Last week, Paris B kindly invited me and Kahani to join her on a food tasting review of the delicacies that The Huckleberry Cafe (hereafter referred to as Huckleberry) has to offer. The foodie session was organized by Candy of Asian Age Holdings and boy, were we on a sugar high after!
For folk who are familiar with Food Foundry in Section 17 PJ, you’ll be happy to know that Huckleberry is opened and run by the same folk, so you can expect the same standards to apply at both eating outlets. I’d heard of Food Foundry before, but never managed to find the time nor an occasion to check it out but I think I’d want to after sampling the light finger foods and desserts at Huckleberry.
Huckleberry is tucked away into a nook at the back of Times Bookstore in Bangsar Shopping Centre (BSC). (As such, I had a moment of confusion when I arrived and checked BSC’s tenant list only to find no Huckleberry there. Luckily, a quick call to Paris B sorted things out. Phew!) The area itself is not very large, but the tables, chairs and comfy sofas have been neatly arranged to maximize space constraints without feeling cramped. I can imagine chilling at Huckleberry with some coffee and cake whilst browsing books from Times on lazy afternoons.
And since we had some time to spare before the food tasting began, we had an impromptu photoshoot session for Kahani so that she could showcase the lovely cerulean blue dress she wore on Frocking Around.
Then it was on to the food, glorious food!
Here’s my iced cafe latte (MYR 6.00) before I mixed it all up. A decent enough, normal cup of latte that went well with the pastries and cakes that we had.
We started off with the savories. Here you can see 2 types of quiches and a cornish pastry. The spinach and beef bacon quiche (MYR 9.00) was less savory than the mushroom and onion quiche (MYR 9.00) (which I really liked!) but both were melt-in-your-mouth delicious, with just the right amount of flaky pastry the way I like it, which is that it doesn’t remind me of pie, where I have to go through layers of pastry that flakes to bits before you can get to the savory filling. But the standout would be the beef rendang cornish pastry (MYR 9.00), which had a solid meaty filling of rendang that reminded Paris B and me of serunding and would be excellent with nasi lemak.
We then moved on to the sweet stuff (but not exactly desserts yet), starting with the Banana Raisin Bread Pudding (MYR 9.00). Silly me forgot to take a picture of the pudding! I love a good bread pudding and the addition of bananas and raisins to traditional bread pudding was pretty inspired, if you ask me. Not overly sweet, but just nice. Made me wish for vanilla ice-cream to accompany it though.
From left to right, clockwise, you have the Guinness Chocolate Cake (MYR 9.00), Whooppie Pie (MYR 5.00), and Macarons in the flavors of Pineapple, Green Tea and Red Bean (MYR 2.50 each). I would have preferred a slightly stronger tasting Guinness Chocolate Cake and it also needed to be a little bit more moist but on the whole it was good. Same with the Whooppie Pie (could’ve been more moist) which reminded me a bit of Oreos and made me wish for vanilla ice-cream again. The macaroons were uber sweet but oh-so-tempting! The pineapple one reminded us all of traditional pineapple tarts but my absolute fave was the Green Tea one, because the taste balanced out the sweet macaroon shell.
We were by no means finished, because like a magician, Candy whipped out four varieties of cake for us to try! Clockwise from bottom center you have the Chocolate Cake, Hummingbird Cake and Carrot Almond Cake (MYR 9.00). The Chocolate Cake was just right, chocolate-y and moist and reminded me of brownies that would go absolutely perfectly with ice-cream (yes, I think I was craving for ice-cream that day. *wink*). The Hummingbird Cake was nutty and grainy, just the type for people who like “healthy tasting” cakes and got classified as “now-I-know-where-to-get-a-cake-for-my-godmother”. (The Huckleberry Cafe does take orders for whole cakes, but you’ll have to call them up 2 days in advance.) I had rather high expectations for the Carrot Almond Cake because I love carrot cakes in general and this was one of the good ones – not too sweet and light, but filled with lots of good, nutty ingredients. The only thing that threw me off a bit was that faint taste of cinnamon, which I’m not used to having in my carrot cake, and which I suspect may have to be an acquired taste for me at least.
If you have been counting, you would have noticed that I talked about tasting four varieties of cake but only pictured and described three above. Well, I had to save the best for last, right? Here is the highlight of the desserts…
Mille Crepe Cake (MYR 10.00)! Pictured above in Vanilla, it also comes in Strawberry and Chocolate flavors too. Even now, I can picture and taste the delicate crepe layers melting in my mouth with every bite. No wonder this is the best-selling cake at Food Foundry.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to go and settle some dessert cravings from writing this post. Contact details of The Huckleberry Cafe are as pictured below.
The Huckleberry Cafe
@ Times Bookstore
Bangsar Shopping Centre
Tel : +60 3-2095 1606
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Kahani (featuring the photoshoot session only)