On a food hunt in Da­mansara Up­town

From a con­tem­po­rary ser­viced apart­ment in Petaling Jaya, goes in search of food

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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.

HOME FEEL

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

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