Malou Fores has a secret ingredient for serving comfort that’s closest to home
An assortment of snacks awaits us on Malou Fores’ dining table. As we alternate between chewing on cheese pimiento sandwiches and snacking on fresh pineapple, Fores recalls her first memory in her kitchen. Her first attempt at baking was admittedly not successful: a burnt and rock-hard chocolate brownie, a counterpoint to her sister’s chewy yema.
She no longer sees mishaps, whether they occur inside or outside the kitchen, as total setbacks, though. “With work, I believe in positive reinforcement because [it] brings out a much better human being,” she says. It’s a principle she lives by after growing in the food industry.
Today she is at the helm of four food businesses, which all started from her now not-so-little shop The Blue Kitchen. Her namesake, Mamou, is one of the metro’s bestloved stops for quality comfort food, and right next door to it is Chef du Partie (CDP) Global Table. Here, she never tires of the fideua, a bed of thin capellini pasta cooked paella style, and the bowl of tuna poké with sriracha mayo. Outside the Rockwell area, she also has Recovery Food, another place where drinkers can feast comfortably even during the odd hours of the night.
“I think the secret to a well-loved recipe is the love you put in it. You must love the flavor,” Fores says.
Each of her restaurants is an extension of her home; in fact, she could be spotted eating at any of them most evenings. It’s not such a strange practice, however, as Fores likens serving the ideal dining experience to having a guest come over to her actual home. “[My eating at my restaurants] adds a personal touch,” she quips.
Mamou, Power Plant Mall, Rockwell. Chef du Partie (CDP) Global Table, Power Plant Mall, Rockwell. The Blue Kitchen, Power Plant Mall. Recovery Food, Crossroads Building, BGC.