I do not know about you guys but we sure did have an awesome week. I visited plenty of open houses for Raya, ate like a pig … BURP!, traveled along the North South highway and finally got back into town. It would seem evident, I definitely piled on some kilos but who’s complaining. I’m a happy kid.
Anyways, having spent the week with lots of people, mostly strangers and some friends, let’s just say I was emotionally drained, lol. I simply wanted a nice, quiet and cozy lil place to have brunch at. Some place ‘under the radar’ – perfect for my lovely self and that was when LI came to mind.
I hang out at Damansara Jaya every few months once. Mostly at Atria or the row of shops that house Boon Signature Roast Pork and that dim sum restaurant, Jin Xuan Hong Kong. This naturally means that I do not explore the other side, the other row of shops much. Just before the Raya holidays, my friend told me about LI – understated, quiet, cozy, friendly folks running the place, good food. I decided to give it a try today.
Oooo, I liked how it looked, especially the feel it exudes. Quiet, cozy, welcoming – a refreshing change from the hectic week I ‘ve had. It is a charming, quaint eatery that could easily be missed if you do not keep a look out for it. It is located in the building, row of shops that directly faces Atria, however, since it isn’t as popular as the other rows, one could easily drive by past it and not even know that it exist. I would have most probably done so too if it was not for Waze.
*** If parking is difficult – especially during weekdays, simply park in Atria and walk over, no sweat at all.
Customer Service was excellent. They were all really friendly and attentive. They took time to explain and suggest items based on our preferences. I was really happy with their services.
House made Sourdough with Butter and Kaya, 7 ringgit
There were quite a number of homemade items sold here and one of it was their Sourdough bread. It goes for 10 ringgit a loaf. If they were willing to sell half a loaf, I would have purchased it but unfortunately, it is sold by loafs. So, I decided to make do with eating them at LI itself, in slices.
They offer choices – simply having the bread by itself or have them with butter and kaya, of which I opted for the latter. Not only was I excited to try their homemade sourdough, I was also looking forward to giving their homemade kaya a try. The kaya was lovely – not too sweet and I could hardly taste the aftertaste of eggs. Yay! The sourdough was nice too, the distinct taste of a sourdough was evident, the bread itself was not too hard, with a spot on density. Spreading the butter and kaya onto the warm slice of sourdough bread was da bomb. A perfect way to start my brunch here.
House Rice Bowl, 17.90 ringgit
I must say, this is one eatery that provides you with plenty of gravy when you order a rice bowl. For some reason, lots of eateries like serving them rice bowls dry, with as little gravy as possible. Why, why, why?
This rice bowl came with boneless chicken thigh, poached egg, pickled cucumber and vegetables with plenty of sweet, ketchup-py gravy. It was yummy – simple yet delicious.
Tagliatelle, 17.90 ringgit
This was the kind of dish I do not indulge in often. Sure, I do have plenty of pasta but not the slightly watery kind. Usually, I do not fancy my pasta wet but it was recommended and so, I decided to bite my tongue and take a risk, lol …. and I am glad I did.
The dish basically consisted of flat pasta + pickled chilli + pulled pork with some flavorful soup at the bottom. I most probably would have disliked it if the whole dish was sort of drowned with the soup but thank god that wasn’t the case here. Yesss! Here, there was just enough gravy to sort of coat the noodles with once you start mixing it all up, nothing more. Overall, surprisingly, as much as I thought I would dislike this dish, I did not feel so. In fact, I liked it a whole lot. That pulled pork was an awesome addition to the Tagliatelle. Chicken or fish most probably would not have as awesome an effect as the pork did. It was shredded, chewy and came in large, generous pieces. Simply having it on its own – dipped, soaked with the soup was yummy enough, adding in that flat noodle, it was da bomb. I enjoyed this dish a whole lot.
Homemade Lemongrass drink, 7 ringgit
This was really good. I suppose when this particular drink is homemade, it is up to you how strong you’d want the Lemongrass to be and here, it was pretty strong. Not in an overwhelming way but more of a ‘spot on’ . I loved the fact that it was not mild, it was evident in every sip I took. I loved it.
It was refreshing and certainly an awesome drink to end my positive visit here.
Address: 47, Jalan SS 22/23, Damansara Jaya, Petaling Jaya.
Opening hours: Tuesdays to Fridayss, 11.30 am – 5 pm, 6.30 pm – 10 pm, Saturdays, 10.30 am – 5 pm, 6.30 pm – 10 pm. Sundays, 10.30 am – 5 pm.
Signing out now, Ciao.