Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Maggie's Birthday at Maria's Cafe, Damansara Perdana

This entry is going to kill 2 birds with 1 stone.

Initially I was planning to do 2 short entries to separate both the above but I thought it's a waste of time so I might as well write about Mei Gee's birthday and the food at Maria's Cafe together. So, this is going to be a long entry! Go and clear your bladder before you read on wtf.

Mei Gee's birthday was celebrated on April 9th so that wasn't too long ago. Not too long ago only.... Damn, I don't want to procrastinate and write old entries but I really don't have time for long entries T_T

Shawn came to pick me up before we adjourned to Hartamas to collect the cakeS that we ordered a few days ahead from them. Notice the 's' in the word cake. You'll know why as you read on.

If you're familiar with Damansara Perdana, you should know where Citibank is and Maria's Cafe is located a few shops away from Citibank at level 3. One thing suck about the building is that they don't have a staircase or escalator outside but instead, we have to walk all the way to the back of the corridor to take a lift up.

Honestly speaking, I don't think it's safe for a girl to take the lift alone at night because it's far behind. PLEASE GET A GUY TO ACCOMPANY YOU!

Main entrance of Maria's Cafe.

For first timer, let me give you a tip. That is a sliding door. So please don't push or pull it. I've seen many jokers pushing the door and ended up standing outside trying to figure out how to open it. You slide it open.

Don't embarrass yourself especially on your first date! You learn this first hand in Contagious Laughter okay wtf.

I'm not going to post many photos of the interiors because you can easily google it out. But I can assure you that the place is beautiful. Love the ambience ;) A good place for a date.

Maria's Restaurant and Cafe.

The early birds.

The 6 of us arrived relatively early (6.45pm) and the place was rather empty at that time. After settling down, we quickly place our order and the girls (Maggie, Kher Li and Siew Ling) began to play around with their DSLR.

I always capture nice candid of people! *proud*

Shin Shin, Maggie, Kher Li.

All 3 are single by the way. LOL they are so going to kill me if they read this!

Shawn and Siew Ling.

Both of them are single too hahahaha.

After a lot of camwhoring, chatting and laughing, we were getting hungry and realised that it was already an hour passed but our food's nowhere to be seen! Even our cold water took about 20-30mins to come!


Okay I shall skip all the whining and proceed with the food.

Cream of Wild Mushroom Soup.

The mushroom soup is actually pretty good! There are small bits of mushrooms and the soup is thick and flavourful. I actually loved it.

Oxtail Soup.

Oxtail soup is stronger in taste and to those who love oxtail soup will definitely like this. I personally like this too but some of my friends don't like the taste. So order this only if you are a fan of oxtail soup otherwise go for the mushroom soup instead.

Garlic Bread.

Order for a basket of garlic bread was placed later after our food was served and again, it took them 30-45mins to be served. Seriously, why like that?

Garlic bread was okay. Nothing to shout about.

Honey Mustard Grilled Chicken.

Honey mustard grilled chicken is pretty good. All of us loved the sauce and some of my friends who dislike mustard like the sauce too because the mustard taste was quite mild. It's great. Portion's quite small by the way.

Chicken Chop in Black Pepper Sauce.

The dish is okay. I like the thick fries though :)

I forgot the name to this dish but it's delicious! As you can see from the picture above, it is freaking small so it feels like appetizer to us hahahaha. All of us took a bite and sat there waiting for another dish to arrive 30mins later.

Creamy Fettuccine with I-forgot-what.

Although Maria is famous for their steak (we didn't order any because we shared our meal and a couple of our friends can't take beef), but their pasta is reallyyyyyyyy good! All 3 pastas that we ordered were surprisingly beyond our expectation so we ended up ordering another 2 plates (and ended up waiting quite some time for it) to share.

Seafood Spaghetti in Tomato Sauce.

My group was divided into 2 - half of them prefer the creamy fettuccine while the other half liked the seafood spaghetti more.

Creamy fettuccine is thick and creamy but I think small eaters are unable to finish a plate by themselves because it can get a bit too jelak. Seafood spaghetti bolognese is cooked just perfect for my liking!

I hate spaghetti that is too sour, too bland or too watery. This is perfect!

Aglio Olio with Turkey Ham.

I've had many Aglio Olio but for this dish, I find the taste pretty oriental. In a good way of course! A little spicy and not too oily, all of us enjoyed it. If you are not really a meat person or don't have the mood for steak or chicken, go for the pastas! I'm sure you'll love it as much as we do :)

Moist Chocolate Cake with Movenpick Ice Cream.

I read the reviews over the internet that Maria Cafe serves good moist chocolate cake so it's a must-try and we did! It was indeed yummy and, well, moist and the ice-cream complements it well. However, my friends said Alexis's Chocolate Brownie is much better than this. Guess I must try it one fine day.

Overall, I must say that Maria serves really good quality western food but we just can't stand the time we have to wait to be served! Say, we placed our order at 7.00pm, by the time we finished our meal, it was already close to 10.30pm! O_O

I may compromise on the time for the main course to served but why do we have to wait that long for our cold water and garlic bread ah? And the soups too! Maria ought to buckle up on the serving time because nowadays many don't have the patience to wait for an hour for food to be served.

On a positive side, their waiters are polite and helpful *thumbs up* Just speed up will do ;)

After a round of great food, it's time for cake cutting session!

Cakes from My Elephant. Will reserve this for another entry.

Here's Maggie posing with 5 cakes that we bought earlier. Cool or what? :D

Truth be told, all 5 cakes weren't bought for Maggie's birthday. Each of us told Maggie how many slices we'd like to buy for our family so that she could order from the restaurant in advance together with her birthday cake. We are not that crazy to buy 5 cakes to celebrate 1 person's birthday okay! There were just the 7 of us that night!!

For remembrance and the sake of photography, Maggie ended up posing with all 5 cakes :)

Here are the people who came to celebrate her big day!

With Shawn.

Siew Ling.

You know who this person is.

Shin Shin.

Kher Li.

Pik Chee.

Pik Chee only appears later in the photos because she came really late that night.

Singing the usual birthday song~~

Kissing the birthday girl~!

Maggie looked pretty freaked out in the photo some more FML.

It funny when the people at the front row bend down, the rest of the people behind will automatically bend down as well hahahaha. Don't believe you go and check all your group photos!

We bought a mini Polaroid camera for the birthday girl and she loved it so much!

She even took it out and snapped the photos above :)

Don't know whose ugly handwriting is that some more hahahaha wtf.

Before I end this entry, I wanna say something....

Happy 24th Birthday to you, Maggie!

I hope you had a great night with us and stay pretty and slim as always! :D

Interested to try out Maria's Cafe that serves good steak and western food in PJ and don't mind the long waiting time? Write down these information now!

Maria's Cafe
C313A, Center Wing, Metropolitan Square
No 2, Jalan PJU 8/1
Bandar Damansara Perdana
47820 Petaling Jaya
Tel: 03-7725 2313
Sun-Thurs: 11.30am-11pm
Fri, Sat, Eve of Public Holidays: 11.30am-12am.

Next entry will blog about the cakes from My Elephant! :)

p/s: Credit goes to Maggie for the photos too!


Anonymous said...

i just realized that the chatbox is no longer in your blog. hmm..

uh those food really makes me hungry.. lunch break please!


Jaclyn [Yian] said...

Yea the ppl spamming my chatbox is really a pain.

Jom let's go for lunch! On u? :p

My Name Is Siti said...

I enjoyed reading your blog. Thank you for sharing those foodies pics. ;)

Jaclyn [Yian] said...

Thank you for dropping by Siti! Glad that u enjoyed yourself here ;)

Anonymous said...

aiyo.. but without the chatbox, really hard to chat with u or leave comment ler..


lunch? sure, when the fate


Jaclyn [Yian] said...

LOL! I'm not putting back the chatbox! No spamming!

When fate arrives? LOL!

Anonymous said...

haha.. i am wondering too..