Baked oysters Kirkpatrick, chicken cordon bleu, panna cotta and profiteroles. Items I never thought I'd see in my little hometown, where even basic Western fare is rare enough. My brother took us to this little cafe/diner on Sunday. It is air-conditioned and sparsely decorated but welcoming enough. I was surprised at the fairly extensive menu, which included the items above. While intrigued, I went in with very forgiving standards.
Presentation is not tops on the chef's list here but the food is fairly decent for its price. Crispy fish and chips here (RM7.90 or S$3.50 or US$2.50) a generous portion. My brother's chicken cordon bleu (grilled chicken stuffed with ham and stringy cheese) was delicious. Sorry I forgot to take a picture. They have good chicken chop here too.
I had the ribeye steak for a steal (RM12 or S$5.20 or US$3.70). Surprisingly tender and juicy! The black pepper sauce was also potent and spicy. So even though I normally prefer steaks without sauces, I didn't mind this pairing at all. The only "let-down" is the vegetable side - standard CPC (carrots, peas, corn) doused with a strange pinkish orange sauce.
The burger was not good though. Meat patty too mushy and bland for my liking. Not worth its price (RM6.50 or S$2.85 or US$2) this time. Fries still great though. Crispy.
Soups here are pretty basic with small slice of garlic toast. The tomato one was intense, smoky and tart - good as an appetiser, I suppose. Prices around RM3 (omigod, only S$1.30 or US$0.90).
I liked the desserts. The ice cream has a simple, homemade taste to it. Profiterole (first pic above) was yummy, even if the choux pastry was a little dry. Only RM4 (S$1.75 or US$1.25). Next time I'm having one all to myself, no sharing!
The chef has had some training in hotels and restaurants before striking out on his own. He started small at a coffeeshop stall in a residential neighbourhood and now has this cafe. While seasoned palates will deem this canteen fare, I think it's competent enough for a town that seriously could do with more Western food for variety.
Oh, and no service charge or taxes to inflate the final bill. Nice.
D'ORIGIN WESTERN CUISINE & CAFE
No.57 Jalan Flora Utama 3
Tel: 012-7243388 (a cellphone number?)
Open Tues-Sun, 11am to 10pm (closed Mondays)