Monday, September 10, 2007

888 Cafe @ Dataran Sunway, Kota Damansara

First of all, thanks to Tim from Three Meals of Goodness for organizing this wonderful food tasting night on da 6th of September 2007 in 888 Cafe. A big thanks to Mr. Alvin Ang, da Director of 888 Cafe for hosting us and not to forget da very warm and kind service provided by da staffs as well. Upon hearing da name of this Cafe, a typical Chinese like me believe that number '8' play an extremely important role and when da number 8 appears three times, I would just love to imagine da luckiness and auspiciousness that am going to receive when having meals in Cafe 888. Located at Dataran Sunway, Kota Damansara, Cafe 888 is not about to bring more luck to da Cafe but amazingly, more to a history of da origin trademark of 888 Coffee and Tea which can be traced back to 1942 during da World War II. It was da late Mr. Ang Thong Guan that started up da humble manufacturing business and there after, Coffee and Tea businesses form a part of Thong Guan Industries Berhad and today, da descendants of Mr. Ang continue to expand it businesses and leads to da opening of 888 Cafe.

Da history and story of 888 can be found inside Cafe 888, it's placed nicely against da wall...

There is such a nostalgic attraction and feeling just by looking at this picture :)

We first sampled their Appetizers.....

Inchi Kabin
Sounds cute right? If you are curious to know what is this, I shall let you know now. They are actually crispy Fried Chicken, not da usual one though. Da Chicken, marinated in curry power and fragrant spices turned out to be quite tasty but I didn't quite like da texture of it cause I find it dry and hard. However, my fiance has a different point of view. He thinks that these Chickens were quite similar to da one he usually had from da Malay food stalls and it tastes just as good as those :)

Otak-otak
By right, Malaysians should know what is Otak-otak and if you are still unaware what's Otak-otak, no, it's not a Brain but Fish Mousse grilled on a Banana Leaf. What you get in Cafe 888 is not da typical range of Otak-otak which used only Fish paste but a rather different one, they used Seafood paste to get it done. Truly spicy and fragrant!

Shrimp Toasties
Apparently, we were having difficulties identifying these Toasts as it tastes like Tuna but no, it's Shrimp that we savoured. Da fried bread were light, fluffy and crispy, not too bad!

To da Main Course, we had.....

Penang Fried Keow Teow
There's not much to rave over this plate of "Char Keow Teow" (CKT), very normal indeed except for da 2 big Prawns lying on top.

Nasi Lemak
Seriously, I don't remember when was da last time I actually had a plate of Nasi Lemak and I thought a basic Nasi Lemak would have condiments like Squid Sambal, fried "Ikan Bilis", Peanuts and such but this was different. No Squid Sambal but we savoured Sambal Fried Fish and very unsually, there were Beef Rendang, on top of that, da Nasi Lemak also served with braised Kangkung. I find da Anchovies pretty crispy and I liked da way they fried it, flat and huge, definitely not da normal "Ikan Bilis".

Nyonya Plate
I didn't know what's Nyonya Plate all about until that night. Steamed Rice served with dishes like Prawn Sambal, Fried Chicken, Nyonya Salad and Lemongrass Squid. Oh, not to forget there were Poppadom as well :D

Peranakan Plate
I thought it's quite da same as da Nasi Lemak we had earlier, da differences we spotted, additional of Prawns, Poppadom and we tasted a hint of Laksa on da Kangkung.

Nyonya Curry Laksa
This was da superstar of da night, very fragrant and everybody loved it so much! Huge serving with Cockles, Prawns and such, trust me.... you will never ever go wrong ordering this delicious bowl of noodles :)

Moving from da Malaysian Cuisine to Sizzling Platters we tried....

Sizzling Lamb Chop
Served with Vegetables like Carrot, Broccoli and Cauliflower, I was rather surprised that Fries were not included. Nevertheless, da texture of da Lambie was good and tender but just so unfortunately that we had it much later, couldn't really handle da supa hot sizzling plate and some of da items were already half burnt!

Sizzling Chicken Chop
Thigh meat was served and it tasted quite okay although some parts were merely burn due to da fact that we had it too late.

Next came Pasta...

Spaghetti Bolognaise
I was told by my other half those are minced Beef so I didn't try it. Served with Tomato and Herb sauce, Kampungboy and my fiance gave a thumb up for this plate of Pasta.

Aglio Olio
Smelt so good when it first arrived to our table. First bite was yummy, da more I had it.. da more I find it over-spicy for my taste buds. Nevertheless, da amount of Herbs and Garlic truly amazed me.

Kaya Toasts
Dessert from 888 Cafe, Kaya Toasts. I feel that da Toasts were slightly thicker compare to da Toasts I had before somewhere else and to be truthful, I prefer da thin and skinny ones :)

We wash down our food with a cup of warm 888 Tea. Wow..... very sweet! Infact, too sweet for me..... must add more hot water to my cup of Tea.

No, that's not da end. Fatboybakes from Have Your Cake and Eat It Too brought a Durian Cheesecake for us. I heard it was for Jackson's belated Birthday. Oh man, he's really lucky! Da Durian Cheesecake was awesome. My first time to have such an "exotic" piece of cake. So cheesy and creamy, helluva yummy! Thanks, FBB! :)

For your information, 888 Cafe opened its door on da 26th August 2007, less than a month from today's date and I strongly believe that there's still room for improvement in terms of food. Place wise, it has great ambience and da staffs here are very attentive, bonus points for their good service! I am very much convinced that they can be better hence do not hesitate to drop by this place and give them a try, especially da Nyonya Curry Laksa, it's really something that you won't be able to try outside. Take my words and go for it! :)

888 Cafe
1-1, Jalan PJU 5/10
Dataran Sunway
47810 Petaling Jaya
Selangor Darul Ehsan
Tel: 03-61416560

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25 comments:

~Christine~Leng said...

Oh my.. food sampling. So nice.. everything looks good :) *drool* I really fancy the durian cheesecake that u guys get to try. Must be very special. Have not tasted any durian cheesecakes! Floogers outings are great eh? ... ;D

Precious Pea said...

Yumzz...lots of mouth-watering food. Aiyoo..the durian cheesecake..missed that!

ai wei said...

drooling over here! there are many food to try out. nice nice. but... durian cheesecake?! emmm... i dun take durian.
must be fun and enjoyable to eat out together ^^

Jason said...

Aiyo, missed all that. :(

Kok said...

meiyen,
The food looks awesome but the durian cheese cake looks more tempting!:P

KampungboyCitygal said...

hehe..still rmb the time when bob asked me how much is the shrimp toast..o_O

Tummythoz said...

*Noting down Aglio Olio & Nyonya Curry Laksa r highly recommended*

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

Darn. Missed out on that durian cheesecake.

Primrose said...

Wow, that's a lot of food. Don't tell me it's only the two of you. Haha! I love durian mousse cake. The best I tried was from the baker's at Shangri-la Hotel but the chef left and I don't know where to purchase such a cake anymore. Do you know where apart from Secret Recipe?

wenching & esiong said...

wow, seems like this restaurant has everything, from malaysian to italian. i have no idea where's dataran sunway, which part of PJ is it located in?? thanks.

MeiyeN said...

christine, oh yes... we had lotsa fun and it was great! if you really wanna try da durian cheesecake, you can order through fatboybakes, he's a baker! :) check out his site here http://fatboybakes.blogspot.com/

preciouspea, nvm, there's always a next time as long as fbb continues to bake :D

aiwei, i don't really fancy durian too cause i think it's fattening but this durian cheesecake is really special, you really have to try it ;)

jason, yeah.. how come you didn't join us? :(

kok, ekekekekeke....

citygal, yeah.... premium price, better to order da main course right? :)

tummythoz, yeaps... :)

lemongrass, next time yah...;)

primrose, O_o no no no! there were many of us... :p ermm am not too sure where else you can get that durian mousse cake but for sure you can try to order from fatboybakes http://fatboybakes.blogspot.com/ or you can try to contact bigboysoven http://bigboysoven.blogspot.com ... they are bakers ;)

wenching&esiong, yeah... everything! dataran sunway is quite a new area @ kota damansara... it's actually near to The Curve..

Big Boys Oven said...

Gosh! I was lucky to taste a bit of the food...as I was late! :(...lol

team bsg said...

while we have heard of this locality ( maybe even been there ) it is still blur and seem so far away but suppose the musterious mystical no 888 will tempt people to come ( right?)
meat dish looks dark ( issit yr camera ), taste like very strong ?

ling239 said...

Wow... same type of ikan bilis with House & Co, i guess this type of ikan bilis is getting more and more popular ? ^_^

Honey Star said...

wow the aglio olio looks so much better than the one from Dome. Alot of variety of food too..i tot it was the typical kopitiam til I saw the chops and pastas. YUM I wanna check out this place.

Xiu Long Bao said...

hehe...we were certainly lucky enough to sample FBB's sinfully creamylicious durian tiramisu...yummmzzz! Nice meeting u dat nite meiyen, join us for more makaning events ya :)

SypruxWindchaser said...

*peeks*
*waves at meiyen*
*tip-toes off again*

MeiyeN said...

bigboysoven, yah.. i saw that! what a pity... :(

teambsg, my bad.. i took it without flash.. :(

ling239, not too sure where's house & co but those ikan bilis, yummy!

honeystar, yeah..fusion! hope you gonna like da food here :)

xiulongbao, oh yeah.. it was nice meeting you and charsiewbow.. after all it had been months! and you mean that was tiramisu?!!!! i thought it was durian cheese?
hmmmmm...

sypruxwindchaser, hey boy... you are back!!!! where have you been? :D

Jackson said...

u made it at last...

Jason said...

Got something to do that night, so couldn't make it. I'm occupied this month. Looking forward to meet you again next month perhaps? :)

Mark said...

Aiyoyo... I missed the opportunity for the durian cheese cake...

SypruxWindchaser said...

i've been lost in the dark oblivion for quite a while. i blame erratic events and even more erratic educational system.
how've u been of late?
still having that alluring smile? ;)

MamaBoK said...

I have to visit this place too. ;)

MeiyeN said...

jackson, haha yeah... after all i'd missed out quite a number of outings :)

jason, oh sure!!!! am looking forward to it :D

mark, nvm.... there's always next time ;)

sypruxwindchaser, am fine here! quite busy with works too but still searching for new places to eat though... so if you know any good ones, let me and uncle bob know okay? and i didn't know i have alluring smile?!! O_o

mamabok, if you need any direction.. let me know yah..

Dwayne Foong said...

hello mei yen jie

i've just posted the food pics and linked you here

:)

cheers
Dwayne Foong