are plenty of Italian restaurants on our shore serving pastas but there’s
hardly one who serves fresh pastas made from scratch. Most restaurants tend to
use the regular pasta for many reasons. Fresh pasta is extra work and doesn’t keep
as well as the dry ones too. Texture of fresh pasta is also very different and
takes extra effort to ensure that the al dente texture is well controlled
Merrow Pasta, located in USJ 10 in Subang, was
born because the owner enjoys fresh pasta. Hoping to introduce fresh pasta to
our shores, Merrow Pasta offers a solid list of house made fresh pasta daily
paired with various classic sauces.
restaurant has a really lovely décor. The moment one walks in, one feels at
ease and in comfort. Lots of wood are set in contrast with black. The whole
dining room is set around the open kitchen and so one actually catches live
action cooking as well as the aromas that waft through the air. A minor setback
here is that the open kitchen does set a smoky ventilation for the restaurant.
However, we were assured that the restaurant is now considering to seal up the
open kitchen with glass soon to provide a better comfort to diners.
we were there during Christmas season, the whole restaurant had really lovely
festive décor. There is also a wall filled with many photos of the patrons that
dine in Merrow Pasta.
menu is indeed decent with quite a few pasta classics as well as some
appetizers, salad, soup, main course and desserts.
quenched our thirst with Refreshing
Green (RM9.90), Cappuccino
(RM9.80) and Macha Green Tea Latte
(RM10.30). All coffee and tea are from Caffe Richard.
kick off our meal, we decided to try their house signature Smoked Salmon Salad (RM19.60). It wasn’t what I expected but
nevertheless, this one is very good. It’s quite a sizeable portion with smoked
salmon rolled with crisp greens, warm beef bacon potato salad and egg. The
potato salad was delicious, reminding me of German potato salad. It was tangy
and quite tart with soft potatoes and beef bacon bits in mustard dill dressing.
The tartness of the dressing did overpower the salmon but since I like the potato
salad, I didn’t mind this pairing.
Fruitti Di Mare Fritto (RM17.80) had
crispy and lightly battered squids and prawns served with Tartar sauce. The
appetizer was also decent and well cooked. We enjoyed this despite having to
peel the large prawns with the sauce.
always love soup so when I saw that Merrow
Pasta had soup, I wanted to try the Fresh
Seafood Soup (RM19.80). At sight, the soup looked wonderful with its
gorgeous hue of orange and medley of seafood. At taste, the soup was even
better. Rich with a moreish and tangy seafood essence, the tomato based seafood
soup was delicious. There were also generous seafood of clams, mussels, squid,
crab and prawns in the soup.
time and we were told that the Carbonara
(RM19.60) is one of their best seller. The pasta looked enticing at sight with
the poached egg. Well sauced, the spaghetti had generous turkey ham slices and
was finished with herbs and black pepper. It is very rich with the heavy cream
and poached egg with molten egg yolk. Overall this was decent but not my
favorite. The pasta was good as it had the al dente texture that I enjoy.
Marinara (RM20.80) tasted quite
similar to the seafood soup earlier except this was thicker. Lots of mussels,
squid, clam and prawn again in this pasta, making it really value-for-money.
The pasta was cooked well again here but I personally felt the sauce was a tad
weak here. It’s not bad but I prefer a heavier tomato flavour so it’s more of a
personal preference since my other friends enjoy this dish.
I enjoy a lot was the Con Salsa Al Nero
(RM27.60). The squid ink sauce had delicious garlicky and wine flavours with a
surprising hit of chili heat. The bonito flakes also gave the pasta a rich
umami flavour. The plump and tender squid was also yummy with the al dente
Smoked Duck in Teriyaki Dry Chili Sauce
(RM19.60) was also scrumptious in my books. The spiced up teriyaki sauce had a
nice balance of sweet and savory with a bit of heat. The smoke duck added a
nice flavours and texture to the pasta.
dish that actually came out on top of my list that evening was the Lasagne Al Forno (RM24.80). Served in a
cast iron pan, the lasagna was piping hot and oozing with much cheesy lusciousness.
The pasta sheet was soft and provided a beautiful tender blanket for the beefy
tomato sauce and creamy cheesy béchamel sauce. Each bite is heavenly yum. An
excellent dish that I would order again…
it was the festive season month, we decided to enjoy desserts. Chocolate Pasta (RM19.60) had us
curious and so we went with an order of this. Basically inspired by mille
feuille, this one had a chocolate pasta baked till crispy and layered with
whipped cream, strawberries and berry coulis. Pretty unique way of eating
Lave Cake with Ice Cream (RM18.80)
was sinful and sublime. Gorgeous molten chocolatey center with a crisp cakey
outer layer, the chocolate was dark and luscious. Paired with vanilla ice
cream, chocolate sauce and berries, this dessert was classic and so yum…
Orange Creme Brulee (RM13.80) was
not too bad. It had a really lovely cream that was nicely set but it lacked the
crusty crunch of the caramelized top. Nevertheless the crème brulee had a nice
subtle citrusy note that was refreshing and sweet.
hits and some misses here but Merrow
Pasta still scores brownie points for making their own fresh pasta daily.
The highlight of the pasta for me was definitely that awesome Lasagna and Con
Salsa Al Nero. Merrow Pasta’s ambiance is also great for parties and gathering.
Business Hours: 11.00am
to 10.00pm daily
More Than Just Coconut Ice Cream!
you love coconut ice cream, you would know that Sangkaya is the place to go to for luscious creamy coconut ice
cream. A Malaysian founded creamery, everyone knows Sangkaya with its tagline #nutsaboutcoconuts!
for their coconut ice cream, Sangkaya uses coconut milk as the base for all
their ice creams, making them extra luscious and delectable in flavors. All
Sangkaya’s ice creams are made fresh in small batches daily. It is GM free with
no artificial additives or preservatives. Check out all their 37 outlets here.
festive Chinese New Year, Sangkaya
has join the festive cheers by introducing Opulence
Bowl and Fortune Shake in all
their outlets. From 15 December 2016 to 28 February 2017, ice cream lovers will
be able to enjoy two festive Opulence Bowl creations of Orange Tang and Pineapple
Zest, both priced at RM8.40 each. There is also two Fortune Shakes of Orange Sunrise and Pineapple Breeze at RM7.40 each.
Orange Tang Opulence Bowl features 3 scoops of creamy orange
scented ice cream, dried orange peel and a wedge of lime in a waffle cup.
Squeeze the lime on to the ice cream to enhance the citrus tang. The orange ice
cream is definitely in tune with this festive season. A fortune cookie seals
I have to pick, my favorite would be the Pineapple
Zest Opulence Bowl. The pineapple ice cream is refreshing, zesty and tangy
with a creamy coconut finish. It is topped with chunks of pineapple and is also
served in waffle cup, completed with a fortune cookie too.
quench the thirst, sip on the icy refreshing Pineapple Breeze Fortune Shake that will guarantee to cool you down
with a lovely fresh tang. It was so good, I had two of this lovely shake.
is also the citrusy Orange Sunrise Fortune
Shake for orange lovers. Beautifully scented with orange aroma, the shake
is easy to enjoy and get our vitamin C for the day.
Sangkaya during the festive CNY
season now and you may also receive some lovely Sangkaya ang pow packets!
Delectable Nyonya Food with Local
a successful first outlet in Atria Damansara, Baba Nyonya by Sambal Chilli opened their second outlet in Avenue K
in the city recently. Serving Nyonya cuisine as well as some other local
classic dishes, there are certainly plenty of dishes to cater to everyone who
enjoys spice laden dishes.
paid a visit to their latest outlet and was immediately pleased to see how
lovely the interior of the restaurant was. Bright and bold with lots of colors
backed with wood furniture, there are also plenty of greenery incorporated into
the ambiance to bring a sense of nature and comfort.
restaurant has dining areas sectioned with panels to offer more privacy in
dining. A mural of young Nyonya girls added a nice charming touch to the place.
There is also a counter at the entrance of the restaurant where packets of Nasi
Lemak and Asam Beehoon as well as some Nyonya kuihs are displayed to tempt
menu is also very pretty in design with its color. Filled with lots of Nyonya
dishes as well as some other dishes, we notice that the price is very
affordable for the cuisine.
came first and Baba Nyonya by Sambal Chilli
has some lovely mocktail concoctions like Markisa (RM10.90), Pandan Kasturi
(RM10.90) and Iced Honey Lemon (RM4.50). These were great thirst-quenchers.
just couldn’t resist having a packet of the Asam Beehoon (RM2.50). It was so good, we ended up having a second
packet before our dishes came. The thin rice noodle is very tasty and has a
piquant tang of heat to it, making it delicious with every bite.
the Small Bites list, we decided to order some dishes as starters. The Tom Yam Popcorn Chicken (RM9.90) fared
well. Nuggets of tom yam flavored chicken popcorn was crispy and tender. It’s
tasty enough even without any sauce.
Fruit Rojak (RM9.90) was yummy.
Sufficient prawn paste sauce with hints of heat, generously drenched on to the
mixture of fresh fruits and vegetables. Crushed peanuts added a lovely nutty
aroma and texture to the rojak. Pretty decent version here that I wouldn’t mind
Fried Belachan Chicken Wings
(RM9.90) was mediocre as I thought it was a bit too battered and not flavorful
enough. It is still juicy and tender. If they can pump up the belachan flavor,
the wings would definitely be better.
were surprise to find a few Thai dishes in the menu as well. From the Daily
Plates – Rice, we tried the Green Curry
Chicken Rice (RM14.90). This was surprisingly very tasty. A generous
portion, the green curry was creamy and beautifully redolent of a lovely
balance of spices and herbs. It has a chockful of tender pieces of boneless
chicken, soft eggplant and other vegetables. The curry was so good I kept
piling on my rice.
bouncy bites of prawns cooked in an unctuous sweet and spicy sambal sauce with
stink beans summed up Sambal Petai Prawn
(RM29.00). Another dish that had just the right balance of sambal flavors that
I enjoyed a lot.
I have to pick a favorite dish that evening, it would be the Curry Prawn Claypot (RM36.00). The
curry was very creamy with a nice burst of spices. Not spicy in heat at all,
the curry was also not like those thick ones but rather more drinkable. The
prawns were really fresh and a good size with sweetness that goes so well with
the extra creamy curry. There’s also lady fingers, eggplant and other
vegetables in the curry.
Crispy Fish with Sambal Sauce (RM56.90) had a whole siakap fish
fried till crispy and drenched with the house signature sambal sauce. The fish
was fresh and had a sweetness in the soft flesh. The sauce was generous and
went well with the fish, beckoning us to pile this onto more steamed rice.
Salted Fish Chicken in Claypot (RM22.90)
is also very tasty. Served in claypot, the sizzling dish was wondrously
aromatic and I can definitely smell the salted fish distinctive aroma wafting as
the dish was placed on our table. The unctuous salty flavor was nicely balanced
with the sweetness of the dark soy sauce. Boneless chicken cubes were tender,
just right with rice.
Cincalok Omelette (RM12.90) is a crowd pleaser. We dug
into fluffy egg omelette punched up with the salty pungent cincalok. Another
dish that calls rice due to its rich savory flavors.
rather simple vegetable dish that relies heavily on the sambal, the Steamed Ladies Finger with Sambal
(RM12.70) was pretty decent. I enjoyed the lady fingers with the sambal very
Nyonya Chap Chye (RM16.90) was also yummy. A medley of
vegetables sautéed with taucheo, this one had more sauce than the one I am used
too. It’s good for young ones as my son enjoyed the sauce of this dish on his
Baba Nyonya by Sambal Chilli also has a kid’s menu on their list
and my little one had Under The Sea
(RM12.90). A cute thoughtfulness for little ones because it made my son very
happy to see the bears under the egg blanket. He polished off the whole dish
is a must in a Nyonya meal as there are classic favorites that end the meal
with sweetness. Opt for the Cendol
(RM3.90) or ABC (RM9.90). Both icy
concoctions of dessert that is really lovely and delicious after the rich
is also a very good Sago Pandan Gula
Melaka (RM4.90) that is worthy of an order with its luscious syrupy Gula
Melaka over sago and creamy coconut cream.
you prefer hot dessert, try the Bo Bo
Cha Cha (RM4.50). This one has Gula Melaka in the coconut sweet soup. There’s
also plenty of sweet potatoes, yam and other stuff in the dessert.
there is one dessert that is a must-try, it’s the Banana Fritters (RM11.90). Golden and crispy banana fritters served
with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a side of black spicy sauce. The flavor
is unique with its sweet and spicy sauce.
a decent place for Nyonya cuisine and the price is value-for-money indeed. Baba Nyonya by Sambal Chilli has more
to offer with their long list of dishes and I would certainly go back there to
try their other dishes. Expect hearty classics that will please everyone of all
NYONYA BY SAMBAL CHILI
Lot UC-1, Upper
8:00am to 10:00pm