Monday, 29 June 2015

Huckleberry Food & Fare, Damansara Heights

"Another new cafe?" , my thought when a friend and I walked pass Huckleberry Food & Fare before it opened its door to the public. Little did I know that Huckleberry Food & Fare is now my favourite cafe, that serves really good coffee, awesome sandwiches, heavenly desserts & wholesome homemade breads, all to my liking.
The opening of Huckleberry Food & Fare at Damansara Heights has stirred up quite a buzz on social media sites ever since it opened its door to the public about two weeks ago. There were endless posts of their breads and coffees & beautiful tiles on Instagram & Facebook!
Occupying two units of the shoplots along Jalan Medan Setia 2 (Same row as Bandits Coffee Bar, Aria Italian Dining, The Humble Chef & many more cafes...) , Huckleberry is run by the same team behind Kuala Lumpur's successful Mezze Bistro which is located just around the corner.

Shantini Sabapathy, the Culinary Director of Huckleberry, collaborates closely with Executive Chef, Yves Renou, who overseas the Mezze kitchen since 2011, to ensure a consistently high standard of ever-changing menu that uses seasonal menu here at Huckleberry.
The name of Huckleberry Food & Fare is inspired from the book The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Walk into the shop and you'll be greeted with warm smiles and the fresh aroma of baked goods. All artisan goods are made lovingly on site, using the best & freshest ingredients.

The beautiful display of cakes & cupcakes
One would certainly fall in love with the simple yet classic Australian-inspired interior. Seating space is rather limited as half of it's compound is dedicated to the kitchen staffs and bakers (they have a very impressive kitchen & oven!), so do come early to beat the crazy brunch crowd! Huckleberry opens as early as 7.30am daily except for Tuesdays so set your alarms! The early bird gets the worm :)
One can see the Master Baker of Huckleberry, Christopher Gros ,who leads the artisanal baker & has over 22 years of experience in classic French bread & pastries, baking in action with Huckleberry's really cool one-of-a-kind 120 square feet size Bongard Omega2 Artisanal Oven, which is clear from all passer-by on the walkway outside of Huckleberry.
Red Velvet RM11.90
Beetroot, Red Apple, Carrot & Celery
Contrary to the actual "Red Velvet", the Red Velvet juice served here is certainly one of the healthiest drink one will ever come across. No sugar or coloring were added into this drink.
Made from Orange Peel & rich Valhorna Chocolate. A sourish & refreshing granola-like snack.
Cappuccino RM8.90
Huckleberry Food & Fare tales a "tree-to-cup" approach, dealing directly with plantations owner to produce its signature Sumtran Gayo coffee. Beans are roasted by DeGayo Roasters.
Long Black RM6.90
Huckleberry uses the award-winning Synesso Cyncra coffee machine, which is hand-crafted in Seattle!
There are almost 25 varities of hand-crafted crusty gourmet bread, baked fresh daily, here at Huckleberry. Huckleberry Food & Fare's signature bread is the Miche Sourdough range, while others include is the classic multigrain, organic meteil from a house-blend of organic lour and rye sourdough starter, the beautifully braided challah bread as well as general crowd pleasers- farmer's bread, wholemeal and rye- served fresh and lovingly from the oven.
From Left: Milk Bread, Multigrain Bread & Miche Sourdough Walnut & Raisin. Served with Raw Organic Honey, Lescure Butter, Homemade Mango, Banana & Honey Jam & Homemade Papaya, Ginger & Honey Jam
I loved how light & fluffy the milk bread were. Miche Sourdough Walnut & Raisin was definitely my favourite- crusty on the outside, soft and chewy inside, with walnut & juicy raisins embedded in the bread to give it an extra crunch & a sweeter note.

The homemade jam that goes with the bread were really lovely too. I especially loved the Papaya, Ginger & Honey Jam , despite not being a big fan of the papaya fruit itself.
Superfood Salad
Romaine, Baby Spinach, Rockets, Beetroots, Japanese Cucumber, Mango cubes, Pomegranate, Cherry Tomatoes, Broccoli, Quinoa, Avocado topped with Raw Organic Honey, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, nuts & seeds
"wow" is certainly an understatement for this dense bowl of salad. Packed with an array of colours, nutrients, texture and taste, which all complements one another perfectly. Perfect for a meal on its own, or a platter to share with a group of friends.
Chili Cheese Toast with Fried Eggs RM13.90
Slice of toast grilled with bechamel , spring onion, green chilies and sambal and topped with a sunny side up.
A very satisfying & comforting dish, with a unique touch of Malaysia. The toast was topped generously with cheese and topped with a fried egg which the yolk is still runny.

Smoked Duck Bacon and Egg Pasta RM25.90
Spaghetti cooked till El Dente, topped with smoked duck bacon & a perfectly poached egg. Yes, you heard it right,
Mix the yolk well with the pasta and you'll get a creamy pasta, with the right amount of spice & herbs seasoning.
Salt Beef Sammie with Rye Caraway Bread with sides of gherkins
Made from perfectly brined slow-cooked beef brisket, sanwiched in between house-baked rye carway bread and generously filled with homemade pickled gherkins and English mustard.
It's been a while since I had such a good sandwich, I must say. The savoury beef was tender and there was a hint of spiciness from the mustard. Recommended!
Banana French Toast RM24.90
Thick slice of brioche bread dipped in a rich vanilla custard scented with nutmeg & cinnamon, cooked in butter to brown perfection. Topped with raw organic honey OR house made apple syrup, walnuts & caramelized bananas
Soft and fluffy, with a contrasting crunch from the walnuts & sweetness from the banana and honey.

And last but not least, the dessert platter!
Strawberry Lemoncurd cake
Eclair- Coffee Marshmallow
Eclair- Vanilla Twix
Apple Turnovers
Caramelized apple folded in a flaky, buttery yet non-greasy pastry puff.
The Apple Turnovers served at Huckleberry will put other apple puffs/tarts to shame!
Vanilla Slice
The most heavenly dessert here at Huckleberry. A must-try. No one should leave Huckleberry without trying this heavenly piece of Vanilla Slice.
The driving force behind Huckleberry.

Verdict: Huckleberry Food & Fare have to be on everyone's to-try list. Really good food, great coffee, warm hospitality by the passionate team behind it.

Huckleberry Food & Fare
2G and 4G Medan Setia 2,
Plaza Damansara, Damansara Heights,
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Business Hours:
7.30am-6pm Wednesdays-Mondays
Closed on Tuesdays

Contact Number: 03-2098-7933

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Buka Puasa @ The Spread, St Giles The Gardens – Grand Hotel & Residences

Buka Puasa at The Spread All Day Dining @ St Giles The Gardens during the holy month of Ramadhan. Located at Level 6 of The Gardens, The Spread offers more than 100 dishes of your favourite Iftar buffet delights!
The Spread will be taking you through a journey of Iftar Buffet Delights from 22nd June till 13th July 2015 from 7.00pm till 10.30pm daily.

Quench your thirst with the wonderful array of drinks provided at the drink station. From freshly blended Tropical Punch, to fruit juices & coffee and teas...
 Kick start your meal with a spread of fresh oyster, mussel, tiger prawn, sushi & sashimi!
Mix and match your salad with your favourite toppings & dressings, be it Western style salad, or the traditional Malay Ulam.
A hearty bowl of warm soup for your soul. We had Pumpkin Soup & Raddish Soup on that night. The menu here at The Spread rotates daily so you might get different soups during your visit.
And perhaps pair your soup with a piece of fluffy bun or a crusty slice of bread.
One will be surprised at the wide spread of local delights available here at The Spread. Ayam percik , roasted chicken/duck, whole lamb, fried vegetables, rending, fish head  curry, lamb kebab, beef bakso noodle, squid in percik sauce, lamb cutlet, seafood tom yam, black pepper mutton, soto ayam, sotong kanggung, butter chicken, seafood butter fish, ayam golek, chicken char siew, soup kambing and many more as the menu changes daily.
White Rice
 Oxtail Soup
Fried fish with braised mushroom sauce
Fried Prawns
 Deep Fried Squid
Bubur Lambuk

The Spread also offers a variety of Western Delights like pizza, lasagna, beef wellington , pasta (there's a pasta station where all pastas are freshly cooked upon ordering!) & much more!
Head towards the outdoor balcony where one can have a view of KL City (spot twin tower on the background!) & Bangsar.
The Grilling & BBQ Station is located here at the Balcony, where satays, grilled beef/fish/sotong & much much more are grilled fresh to please one's tastebuds
Chicken Curry
Beef Rendang
Assam Squid
Fish Curry
Nasi Briyani

A meal is never complete without desserts. Desserts lovers will be pleased to see the lovely spread of sweet treat here at The Spread.
From colourful, dainty little local kuih-muih
To petite cakes, tarts & puddings...
And of course, ice-cream
the array of toppings to customize your own ice-cream sundae!
And my favourite section- The make your own ABC station!

And balance it all up, with some fresh fruits.

Pricing & promotions at The Spread:
  • Priced at RM 134 nett per adult and RM 67 nett for children (6 – 12 years old) . Each customer will receive a festive gift when you dine in!
  • Corporate gift vouchers are available and may be purchased at a special rate of RM124 nett per adult – The Corporate Gift Vouchers are applicable for 1st & 4th week of Juadah Iftar. Advance purchase are required for the corporate vouchers. 

*Prices are quoted nett Ringgit Malaysia inclusive of 6% GST

For more information, please contact

St Giles The Gardens- Grand Hotel & Residences
The Gardens, Mid Valley City,
Lingkaran Syed Putra, 59200 Kuala Lumpur.

Contact Number: 03-2268 1188 ext. 6123 Fax : 03 2287 0289 

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