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Backofen @ Desa Sri Hartamas

>> Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Overall comment: Pretty good food at affordable prices (and generous portion) for a bakery cum cafe :) Having said that, they still have much room for improvement for their cooked meals.

Halal: Yes

Cheap & good food are rare gems. When it comes to evaluating dishes, I will always look at several important factors:
1. taste
2. portion
3. price!

I'm realistic, okay....these days where prices of food are soaring faster than the stock market & almost not-justifiable compared to the crawling salary increment that we have (or what increment??!), the hunt for good, pocket-friendly food is the in-thing to do! Backofen has been around for a long time. Located at Desa Sri Hartamas, right opposite my cousin's shop i.e. That Special Occasion, above Guardian Pharmacy, this bakery cum cafe has been a popular hang-out place for people of all walks of life! Apparently, their set meals are a hit; same goes their breakfast sets/bread.

As I was here on a Sunday, we had to order ala carte & had to even wait to be seated - it was full house around 1:30pm! AC said that their grilled lamb chop & pasta are his favourites, so we decided to trust his recommendations.

Grilled Lamb (RM18.00/serving)
This has become another of our signature dish! Grilled lamb shoulder marinated in Backofen's special sauce. Served with crumbed potatoes. A must try.
I'm quite surprised at the portion for the price paid. We were served at least 6 x "Ruth's palm size" (3 inches x 4 inches) pieces of lamb! "Makan sampai kenyang!" The taste was also pretty good - alike mushroom/brown sauce. The texture of the meat could be better if it was not "well done". I found it a bit "over-cooked", so it was a tad dry.

Olive Oil Fried Spaghetti (RM13.00/serving)
Fresh mushrooms & garlic sauteed with olive oil. A simple & tasty spaghetti dish.
It's true that it's simple & tasty - well seasoned & the texture of the spaghetti was just nice :) A light, yet filling meal! Erm...kinda all carbs though :P

Viennese Beef Goulash/Wiener Rindsgulasch (RM16.00/serving)
A traditional Austrian recipe of classic stew of tender beef chunks, cooked in savoury sauce. A Backofen signature. Served with our very own wheat bread, spaghetti or rice.
It was certainly NOT love at first sight. It looks like a "pathetic plate of beef rendang" with just SIX pieces of beef chunks! Oh come on....presentation for this failed. If you're gonna serve just those 6 pieces of meat, put it in a bowl! At least it won't look so....SAD! It would have looked much more appealing...put some herb as garnish as well! The taste is alright, but it's a far cry from the "actual" Austrian beef goulash that I had at Impiana KLCC Hotel. This one felt too "thick" & "tomato-ish". It's too "paste-y". The bonus is that the meat chunks were tender & the wheat bread was soft & VERY filling.

So will I recommend this place? Yea, why not...parking may be quite a challenge on any other day, but the prices of food + taste + portion is still acceptable. I won't mind going there again, but it will not be my 1st choice though...heehee...

34, Jalan 24/70A
Desa Seri Hartamas
50480 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: (+603) 2300 6676/ (+6016) 223 9002
Business hours: Mon - Sat: 10:00a.m. - 10:00p.m.; Sun: 8:00a.m. - 8:00a.m.
URL: Backofen
FB: Backofen @ Desa Sri Hartamas

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Chong March 7, 2013 at 3:08 PM  

Went there once. Had their Chicken Stroganoff Spaghetti. It was tasteless and the chicken was dry. Didn't even manage to finish 1/3 of plate. Might go back there for their meaty mains but definitely not their pasta dishes...

PerutBesi March 7, 2013 at 3:16 PM  

@Chong: Yikes! You should have complained & asked to have it changed! I would have done that...the pasta that we had that day was alright wor...the lamb chop was a tad dry, but it's still acceptable. Perhaps I'm not as particular or the chefs had a bad day when you popped by? :S

Anonymous April 2, 2015 at 6:48 AM  

You said its Halal.. But how come when I wanted to order the Ceaser Salad it says comes with bits of bacon

PerutBesi April 2, 2015 at 11:17 AM  

@Anonymous: That should be beef bacon, so don't worry. Many of our Malay friends go over for lunch.

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