It's really funny how I have never noticed this little bakery/ cafe before, even though it's been open in the main Hartamas area for years*:
(* Located just a few doors down from Spicy Kitchen)
Oh, and just in case you were curious:
Mini language lesson (German):
Anyway, Backofen in Hartamas is a simple place - basic but comfortable. I liked how the inside of the cafe area had a slight fragrance of baked bread as it's "perfume" though:
That night, I shared the Cheese & Mushroom Broil (RM 7.50) with SooJ:
It turned out to be simple but tasty - fluffy bun, hollowed out and filled with sliced mushrooms in a cream sauce, and topped with a thick square of melted cheese.
(Has to be eaten when it's still hot/ warm though or it gets a bit "gloopy")
I also tried the Soup of The Day - Tomato (RM 4):
Not much to comment about this - the taste wasn't that great and the texture was a bit too thick but it was priced at RM 4.... so can't expect too much, right?
The menu is a bit of a mish-mash between classic Austrian (no pork though) and some clearly Asian influenced dishes. Sooj ordered one of the popular "fusion" specialties, the Spicy Fried Spaghetti (RM 11):
Overall, the slightly spicy/ sweet/ savoury fried spaghetti was fragrant and appetising. Wouldn't mind ordering it if I feel like a heavy, carby meal.
(Actually, I think it was big enough to share between 2 people)
I tried Beef Goulash with Rice (RM 11):
(Can also be ordered with bread/ bun at the side, instead of rice)
Haha... Sorry that the photo doesn't look very appetising...
(I couldn't figure out how to make it look nice)
Overall, the taste was ok...
The savoury tomato based sauce went well with the rice, but while the generous amount of beef was fairly tender, it wasn't quite as tender as I would have liked...
(Again, the serving size is really big for the price... I couldn't finish this)
Lastly, I tried the Chocolate Cake (RM 4.50):
Not that it was bad, but when you've been spoiled with cakes from (places like) Just Heavenly and Fat Boy Bakes,... well, maybe it's not fair to compare?
(Don't get me wrong: The chocolate cake at Backofen tasted fine actually - Quite moist, quite chocolatey....)
Here's the thing...
While none of the food completely blew my mind, I think it tasted good considering the decent pricing - I'll definitely be heading back some time.
(Also, SooJ mentioned that the fried rice there is pretty tasty and I can't resist a good fried rice....)
So, it's: Decent selection of Austrian and fusion/ Asian food at reasonable prices (for the Hartamas area) and friendly service BUT nothing bad to say except that there were some hits and misses on the menu and parking in the area can be a pain.....
Backofen @ Sri Hartamas, KL
No. 34, Jalan 25/70A, Desa Sri Hartamas, 50480 KL.
Ambience : 5
Service : 7
Price** : RM 25 per person
** Approximation - 3 course meal, excluding drinks
Telephone No.: 03-2300 6676
Opening Hours: Mon to Sat 10am – 10pm, Sun & Public holidays 8am – 8pm
NO PORK SERVED
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