It’s my workmate-turned-best-friend’s birthday and to me, no celebration is legit without a heart-warming celebrative meal. My friend is an expert café-hopper, so naturally I want to impress her with something else – and I’ve chosen Cafe Chef Wan at KL East Mall. KL East Mall opened its door to the public in November 2020, and hence, considered a relatively new shopping mall in town. There are several eateries coming soon (and my younger-years favourite Pepper Lunch is also one its way to KL East Mall) – but we were there for Cafe Chef Wan.
Cafe Chef Wan: Interior and Ambience
We have always loved the nature-floral theme of Chef Wan’s restaurants and cafés. The colourful wallpapers with tropical rainforest motif – if you take a little time appreciate these wallpapers, there’re even Malaysian jungle wildlife hiding amongst the trees and plants on the wallpaper prints. It’s like a lot happening – it’s very Chef Wan. Chandeliers and flashy neon signage with eye-catching wallpapers as backdrop, it can seem a bit unimaginable at first but every element comes together so coherently – it’s so Instagram-worthy. I particularly like Chef Wan’s and his mom’s painted portraits on the wall, they illustrate the good relationship between a loving son and his mom.
The menu is crafted based on a clear-cut direction, and it’s depicted in the café’s tagline: My Travelogue of The World. Local ingredients are given a new lease of dimension with a taste common in other part of the world. It’s fusion with much creativity and skill invested. You can find their menu here: Cafe Chef Wan’s Menu (Dec 2020)
Appetizer – Sri Lankan Fish Croquettes (RM24)
The plating was so delicate. Six pieces of breaded fish croquettes fried to golden brown perfection, carefully stacked and wrapped with bamboo leaf. The croquettes are made of fish cubes, combined with mashed russet potato and spices.We took our first bite without any dipping sauce. Under its crispy coat lies the perfectly seasoned fish mixture, we tasted a tad of curry flavour – must have been the spices they use. The dish was served with lime yoghurt and tzatziki sauce as dipping, it was a refreshing addition to the croquettes.
Mains – Chef Wan’s Special Chee Cheong Fun Lasagna (RM36)
As chee cheong fun is a Malaysian favourite, we can hardly imagine it made into lasagna. Interesting, right? As it was served, we were immediately attracted to its rich cheese mixture aroma. We had to admit though that chee cheong fun has a rather soft texture and makes it a below-par substitution to the usual pasta. It disintegrated too much into the mixture of sauces and other ingredients, and became unnoticeable. Somehow I kept mistaken it for Mac ‘n Cheese. Must be the cheeses and béchamel sauce used in this dish. It’s not too bad but lack wow factor.
Mains – Pan Seared Barramundi (RM46)
I truly miss Mediterranean cuisine for its choice of ingredients. As the core of the dish, barramundi fillet was pan-seared to its skin turned crispy, carefully placed on a bed of Levantine baba ghanoush and topped with French ratatouille. Barramundi fillet was fresh and of the right firmness, but I want to give a higher compliment to the baba ghanoush – it’s more outstanding than any of the Mediterranean restaurants in town.
Desserts: Death by Chocolate (RM22)
I am not too sure if this is the right dessert (or cake) to celebrate a birthday, after all, the name of the dessert didn’t seem auspicious. At one glance, the body of the cake was quite dry, but not the case when we bit into it. It was dense and moist – almost the texture of a brownie. And it’s all about chocolate, rich, rich chocolate (chocolate lovers will scream in happiness). Although we were already too full from other dishes, we could convince ourselves to dig more into the cake. The chocolate cream and chips sandwiched between the cake layers heightened the enjoyment.
We both decided to go with “something bubbly” and it seemed a good choice.
The afternoon ended well. We were both contented and happy. As we age, nothing is more graceful than a relaxing afternoon, jovial conversation over every minute matter, lighten with an awesome meal.
Cafe Chef Wan @ KL East Mall
📍 Address: Unit 26 & 27, Level G2, KL East Mall, Jln Lingkaran Tengah 2, KL East, 53100 Kuala Lumpur
⏰ Opening Hours: 11AM – 10PM (Daily) Different hours may apply during Ramadan
🚗 Parking: Cafe Chef Wan is located in a shopping mall with multilevel parking.
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Instagram: @cafechefwan For delivery: https://cafechefwan.my/take-away-delivery/
- For Cafe Chef Wan’s menu, read here.
- This Ramadan, Cafe Chef Wan launches Ramadan Semi Buffet. To view details via Tableapp and make a reservation, click here.
- Now you can download Chef Wan Cooks app via App Store and Google Play. New users can enjoy RM20 off the bill with a minimum spend of RM80 at Cafe Chef Wan. (Valid till 16th May 2021)
Ambience: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ 1/2
Quality of Food: ⭐ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ 1/2
Price: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️