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Friday, December 27, 2013

Food: The Good Batch @ Damansara Uptown, PJ

We've heard about The Good Batch for awhile now, having seen lots about it on blogs and on Instagrams, but the legendary parking situation at Damansara Uptown had always put us off. Finally, one sunny Sunday afternoon, we steeled our resolve, gritted our teeth, and decided to scour the scary streets of Uptown for a parking spot -- just so we could try it out!

The Good Batch, thankfully, is located at one of the sleepier streets of Uptown, and parking was slightly easier. Along the same row are also Wondermilk and Fat Spoon, in case you were wondering where exactly it's located.

The seating process - for a 2pm on a Sunday - was relatively fast. Staff will direct you outside and jot your name down on the wait-list and once your table is ready, you'll be called. A really warm and chirpy lady attended to me - I suspect, the ladyboss - and she was so happy and energetic that it was infectious! Off to a good start.

I liked The Good Batch the moment I stepped in - lots of natural sunlight streaming in & the usual unfinished, almost industrial-like look that we've come to expect of new cafes born in 2013. The sunlight means that it can get very hot or very bright in the afternoons, so if you're not that kind of person, head to the back of the cafe, which was where we were seated. It's far dimmer there, as you can see from the rest of the photos to follow. :D

As always, we gravitated towards the most substantial sounding "brunch food" there was on the menu - which was The Angmoh (RM 25.90). Our tummies were rumbling before we even ordered, so the arrival of this on our table was a welcome sight indeed. Who can say no to scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, mushroom, pan fried potatoes and baked beans on Sunday afternoon? Certainly not us. 

I loved how sunny and golden yellow the scrambled eggs were, and thankfully, they tasted as good as they looked - creamy, moreish, well-seasoned, and a texture that we found to be just right. The other thing that I really adored was the baked Portobello mushroom that was so juicy and full of flavour. The streaky bacon was enjoyable, but we couldn't help but wish that the sausage had more substance to it. It felt a tad run-of-the-mill. 

Looking back at the pictures I snapped of the menu now, there are actually many interesting concoctions at The Good Batch, but somehow we managed to pick the two most conventional dishes of the lot (in our defense, hungry people, they can't really think straight...) So for our other main, we predictably had the Norwegian (RM 20.90), two poached eggs on bread with smoked salmon, capsicum & onion topped with their house lemon Hollandaise sauce.

The description on the menu says that this comes with "perfectly poached eggs" which is a tall statement to make, but we're proud to report that they really were the perfect, runny poached eggs. I enjoyed the addition of the capsicum and onion confit because they lent a nice sweetness to the dish, but I think Adam thought otherwise 'cause... veggies are veggies. -_- The one thing we both agreed on though, was there was a overpowering fishiness to the smoked salmon, not one that was entirely pleasant. They graciously accepted our feedback and said they would check with the chef, so that's good enough for us.

Adam ordered the Corn Dogs (RM 14.90), served with Gula Melaka mustard, without really realizing that corn dogs come with a layer of deep fried corn meal batter, which makes it very filling. (Not to mention that he actually doesn't like corn dogs all that much, so he ate one or two after scraping off the batter and left the rest to me, meh.) If you're a corn dog fan, I'd say The Good Batch does a pretty good corn dog. Served golden brown, the outer corn batter was fluffy and had good texture to it.

I was really looking forward to the special-sounding Gula Melaka mustard dip that the corn dogs were served with, but unfortunately, I couldn't taste any palm sugar in the mustard dip. The mustard was milder though, so perhaps the Gula Melaka was just to take some of the edge off. 

The Banana Nutella (RM 15.90) was the instant choice for dessert. 

This was something special in our books, having flaky, crunchy puffs instead of always having cake. We may not always crave for it, but the combination of hot, decadent Nutella with banana and the crunchy pastry was definitely a welcome change. 20 minutes of baking time needs to be allowed for this dish, so do time your order properly!

A batch of The Good Iced Tea (RM 8) - good for a hot day

Hot Chocolate - RM 9
Nothing much to say on the drinks - certainly not the highlight here for us. (I've seen The Good Batch pop up on some coffee-places-list but we're no experts on coffee, so we'll let you do the testing yourselves. :p)

The Good Batch also has an open bar all day long (!), so if cocktails with brunch is your fancy, here's where you'll get your fix. One thing I'm not wild about though, is that smoking is permitted indoors, but to each his own.

Would we return to The Good Batch again? I'd say so, there's a lot of other interesting, fusion-y dishes on the menu I'd like to try, including one Portobello Road, poached eggs with breaded portobellos, that I keep on hearing people raving about! What have been your favourite brunch places of the year so far?

The Good Batch | Facebook
No. 53, SS21/1A,
Damansara Uptown,
47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Tel: +6 03 7733 2303
Email: [email protected]

Opening Hours:
Tues-Thurs, 11am-12 midnight
Fri, 11am-1am
Sat, 10am-1am
Sun & PH, 10am-11pm
Closed on Mondays

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