Armed with a bunch of good friends after celebration, both gNOMes headed to Epicuro for lunch. Epicuro has been in town since December 2013, although still remain rather unfamiliar to many.
Not that hard to locate, Epicuro faces the main LDP highway. The interior the the place is rather small, prolly accomodating up to 40 people max at one go.
Consider us unlucky as we didn’t manage to get our coffee fix as the water pipe burst somewhere down the road! Huh! So iced teas instead.
Iced Raspberry (RM 4.90) and Iced Passionfruit Lemon (RM4.90).
Latest addition to their menu. Caramelized Carrot + Miso Soup (RM12.90). Sounds interesting enough so we ordered one bowl to share. It turned out to be ‘croutons soup‘ instead, for it was heavily ‘flavoured’ with croutons. Caught us all by surprised, really, though the soup has the right texture and was pretty thick. But really, to simply put it, our first experience of caramelized carrot + miso soup just tastes like bread soup.
Then our mains came.
Crispy Chicken Sandwiches (RM15.90). Crispy chicken fillet with tomatoes, romaine lettuce and home made sauce.
Pulled Pork Sandwiches (RM17.50). Pulled pork with coleslaw topped with sunny side up, served with wedges and greens. The pulled pork sandwich is one of Epicuro’s signature and was recommended to us. The wedges tasted just alright, greens were fresh. Pulled pork was done nicely, seasoning and flavouring just nice. The egg complemented the pulled pork, sandwiches were slightly on the hard side but yet pretty edible.
Pork Loin Linguine (RM18.80). Pork loin stripes in leek and cream sauce centered on linguine. This dish was alright but the gNOMes expected the pork taste to be a little more prevailing. Overall the sauce is not too thick and yet not too diluted, the pasta wasn’t exactly “al dente” as how to gNOMes would normally like it.
Spaghetti Carbonara (RM18.90). Another recommended dish to the gNOMes. Spaghetti in mascarpone sauce with bacon bits topped with poached egg. The pasta was soggy and soft, lacking the right amount of sauce. Bacon bits were rather ‘undercooked‘, looking all pinkish. Not the best both gNOMes have tasted, and rather, needing a huge improvement to be on par alongside good ones.
Lamb Shank (RM39.90). Tender lamb shank in light tomato braise served with cauliflower puree. This was actually one of the good dishes at Epicuro. gNOMe 1 normally does not really fancy carrots, but this time he makes an exception because the carrots add sweetness and real value to the overal stew. The lamb is indeed tender as well, having the right texture to chew and yet not stick to the teeth (which would be most unpleasant). Overall this was the winner of the whole lot.
Desserts anyone? 🙂
Banana Toffee (RM10.90). Toffee based cake with bits of banana alternating every layer. Cake was a little but too dry, even though there were enough banana bits. The gNOMes would have preferred to have the cake a little more moist as to be able to complement the texture of the banana.
Chunky Monkey (RM11.90). Aside from the chocolate and chunky bits on top of it, the gNOMes didn’t really recall enjoying this cake. 😦
Verdict : Overall this is not a place that the gNOMes would return to in a hurry. We had the misfortune of not being able to sample their coffee as of yet (burst water pipes’ fault!) but do let us know if you happen to have it and actually like it! All prices here are in RM and are inclusive of taxes. What you see is what you pay!
How to get there :
Address : 20G, Jalan SS21/35 Damansara Uptown 47400 Petaling Jaya
Contact number : +603-7733 3110
Opening hours : Tuesdays to Sundays. 1000 hours till 2300 hours.