Food

Queen of her kitchen

By Eu Hooi Khaw


June 22, 2013

Fresh and sweet - Jennifer with the crepe cakesFresh and sweet - Jennifer with the crepe cakes I wish less was made of the fact that the de'Amour Café is owned by a former beauty queen and more of the fact that she cooks well. 

Jennifer Yap who won two titles in 2011 - Ms Pahang Tourism and Ms Malaysia Tourism (Metropolitan) -  is queen in her kitchen at this newly opened café in Kota Damansara. 

I didn't get to see her till the end of my lunch, as she was so busy cooking what we had ordered. 

And she still appeared fresh, sweet and pleasant. 

The Seafood Spaghetti Aglio Olio, with fat prawns and succulent scallopsThe Seafood Spaghetti Aglio Olio, with fat prawns and succulent scallopsI liked the Seafood Spaghetti Aglio Olio which trailed a delicious aroma as it was brought to the table. 

The al dente pasta was garlicky, with a little fire from dry chillies and chilli flakes. 

It was surrounded by fat, crunchy prawns and large scallops. 

The sweet flavours of the seafood were well-infused in the pasta, lifting it to a scrumptious level. 

The Baked Cheesy King Prawn was more of an appetiser, and needed to be eaten hot. 

Dig in and you pull plump prawns out of the thready, sticky mozzarella melted with cheddar. 

There were anchovies and garlic in it, and it tasted good eaten on its own or with some toast. 

Earlier we had refreshed our palate with a Classique Caesar Salad.  

Crisp romaine lettuce, parmesan cheese and croutons were tossed in a tart, lemony dressing, and topped with hard-boiled egg, so unlike the creamier dressing and the poached egg we are used to.  

There is an option of having smoked duck breast or smoked salmon added to the Caesar Salad. 

Surprisingly Jennifer makes her own smoked duck breast. 

"My dad, who is a single parent, taught me to do this. I used to cook for him and my three sisters." 

We tried some slices of smoked duck breast. 

The smoky aroma was evident; the well-seasoned duck had a little fat to it, and this was needed. 

It had the right balance of sweet and salty and it tasted good. 

The Grilled Lamb Loin with Red Wine Sauce was excellent. 

The meat was juicy and tender, and the sauce matched it well. 

It came with boiled vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower and carrot.

Desserts at the café are about mille crepes, with 12 different flavours, from Mango Jelly and Tiramisu to Earl Grey, Strawberry Bliss, French cheese, Belcolade chocolate with nuts and Rum Grape, to name a few. 

I'm not really fond of mille crepes and often find them too rich. 

But I liked the Mango Jelly and the Tiramisu ones that Jennifer recommended. 

Fresh mango juice is used to make the mango jelly in this very light, chilled crepe cake so that you get real mango fragrance and flavour. 

There was a welcome bitter edge in the espresso-soaked sponge fingers in the centre of the tiramisu crepe cake with light cream layers, with the top dusted with chocolate powder. 

It's like a tiramisu cake without the mascarpone cheese.

Jennifer will soon have macarons, pavlova and serradura - a Macanese pudding with crushed biscuits and sweetened vanilla whipped cream - on the menu. 

The café also offers Italian coffee and has a good selection of wines and beers. 

It's quite easy on the pocket eating at de'Amour Café. 

The Grilled Lamb Loin is RM24, Seafood Spaghetti Aglio Olio RM20, Caesar Salad RM9, Baked Cheesy King Prawn RM22, Smoked Duck RM6 (for six slices) and the crepe cakes RM8 each. 

It is pork-free. 

It's open daily from 11am to 11pm and on weekends from 9am, when it offers breakfast. 

You can have the Classic Egg Benedict, Crepes and the Breakfast Platter then. 

The café is at 13-1, Jalan PJU5/10, Dataran Sunway, Kota Damansara, Petaling Jaya, round the corner from Sunway Giza and Maybank. Tel: 03-6143 6660. - June 22, 2013.