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November 23, 2009

Pastis Cafe @ The Gardens Mid Valley

With the current unstable economy, menus are squeezed dry to cut out expensive ingredients, a typical case of price goes up and quality goes down. This is why I don’t like lunch sets — they are often a poor shadow of the real deal.A friend of mine recommended that I tried Pastis Cafe, but I was hesitant. See, he is someone who is easily pleased, whereas I can be extremely fussy when it comes to food. “How good can the food be, and what more, lunch sets?” I asked. Located at the ground floor of The Gardens Mid Valley (outside Isetan), Pastis Cafe has a so called “open kitchen concept” that allows diners to watch their food being prepared. The lunch set is priced at RM14++, which comes with a choice of pasta, pie or panini sandwich, coffee or ice lemon tea and a scoop of ice cream (chocolate, vanilla or strawberry).I opted for the chicken pie, which came with a scoop of mash potatoes, mushy peas and mushroom sauce. I expected it to be sub-standard, but it was surprisingly not bad. I half expected the pie to be hollow, but it wasn’t. Although it wasn’t stuffed to the brim, it had a decent amount of filling — tender chicken chunks in a thick, creamy and deeply flavoured gravy, encased in an airy puff pastry. The green salad, tossed with a simple balsamic vinegar dressing was too plain. I didn’t care much for this. Give me thick cut fries and that would be another story altogether. I liked my lunch set, but found the portion rather small. I could have eaten 2 whole pies easily.Mention Strawberry Shortcake and I would assume it is a biscuit based cake with strawberries and cream on top. Pastis’ version (not included in the set lunch) was a golden sponge cake with two layers of cream and strawberries in between. A quick search on Google revealed that the strawberry shortcake can either be the biscuit or sponge version.

Cake of the month – Strawberry Shortcake


The cake (RM11.80, discounted price – RM5.90) was moderately sweet, and the thick white chocolate icing paired well with the buttery sponge layers. Not bad, but I prefer the denser, biscuit-like version. Pastis usually has a cake promotion, where selected cakes are at a 50% discount.

Cute Milk Creamer Pot

The ice cream was nothing to shout about, but it was a nice nice compact scoop with a creamy texture. I found the coffee quite decent. Topped with a layer of crema, it was smooth, rich and robust in flavour. I liked the cookie it came with, which was crunchy with a hint of coconut, and shamelessly nicked Shum and Hanim’s cookie.

Service was alright. The customers were greeted warmly, and although some of the staff didn’t speak much English, there was always a smile on their faces. One forgivable slip was when I was asked to not take photographs of the restaurant. I was peeved (because I know bloggers have been here and taken loads of pictures), but the manager quickly apologised when she found out I was taking pictures of their cakes, and not their food preparation process.

Ambiance: 6/10
Price: 6.5/10
Food: 6/10 (halal)
Verdict: Drop by for decent food and cakes, and service with a smile.

KG-02, Ground Floor,
The Gardens,
Mid Valley City.
03 2288 1559


13 Responses

  1. Wilson & Rachel

    Looks nice!

  2. "Joe" who is constantly craving

    the price of the cake obviously is where they try to recover their costs for the set lunch..

  3. thenomadGourmand

    Was at Gardens yest..this took over the sub-par chinoz outlet last time hor? (said so cos I didnt hv very good food here – not sure if u tried it then?)

    Ahh..strawberry shortcake – saw it at Pattiserie RUI but I must say this one looks better!

  4. Lisa

    Can bring my mum there when we go shopping liow :)

  5. kampungboycitygal

    we almost ate here, after shopping at isetan last weekend. somehow we ended up at ko hyang, the korean fd :)

  6. J2Kfm

    RM14 worthy lah … previously almost every outlet in The Gardens was charging an arm and a leg for lunch.

  7. Jia Jeen

    took you long enough! the last time i dropped by (2 weeks ago) the strawberry shortcake was on promotion for RM4 – 5 per slice.

    this is one of the few mass market-friendly places with 'foam' (which actually has more of a mousse-like texture than anything else) – in this place, it's coffee foam

    not mouse >P

  8. Wei Jien

    notice the terms and condition, lunch set is only available from Monday – Friday except public holiday. this set lunch is designed for those ppl working in MV or students on holiday, not sure how much you earn (or pocket money you receive) but reasonableness depends from person to person. for me eating here ONCE in a while can LAR. Not sure if our earning power is low or the stuff in Malaysia is expensive. If you compare dollar to dollar, the set would be 3GBP or 6SGD or 4.5USD while earning the same AMOUNT of salary.

    burger BOB?

  9. thule a.k.a leo

    oh!! the one outside Isetan :)
    OK OK! if Jenn & I ever shop at Isetan.. maybe we should drop by your lunch!

  10. ~Christine~Leng

    almost ended up here for cakes! but was too full after a meal ;P

  11. 550ml jar of faith @minchow

    Oh good to know! I'd pretty much written off any of the hoity-toity places at Gardens, since nothing's good been said about them. But the pie looks good enough for me!

  12. Julian Si

    Ah… a lesson abt shortcakes, thanx!

    ps – Mash potato on ANYTHING is nice :-) espesh SHEPERDS PIE!!

  13. Bangsar-bAbE

    Julian – Yup…mash potatoes on shepherds pie….yum!

    550ml – Don't go there expecting great food, and you'll be pleasantly surprised. ;)

    Christine – Go try next time!

    leo – It's a nice place to unwind after shopping. I'm eying on their afternoon tea set already!

    Wei Jien – Well said. =)

    Jia Jeen – Can you blame me? We both know this friend doesn't exactly have the best taste in food. =P

    J2Kfm – Hmmm…I didn't say it's not worth it wor… 0_o

    kampungboycitygal – I heard Ko Hyang is quite good, but it's always so crowded!

    Lisa – Yup yup…

    nomad – No wor…Chinoz is still at the Robinsons side.

    Joe – For the other cakes maybe. The strawberry shortcake was on 50% discount.

    Wilson & Rachel – Tasted pretty good too.

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