very well.
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Most of the cakes were actually torted (cut top and bottom to give a flat surface). As strange as it sounds (since torting is cake decorating 101) most Malaysian cafes don’t torte and try to pass of their lopsided uneven cakes as ‘rustic’ or ‘homemade’. I call bullshit on that and say it’s cause of ‘laziness’ or ‘scared of wastage’ lol.

Anyway since cheesecakes are cakes I can’t quite bake well (can’t really get the texture right) we decided to order a banana honeycomb cheesecake.
20110416-092510.jpg The cheesecake was actually a normal cheesecake with a layer of banana on top of the bottom biscuit layer and honeycomb bits scattered around. I wished the honeycomb bits tasted more like a honeycomb as it was a bit more cookie in texture and I really couldn’t taste the honey. And I didn’t like the idea of the chocolate biscuit base having nuts. Almonds have a really strong taste, one that doesn’t really blend well as compared to something like walnuts. So the almond slivers kept distracting me from the taste of the chocolate base. Such a waste as the chocolate base did taste really bittingly chocolate. But overall it was quite enjoyable. Would I order it again? Probably not… although if someone did order it, I honestly wouldn’t mind a nibble. Heh. 🙂

Some instagram shots before I end the post:
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Pros: Good lattes, properly decorated cakes and desserts, good flavors in the sandwiches. Very nice cafe ambience.
Great Western style cafe!!

Cons: Portions are a little on the small side.

Cost: RM12-18 a sandwich. RM8-RM12 a drink.

Recommended? Hell yeah!

20110416-092254.jpg hehehe and one camwhore pic of yours truly. 🙂