HP TOWERS CAFEG02, Ground Floor Block AHP Towers,No. 12 Jalan GelanggangBukit DamansaraKuala LumpurTel: 03-2093 6318Business Hours: Mon-Fri, 7.30am-6.30pm
COMING from a family of cooks and chefs pays a lot for Veronica Tiow.
She gets to eat good food daily and also serve them for others to enjoy at a reasonable price at the family-run HP Towers Cafe.
The spacious cafe with a seating capacity for 138 people is located in a quiet corner on the ground floor of HP Towers in Damansara Heights.
Adopting the coffee-shop concept, the cafe serves mostly local favourites with a selected few Western dishes.
At lunch, the cafe also serves buffet selections for the noon crowd.
For desserts there are freshly baked cakes, ranging from butter to cheese to chocolate.
Vegetarian meals are also available as per customers' request and most of the dishes are served without meat and using only fresh oil.
The cafe also caters for functions and does catering services.
Tiow, who is the cafe manager, said the recipes for the dishes were mostly from her family members who had vast experience in the food business.
“My father-in-law, aunties and cousins had run coffee shops selling various kinds of local dishes and some of my cousins also work as chefs at hotels,” said Tiow.
The Hainanese Chicken Rice is a recipe belonging to Tiow's aunty who runs a chicken rice shop.
The brownish deep-fried chicken pieces are topped with thick chilli sauce that Tiow said was meticulously prepared to ensure a well-balanced flavour.
A must-try and house favourite is the Nasi Goreng Kampung, which is a simple fried rice recipe with eggs, anchovies, cili padi, chicken, and a variety of vegetables.
It is spicy but enjoyable.
Another Malaysian favourite that is popular here is the Penang Fried Kway Teow.
Also spicy, the kway teow is stir-fried with eggs, chicken, prawns and beansprouts cooked in just a little oil.
The Nyonya Curry Laksa is a decent meal although it would taste even better if it is slightly spicy.
However, the coconut milk-based gravy is thick.
If you are on a tight budget, you can get a decent plate of Nasi Lemak at just RM1.50 but without the additional side dishes like the Chicken Sambal.
For the Western favourites, there are Spaghetti Bolognaise and Carbonara, Chicken Chop, Fish N Chips and Lamb Chop with Mint Sauce.
Deep-fried with batter, the chicken chop was crispy and crunchy with thhe brown sauce adding flavour.