Salads are the star items here… but try the other yummy offerings
JAN 16 — I love the salads in Marmalade in Bangsar Village II. They make a delicious, nutritious and well-balanced meal even if you just eat this. Take for instance, Sounds of Havana which has a star next to its name on the menu. It has roasted chicken cubes, pineapple and coconut salsa, peppers, cashew nuts and haloumi cheese over a bed of lettuce with a sweet and sour pineapple vinaigrette.
You crunch into the salad and immediately taste the cashews, small slices of haloumi that look like white tofu and the juicy pineapple cubes, in the light, tangy dressing. If you don’t want to eat anything else, it’s alright, because this fills you up in the nicest way.
Avocado Accents, another salad, stands out too for its combination of roasted chicken cubes, avocado, peppers, apples, raisins, cashewnuts, apple, raisins and sundried tomatoes over a bed of lettuce, and tossed with a mustard dressing.
It was a salad I couldn’t stop eating. Together, the chicken cubes with the creamy avocado, nuts and vegetables and lettuce filled me up. The ingredients complemented each other: I love the tangy sundried tomato in it, and the zesty dressing was just perfect.
We also nibbled on some nachos with minced beef, sour cream, tomato and guacamole, each of the last three served attractively in small glasses.
For something vegetarian and delicious, the Lebanese Wrap is hard to beat. You could have it with several types of filling, but highly recommended is the mushroom, pesto, pine nuts and cheese. The aroma of basil in the pesto comes out each time you take a bite. It flavours the juicy button mushrooms and pine nuts. There’s also a bit of cheese which adds to the taste.
Other fillings for these pita bread wraps are turkey ham, spinach and cheese, or egg, avocado and basil with home-made mayo. I would also like to try that with grilled vegetables and hummus.
We couldn’t resist the Spaghetti Aglio Olio with Spicy Prawns. All the lovely garlic, chilli, mushroom and prawn aromas wafted up. There were sundried tomatoes, cut cherry tomatoes and pine nuts tossed up with the pasta too. It was so good that I mopped up every bit of the garlic and pine nuts left behind on the plate.
The Fried Rice with Sweet and Spicy Beef Kurma is one of the Asian dishes at Marmalade that you must have. The beef chunks were well infused with the kurma and was scrumptious with the fried rice with raisins it was served with. There is also a fried egg on top, so it’s a substantial meal. You could also try a Chicken Curry in a Bread Bowl, Chicken Tikka Masala, Udon Curry Laksa with Salmon Fishcake and Moroccan Lamb Shank (the last two are the chef’s recommendations).
I would certainly remind everyone to save room for dessert, especially the Carrot Cake, which is still very good after all these years. It’s a huge slice of cake with cream cheese topping and studded with melon seeds. The cake is moist and pleasing and not sweet, and it’s for sharing over a cup of coffee.
We also had a Steamed Orange Ginger Cake which was strangely not as moist as the Carrot Cake but it had all the requisite flavours.
You should really take your pick at the dessert counter. There’s tiramisu, bread and butter pudding, apple crumble, banofee cake, Oreo cheesecake and gorgeously iced cupcakes, among others.
I took a long look at the raisin scones and knew they held a lot of promise in taste and texture. I packed some for a friend and was happily surprised they put in the clotted cream and jam too.
Marmalade has such a sunny décor you’d feel happy just to be inside. It’s also child-friendly place, with a kiddies menu that has some rather tasty dishes such as the Cheesy Toast and Twirly Whirly of pasta spirals with turkey ham and broccoli, and a private corner for them too.
If you come early enough you could have a hearty breakfast as well. The food is very reasonably priced. The portions are substantial and they are meant for sharing.
Marmalade is located at 1F-18 Bangsar Village II, 1 Jalan Telawi 2, Bangsar Baru, 59100 Kuala Lumpur, Tel: 03-2282 8301. There is another Marmalade at Plaza Mont Kiara (ground floor), Tel: 03-6201 1743 (opens from 8.30am to 9.30pm). Then there’s The Lawn by Marmalade KLCC, on Level 2, Ramlee Mall, KLCC, Tel 03-2162 1898.