Fat Spoon, Damansara Uptown: Retro Remakes

Odd, charming, quirky, nostalgic are just a few adjectives to describe this new cafe that’s barely a week’s old in Damansara Uptown. A visit to Fat Spoon is like taking a step into its proprietor’s 3D scrapbook which holds together pieces of her days gone by and things of sentimental past. Its odd interior made of mismatched pre-owned furniture and decor somehow chaotically come together nicely. I applaud them for not taking the obvious decor route when it came to setting up a new Nyonya-inspired restaurant. It is by far, the most whimsical one I’ve every visited. And, I’m definitely smitten by the shop’s warm eclectic charm.

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I felt like EatDrinkKL while I dined here with my close group of friends on its opening night last Sunday. Only difference was that I was eating and drinking in PJ with a food bill probably equivalent to 1/10 of his usual dinner. It’s a different experience dining in a place on its first day, especially in a small establishment. The place was packed with festivities, love from friends and family and plenty of congratulatory flowers mixed in with their own decor added more colours to the already colourful cafe. To be honest, I’ve actually been curious about Fat Spoon since it started its renovation a couple of weeks back. I kept passing it on the way back to the office and made a mental note to try them out when they’re finally opened.

Once inside, chances are you’ll be greeted and seated by its enthusiastic owner, Chelle, or one of her cheerful staffs. They were all smiles and definitely not showing signs of any fatigue yet. Don’t be alarmed when they bring you a couple of Ladybird Peter & Jane books to your table. The menu is cleverly mounted between the pages of these books. I remember reading these books as a child, but reading some of these lines again now with a not so innocent mind can give these story a whole new meaning!

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The menu claims to make homely dishes from Grandma’s recipes like their highly recommended Assam Perut Ikan. However, it was the Fried Ulam Rice (RM11.90) which caught my attention. The rice was mixed with a whole range of daintily cut herb and served with a piece of fried chicken and vinegary fruit salad. While the overall dish was nice, I found the rice itself too wet for my liking. Perhaps the herbs were soggy when it was added into the rice or they were too cold and started to condensed under the heat of the fried rice. Also noticeably missing was the use of salted fish in this version of Nasi Ulam, which is usually what makes the dish fragrant and appetising. But nothing the addictive sambal belachan on the side couldn’t fix. Ivan’s order of the Sambal Fried Rice (RM11.90) was much better with enough wok hei (breath of wok) and flavour in the rice. This time the rice was also fried to perfection with each grain of rice separated nicely. It also comes with a piece of fried chicken and fruit salad.

As one of us just had a wisdom teeth extracted, Chelle recommended the Salmon & Seaweed Congee (RM13.90), she was also kind enough to bring along a smaller bowl to help separate and cool down the congee in smaller portions. Kudos for her attention to details. The recipe didn’t strike me as local or Nyonya for that matter and was like a watery rice dish. It was also a little fishy for our taste. Maybe the use of other fishes may help “sweetened” the dish more. I’ve always loved fried ma-yau fish bits in my porridge. Another non-spicy dish served here is the Watercress Noodle Soup (RM8.90) which uses Nissin noodles instead of regular yellow noodles and comes with a chicken drumstick. However, they are flexible to give you breast meat if you request for it.

It’s a fair mix of hits and misses at this new place, granted its their first night opened. Perhaps its just a teething problem and opening night nerves. Given its close proximity to my office and gym, and its affordable prices, I’m sure I’ll be back for another meal or two. I’m actually tempted to try the DIY Popiah Wraps, Lord knows how I love interactive food. It also is a great place to just chill and enjoy a cup of freshly brewed espresso – yup, they’ve got an espresso machine and it’s red! That’s totally hot.

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Fat Spoon
No.73, Jalan SS21/1A,
(located next to Hon Kee Porridge)
Damansara Utama / Uptown, 
47400 Petaling Jaya.
Tel: +603-7728 3323

21 Responses to Fat Spoon, Damansara Uptown: Retro Remakes
  1. Lyrical Lemongrass
    August 5, 2010 | 2:33 am

    Oh my! So pwetty! I gotta visit you at your office soon, BFF, and get further acquainted with my heritage!

  2. J
    August 5, 2010 | 3:04 am

    Prices are reasonable (for a cafe that area)…..

    So nice lah. Uptown has so much variety! PBD kinda sucks in terms of yummy food. :(

  3. J2Kfm
    August 5, 2010 | 4:07 am

    I like Ulam Rice, but sometimes the overwhelming taste of the lemongrass gets way up my head. >_<

    I'd take the sambal version anyday.
    Surprisingly affordable prices, and really homely feel.

  4. CUMI & CIKI
    August 5, 2010 | 5:47 am

    wallau eh.. never mind the food.. the color scheme belongs on a make up palate then transfer on to my face! stunning effects.. faint :P

    u better take me here one day!

  5. CUMI & CIKI
    August 5, 2010 | 5:50 am

    how you do this effect on the collage ar? how ar? how? .. u left ur laptop out in the sun ar? the sun bleach ur collage izit?

    velly nais hor…

    MWUAHAHAHA:P

  6. Sean
    August 5, 2010 | 5:54 am

    ooh, some of those dishes sound almost like "fusion" nyonya! wonder if they'll ever offer anything like unagi pongteh, or caesar salad with cincalok … ok, sorry, bad idea, that might spoil its nice, family-run charm…
    but the place does look very appealing. wouldn't have thought that it's in damansara uptown, which seems to have mainly "normal-looking," characterless eateries!

  7. Food and Life
    August 5, 2010 | 11:17 am

    After reading your entry. I had to go check the place out.
    Simple food done well. Just need to add a few more dishes for varieties.
    Luck luck Fat Spoon :)

  8. P. Hentermine
    August 5, 2010 | 1:00 pm

    Yeah, its so pretty. Sometimes the overwhelming taste of the lemongrass gets way up my head.

  9. AugustDiners
    August 5, 2010 | 2:20 pm

    the restaurant owners just get younger and younger isn't it? :)
    Would love to try this out soon!!

  10. Gourmantic
    August 6, 2010 | 1:04 am

    For once, I'm lost for words. I love the way you present your posts and your comics are indeed very clever!

    I look forward to following your culinary and comic adventures :)

  11. qwazymonkey
    August 6, 2010 | 2:18 am

    LL: Yea, all pretty things are your heritage! Come visit me.

    J: Yeah not bad, but think they should start planning lunch sets soon to cash in on lunch biz. Nobody's really gonna pay Avg RM16 for lunch often

    J2KFM: The sambal version is an excellent choice!

    C&C: Come let me print and paste the comic on your face!

    C&C again: Actually, I poured bleach on my laptop. But that didn;t do much. So I took a bottle of acid and that did the job! :)

    Sean: Actually, there are plenty new eateries that have sprung up around Uptown. But so far, this is the most interesting.

    Food&Life: U should.

    P.Hentermine: Thanks!

    August: I know! I feel like a blardee uncle in there.

  12. rokh
    August 6, 2010 | 3:08 am

    i was intrigue by the name when a friend mentioned it and we wanted to go try, thanks for the writeup, now i know what to expect :)

  13. Selba
    August 6, 2010 | 10:04 am

    Wow.. I'm impressed with the color scheme of the pictures, so cool… it's kinda looking old magazines/books from the 1970s, hehehe…

  14. Adelene
    August 7, 2010 | 9:54 am

    Hmm…nyonya resto but where is the nyonya food? Where is the sek bak, pong teh and itik tim?

  15. Chelle
    August 7, 2010 | 6:16 pm

    Hi Jonathan!! Thanx for the write up & glad we got to meet the other night, hopefully we'll see you again soon :)

    Adelene: Wouldnt exactly call Fat Spoon a Nyonya Restaurant. Our menu mainly consist of some of our favourite home recipes, with 1 or 2 nyonya dishes included :)

  16. thenomadGourmand
    August 7, 2010 | 9:18 pm

    Ha! I expected yr review .. hehe.. cos jz the otr day i went past it, thot it looked cute & said to myself "Jon would probably had tried it" ;p

  17. S Lloyd
    August 7, 2010 | 11:27 pm

    Looking forward to try this restaurant whenever I travel overthere. Being more than 10 yrs that I haven't been to South East Asia, and I know…I'm missing a lot! May it be the malay, thai, indonesian, burmese cuisines. All were highly satisfying.

  18. Adelene
    August 8, 2010 | 8:22 am

    Thanks Chelle! I must get Jon to take me there when I come back. The decor looks amazing. I wonder how you find all your pieces..they're gorgeous

  19. qwazymonkey
    August 8, 2010 | 10:12 am

    rokh: It's the name that pique my curiosity too. Go try it. Hope you like it.

    Selba: Haha, thanks. totally inspired by the place, can you tell?

    Ads: Well, it's nyonya-INSPIRED lah :)

    Chelle: Thanks for dropping by my humble blog. You've really got a nice place and KL needs more places with characters like yours.

    TNG: It's totally my kinda thing innit?

    S.Lloyd: I'm sure you'll enjoy it as much as I did. Just googlemap it. Most cabs would know how to bring you there. Thanks for the comment

    Ads: You should do up your living room like Fat Spoon! :P

  20. Life for Beginners
    August 8, 2010 | 3:20 pm

    I love your vintage-looking backgrounds to the comic strips, bro… Your writing's food candy, your pictures are always eye candy! :D

  21. Small Kucing
    January 11, 2011 | 4:19 am

    goody…new place to cari makan

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