After considerable success from their 1st outlet in Jaya Shopping Centre, Nosh Up recently opened at the Atria Shopping Gallery. Much like its sister outlet, the decor is similar – simple, casual with some rustic touches here and there. The menu is also similar, offering regular cafe dishes with some twists. I believe there has also been some adjustments in the execution of some of their dishes, working on feedback garnered from the Jaya Shopping Centre cafe.
Take the Lamb Pie (RM24), for example. The oven-braised lamb with vegetables is served separately from the puff pastry, potato rosti and side salad. The Jaya outlet used to serve it with baked mashed potato covering the lamb which some customers have found to be too mushy. The potato rosti here remained crispy on the outside and it went well when eaten together with the braised lamb and puff pastry.
Crunchy Soft Shell Crab Burger (RM24) was nicely presented with a whole breaded deep-fried crab sandwiched in the bun. This has to be eaten quickly otherwise the Chef’s Special Sauce, cheese, lettuce and tomatoes would just turn the burger into one big mushy mess. I liked the freshly-fried hand-cut fries … addictive stuff.
The Crispy Lamb Shank with vegetables stew (RM38) was something that the Nosh Up chefs wanted to showcase differently. Kudos to them as the result was commendable. They took one step further by deep-frying the braised lamb shank so that its skin was golden-hued and crispy. However, I found the lamb a bit dry although it was fork tender so it was a good thing that the vegetable stew was served with it.
Duck Leg Confit with Orange Sauce (RM35) was prettily presented. The tangy orange sauce was a good pairing sauce for it as the meat was a bit bland.
I couldn’t quite discern the miso taste in their Smoked Duck Miso Pasta (RM22) with smoked duck breast, cherry tomatoes, poached egg and nori flakes. The runny poached egg thickened the whole pasta dish considerably so it actually tasted somewhat like carbonara. I felt the smokey duck meat didn’t quite jive with the nori flakes as there was too much contrasting flavours going on there.
Grilled Sotong Sumbat with Rice (RM19) served with Chef’s Special Sauce and Asian salad looked very good in the menu. When it was served , it actually looked exactly like in the menu which was just great. Three whole squids stuffed with rice sat were served with a rich creamy sauce made from coconut milk, turmeric and some spices. I felt the coconut milk was overwhelming so that serving definitely needed to be shared.
The surprise item for me was the Smoked Salmon Garlic Fried Rice (RM19) with poached egg and nori flakes. While it looked rather uninteresting, once everything on the plate was tossed together, it was really delicious. All the flavours combined very well and the plate was cleaned out in next to no time.
Desserts were rather meagre on the menu – only 3 items listed so we settled for the Banana Fritters Split (RM14) and some cakes from the chiller. The Banana Fritters Split came in a big bowl, very hearty portion but I think it needs some work on the presentation. Basically it was a mish-mash of fried banana fritters placed on top of several scoops of ice-cream and drizzled with chocolate sauce.
I was told their main cafe, This & That Cafe in Puchong supplies the cakes and they’re pretty decent although nothing spectacular. We had the Tiramisu (non-alcholic), Red Velvet (which was a bit dry) and Matcha Cheesecake.
So, the next time you get tired shopping at Atria and needs a quick bite of something a bit different, try Nosh Up. They are good for coffee, I heard and that Matcha Cheesecake is worth trying.
Lot C33 Concourse Level
Atria Shopping Gallery
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