They say comfort is key – We agree!
Have you ever gone to a restaurant but it’s just impossible to have a decent conversation cos of the noise? I hear ya cos it happens to me more often than I’d like to admin! Luckily for us (my family and I), we found a gem in the commercial area of Ara Damansara which had great decor, perfect ambience for conversation plus the food is amazing!
As mentioned, the cafe is located in a commercial/office area so when we arrived at 5:30, there wasn’t many cars left – which means lesser time to find parking, WIN! Plus, the decoration pays homage to 80s coffee shop but with a contemporary twist which brings me back to my childhood going for breakfast with my grandparents.
We were greeted by Andy, the director of Foremula and had a casual chat about the inspiration of the cafe and how the chef came up with the menu that includes local ingredients. We looked through the menu and saw a variety of cuisines from western to comfort food that we’re used to eating growing up. Oh, and the names of dishes are full of pun! I really do appreciate when restaurateurs put in the extra effort to make it enjoyable for us customers.
Anyway, on to more important business – the food!
To kick start out palette, we had the Summer Crunch which combined western ingredients such as feta cheese and olives with local watermelon. The addition of the watermelon elevated the dish as it combines the sweet and salty perfection.
Always wanted to know what Mr Krabs’ (from Spongebob) signature burger? Well, we don’t quite know what it tastes like but Foremula’s version of a Crabby Patty has got us thinking that this should be it! But there’s a twist to it, an oriental one that is! The bun sandwiching the patty isn’t the traditional bun but a mantau.
As I took a bite, there’s a slight crunch on the outside of the pastry while the having a pillow-like texture on the inside paired perfectly with slaw and deep fried soft shell crab, and not forgetting their special Foremula sauce (which looks almost like Chipotle but tasted a thousand times better).
Moving on to my favourite dish of the night, the Butter Me Up, Chick which is essentially a deep-fried battered boneless chicken thigh on a bed of sweet potato fries (which was heavenly!) then topped with a creamy buttermilk sauce that has a hint of curry leaves. Talk about a Malaysian input on each dish.
No local meal is complete without rice! So we had the grilled butterfish with chilli rich and salad that was garnished with a ginger lime dressing. The fish was packed with flavour while the rice was incredibly fragrant as they use basmati rice, which to me is the most aromatic rice there is.
We were stuffed to the brim but when Andy said there were desserts, our eyes lit up like a kid in a candy store. We were served Foremula Toast, which is a sweet raisin bread drizzled with a coffee sauce serves and fresh strawberries as an accompaniment. My mother loved it but I passed on it cos I’m not the biggest fan of coffee in general (don’t freak out, I haven’t missed out on anything cos my love for Milo is just as strong).
As for drinks, we started out with Chai (which is what most Indians would do too), our expectations were sky high as we just came back from the motherland of curries and chai – India; and to our surprise, it tasted really good! The tea had enough time to brew which brought out depths of flavour from the tea. It was a taste buds party!
Andy also recommended the Matcha Mango Fresh – a blend of green tea with sweet mango slices. It definitely quenches your thirst after a heavy meal!
What I loved most was the Houjicha Latte which is a roasted green tea with steamed milk. I much prefer the iced version as it gave more depth of flavour. It tasted similar to roasted seaweed. Love it!
So the verdict – I’ll definitely recommend this place for its flavour palette combination for food and drinks, plus the ambience just screams hipster!
D9-01. Dana 1 Commercial Centre, Jalan PJU 1A/46
47301, Petaling Jaya
Tel: 03-7496 7419
Opening hours: 10:30 AM – 7:30 PM