So yeah, we were invited to sample the Ramadhan spread at Pick N Brew. To be brutally honest, I think their location is really disadvantageous, tucked away in the furthest corner of the old wing of 1 utama, just at the entrance to One World Hotel. Anyone randomly looking for a place to eat would have succumbed way before then, to the array of restaurants that line the way enroute to Pick N Brew. Which is a darn shame, because the food is ACTUALLY rather palatable. And their famed coffee, which I haven't tried, sounds really good as well. (I always go at night, and this uncle cannot drink coffee at night la).
I arrived in good time, the food was all pretty much still intact, and hadn't been taken by ravenous good Muslims waiting to break fast. Precious Pea and WMW were already there, and had already done their work.
I couldn't get a sharp picture of these cute little coffee grinders the first time I was there.
The salads and dessert are placed on the same table. Very attractive combination of colors, this table had.
There's even a chocolate fondue!
For the mains, there is an offering of tomato rice, which was very good, breaded beef, which was erm..... (I'd skip it the next time), and some grilled chicken dish, which was also rather tasty. The offerings included sambal sotong, lamb rendang, etc, which are better documented in WMW and Precious Pea's posts, as I am quite bad with detail. I even missed out completely the nasi ulam which I just saw on their blog. Where was it?!!! I didn't even see it. Maybe it's true, Women are from Pluto and Men from Mars. That's why they love Plutonic friendships.
The desserts were yummy. I ABSOLUTELY LURVED this ketayap. The skin wasn't too thick, and tough, and the coconut filling just the right taste. Nor was it artificially colored to toxic green, leaving a pleasant natural flavour to it.
Actually I have other pics of the desserts, but I must have forgotten to upload them to photobucket, so later....
Actually, located in an obscure corner, is my favourite counter, the starters. Laksa Johor, Vegetable fritters, Roti Jala, Kerabu, Ulams, Acar. The ulam is ABSOLUTELY yummy, and the belacan phwahhh, a lot of kick. The petai, (hymenia eh, Ciki, wink wink), plus the four angled bean and boiled pucuk ubi were great, and reminded me of the days of yore, when life was simple, and a plate of rice, ulam and sardines is the gateway to contentment.
Ah, the gado gado was nice too. The satay sauce that accompanied it was perfect.
Acar ...which I didn't try. Actually, a rather healthy buffet, lots of vegetables to choose from.
The laksa johor, which was nice. I opted for yellow mee instead of spaghetti. Ah, my only gripe is that the soup wasn't hot enough. Nor was the teh tarik. But apparently it's only the Chinese flers who want to cook their throats while drinking soup and teh tarik.
Look at that plate of pure goodness. Petai, Pucuk ubi, sambal belacan. I think I am a closet Bumiputera....
Anyway, hurry on to Pick N Brew, at RM38++, it's fair value, and good variety. It's very crowded at their Shah Alam outlet, but the 1 utama one is a bit quieter, which is a real pity, coz I reckon its good stuff. They are not offering their ala carte menu during this period though, so don't expect that mousakka stuff.
Can't remember what these Malay Kueh is called, but its the one with the savoury coconut filling.
Chocolate Cake, I presume. Or possibly blackforest of sorts.
The Malay doughnuts.
The plate of barley salad. Darn, forgot to try.
The acar looks delicious, with all its myriad colours.
MMMM, my favourite. Kueh Seri Muka. The pulut was nice and soft, without being soggy, whilst the green topping wasn't overly sweet, but very creamy and coconutty. Yum.