Fat Spoon Café

Time Out Malaysia Eating and Drinking Guide - - EATING -

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.

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