Monday, May 10, 2010

Organic Food @ Eco-Oasis, Jalan Riong, Off Jalan Maarof, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur

amazingly good for us and tasty - quinoa with mango salad

Getting tips on new places to eat often come in strange ways...usually from a friend who tells another friend...that's probably why word of mouth works better than any advertisement!! We heard wind of this place and decided to check it out one weekend and was pleasantly surprised with the whole set up.

nasi lemak with organic chicken rendang

Perched on a hill, it was the most unlikely place - just off the busy Jalan Maarof. There's a sense of quiet, serenity and simplicity to the whole place. More than just a restaurant, it is also a shop and an organic spa. They also conduct talks here on a regular basis.

cooling rattan chairs, thick and healthy black soybean milk, stairs to the place, money plants decorate the wall

Walk up the stairs and discover a very spartan yet comfortable set up with rattan chairs (best thing to sit on with this heat), whirling fans, money plants and free wifi. Since it was the weekend, it was their special nasi lemak (RM19.80) - an enticing and healthy brown rice version with sambal, hard boiled egg, fried ikan bilis and organic chicken rendang. If you're not a chicken rendang fan, they also serve prawn sambal. Yummy stuff indeed that tasted like what mum would whip up on a lazy Sunday.

chicken sandwich

The other orders took a little while to come (we're not sure if it was due to this large table they had to cater hence they were busy that day, so be warned if you wish to get a one hour lunch here!) but it was all worth the wait. The chicken sandwich (RM12) came with chunks of chicken sandwiched between wholemeal bread and an appetizing salad. Yummy-licious indeed that a certain hungry diner wolfed down immediately. We also ordered the unusual sounding black quinoa and mango salad (RM13.50) - a tangy combination of not overly ripe mango cubes with quinoa grains that gave a lovely nutty texture. We're both fans of quinoa hence we loved it!

They also serve nut milks (almond I think) and this thick and amazing black soybean milk (RM4.50) that is very good for you. They pledge not to use anything artificial - MSG, preservatives, teflon based cookware and microwave. We think they definitely keep to their promise, as the food has a homecooked taste that is incredibly good. Next time we'll return for more...but only if we have another lazy day.

Incidentally, when we were dining here - the cutest ever tabby cat came over and said hi to us. She's a friendly soul who seems to belong to their neighbour but walks around like she owns the place!!

Eco-Oasis Restaurant
7, Jalan Riong
Off Jalan Maarof
Kuala Lumpur

(Pork free. To get here, when you are on Jalan Maarof from Jalan Bangsar, after the Indian temple, take a left turn into a small lane just before the Petronas petrol station. The house is on the right hand side, with stairs leading up. Note this is a cul-de-sac and not connected to the Jalan Riong where NST is at so don't come by that way, you have to use Jalan Maarof to enter. For more information, see their website and their facebook page. More pictures can also be found in my Flickr set)

POST NOTE: Heard from a friend today (12/5) that the chef has ran away, hence there's no food until they recruit another chef. Suggest you call and double check availability of food first before you visit.

*Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here is entirely based on my personal tastebuds and may vary for others. This review is time sensitive; changes may occur to the place later on that can affect this opinion. The reviewer also declares that she has not received any monetary or non-monetary compensation from this place for writing the review.

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Unknown said... there anything wrong with teflon based cookware?

boo_licious said...

adlina - teflon based cookware not great in high heat as it is coated with chemicals that may seep into your food.

UnkaLeong said...

Old Skool Rattan chairs and cute tabby cat! Good organic food to boot as well :) We shall be visiting this place soon!

J said...

Healthy and yummy is such a rare combination! :)

Bangsar-bAbE said...

Great find boo! I'm pretty sure my mum would be keen on trying. ;)

boo_licious said...

unkaleong - be warned though, food takes a while to come!!

J - true, since healthy often means weird tasting food.

Bsar Babe - I love the quinoa mango salad, but then I love anything with quinoa. Hope your mum likes it.

Huai Bin said...

I've passed by this place before! I'm not a big fan of organic food thought but based on what you've described might drop to try. Cheers! :)

Kenny Mah said...

Organic nasi lemak! That's a first... luckily I like healthy food... it helps, of course, that it's tasty too! Hehe.

Thanks for the recommendation!

Kenny Mah said...

P.S. Devil's gonna love the almond milk, being a big fan of anything remotely almond. :P

thule a.k.a leo said...

simple direction... shouldn't be a problem locating this place :)

Krystle Chelsea said...

Everyone is going organic nowadays. Everyone is trying to stay healthy. Good find!

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Ciki said...

love this place. btr than many other tasteless organic joints! which reminds me.. my post on this is DUE! eeK!

eiling lim said...

wow this is indeed very healthy and it looks nice and appetizing too!

Katie said...

I've never actually tried quinoa before but I've heard of it as being very healthy for you. The cat is so cute - it would have been hard to not slip it some chicken!

J2Kfm said...

The chef RAN away?! Haha ... what a bummer huh?
Anyway, the quinoa looks like ... ants crawling all over the bowl. :)
But i'm all for organic food. Damn tough to find good ones over here.

elke said...

Hi there,
this is Elke from Eco-Oasis. Thanks for your kind review. Just for your info, the kitchen is fully operating (again :-) and we have plenty new items on the menu and in the planing. See you soon!

Dr. Cyril said...

I have just had an amazing soya bean milk with a mee hoon that was very good; Along with a relaxing and pleasant atmosphere I can't think of any better way to spend an afternoon

HyunChard said...

Just arrived from vacation, my uncle sent us organic food delivered to our home such as rice, bananas, mangoes, etc. I couldn't ask for more thinking that the foods we eat is safe from chemicals.

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Anonymous said...

Dis place Eco Oasis is only pork-free. Don't confuse it with halal. It is operated by Mat Salleh with little knowledge about pork-free and halal. Pretty misleading babe.

Btw, wonder wat made d chef ran away! Must b d mosquitoes there! LOL

Lynn said...

My mom had some lunch at Eco Oasis after attending a talk at that venue. She was pretty upset at the food and gave it a thumb down.

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