Like its name, Nest Eatery is perched on a high point reached by a steep flight of stairs overlooking shoplots in Damansara Perdana. It's a quaint eatery, situated in a building block called The Place. My friend and I found it while combing through the area searching for a new place to have lunch, and I was charmed by how sweet it was.
Inside, the restaurant is a collection of wooden-topped tables and stools, with a pair of fake trees standing among them. It's all very bright and cheerful looking, and the sunlight coming in through the glass walls is refreshing. Little black birds can be found around the restaurant, and the walls are graced with framed paintings of colourful birds; very 'nesty' indeed.
Nest offers both breakfast and lunch meal sets, with the lunch specials changing depending on the day of the week. There are usually two meals to every day's meal set. For instance, Tuesdays are for curry noodles and squid belacan with rice. The sets come with a glass of iced lemon tea and a couple of watermelon slices in a small plate. For this, the price for lunch comes to RM7.90.
The first thing I ever tried here was the Penang curry laksa, which came in a big bowl. It was steaming hot, and spicy without being overwhelming. There are a lot of noodles, fishcakes and chicken pieces hiding in the curry shown above. The initial impression is kind of sloppy looking, but it was a satisfying meal that I slurped to the last spoonful.
My friend ordered the Thai fried mee hoon, which doesn't ever appear on the lunch set menu. Their fried dishes always come piled onto a small banana leaf on a plate, which is a charming touch - it's far too small to be noticed at first glance though.
I tried the Penang fried kuey teow during one of many visits, and was pleased with the portion. There was quite a lot of it, but not so much that I couldn't finish it by myself. It tasted nice, definitely no complaints here.
Other than fried dishes and noodles, Nest Eatery also has a selection of rice dishes, ranging from porridge to nasi lemak to plain rice served with a meat dish. The belacan squid dish is one of their lunch offers. I didn't taste this myself, but my friend said it was alright, and the squid was fresh.
The kaya and butter toast is available as a breakfast set that comes with soft boiled eggs and your choice of coffee or tea. There are another two breakfast options too, and they're all priced at RM4.90. I didn't get the toast for breakfast though, so on its own it cost RM2.20. It was nice and hot when they served it, though I found it a little dry.
To go with my toast, I got some chee cheong fun at RM4. I wasn't fond of it - the chili paste overpowered the sweet sauce, and there was a lot of it too. It ended up being a lot spicier than I expected.
In total, I think I've visited this cafe for lunch about 5 times already. The food is not bad and reasonably priced and I really enjoy the atmosphere here - the decorations are so cute. Service is alright and the cafe owner who's usually behind the cashier is quite friendly. It can get really packed and noisy during peak hours though. The speed with which you receive your food really depends on this. We've waited a half hour before during one of the more crowded days.