Mention vegetarian to a carnivore like me, the first things that come to my mind are, "Buddhists", "Chor Yut", "Chor Sup MM" (1st and 15th day of the lunar calendar), "Health freaks", "Mock Meats", "Annalakshmi", and "Tofu Burgers",,, nothing very exciting really, to be honest. I love the occasional temple meals in Jln Ampang, but ever since Unkaleong moved to the boondocks, so did my hopes of ever eating there again.... then there's that Chinese New Year morning meal at my in laws, the glorious "mutton" curry that for years, I thought my mother in law slaved over the stove to make, but found out after 10 odd years of marriage, it just actually comes out of a packet, but is embellished by the MIL with additional stuff.
SOOOO, if you traverse this blog, I think the only OTHER vegetarian meal I had was in Kechara Kitchen, like 5 thousand years ago. When friend David (ironically, the owner of "THE MEAT EXPERTS" and another porcine restaurant that shall not be named here) called to ask me if I was interested to check out his friend's vegetarian restaurant, I was actually quite keen, mainly because I am really quite meat-ed out this period. As in have been eating too much meat, so I actually WELCOMED the prospect of a vegetarian meal, expecting it to be, well, bland, detoxing, and like drinking a cocktail of vegetables from a slow masticating juicer.
So much for preamble. The owner of ECO LIFE, located in Fraser Business Park, (the restaurant, not the owner) was very accommodating and little did I know, had opened the restaurant just for us last Wednesday night, on their off day. It's easy enough to find, if you know where Fraser Business Park is, it is where the old F&N factory used to be, opposite Federal Bakery, off Jalan Loke Yew. The landmark is the MUNICH CAFE & BAR.
It started because the owners also own a "farm" in Bukit Tinggi, now with an eco resort, an Eco Leisure Village called SONG YAN, and the chef would use the produce from the farm, which is mostly organic, to whip up vegetarian dishes. So they felt it would be a good idea to open an outlet in KL, using their fresh and organic (though they did qualify not all of it is organic) produce under the masterful Chef, Steven Siew.
Pre dinner drinks was a fizzy calamansi juice, very refreshing.
Then came the omelette roll with the most intriguing topping, pumpkin floss...which was so flavourful, that I almost did not believe it was pure vegetarian. Slowly becoming a believer here...egg, seaweed, purple cabbage, wasabi mayonnaise, turnip, RM11.90.
Just when I as wondering if we'd see any green vegetables in a vegetarian place, this steam boat comes out, with two choices of soup, lou wong kua (old cucumber) or a miso soup, I think it was. I love old cucumber soup, so I didn't bother trying the other alternative. All my favourite ingredients of a steamboat, ie, foo choke, (beancurd skin), fu gua (bitter gourd), brocolli, golden needle mushrooms. There's something wholesomely cleansing about this dish.
RM23.90 per set of steamboat.
Definitely this dish, which is their pride and joy, is worth ordering.
And finally, the spinach pesto pasta. Oat noodle, pine nuts, pumpkin, pine nuts. I thought this was as tasty as it looked, and the pasta was cooked perfectly, just aldente enough. RM13.90, topped with tomatoes, pumpkin and carrots.
I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed that meal, and texted my dear friend Sapna whose husband is vegetarian, telling her excitedly that I must bring them here. And so I shall. I'll be back.
40-4 Fraser Business Park
Jalan Metro Pudu
Off Jalan Loke Yew
Tel: 03-2389 0228
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