Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Coriander Cafe @ Northpoint Mid Valley

Nestled deep in the corner of Mid Valley City sits a cafe. You may not have heard of this cafe, no matter how many times you've been to Mid Valley. Trust me. I've literally grown up in Mid Valley and I didn't even know this place existed. It's located along the bridge connecting Northpoint (the office buildings) and Mid Valley's North Court (the shopping mall), so it's quite easy to miss.

The Coriander Cafe is what you shouldn't be missing out though. A quaint little kopitiam styled cafe catering for the office crowd, Coriander Cafe definitely fits the bill of a hidden gem. Carefully styled after the traditional feel of kopitiams, everything in the cafe; from the lights to the wall decorations and even those huge marble tables, screams of nostalgia.

Heck, they even serve you Coke in those glass bottles to further hype up the nostalgia.

But when it comes down to it all, the food plays a huge role in determining how a cafe fares. We're pretty glad that most of the food served in Coriander gets a solid nod, while others still maintain space for massive improvements.

First up on the tasting list was the Honey Chicken.

I don't know if you have eaten Honey Chicken anywhere else, but this is a certain must try. There is a generous helping of chicken drummets and wings, coated with a thick layer of honey. Each bite is so sinfully sweet, but you just can't stop yourself. If you're ever visiting, this is a certain must try.

Next up came the Singapore Noodles, or more commonly known as Xing Chao Mien (星洲炒米粉).

According to fellow foodie Evelyn, this 星洲炒 was perfectly spicy and reminded her of a place her family brought her a long time ago which served similar tasting 星洲炒. Nostalgia factor + 1. For me personally, I barely tasted it because you know I have a weakness for all things spicy. Still, if Evelyn is willing to return just for this dish, you better know it's good stuff.

The Marmite Fish was next up.

This is typical Marmite Fish; dory fillets doused in marmite sauce and served with rice. It really had the flavor of marmite, though it was a little too salty for my tastebuds.

At this point in the tasting, 3 dishes appeared simultaneously.

Salted Egg Fish with Rice.

A real favorite. I've never liked salted egg with anything but somehow, this deliciously tempting dish made me go for seconds. And thirds. It's a dory fillet fried to crispy perfection with salted eggs and served with rice. Seriously, this is a must try as well.

Peanut Chicken.

The Peanut Chicken tasted a lot like lemon chicken with crispy peanut bits. Perhaps they were trying to go for the nutty flavor?

The Butter Chicken With Gravy.

A fine tasting specimen which did not cut down on the butter sauce, the amount of chicken nor the rice. Noted, there's no real way of ruining butter chicken and Coriander Cafe does a fantastic job to keep it delicious. It's a perfectly filling meal for lunch or dinner.

Below are 2 Malaysian favorites, the Penang Char Koay Teow and the Kam Heong fried rice, both of which are good but exhibit nothing huge to shout about.

This is their signature dish, the Chicken Chop with a wide variety of sauces you can try out, including Black Pepper, Sweet and Sour, Nyonya and Mushroom Cheese. The one we tried was Chicken Chop with Nyonya Sauce, and by golly gee it's really good. Don't let my terrible photo skills fool you. Hidden beneath all those condiments is a chicken chop worth fighting for. And my, did I fight.

Finally we also tried the Curry Kapitan Chicken with Rice. Again, it was nothing much to shout about, though I have to admit that the Kapitan Curry (which Coriander Cafe currently plans to be bottled) is some pretty good stuff.

If you're around the Mid Valley area and want to have some good food in a traditional ambiance, why not head on down to Coriander Cafe and have a taste? It's definitely a hidden gem in Mid Valley City.

Below are more details on Coriander Cafe:

Address: Coriander Cafe, Midvalley Megamall, Northpoint Offices.
Phone: 03-2202 0285

How to get there (thanks to Marilyn): Coming from Midvalley (If you parked at Gardens, head to Midvalley), go towards Northpoint (away from GSC side), First Floor. Nearing the end, you'll see F.O.S. Kids & Teens on your left, a makan place in the middle, and ATM on the right. Walk towards the left side exiting to a pedestrian bridge (Right will head to KTM station instead) After crossing the pedestrian bridge, turn left and you will see the restaurant on your right, beside a Japanese language learning centre.

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