Monday, February 27, 2006

Marmalade Cafe @ Mont Kiara, Kuala Lumpur

When it comes to eating out, sometimes I opt for restaurants which serve food I love and don't mind going there all the time. Marmalade Cafe in Mont Kiara is one of them as everytime we eat there, we have not been dissapointed. It's taken me quite a while to blog about it partly due to my difficulty in getting nice pictures. Last weekend, I managed to score some very nice pictures when we had an early dinner there.

Formerly known as Gecko Cafe which operated in the Desa Sri Hartamas shophouses, Marmalade is now at the tiny Mont Kiara shoplex annexe they share with Kiosk, Baskin Robbins and Star Hill Bistro. The cafe can be quite cramped inside as a large area has been cordoned off for the kids to play with. However you can sit outside on the wooden deck under an awning and billowing fans. It gets loads of people patronising them for lunches and weekend breakfast.

The cafe serves a wide variety of superb salads, sandwiches and quiches but since it was dinner time, we ordered the heavier meals. Splashie Boy had the beef stew(RM16+) which came with two slices of home made multigrain bread. The stew is tomato based and full of beef chunks, mushrooms, carrots and potatoes making it a very substantial meal. What I love about their dishes is they also add fresh vegetables like alfafa sprouts and lettuce on top of it.

I had the chicken pie (RM16+) which came with mashed potatoes and a salad with a tangy dressing. Although the pie may look small, it packs a punch as it's full of chicken chunks in a creamy sauce. Sadly we were too full to eat their famous Carrot Cake which I hope to feature the next time we get to sit al fresco. If you have kids, do visit this place as it's very child friendly with it's large play area - you can eat in the cafe and let the kids draw whatever they like. Once their masterpiece is finished, it can also be displayed on the glass walls of the cafe.

Marmalade Cafe

LG-1A, Shoplex at Mont Kiara

2 Jalan Kiara

Mont Kiara

Kuala Lumpur

Tel No: 03 - 6201 1743

*Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here is entirely based on my personal tastebuds and may vary for others. The reviewer also declares that she has not received any monetary or non-monetary compensation from the restaurant for writing this review.

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  1. Day Dreymer's Carrot Cake review.


myCoffee said...

This is also one of my favourite cafes although I have to admit I prefer it when it first started as Gecko. Their Carrot Cake and Havana Salad are my fave!

boo_licious said...

I never managed to taste it when it started out as Gecko as it had the weirdest times, it used to close at 6pm. Am glad you like it mycoffee and sorry abt your vanilla pods. said...

Mont Kiara -probably our next haunting place cos my kid told me they have built a skateboarding park there. Will take note of this.

boo_licious said...

lilian - there is a skateboarding park? I wonder where it is as I don't see any at the moment.

peanutbutter said...

My friends and I tried Marmalade's chicken pie and carrot cake after hearing so much about them but to our disappointment, the chicken pie was too dry and the portion was a bit too small for RM16. Carrot cake was so so only and price is on the high side :(

boo_licious said...

peanutbutter - looks like your blog is not up yet. Hmmm, sorry that your experience at Marmalade was not up to par.

juan1252 said...

i just went to marmalade yesterday and i absolutely love it. had the mushroom bruschetta (happy that they used whole meal bread) and had the havana was YUMS! (but the price is a little too steep for frequent visits!)

klreporters said...

Just went to Marmalade for lunch today with some friends. It's certainly a bit more child-friendly compared to most places in KL but the food was a tad bit disappointing. I had the beef stew, and I guess it was alright, but I am not a big fan of tomato-based sauces. The havana salad wasn't that great, and I preferred the avocado salad, tho it didn't have enuf avocado for my taste! Pauline had the beef pie, which was really dry, and not very tasty, and was made out of mince and not beef chunks..and Lilian tried the salmon quiche, which seemed alright, and Adeline had the deli burger. We then decided to have a go at the so-called famous carrot cake. Well it wasn't very moist or tasty..the best part about it was the icing and pumpkin seeds and the orang peel on top and there wasn't very much of the icing to be honest...To be blunt, I'd only go there again for the child-friendly area as it would provide some entertainment for the parking is a nightmare, be it weekdays or weekends...

MzB said...

maybe u should try the wild mushroom fettucini. The fettucinni itself was a bit dry (for that price i guess it will be too much to ask for a proper home made pasta) but the sauce is one of the better italian dish ive tried in low-mid KL restaurants

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