Yellow Apron in Section 13 Petaling Jaya hits a couple of right notes with Jien and I – him, more than myself as he’s a bigger fan of burgers and modern cuisine. The team at Yellow Apron combines the best of east and west in a contemporary space, which we both found enjoyable.
Our good friends recommended this place to us, citing the food to be good, hearty and reasonably priced. We paid Yellow Apron a visit twice over the span of 6 months, and found their recommendation to be true.
They are in the midst of adding new things to the menu, like the Chicken Arrabiata. This is still in R&D process but I ordered it to try anyhow – breaded fried chicken on top of a hearty serving of spaghetti in tomato-based sauce. It’s an Italian classic, but instead of cooking the chicken with the sauce, Yellow Apron serves it fried.
That was not bad, but I liked the Salted Egg Seafood Spaghetti Carbonara (RM28.50) better. You get a tasty combination of pasta in carbonara sauce, laced with salted egg yolk and this comes topped with tiger prawns, mussels, ikan bilis and asparagus. Am not a big fan of fusion dishes but this, I would order again. I might however swap the seafood with fried chicken, if they would let me.
Another fusion dish which I enjoyed was the Fantastically Fusion Fried Chicken Burger (RM25.50), with a side of kale salad and your choice of potato wedges, thin-sliced chips or onion rings. The onion rings are made in-house so you get a light, wispy batter and justly cooked onions inside. Very addictive with aioli.
The burger is brined with belacan and buttermilk, with a bit of turmeric and chilli powder for extra oomph. First timers at Yellow Apron should order this, I feel. The chicken was beautifully fried so it’s crispy on the outside yet terrifically juicy at the centre. And did I mention it comes with a fried egg? For the price tag, I think it’s good value for money.
On our recent visit, we tried the Dua Dua Beef Burger (RM23.50) where there’s two of everything – two beef patties, two types of cheese, two types of lettuce, tomatoes and relish in between a brioche bun. Pretty good, but the buttermilk chicken burger still triumphs. I feel the kale salad has improved from the first time I tried it; crunchier with a tangy-sweet flavour from the dressing.
Our friends had the Classic Not So Classic Tagliatelle Sausage Bolognese (RM24.50 – beef) which came in a hearty portion. You get a bit of kick from the Sarawak black pepper and the sausages were meaty and robust in flavour. Pastas are cooked al dente so if you want them softer, do let the staff know beforehand.
Assam Kind of Wonderful Laksa (RM19.50) packed a wallop and forced me to retract my statement about it being pricey. Because you get three-types of fish in sour, spicy broth and rice noodles specially sourced from Ipoh. A smaller portion is available (as with the other mains in the menu) and you get less noodles in your bowl. But why would you want a smaller portion? I would want more of everything. Ok maybe less noodles but more soup hahaha!
Since Yellow Apron is the sibling of The Humble Pie, one can expect to find Banoffee Pie (RM11) here. I reckon they have improved on the consistency as I feel the pie was tastier. Musang King Pie is also available but I don’t fancy durian so I skipped that.
They also serve a pretty mean Sangria (RM22.50 per glass) – this was refreshing and very addictive. I regretted ordering a glass over the entire jug. A little bird told me they use ginger ale for that “kick” and also pineapple juice to give it a nice tangy flavour. Am definitely ordering an entire jug the next round.
I did a bit of kepoh-ing to find out their new menu items are expected to come in sometime in July, so that’s something to look forward to. Overall, I enjoyed both my visits and found the food to be hearty and reasonably priced.
There’s ample of (free) parking too, which is a bonus. Here’s hoping the new menu includes a large steak so there’s more reason for me to visit. :P
Food: 6.5/10 (pork-free)
Verdict: Hearty, unpretentious yet creative dishes.
No.3, Jalan 13/6,
46200 Petaling Jaya.
Business hours: 11.30am till 10pm
Tel: 03-7931 2077