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The Humble Chef Cafe

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by Justin Ong (subscribe)
Curious, adventurous, and solemnly swearing that he is up to no good.
Published June 4th 2014
Cos' the chef said he was humble
From its humble beginnings as a night roadside stall near my old university, this spaghetti joint is a success story in the making.

During my university days, the night roadside stall would usually open nightly at 9:30, and where I was staying would have made it inconvenient to come out and look for them.

So it was odd for me to return a couple years later, as a graduate, to sample their fare in its newer, more permanent home in upscale Damansara.

The Humble Chef's not so humble new home


The interior design can be best described as functionally minimalist, but with hints of artistic expression to set the mood. It may not fine dining, but you'll definitely be comfortable here.

Relative fine dining


It took me a couple trips, and different sets of friends, to go through most of their standard menu: decent spaghetti and pasta. And that might not be its best selling point.

For a plate of aglio e olio, MYR4-5 was an absolute steal. Sprinkled with black pepper, capsicum, and pieces of lamb, I've rarely had such an affordable meal in Kuala Lumpur, save for fast food. And this was actually good-tasting food too.

Aglio e olio, at a shocking MYR5


Other equally affordable choices include spaghetti carbonara, spaghetti bolognaise and pesto. Those who fancy their carbonara to be light on the cheese and cream would enjoy their offering, though I fancy much more of that. The bolognaise came in a rather healthy serving, which should suit bigger appetites.

Spaghetti carbonara, also at MYR5


Equally affordable spaghetti bolognaise


One of the extra features the restaurant version has, and the roadside stall doesn't, is the option to enjoy your spaghetti with a substantial twist. For MYR20, you get to enjoy spaghetti drenched in their homemade sauce and 2-3 pieces of lamb chop.

For MYR20, the spaghetti gets an upgrade


Feel free to figure out what combination was used, but it was zesty, spicy and creamy, all at once. And just about enough to justify the price. Along with lamb chop, you can also opt for chicken chop to go with your spaghetti.

Also available in the restaurant are snack and dessert options, such as sandwiches, pitas, brownies & ice-cream, and creme brulee, all of which adequate accompaniments.

With the humble pricing, you might just find that this is the best place to eat in KL on a budget yet.
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Why? For some humble spaghetti
When: Everyday, afternoon-night, please call for details
Phone: 60 14-229 6854
Where: Plaza Damansara, 36 Medan Setia 2, Bukit Damansara, Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Cost: MYR5-20
Your Comment
I've tried a lot of stuff here but never really got around to trying the upgraded spaghetti with lamb chop ... looks awesome!
by Sara Ikmal (score: 2|451) 1182 days ago
It certainly does look awesome. If the lamb chop came out a bit hard, you can go for the grilled chicken alternative. That one, I haven't tried yet.
by Justin Ong (score: 1|22) 1182 days ago
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