When we moved to Kota Kemuning 15 years ago, the main thing that enticed me to this township was the rich and extensive greenery of this place. Tall matured trees and shrubs were everywhere, providing shade and beauty to the environment. Well, most of this green landscape still abounds and for that, I believe many residents are happy. And I believe there are many here who are also lovers of Mother Nature and into gardening – especially the folks who run Gardenage.
Starting off as a garden centre and plant boutique serving freshly-brewed coffee, it has now evolved into a full-fledged café. With its abundant greenery both indoors and outside the café, Gardenage exudes happy positive vibes and it’s clearly one of the best in this neighbourhood.
Food is consistently good and we can see the culinary team here is truly dedicated, having tasted most of the items on their menu. Quality ingredients are used, dishes are creatively yet honestly executed with pride – nothing pretentious at all. What you get is tasty creations bursting with natural flavours – testimony to the talents and efforts of the young crew. Portions are mostly generous, so we really feel we get our money’s worth when dining here.
Some of our favourite breakfast/brunch items here are:
Big Breakfast (RM28) – Flaky croissant (or you can opt for a slice of sourdough bread), kampung scrambled eggs, chicken bratwurst in sheep casing, mushrooms and truffle mash. This is what we call a really big brekkie and so satisfying!
Croffle Sabayon (RM25) Onsen eggs, smoked salmon with sabayon sauce
Croffle Nanban (RM24) Egg-coated whole thighs with nanban sauce – very fulfilling combo!
The culinary team constantly updates their menu and we recently tried some of their new offerings. If you love pasta, this is the place to be.
Unagi Onsen Carbonara (RM38) with button mushrooms – one of my personal favourites. A really good take on fusing Japanese ingredients with the typical carbonara style of pasta. I’m not a fan of creamy carbonara actually but I love this!
Lamb”Orghini Pasta (RM34) – tender braised Cajun lamb tossed with cream and decorated with cherry tomatoes – perfect for meatlovers.
Tiger Prawns Tongarashi Pasta (RM32) – angelhair tossed in prawn oil & pesto topped with fresh tiger prawns and ebikko. Slightly spicy, this is a family favourite.
Shoyu Chicken Roulade (RM24) with miso reduction. Simple flavours that won’t go wrong with any palate.
Smoked Duck Mantou (RM14) with shoyu glaze
When dining in Gardenage, it’s important to save some tummy space for their desserts, simply because they are just so damn good. Again – nothing pretentious – just simple sweets executed well and with so much heart.
Lava Cake (RM22) molten chocolate lava cake with scoop of inhouse-made French Vanilla ice cream
Frenchie Berry (RM23) Sourdough brioche French toast with mixed berries preserve, pastry cream and honey granola. Beware – this is a very filling serving! You may want to share this with someone!
An absolute must-order is their homemade icecream. How can anyone resist flavours like Earl Grey, Belgium Chocolate, Niko Neko Matcha, Cinnamon Honey, Toasted Almond Coffee and Musang King (seasonal)?
Coffees are decent, starting at RM6 for a Hot Espresso.
OK, hands-down this is one of the best cafes in Kota Kemuning and definitely our personal favourite! Best to call and book ahead as they are often busy!
GARDENAGE | 8 Jalan Anggerik Aranda A 31/A, Kota Kemuning, 40460 Shah Alam | Tel: 012-505-6028
Open 10.00am-6.00pm (Tues-Fri); 10.00am-4.00pm (Sat & Sun)