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The Humble Chef @ Pusat Bandar Damansara

I remember my first date with rif. We were a few months short of turning 16, with no car and barely any money. He took me to Restaurant Darul Ehsan (no longer in operation) after our tuition class, and ordered two plates of maggi mee goreng kosong with a sunny side up. Back then, a plate of maggi mee goreng was RM2, and an extra egg was RM0.50. Our date cost him less than RM10, but we were happy. When he started working, he bought me nicer things and better food. I love how he pampers me and I love going to nice places to eat, but a small part of me wants to relive the old days. On the way home from an event, we made a random discovery in the form of The Humble Chef at Pusat Bandar Damansara. I’ve seen this van operating at the side of the road across McDonalds for a few months, and I finally tried it last weekend. At half past midnight, business was brisk, with all six tables along the roadside occupied. From our table, we could see the highway and cars passing by in the middle of the night. Incredibly romantic, I must say. It felt as though we were back to when we started dating. I was never really the candlelight dining kind of girl. Until today, I don’t think I am.

View from the flyover

The prices were very reasonable. rif and I shared a Spaghetti Olio Lamb (RM5), Carbonara (RM5) and a lamb pita (RM4). Where else can you find pasta for RM5? When I saw the price on the blurry signboard, I thought I saw wrongly. “Was it RM15 or RM5?” I asked the friendly owner, Rosman. It was RM5, I kid you not. Rosman is a western and pastry chef who worked in a few restaurants in Germany, before opening The Humble Chef.Spaghetti Olio Lamb was simple, with robust flavours from the olive oil, garlic and herbs. The lamb bits gave the pasta a meaty texture and a more intense flavour. It may not taste like the RM30 versions from restaurants, but this carbonara was decent, with melted cheese on top. I liked how generous they were with the cream sauce, but I would have preferred some mushroom slices in it. However, for such an affordable pricetag, I’ll let that slip. The lamb pita knocked my socks off. There was a lot of minced lamb in the pita pocket. I refused to let rif have more than 2 bites so he ordered another chicken pita (RM2.50). This was also very good, with plenty of shredded chicken and cheese. But between the two pitas, I would go for the lamb. They have special dishes such as chicken chop, lamb chop and lamb meatballs, only on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays (it’s best to call and confirm). As weird as it sounds, I liked that the food wasn’t 5-star quality and that I ate at the side of the road in my party dress. I was happy, satisfied with my food and delighted over the prices.

Ambiance: 7/10
Price: 8/10
Food: 6.5/10 (halal)
Verdict: Good comfort food. I’m definitely coming back for more.

The Humble Chef
Pusat Bandar Damansara (opposite McDonald’s)
50490 Kuala Lumpur

014-229 6854 (Rosman)

N 3 08.700 E 101 39.817


23 Responses

  1. Wilson & Rachel

    Well, a stall like this with such food, consider itself quite good. Some places even worst! Correct or not?

  2. KY

    agreed on the ambiance part, very ze lomantik!

  3. Sean

    that's quite a good deal! i can't imagine getting a spaghetti carbonara for less than RM8.90 anywhere else in kl, not even pizza hut :D

  4. thule a.k.a leo

    aww!! romantic-nya!
    I agree that it doesn't have to be fine dining but a simple rendezvous can be fulfilling

  5. iamthewitch

    Such cheap prices! definitely worth a visit even just out of curiousity. :) And will take note on the lamb kebab. It sure does look STUFFED!

  6. ai wei

    i love the price!!! ^^

  7. CUMI & CIKI

    looks delicious ! c&C love roadside hawker too.. but this one looks like angmoh hawker ;)

  8. Kheng Leong

    It's the simpler pleasures in life that does it for us as well ;) She calls me cheap, but I don't think she really minds *looks around*

  9. J2Kfm

    Wah, amazingly cheap. Humble indeed. I certainly don't mind pigging out here, for RM10 can get me a lot liao.

  10. Tummy Rumble

    nice… its not always about the food.. its also about the company.. too much of good food makes one miss the simple pleasures of life..

  11. minchow

    Awww.. nothing like visiting the roots, where the Big Romance all started! Sounds like the perfect date!

  12. eiling lim

    wah this is so romantic. relighting the old memories! I like!

  13. Marcus

    OMG! I'm definitely bringing my next date here! (I'm dead serious)

  14. J

    Oh my goodness. This place was right under my nose all this time and I didn't know of it's existence!

    Thanks babe! :)

  15. J

    Oh my goodness. This place was right under my nose all this time and I didn't know of it's existence!

    Thanks babe! :)

  16. GFAD

    Awww.. so sweet – childhood sweethearts. :)

    I've always liked these van-type foodshops. In western countries they are usually selling drinks and sandwiches at popular tourist spots. It's always more fun eating by the roadside. Not unlike Jackson's Burger. :)

  17. Jo

    What's their opening hours like?

  18. Bangsar-bAbE

    Jo – They open from 9pm till 1am. Call to double check.

    GFAD – Yup…but I wouldn't want to eat by the roadside during the day (given Malaysian weather)! =P

    J – Ya lor…you can literally walk across and get your fix!

    Marcus – Hahaha….go! And tell me what you think. ;)

    eiling – Hehehe…I watch too many chick flicks already. =P

    minchow – It was!

    Tummy Rumble – Yup…I love basic food.

    J2Kfm – Come we go!

    Kheng Leong – I'm sure deep down she feels otherwise. You know la…girls. ;)

    Cumi & Ciki – Very ang moh!

    iamthewitch – Ya…super stuffed pita.

    leo – You know…I'd choose this over Sage/Prego anytime. ;)

    Sean – Hahaha…now that you mentioned it, so true!

    KY – And it won't make you poorer. ;)

    Wilson & Rachel – Yup yup!

  19. FNCH

    i'm not familiar with damansara area. bangsar-babe, can u point out some landmark around the stall? or the pusat bandar damansara is small that makes me look stupid right now? :P

  20. Bangsar-bAbE

    FNCH – Do you know where the old HELP university is? It's just there. Here's a map for you.

    http://blog.worldvision.com.my/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/map-to-help.jpg

  21. dave

    Hi, just one point, if you start adding mushrooms to carbonara, it stops being carbonara.

    Haven’t tried this place yet but going to soon.

    Cheers,

    Dave

    1. Bangsar Babe

      I recently went back. Quality has dropped, unfortunately. :( When I first found them, they were all about giving customers good and value for money food. Now, fame has gotten to them and the portions are ridiculously small. Do keep this in mind if you visit them.

  22. elsac

    I think they have move to shop. bukit damansara

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