Monday, July 12, 2010

Grumps @ Plaza Kelana Jaya, PJ

Non Halal Italian/German restaurant in Plaza Kelana Jaya...

When Soo Jin told me about Grumps, a fairly new non-Halal Italian/ German restaurant in the nearby (to us PJ ppl, anyway) Plaza Kelana Jaya, I thought:
"Grumps? - What a cute name..."....

... followed quickly by:
"Oh no! I hope it's not because the owner/ chef/ staff there are proud of being grumpy!"...
(*lol* Anyway, I shouldn't even have worried, because that was not the case at all...)

We chose to sit in the front area of the restaurant (not much choice anyway, there was a function inside that evening). I immediately liked the comfortable, unpretentious ambience there - lots of warm, earthy colours that made it feel cosy:
Tables at the front of Grumps....

(BTW, there is also a back entrance through the indoor car park area, just so you know....)
The back door....

It is actually located right next to the increasingly popular Secret of Louisiana and similarly, has a nice view of the man made lake:
Looking at the lakeside....

The Cheesey Garlic Bread (RM 7.90++) was highly recommended (by SooJ) so we started with that:
Crispy basket of bread....

Overall - yum.
Carby, crunchy, cheesey and garlicky. :D

To be completely fair, the garlic bread was a little bit dry on its own.... but it went so well with the Cream of Mushroom Soup (RM 8.90++):
Creamy Mushroom Soup....

While there wasn't really anything special about the soup*, having it as a dip for the bread was great.....
(*It's not that the soup is bad, just that it didn't exactly rock my world....)

For mains, SooJ had the Spaghetti Carbonara (RM 16.90++):
Calorieeeessssss ....

I stole the requisite bites* from his pasta and mulled over the taste....
(*Muahaha. It's lovely being able to use the excuse that I am a food blogger! :P)

While it wasn't bad (creamy, tasty, al dente pasta), it also wasn't exceptional (one dimensional flavour, not enough meat). Still, for RM 16.90 - no complaints! Now I know where I can come for a very decently priced and pretty tasty pasta carbonara near my house.

As for me, I felt like something meaty so I ordered the Cheesy Crumbed Pork Loin (RM 22.90++):
Meaty ....

It doesn't look big, but the dense fillets of deep fried pork were really filling.

Texture-wise it was pretty tender, and tasted nice with the mildly flavoured mushroom sauce... My only (small) gripe is that the sauce was a bit too generously doused all over it, causing the batter to get soggy.

I was too full after that so I didn't try any of the desserts but I think I'll be heading back soon to try that and some of the other stuff on the menu...
(Have heard that the crispy pork knuckles and pizzas are nice)

So, it's: Unpretentious, cosy ambience at the side of a (man made) lake, fairly wide range of non-Halal Italian and German food at reasonable prices, quite easy to find parking BUT nothing really bad to comment actually :)....

Restaurant Review
Summary Sheet:

Grumps @ Plaza Kelana Jaya, PJ
D-02-01, Jalan SS7/ 13A, Plaza Kelana Jaya, Kelana Jaya

Taste: 6
Ambience : 7
Service : 7
Price** : RM 40++ per person
Parking: OK

** Approximation - 3 course meal, excluding drinks
Telephone No.: 03-7873 6898
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday - 11am till 3pm, 5pm till 11pm

Website: Click here



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  1. Sounds like an affordable place to check out. I've not even been to this Kelana thingy place.

    Have to make it a point to go

  2. i also went to that area 2 weeks ago..suprise to see so many restaurants

  3. lol.. thanks for putting this review up so late and making shirley think that i had the carbonara on saturday.. =P

    hence the post on my fb wall..

  4. to qwazymonkey:
    Yeah - just goes to show that one thing we r not short of in Malaysia is new yummy restaurants to check out. :)

    to taufulou:
    I know, right? I was so surprised too. And then felt so shy that I never ate there earlier because actually my house is so near...

    to soojc:
    Oops. Sorry... Did I get you in trouble? :P
    (Weeeeiii... I m not a factory. I can't churn out these reviews so quickly lah. There is a, roughly, 2 to 3 week lag...)

  5. I get your opinion on one-dimensional carbonara.
    Reallt hard to get it down to a perfect T.
    Creamy, yet not cloying. Smoky, charred bacon that is not greasy nor repulsive.
    I like carbonara so much, and currently addicted to two places in Ipoh serving them.

  6. I think that Joe came here a while back! Remember reading his post on this place!
    anything porky definitely worth a visit from this babitarian (me!!)

  7. The prices are very friendly! I'd be keen to do the pork loin and get them to serve the sauce on the side! Looks like a real filler too!

  8. to J2Kfm:
    Yeah loh... So far I only found one pasta carbonara that made me feel: "Ok! It's completely worth every calorie I have eaten!"... but unfortunately it was in Singapore. :(

    to thule aka leo:
    It's not too far from your house too! So go, go, go babitarian! :)
    (Psst. Call me if you are going lah. It's very near my house so we can chit chat over some yummy pork...)

    to minchow:
    Please do! I hope you enjoy every bite. :)
    (It's not exactly authentic Italian/ German but it's delish considering the price...)

  9. i remember readin ur tweet, and i thought u were having dinner at gramps (or grandpa) haha!

  10. to "Joe" who is constantly craving:
    See lah. Never read properly. :P
    (Haha... Well, it's only different by one alphabet... Easy to mistake!)

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