Bangsar is an area in KL that needs no introduction. It's been around many years since before I was even born. I can still remember the old Han-kyu Jaya (or something like that) that stood for years as I was growing up. Slowly over the years it became Bangsar Village, and then some years later again there was an extension aptly named Bangsar Village II.
There are many coffee houses and quaint restaurants in Bangsar Village. By now most people would have heard of T Forty Two, or the Chinese restaurant Reunion. Marmalade is one of these gems that serve up great quality food at very reasonable prices. You will soon see why!
Marmalade was one of the first places Wendy and I went to when we started dating. (Of course lah must impress the PJ girl with the great things in KL maaah :P). I've always thought the place could use a touch of redecoration, and lo and behold when we went back again after nearly a year away we were pleasantly surprised to see the whole layout had changed!
All the chairs have changed, but the window-side seating still remains.
The wallpaper has changed too, and there are more private booths. There's even a new play area for small children, which is to the left of the picture above.
Like I said, a lot more booths for privacy and for larger groups. A very smart move I have to say, as the cushion in the picture can easily fit 3 people comfortably, even 4 if they are slim girls.
The place has a much more "polished" (thanks Pok) feel now, and it does resemble something like the old Swensen cafes that had booths and matching lampshades. Except at Marmalade, the theme colour is yellow instead of red. =)
|Alert! Oreo Cheesecake at bottom right!|
You could say Marmalade is also a perfect place for comfort food, because besides good food, they also have a range of awesome-but-totally-sinful cakes and cupcakes! I'll share more on that later. But first, the Food!
It had been a long day at work for Wendy and a long weekend for the both of us, so we were in the perfect mood for lots of comfort food! Neither of us had lunch so we were both starving. Our meal began with the Cheesy Nachos with Guacamole N' Sour Cream (RM 14) topped with melted cheese, complimented by 3 different dips: tomato salsa, cream, and guacamole.
This was all right, although it fell slightly below our expectations. The tomato salsa was nice and went well with the nachos, but the cheese spread over the nachos was paltry. The cream was also too overpowering; it just felt like the wrong kind of cream to be serving with these nachos. As for the guacamole..well I think it's an acquired taste and I have not acquired it, so I stayed clear of it. Wendy polished most of it off.. =P
Wendy took awhile to decide on her main dish, but she finally settled on the Fettucine Salmon (RM 24) - a bit of a fusion dish as it came with asparagus and nori strips in wasabi cream sauce and a sprinkling of roe on top.
Yup you read that right - wasabi sauce! At first we were worried if it was going to be very spicy. We were imagining that familiar wasabi-going-up-your-nose feeling with every mouthful. Turns out we had nothing to worry about, because there was no such sensation at all! There was still (minimal) wasabi flavour in the sauce, but nowhere as strong as we thought. In the end we found the wasabi complimented the dish very well, since it helped to lighten the taste a bit and not let it become another one of those super-creamy pastas that leave you feeling stuffed after a few mouthfuls. It WAS still very rich though, and towards the end got a bit hard to finish.
This, ladies and gentlemen, is my all-time favourite dish at Marmalade! Beef Lasagna at RM 22. I had this the first time I visited Marmalade, and it has been my staple every time I visit the place. (I'm the kind that doesn't like change..so sue me. =P) All that white stuff you see flowing down the sides of the slice of lasagna? That's cream. Inside the lasagna? Layers of pasta and cheese and minced beef. It's basically cheese and meat galore! Oh and there are NO veggies inside besides mushrooms! I've tried some lasagna that has carrots inside for extra flavour (I think?). No, that doesn't work for me at all. I want meat and only meat, and this lasagna delivers perfectly.
It was our first time having the Bread and Butter so we didn't know what to expect. Soon enough a rather large slice of pudding came with a rather average size scoop of ice-cream, and a rather large amount of vanilla sauce. There was more than enough sauce to go with the cake, so no worries there. But we did find the cake a bit too hard and leathery; both agreeing that we preferred the bread & butter pudding found at buffet lines. Those are lighter and more moist than this.
And finally, the Oreo Cheesecake! This is our must-have at Marmalade, no matter how full we are. We quickly decided to abandon our bread and butter for this. Look at the chocolate sauce! The lush thickness of the cheese! The little-bit-of-biscuit-on-the-side-that-looks-like-it-was-put-there-as-an-afterthought! It's just an amazing work of art both for the eyes and belly alike, and it is meant to be shared by at least 2 people. If you are ever at Marmalade, save some space in your stomach for this little beauty, because you definitely won't regret it!
All in all, a very satisfying (and carb & fat-laden) meal, so beware - this is not something you can do every week. Marmalade also has a fair range of sandwiches, so maybe we'll be giving those a try next time for something lighter so we can happily enjoy our desserts.
Lot 1F-18, 1st Floor, Bangsar Village II,
No. 2, Jalan Telawi 1,
Bangsar Baru, 59100 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-2282 8301