My sister first heard about this cafe when one of the blog shops she follows on Instagram mentioned that it would be joining a bazaar organised by Momento Cafe on the 23rd of February. Recently opened in late January, the cafe is located in Setia Alam, five minutes away from the Setia City Mall. We arrived for lunch, and learnt that if we bought something from the little bazaar stalls across the street, we would get a 15% discount on our meal. I was quite happy with the necklaces and bracelet I ended up buying, so it was a win-win situation.
The first thing to greet us as we enter the cafe is a lovely display of colourful cakes and desserts. There was even a jar of macarons perched on the counter, and I regret not buying one to taste. We asked for a cake recommendation and chose two other desserts to dig into while waiting for our main meals to arrive (my family has a habit of eating desserts as appetizers).
The red velvet cupcake cost about RM6.80, topped with caramel-drizzled cream cheese. It was a nice enough cupcake, soft and not very sweet. I liked the cream cheese the best, and the caramel gave it a very subtly sweet taste.
The tiramisu cake slice was recommended to us, and we didn't regret it a single bit. After years of being disappointed by store-bought tiramisu, this cake slice was a refreshing change. It had a good balance between the coffee, sponge cake and cream frosting, leaving us very satisfied.
Our last dessert was the pavlova, topped with strawberries and kiwi. It was nice, though probably a little too sweet for my taste. The cream filling was lovely and helped to tone down the sweetness of the shell and strawberry sauce.
I ordered some pasta carbonara and it was the first main course to arrive. I asked to have it it with beef bacon, though there is an option to have it with chicken pieces instead. The presentation was very plain and I admit that it didn't look that great. The pasta itself was good, with a light and creamy sauce. Usually, carbonara dishes feel very heavy and it gets difficult to finish, though this one was easy to swallow.
My mother ordered a chicken pie, and it came with some mashed potato and a side salad. The pie filling was tasty, though the pastry in my mother's opinion was too 'eggy'. The mashed potatoes were standard, and felt more like the instant kind than the freshly mashed variety. We also ordered a basket of fried wantan, which came with some chilli sauce. The wantans were really nice, but it would be even nicer if they served it with some Thai sweet chilli sauce instead.
Both my sisters ordered seafood olio, but they might have forgotten one of them as it took ages for it to arrive. It only reached our table after we reminded them that we ordered a second dish. The difference between this bowl of pasta and the first bowl we received? This one had the mussels and prawns shaped to resemble a smiley face. We figured it was probably an apology for how late it was. The olio was really good, very flavourful. Definitely the better of their two pasta selections, the other being the carbonara.
To wash everything down, each of us ordered some milk tea. I had vanilla while my sisters went with peach and strawberry. It was alright for bubble tea standards, though it has that distinct taste of being made from powdered flavouring.
We had a pleasant lunch here and I really enjoyed the atmosphere within the cafe. It's got a very cosy feel to it, and the decorations surrounding us were very sweet. Their portions are pretty generous as well, with the pastas coming in deep bowls. Their specialty is apparently their pizzas, of which they have a pretty good selection, though we didn't try any as we had recently eaten pizza the day before.
The idea to invite the blog shops to their hosted bazaar was really clever, as we wouldn't have found out about it otherwise. Yummy desserts, good food and lovely decor to go with it; what's not to like?