Thursday, August 23, 2007

Lunch @ House & Co, Bangsar Shopping Centre, Kuala Lumpur

One of the best things about being a food blogger has meant I've met quite people who're just as passionate about food. Hence when you're feeling down especially on a Friday, they're the ideal lunch partners to call to perk you up. After a long debate on where to eat around the Bangsar area where we had to contend with the Friday traffic and the parking woes around the mosque, we settled for House & Co at Bangsar Shopping Centre.

Although I've known for some time about the House & Co's legendary lunch fare, that fact always slips my mind whenever I'm processing where to have lunch. Luckily Fatboybakes, that famous fella who bakes those yummy stuff reminded us about it hence we got a chance to sample the food. Packed with the "lunch time tai-tais", we scored a nice table with lots of light from Fatboybakes' efforts. We were all tempted to go for the Curry Laksa but since we wanted to try other items, I opted for their Nasi Lemak (RM15). It was a good choice since it came in an artfully arranged platter which made the other two food bloggers green with envy! Here they used pandan tinged basmati rice for their coconut rice which was wonderfully fragrant. The sides like the chicken curry (you could change this for beef or sotong if you preferred) and chili sauce was served in the boatlike banana bud leaves. I especially liked their sambal - thick, slightly sweet with chopped onions. It went so well with the rice and the cucumber sticks. Another plus point was their crunchy ikan bilis. Totally unlike the puny ones we usually get, these were enormous in comparison. Sliced in the middle, the crunchy fish were all curled up in different directions.

Lyrical Lemongrass and Fatboybakes both zoomed in on the Curry Laksa (RM15). Served in deep jade green bowls, the laksa was a hefty portion. I managed to get a taste of it and it was good stuff with lots of cockles, tofu puffs, chicken and noodles. Definitely something I want to return to House & Co for. Pretty Pui, Lyrical Lemongrass' friend had a Chicken Pita (RM12) which also looked good and laden with ingredients.

Of course, we had to order desserts and who could pass over the decadent Chocolate Brandy Torte. Sprinkled with cocoa powder on top, it was rich and sinful especially for lunch time when we shouldn't be consuming alchohol so early in the day.

They also serve a variety of layer cakes here and we tried the Prune Version. Heated up it was really nice especially with the tender prunes. Surprisingly it didn't feel so decadent especially when one knew it was filled with cholestrol laden eggs.

Although the food is great, the menu is pretty small (sandwiches, salads and a few Asian dishes) so don't expect lots of variety. Most people go for their signature Nasi Lemak and Curry Laksa or their generous sandwiches. Aside from amazing food, House & Co is also an ideal place to shop for furniture and household items. In fact, we bought most of our friend's Christmas presents here as we couldn't resist the pretty packaging (white paper and ribbons). So next time when you're scrambling on where to eat in Bangsar, remember this place tucked in a corner.

House & Co
Lot S15, East Wing
Second Floor
Bangsar Shopping Centre
Kuala Lumpur

Tel No: 03 - 2094 4393

(Halal. Located next to the Japanese restaurant and within the House & Co shop. They serve lunch and teatime.)

*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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Precious Pea said...

OOO..the nasi lemak...those fav!! If you going again for lunch, do let me know, i take 1/2 day leave to join you.

Unknown said...

Love the presentation of the nasi lemak. Gorgeous! Have only been to tea once and the curry puffs were really good. (am a sucker for curry puffs)

MeiyeN said...

great.... new place to try! da dessert is calling me now... thanks boo! :D

daphne said...

oh cool. the nasi lemak looks good with all the nuts (i'm abit of a nut fan). what caught my attention was the torte AND the prune cake...serving it warm is a very nice touch.

tankiasu said...

So near my office but still yet to try it. Arrghhh...

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

I loved it so much that I went back again...this time, to try the nasi lemak with beef rendang. Blog post coming up very soon. hehe.

debra fong said...

this blog's amazing.
I myself love to blog about food!
I live to eat!:D

By the way,just wondering,what camera are you using to take the pictures of the food?

Cheesywee said...

The first dish look really really interesting, i've never had anything like that before but i'm definitely willing to try it! the chocolate brandy torte looks incredibly good, I bet it would taste even better fresh out of the oven warm hot and gooey! yyummm!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

the nasi lemak is really teasing me to the max..argh!!...

ling239 said...

well... another place to try out in my list, tks ~ ^_^

Lovely Malaysia Food said...

This is a very good choice to recommend to people. I always go to eat at this nice cafe. The nasi lemak is very good but I think the the chilli sauce which come in a leaf is not suit to nasi lemak. The curry laksa is quite nice. The Ah Lian soup koayteow also not bad.

boo_licious said...

precious pea - Yeah, we shld revisit as I want to try the laksa.

paprika - oooh, what a good excuse to drop by for tea after some shopping. Thxs for the curry puff tip.

meiyen - hope you like it!

daphne - quick, go and indulge in those items as they're good stuff.

tankiasu - can have yr next Dsara Heights Corporate Slaves lunchie there!

LL -ooooh, beef rendang sounds yummy also with it.

debra fong - welcome to the world of food! I use a Panasonic Lumix camera for the snaps.

cheesywee - aargh! warm choc torte even sounds better the way you described it.

joe - join the dsara heights corp slaves for lunch?

ling239 - good idea to keep a list as there's so much yummy stuff to try.

lovely malaysia food - I do like the nasi lemak as the rice, sambal, peanuts and ikan bilis is good enough for me.

wmw said...

Nasi Lemak is calling me! :)

Big Boys Oven said...

Yummmmmmmmy.... looks great so inviting and so asian.

fatboybakes said...

great food and great company, what more can a person ask for hor!!!
oooh, you didnt mention that steal of a book we got at TIMES bookshop. actually i found out it wasnt a steal after all. i saw a similar book on chocolate in MPH for RM16.90....

Her Worldly Pleasures said...

this is so cruel...the nasi lemak looks damn good and from your description, even more so and even more cruel is that i live in NZ now..*sob sob* . anyway...enjoy your blog heaps! and always make me feel homesick.

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