I don't venture into Cheras very much (for fear of being caught in MASSIVE traffic jams).... but of course when given the chance to catch up with some darling, intelligent and funny people, I will travel to where ever, with the added bonus that it was to a restaurant that they love (that I haven't tried before):
Still, I have to admit: I was feeling a bit wary as I circled the block of shophouses looking for My Diet Cafe - the area, Cheras Business Centre, had been easier than expected to find with the aid of Google Maps... but many of the shophouses were pubs (with dodgy signboards/ advertising) and I think I even saw some sort of "hotel"/motel around there...
It felt safe enough though (with plenty of parking available), on that sunny weekend morning, and I was very pleasantly surprised to find that the cafe interior was very nice - modern yet very cosy:
Scanning the menu, I thought that there was a pretty wide range of choices, ranging from light eats (eg. salads and sandwiches) to heavier options that sounded very interesting (eg. miso crusted steak).
I was feeling peckish while waiting, so I ordered the Tomato soup (RM 9+):
Overall, it was pretty good - thick enough without being stodgy and with a nice tart tomato flavor. :)
Soon after, everyone arrived and there was a flurry of ordering. We really ate quite a lot between the 5 of us, so I'll try to keep the descriptions short and sweet...
- Prawns in Spicy Tomato Sauce (RM 12+):
Not bad. Prawns were fresh and not overpowered by the slightly garlicky and spicy tomato based sauce.
- Sauteed Button Mushrooms (RM 10+):
Also not bad. Mushrooms were fresh and complemented by the fairly light sauce.
- Calamari Rings (RM 8+):
Lightly battered and fried till golden brown - crispy yet still with nicely bouncey "meat" within. :)
- Prawn Caesar Sandwich (RM 16+):
Decent panini texture (not starchy. yay!) enveloping the creamy yet light mix of caesar dressing, cheese, greens and lovely smokey prawns.
- Chicken Parmagiana (RM 26+)
Cheesey, tomato-ey, topped with slices of tender eggplant and fairly tender chicken.
- Mushroom Risotto (RM 18+):
Very tasty but felt decadent/ heavy as it was very creamy - best to be shared, I think.
(Really liked the crispy parmesan wafers that came with it - complemented the creamy risotto texture well)
- Bangers and mash (RM 19+)
Quality sausages, tasted good but it wasn't my favourite dish as the onion sauce was a bit on the sweet side.
(All just a matter of taste lah - I'm more of a savoury/ salty person)
- Pesto Pasta (RM 16+):
So simple but delicious. Al dente pasta coated with a tasty, fragrant pesto which they prepare in-house (I think I tasted basil and pine nuts in the mix).
- Bread n butter pudding (RM 10+):
Ok lah. Not bad but would have liked the bread layer to be a bit more moist.
- Warm Chocolate Cake (RM 15+):
Also just ok - found the cake texture a bit too "gloopy" but it was interesting how they served it with a thick, creamy mint sauce at the side.
- Mama Panna cotta (RM 10+):
Nice. Fragrant, jiggly panna cotta topped with yummy strawberries.
- Apple crumble (RM 10+):
Quite nice. Moist chunks of apple that were not too sweet/sour nestled in a crispy "cup" filled with crunchy crumble.
What a lovely day! :)
Got to catch up with some people that I don't get to see quite as often as would be nice, and got to meet a new friend too. *waves to CS*
(Isn't it wonderful how a common interest, in this case food, can bring people together?)
So it's: Nice casual, cosy ambience, friendly service, good range of western food for reasonable prices BUT nothing bad really, just that I heard that parking/ traffic in the area is a PAIN on weekdays - so, go check it out on weekends?......
My Diet Cafe @ Taman Cheras, KL
No. 27, Jln 3/101C, Cheras Business Centre, 56100 Kuala Lumpur
Ambience : 7
Service : 7
Price** : RM 40++ per person
** Approximation - 3 course meal, excluding drinks
Telephone No.: 03-9130 1700
Mon to Fri: 10am - 12midnight
Sat to Sun: 8am - 12midnight
NO PORK SERVED
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