The Good Batch – a wonderful brunch spot in Damansara Uptown

We’ve been on a mission to try as many new restaurants as possible instead of sticking to the few familiar ones. I must say that this newly hatched open-mindedness has found us gems that will keep eating out from devolving into a necessary and boring experience.

The most recent restaurant to have made an impression on us is called “The Good Batch”. Located in Damansara Utama, or Uptown to most of us PJ-ians, the restaurant is what I would describe as a modern gastropub – serving both booze and high quality food.

# – The Good Batch.

The interior’s modern and unpretentious with plenty of comfortable tables and seatings. I wish more new restaurants would aim for comfort than avant-garde.

# – The interior.

# – My carrot juice.

Ironically, the husband ordered a dish called “The Hangover Mess” which was a delicious beef hash packed with chopped capsicums, served with two sunny-side up eggs, a toast and hollandaise sauce.

# – The Hangover Mess.

# – The hash beneath the sunny-side ups.

It was delicious! The eggs were cooked to perfection, yolk oozing into the moist but flavourful hash. You don’t have to have a hangover to enjoy it.

As for myself, I opted for a vegetarian dish called “Portobello Road”. It’s two slices of toasts topped with breaded portobello mushrooms fried to perfection (with no trace of sogginess you sometimes get with badly done portobellos), blanched spinach, two gorgeous poached eggs and hollandaise sauce. Served together was a generous amount of refreshing rocket salad with light vinaigrette.

# – Portobello Road.

I loved it! If all vegetarian food were made this way, you can guarantee that I will be a convert. The crunchiness and smokiness of the portobellos, with the rich eggs Benedict made Portobello Road the quintessential comfort food.

# – Egg porn.

Of course we had to check out the desserts. We ordered a the unassuming banana cake but it was pretty damn mind-blowing.

# – Banana cake.

Fresh sliced bananas and chocolate ganache sandwich between two incredibly moist but light banana sponges, slathered in peanut butter frosting. Say what????

This is the creme de la creme of banana cakes!

# – Yum.

Hubs also ordered a cappuccino to go with the cake, he said it was nice.

# – Caffeine fix.

# – Obligatory I was there.

Prices are reasonable and seem fair for the quality of food. Will we come back again? You bet.

The Good Batch
53, SS21/1A,
47400 Petaling Jaya, Malaysia.
Operating hours:
Closed on Monday
Tue – Thu, 11am – 12am
Fri, 11am – 1am
Sat, 10am – 1am
Sun, 10am – 11pm
Tel: 03-7733 2303

Maison Francaise – a French experience in the heart of Kuala Lumpur

The husband and I were invited to Maison Francaise in Kuala Lumpur for lunch on a balmy weekend afternoon, thanks Mei for the arrangement.

It was a wonderful opportunity for us to see other human beings, haha having been cooped up in our house for a long time. Since it was a weekend, traffic into the city was quite a breeze.

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A Pie Thing – delicious pies in Damansara Utama

“A Pie Thing” is a restaurant that opened in Damansara Utama recently. By the sound of the name you should already know that they specialise in pies.

The restaurant is located along the row of shops facing the Damansara-Puchong Highway (LDP).

# – “A Pie Thing”.

While there is no halal certification, the restaurant does not serve alcohol or pork. There was one tip I read on Facebook that stated the chicken and the beef used are from legitimate Halal suppliers. How true, I do not know.

# – Open from 4pm until pies are sold out.

Nevertheless, during our time there, there were Muslim customers who visited so I think should be quite safe :)

There are a variety of pies both savory and sweet.

# – Savory pies: chicken + mushrooms, lamb, beef, spinach + cheese and others.

# – Sweet pies: nutella, smores, sweet potatoes, apples and others.

# – There is also a counter selling chocolates!

Decor in the restaurant is quite simple but still comfortable.

# – Modern and simple.

Ok, what about the taste of the pies in “A Pie Thing”? Frankly, VERY TASTY!

Crispy, short pastry with strong aroma of butter and savory fillings! The mash and mushy peas were also very tasty (I am particular and make my own mushy peas at home :P).

You can order the special combo called “The Mashacre” which includes a savoury pie, mash, mushy peas, gravy and a drink.

They also serve a variety of coffees and teas.

# – I ordered a chicken + mushroom pie while G ordered steak pie. Delicious!

# – I was there!

# – The inside of steak pie.

# – The inside of chicken + mushroom pie.

Of course, it’s a must to try the dessert before leaving. We ordered smores pie (chocolate with roasted marshmallow).

# – Smores pie….omggggggg.

We love “A Pie Thing”. It’s really hard to get good pies in KL/PJ, the pastries were often soggy or too hard or had uninspiring fillings.

With the presence of “A Pie Thing”, the residents of Petaling Jaya and Kuala Lumpur can now enjoy delicious pies :)

A Pie Thing
128g, Jalan SS21/35,
Damansara Utama
47400 Petaling Jaya,
Operating hours: 4pm – 12am (or until pies are sold out)