I walk past Pannaz almost every day, and it was only a matter of time before I finally decided to pop in and give their menu a try. With a name like 'pannaz' (a play on the Malay word 'panas', meaning 'hot') it makes sense that they specialize in barbecued food. Kind of a cheesy name though.
I went with three of my friends for lunch, and the restaurant was quite empty with only one other table occupied. Located in Damansara Perdana, the restaurant is part of a corner lot hidden from the main road by a thick line of trees. Parking is usually very difficult to find, but on this Friday before the Chinese New Year weekend, it was relatively easy finding a spot just outside the restaurant.
The menu lists your typical Western dining fare, with sections for salads, tapas, mains, pastas and desserts. They even serve some local cuisine as well, such as nyonya fried rice and nasi ulam. The meat in the mains section is usually cooked over a grill, following Pannaz's barbecue theme. So how's the price range like? Kind of typical of a Western dining place I guess, with no main meal coming in cheaper than RM17. My friend and I decided to share our meals for that day so we could taste a variety of their food while splitting the bill between us.
The first thing to arrive at our table was a tapas dish: sauteed button mushrooms in a silky garlic butter sauce, served with a simple grilled hotdog bun. I was a little surprised by the hotdog bun, but it tasted really good. The mushrooms on their own were delicious, with each chew spilling juices of garlicky mushroom filling my mouth. The mushroom slices were big and chunky, and I thoroughly enjoyed mopping up the sauce with the bread. The price for this was RM11.
The salad was my friend's dish, a generous helping of lettuce and tomato slices in a homemade caesar dressing with smoked beef brisket, parmesan cheese and a thick chunk of garlic bread. I didn't get a taste, but it looked pretty good. This was RM20.
When the chicken chop arrived, I could feel the saliva pooling in my mouth. The presentation looked amazing, and the friend I shared it with agreed. We happily split everything between us before digging into the meal. We could tell that the chicken was grilled over a barbecue due to its distinct charcoal flavour, and it went nicely with the black pepper mushroom sauce. The accompanying salad was crisp and fresh, and the creamy dressing tasted good though I'm not sure what exactly it was. The mashed potatoes were exceptionally good though; the texture really reminded me of the kind my mother makes at home, a thick potato and cream flavour that I love. For RM23.90, I think it was well worth the price.
My other friend ordered the carbonara pasta (RM23), a fettucini dish that came with smoked beef brisket and mushrooms. I tasted a little and I think it was alright; standard carbonara dish. Out of all the dishes I think the sauteed mushrooms really did it for me. We finished everything on our plates, and by the end of our meal every dish was picked bare. It wasn't over yet though - I felt like our experience wouldn't be complete without trying one of their desserts.
We decided on the bread and butter pudding. I liked how it looked, sitting prettily in a pool of creamy vanilla sauce and accompanied by a scoop of ice-cream and a dribble of strawberry sauce. The pudding itself was interesting - it had a fluffy sort of quality that made it spring up to its original shape when we pressed down on it with a teaspoon. So how did it taste? It was ridiculously good. I even found some chopped nuts hiding under the ice-cream scoop, and that made me really happy; like a little surprise (not so great if you're allergic to peanuts though). It was a really good dessert - the bread was fluffy, crispy and buttery all at once and I was sure that there was a smattering of caramelised sugar involved somewhere. This cost RM12, and worth the money. If you're going to visit, this is a must-try.
Our entire dining experience happened in a little under an hour, with the fast service that we got. It could have been because of how little people were dining in that day, so I'm not sure if it's the same case for other days. Not just for dine-ins, they also offer catering and a Ramadhan buffet during the fasting month. The food wasn't as hot as their tagline seems to imply (definitely not the spicy kind) but it had a warmth that made my tummy very very happy.