On a food hunt in Damansara Uptown
From a contemporary serviced apartment in Petaling Jaya, goes in search of food
The best carbonara in town at Wood and Steel
Rustic interior, a perfect place to chill with friends. gives me a reason to check them out.
We quickly turn on the AirAsiaGo Mobile App and search for Somerset Damansara Uptown. Luckily, there are still few rooms available for as low asRM390 a night! With just a click, we book a night’s stay in a OneBedroom Premier Apartment.
As we expected, the traffic at Damansara Uptown is an ordeal especially because some drivers double-park along the narrow road. We decide against parking in the open and drive towards the mall-hotel parking. To our surprise, the car park in the mall is not even half full.
Unlike many mall-hotels, Somerset Damansara Uptown reserves a private parking space for guests within the mall. Follow the hotel car park signage to level three, and you will find another parking entrance to the hotel car park which has a lift to the reception lobby on the six floor.
An outdoor swimming pool, a gym, a self-service laundrette, a children’s playroom and the resident’s lounge are on the same level. After check-in, I head to my one-bedroom Premier Apartment on level 13. It is a spacious apartment-hotel just like home. It has a living room, a dining area, a fully functional kitchen complete with cooking appliances and utensils, a huge bathroom with shower, as well as a bedroom with king bed and amazing view of the surroundings.
On top of that, the room is equipped with hi-tech power port on a work desk. Complimentary WiFi is provided.
However, the hotel in-house F&B outlet is still under construction; it will open its doors soon. In the meantime, complimentary breakfast for guests is served at the pool from 6.30am to 10.30am.
It’s Continental with some typical American breakfast options such as sausages, eggs, hash browns, as well as some local fare including noodles and porridge. The choices rotate daily.
WOOD AND STEEL CHILLOUT
We are quite hungry when we arrive at the hotel, so we kick off our food-hunting with a heavy lunch at Wood & Steel, located five minutes away.
We’ve heard good reviews about Wood and Steel. It has a few branches, the latest in Damansara Uptown.
The restaurant reflects its name — its interior is creatively decorated with wood and steel, very rustic and unique. The ambience is warm and welcoming, a perfect place to chill over a cuppa with friends.
The menu is basic — pasta, salad, coolers, coffee and tea as well as desserts.
We order its bestseller Aglio Olio Seafood (RM27) and since I am starving, I go for the Seafood Carbonara (RM27). Well, the generously portioned carbonara is really tasty as it is so creamy but not too filling.
We order zesty Iced Lemon Lime Tea (RM10) and Latte (RM10).
Parking is troublesome here but you have the option to park at Starling Mall.
JUST A PIE THING
UPTOWN MIDNIGHT DINE
We are full, so we decide on a late dinner. It is 11.15pm when my tummy starts growling.
We head down to the third floor where we parked the car, but instead of driving to the food court which is located behind the mall, we take a different lift which leads directly to it. It’s so near, just a three-minute walk.
Of course, end it with a sweet soft dessert at Soft Serve! Up for a Good Batch breakfast to kick off your day.
The Uptown food court has been here for years, even before the mall existed. The choices of food here are aplenty. There’s western food, local cuisine and more.
Our favourite stall is Jenny Lala, the best place to satisfy your seafood craving, Chinese-style.
We order a plate of Kam Heong, Lala Chili and Fried Oysters. It’s a bit pricey for a food court but the portions are generous and the dishes are really delicious. The Kam Heong is my favourite as it has a twist of curry spices and exotic scent of curry leaves. Really tempting!
GOOD BATCH BRUNCH
The next day, as my husband has to go to work, we have breakfast buffet by the pool.
While he goes off to work, I stay until check-out at noon and continue my foodhunting.
By noon, I am already starving, so I head to Good Batch, another hip eatery in Uptown Damansara recommended by social media.
Finding the place is easy with Google Maps. It’s just located across Uptown Food Court.
The interior of Good Batch is very rustic, yet it has a classy feel. The music is soulful, mellow and slow beat. I feel so relaxed!
As this is my first visit, choosing something from the menu is tough, as everything sounds good. Here at Good Batch, you can have breakfast all-day.
It offers weekday lunches with free apple or orange juice (RM27), with a few