Little Fat Duck was one of many food trucks that has popped up across the Klang Valley in the past year. Cheap eats on wheels, word on the street is that the truck is usually always swamped with customers. Now, it looks like they are anchoring a kiosk down for the mall crowd. The tiny cafe in the lower ground floor of 1 Utama Shopping Centre is a new addition, replacing the spot formerly occupied by Crazy Potato.
I've never had the chance to visit their food truck, but seeing the Coming Soon posters while they were renovating at the mall had me waiting with anticipation. Their menu includes a reasonable selection of pastas, though strangely lacking in any duck.
We made our order at the counter then found a place to sit. They really wanted to make full use of the seating space - tables and chairs were cramped into the tiny triangle attached to the equally tiny kitchen. It was busy for lunch hour, but we had no trouble getting a table for two, though it was a bit of a squeeze to get past the other diners. Our food arrived in lunchbox-sized cardboard boxes, which is how they serve at the food truck too.
We were expecting modest portions to go with the price tag, so we ordered some mash and soup to go with our pastas. The mashed potatoes were not bad, though obviously the instant varety. I was immediately reminded of the exact same kind served during my school recess time. The soup meanwhile, was served boiling hot and was extremely runny. I burnt my tongue and couldn't bring myself to take anymore.
The pasta portions are not too bad, especially for RM5 each. My creamy pesto fish came with a chunk of grilled fish, which was alright though very small. However, as a big fan of pesto pastas, this one fell a little short. It was more cream than basil, so the result was bland, needing a lot of chilli flakes and salt on my part to make it better.
The carbonara chicken was about the same. The chicken ham pieces helped to give it a bit more flavour though. But on a tasty scale, I think the pesto was a bit better. I wonder if the beef bacon option would have been a better choice? Either way, the cream sauce was already too uninspiring as is.
Other than pastas, there are also two main dishes on the menu: Chicken confit and grilled fish, both served with mash. These go for RM12 each but I didn't get the chance to try it out. For dessert, they also have homemade milk puddings, but they had run out on the day I visited.
I'm curious about how the food truck servings taste, as I was a bit disappointed with the sit down cafe. I'd like to check it out one day to compare. It's a lovely concept, though I prefer the pastas at The Humble Chef more so far, which come at the same price. Have you tried anything from their food truck before? Share your experience below!