This is the latest addition to the quiet, underrated row of shops in Damansara Kim. I first noticed Universal Bakehouse about a week ago during one of my drive-bys. A couple of my friends and family live across the road and whenever I drop by, I do try and take note of any recent openings in the area, if time permits. At that point in time a week ago, it literally looked like it just opened doors officially, there were plenty of those flower bouquets on display at the entrance – the usual ‘congratulations on your opening’ and etc. I thought it would be best if I drop by later, perhaps when they are a more settled. A week later, here I was.
I like this particular row of shops in Damansara Kim. I’ve been heading here on and off for more than 10 years and even within that small time frame, despite more modern establishments taking over the old ones, the common feel is still ol’ school chillness. I guess the fact that the overall feel of this neighborhood – a sleepy suburb of sorts only adds to its appeal.
As you guys can see, the bakehouse is located next to Table & Apron. Parking is easy, plenty available all around. Universal Bakehouse accepts CASH only.
The eatery is small because half the space is occupied by their kitchen. It is all about the bread here – sourdough and you’d be able to see it being made in real time. As you’d be able to see from the images above, the front side is where the goods are sold and the back is where the goods are made.
Seatings aren’t plenty – there is a long table in the middle and a few window seats, which could accommodate about 20 peeps? Yea, but I like what they did with the place. It is small yet cozy, with yummy aroma of freshly bake goods all around. During my visit, it was raining cats and dogs, a gloomy day – imagine sitting in here, with some jazz swing music playing … man, it sure does set the mood.
Urbanscapes Curry Potato Pastry, 7 ringgit + Turkey Ham & Pistachio, 13 ringgit
The first thing we saw as we entered were the desserts and pastries on display. Since we were not really in the mood for something sweet, we opted for the pastry instead. There were 2 choices available – the curry potato (lighter and taste similar to curry puffs) or minced beef with cheese (heavier and filling). I decided to go for the lighter option because I intended to indulge in some tartines later, simply so I can have a taste of their sourdough … need some space for that. The pastry was yummy. It was stuffed with small pieces of curry flavored potato + curry leaves + 2 quail eggs. The pastry casing itself was thin, light and buttery. Niceee 🙂
AS for the tartines, they offer 3 options and the open sandwich I went for was the turkey ham and pistachio combo. It was goood, yawww! The ham was thinly sliced but came in a generous portion, garnished with some rockets, greens. The sourdough slice was thick, which I liked because then, I’d be able to taste even more of that sourdough goodness. It was hard crusted with an overall taste of tangy sourness. Yummm! This particular tartine came with a twist – in between that layer of ham and bread, there were bits of pistachio with a thin layer of lightly spread wasabi. It sneaks up on you but that extra ‘kick’ made all the difference, unique. I was satisfyingly full at the end of it. Burp!
Address: No. 21, Jalan 20/11, Damansara Kim, Petaling Jaya. (Next to Table & Apron)
Opening hours: Tuesdays, Thursdays to Sundays, 8.30 am – 5 pm. Wednesdays, 9 am – 5 pm.
Signing out now, Ciao.