20 Apr 2010

The Haute Food Co, Plaza Damas

My 1st visit didn’t got off to a very good start as we got lost though I followed the map on the website to the T.
So take my advice; forget the map.

A foolproof way would be to park in Hartamas Shopping Centre & to go to the 2nd floor where Starbucks is. Exit through the glass doors & you will see Aji Don Ramen. Proceed to the row behind it and turn right. Walk til the middle of the row, keeping a lookout for 2 big blue and white stripes umbrellas (which is quite obscure as well) on the opposite side. It is somewhere in the middle of the row.

Not familiar with HSC/Plaza Damas, we walked up & down the row a few times on our first visit. I would have hopped into other outlets (there’s quite a selection of eateries here) but the need to verify the claims of “best scones in Malaysia” and “superb sandwiches” had me obstinately thrudging up and down looking for The Haute Food Co.

Boy, was I glad when I finally spotted the entrance.

Once a foot was in the door, my eyes were riveted at the selection of baked goods at the counter. Oh my gawd..it’s desserts heaven here! And everything looked scrumptious..with each sporting the ‘carelessly” assembled together, individually home-baked goodness look.

I propelled forward, zoomed in on the scones and started drooling over the cakes.

See? Nonchalantly shaped cookies, devil- may- care rolled croissants and randomly cut scones. Lovely!
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Below clockwise from left: Stuffed to the crust blueberry/apple pie, raspberry lemon cheese cake, carrot cake and sticky date pudding baked in a pot.

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The scones, baked fresh daily, came with strawberry jam with REAL strawberries (not the paste-y kind mind you) which was a bit sweet but the fresh whip cream was heavenly.

Warm and buttery..crumbly yet firm, the scone is really worth the trip alone. (I’m not sure about the “best in Malaysia part”, I have to eat more scones before laying claim to that :yes: ). It is reasonably RM4.90 for a set of 2.

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Their pasta of the day (which rotates every few days) then was the beef lasagne, RM15.90. All of the mains comes with a side salad, lightly drizzled with vinagrette or just served fresh.
I find the pasta very homely & the sauce fresh with all the right flavours. I did feedback that I find the pasta sheets a weee bit “elastical” but maybe that was considered al dente?

Nope, don’t expect symmetrically cut lasagne. This resembles a dollop of pasta scooped from a bigger tray and heaped on a plate. I love it! It seems so “homely” .. if you get what I mean. ;-)
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My chicken Frittata (RM15.90) was delicious! The potatoes at the bottom were firm (I would personally have preferred them softer) and the chicken + pesto + tomatoes combo really did me in. But but..if only the potatoes were softer…hhmm..

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Their iced latte RM7.90 wasn’t memorable.. I find it a bit ‘thin’ and lacked ‘kick’.
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The day after, I dragged UnkaLeong here. Chef Li (owner/baker/cook) recommended her freshly out of the oven Italian Apple Cake. While I’m not sure how an actual Italian apple cake is supposed to be; I like this one because it does not have the gooey filling of an American apple pie. Seriously, I prefer my apples not reduced into a soggy sticky messl. Here, each apple slice is firm but soft with it’s tartness intact, & the whole slice was chockfull of semi sweet raisins and nuts.

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Yes, it is a cake. No pastry or phyllo crust. Only a thin layer of butter sponge on top. Amazing stuff! (RM7 or 8, sorry lost the receipt)

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Greedy me packed home a slice of moist and not overly sweet carrot cake (RM7-8?)  for the week. (Ok, who am I kidding? I eat an average of 3 cakes per week :yes: )

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The texture somewhat had me comparing it to a fruit cake cos of it’s densely packed structure but minus the over- the – top sweetness. As usual, there were walnuts, julliened carrots and raisins. The cream cheese topping was tinged with lemon that lends a sourish tang. It may not be the best ( I think Collins Bakery in Mt Kiara does a better one), but it’s still better than Dome’s, Delicious’s and Alexis’s version!

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Oh yes, of course we did have REAL food. ;-)

My roast beef sandwich, (RM13.50) came with succulent thick medium rare beef slices and generous layers of caramelized onions.

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UnkaLeong has the Lamb Wrap, RM15.90. The pita has a perfect chewy-crispy balance and the heaving stuffing of roasted lamb was sublime. Pour in the mint yogurt dip that came with it and you have the perfect lamb pita.

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Look at the bountiful fillings!
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I can’t wait to stock up on their desserts! The menu is pretty limited for now & I ‘m aiming for their American breakfast next.  Based on what we had so far, it seemed that they have a good deli supplier. I trust that their breakfast items will impress (I hope).

The Haute Food Co
Unit H-0-2 Block H, Plaza Damas 60, Jalan Sri Hartamas 1
Telephone:03 – 6201 3168

http://www.hautefoodco.com Open from 10am – 6pm Closed on Tuesdays

A very small quaint little cafe.
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I’m a careful person with money (call me a scrooge if you will) . Yet I felt that the prices were reasonable considering the portion and quality of food. At least it wasn’t as bad as what we paid for our cut throat Bar Italia breakfast .

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20 Apr 2010

bryanlyt says:

nice! i’m actually craving for desserts these days! T__T

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rebeccasaw Reply:

Come! We go together for iced stuffs like we discussed yesterday! :razz:

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20 Apr 2010

JustinH says:

go here sure pokai very fast!

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rebeccasaw Reply:

True..once in while? ;)

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20 Apr 2010

bboyrice says:

like i said, damn nice right. ;)

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20 Apr 2010

Chong says:

Everything looks homely. Haha.

Sadly, the shop closes early… :(

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rebeccasaw Reply:

Yeah.. Chef Li also..well..kinda like “not concerned for profit” kinda attitude.

More of a hobby perhaps?

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20 Apr 2010

Sean says:

the “REALLY RICH BUTTER CAKE” in one of your pics is what i’d order … cos i love my cakes as dense and moist as possible! :d but sigh, the next time u go, can u pleaaaase ask them why they’re not open till at least 8pm. every time i’ve been to plaza damas this year, they’re always closed already by the time i arrive!!!

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rebeccasaw Reply:

Yah..I think all the shops at the Damas row closes early. Could beperhaps not much biz expected there at night?
Myself hardly venture there often!

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20 Apr 2010

minchow says:

More brekkie joints! Yes!! KL is really looking up these days! :-)

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rebeccasaw Reply:

I’m gonna try the bagel station next! ;)

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20 Apr 2010

unkaleong says:

And I was feeling like Dim Sum that morning..Heh. Overall food, loved the lamb wrap. Mint + Lamb with a Little fat, you can’t go wrong there ;)

A tad on the pricey side, but quality ingredients all around! Money well spent.

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rebeccasaw Reply:

We must try that Grand Imperial dim sum that I have hearing so much about!

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20 Apr 2010

sophia says:

Fawwwwk! The stuff looks fawking GOOD!!!
Yo, I love how you go to a shopping center and look for food places right away! My kind of shopping partner! ;-)

So, you coming to Singapore? ;-) We go makan-makan!

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rebeccasaw Reply:

yes i am!!! I cant go LA so that’s the nearest I can meet and give u squeezy hug!! :mrgreen:

Gimme dates woman!!

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20 Apr 2010

Xi@nG says:

Wootz… Looks damn attractive the food! Will try there one day =]

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rebeccasaw Reply:

PLs do!!

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20 Apr 2010

ai wei says:

u said best scones in malaysia. really??? love a try =)

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rebeccasaw Reply:

Err.. someone told me so.. but i can’t tell..since I haven’t eaten scones in Cameron yet!
But this is pretty good too. :cool:

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20 Apr 2010

babe_kl says:

sounds good but why ppl serve scones wid whipped cream and not clotted cream? sighhh

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rebeccasaw Reply:

She said then the scones will be pricier cos clotted cream expensive worr

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20 Apr 2010

lotsofcravings says:

this place is pretty much a maze..esp with restaurants here and there. an easier but (more expensive option) is park outdoors where starbucks is..save the walking time.

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rebeccasaw Reply:

Well.. tht’s exactly what Unka didnt want to do!

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20 Apr 2010

foodbin says:

i think i will like the chicken frittata.

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rebeccasaw Reply:

AHaha.. more substantial is it?

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20 Apr 2010

Leo says:

I think that I had actually pointed out this place to Jenn one time while in Plaza Damas. So I have a rough idea on where this place is

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rebeccasaw Reply:

Tht’s good! Tell me whn u go! Hehe

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20 Apr 2010

Clumsy Chic says:

OMG!!Those desserts are killing me!!!! Looks so tempting~~ I wanna try it out!!!!

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rebeccasaw Reply:

Lets go? I nd more ppl so can order more! :razz:

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20 Apr 2010

iamthewitch says:

Nice place! I haven’t found the perfect place for scones so far in Malaysia, but I might just take up your word on this being one of the better ones. :) Btw very funny the way you described the directions to this place :P

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rebeccasaw Reply:

I knw what u mean. Scones seems simple but it aint!
Haha.. venting out my fustrations . Not easy to find!

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21 Apr 2010

via says:

wah….delicious food ler…plaza damas got many new hidden food spots

aiyoh, me not famous at all lah….ur food post much jeng than mine…. i just tumpang only to do food review…hehehe

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rebeccasaw Reply:

WEll.. U get more reviews than me loh!
But yeah.. lazy to write sometimes. anyways u been to Plz Damas?

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21 Apr 2010

Pureglutton says:

Good variety of desserts. Pity they close shop so early – maybe biz is not so good towards the night eh!

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rebeccasaw Reply:

For this area, me thinks not too!

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22 Apr 2010

Joe Rusek says:

You have a new fan! I love your stuff here and will be back again.

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rebeccasaw Reply:

Er..serious? ;p

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23 Apr 2010

Life for Beginners says:

You eat an average of 3 cakes per week??? Oh tell me how you keep your figure, dear! Me need your magic weight-maintenance tips. ;)

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14 Jun 2010

Keith Skehan says:

Great blog post.Really looking forward to read more.

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6 Jul 2010

Patria Ohayon says:

I like their cakes & sandwiches, though I felt the girl there could be friendlier. Still, living nearby, this is a good plc for quality pastries etc

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6 Jul 2010

Kerry says:

Great recommendation as usual Rebecca! Eh, got cheaper places but with similar variety of food or not?

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10 Jul 2010

Kat Tan says:

Did you try the new cakes???

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27 Oct 2010

kuen stephanie says:

We were there yesterday, looking high n low for it. In the end, we settled for b’fast at Blue Cafe instead. Maybe, next time.

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rebeccasaw Reply:

Blue Cow u mean?
That one is not bad I heard ;)
Yea, the location is a bit challenging but the effort is worth it :yahoo:

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25 Nov 2010

pummkin says:

Whooarrrgh!!! Lei sek kam tor yeh ah??? Ngo yau yiu!!! I will definitely try the scones & carrot cake! Have you been to the Bagel Station yet?

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rebeccasaw Reply:

Oh I heard good stuffs abt Bagel Station, so I went one day.. saw the prices and err…went somewhere else ;p

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29 Aug 2011

Sean says:

Honest this isnt french in any way. its typical Australian/NZ stuff. But it tastes good nont he less.
However a huge disappointement if youre looking for European stuff…

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rebeccasaw Reply:

Err. . did I say French anywhere? Perhaps fr that particular dessert alone, but this cafe is certainly not french-y

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