Fat Spoon Café
Due to notorious traffic, Damansara Uptown is an area we avoid whenever possible, so it has been some time since there was a lure strong enough for us to brave the snarl of traffic and parking woes. Fat Spoon Café is definitely worth the hassle. Give the cupcakes at Wondermilk a pass and drive on until you see the café's façade, decked out in mismatched furniture, grey walls (much like traditional kampung homes), and faded green blinds.
Upon entering, the calming space just enfolds you, and all irritation lightly floats away through Fat Spoon’s stained glass windows. Interiors are done with a vaguely vintage Malaysian flair, which enterprising bosses Michelle and Melissa Pong deliberately have kept that way so that customers can identify with individual elements in their own way. Old cooking utensils hang from the walls, and a classic wooden kampung cabinet stands faithfully in a corner. These elements come together into a sneakily engineered package of nostalgia. Designer half of the duo Michelle says that she wanted the decor to match the food, describing their style as 'something local, homely and simple'.
Local and homely sounds about right. It takes some effort to reach this level of consistent success in KL’s cutthroat dining scene, and Fat Spoon is still going strong in its fifth year. It's a favourite amongst the office crowd who escape here for the affordable lunches but we’ve also spotted friends sharing desserts and mother-and-daughter bonding sessions going on. A browse through the menu – repurposed Peter and Jane storybooks – reveals an interesting mix of grandma-inspired Nyonya with a dash of innovation. Order a few mains to share. Case in point: spicy beef macaroni soup (RM13). Who would’ve thought of pairing flavourful slow-cooked beef with good old macaroni? For something a little closer to home, claypot loh shee fun (RM10) is one of the best dishes for sharing. Smoothly savoury and lightly spiced, this dish offers layers of flavour and texture. You know the companionable silence where everyone is just smiling and quietly savouring every mouthful? Order the cempedak spring rolls (RM13) for dessert; it ended our meal on that nice note.
Joyce Koh 73 Jalan SS21/1A, Damansara Utama. Tue–Thu, 11.30am–3pm, 5pm–10pm. Fri–Sun, 11.30 am–10pm (03 7728 3323/www.facebook.com/fatspooncafe).
Best for Filling lunchtime feasts with colleagues or comfy catch ups with Mum and Dad when none of you feel like cooking.