Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Vary Pasta @ Damansara Jaya

I am leaving the "Dear Diary" to rest for awhile now. I think you guys might have enough and want to read something about food. So it was absolutely well timing when last weekend we were eating out in some new places and guess what? I think the Wife is getting addicted to writing because she wants to guest star again! Or either that she is obviously having a lot of free time at work. So here she is again, back in action! [With the red comments as my input]


The Husband loves pork, especially knuckles. Not too long ago, he had the “cravings” and we had a lovely meal at Leonardo’s. Personally, I prefer the Chinese-style version of pork knuckle with Thai spicy-and-sour sauce served at a humble Chinese restaurant in Klang. The one at TTDI’s Deutsches Gasthaus 2 falls short compared to Leonardo’s. [I need her to take me to the one in Klang and make sure i have a camera]

So when The Star featured this article “Vary Good Food” by K.W. Wong on Saturday, June 5, 2010 where the writer explicitly details the pork knuckle as “The roasted skin — bits of blistered, charred, caramelised goodness — had the crispness and flavour expected of it. The meat was largely devoid of extra fat, unlike braised pork knuckles, and a bit dry (we did take five minutes to photograph that plate beforehand). There were more oohs, aahs and mmms as we dipped skin and meat into the brown sauce and ate… The pork knuckle was wonderful. It had flavour. It had texture. It had us at “Hello.… I knew we had to try it. [I think she meant she wanted me to try it]

After stopping at Atria Shopping Mall to get my antique winding watch re-sized, we had lunch at Vary Pasta. The restaurant was a bit small, but not “cosy” as the smell of grease was prevalent in the air even with air conditioning. Over the course of the meal, the restaurant filled up pretty quickly from 2 occupied tables at 12.30pm to full-house (approximately 10 tables) by 1.15pm. However, I don’t think the staffs were too happy with the influx of customers as they were pulling sour faces when passing out menus and serving food. Maybe the recent promotion gave them extra work to do…. Suckie Service! Husband said the place reminded him of the small eateries opposite Taylor’s College in Subang.

Potato Crepe (RM7.50) Two thin layers of over-burnt shredded potatoes with saut̩ed mushrooms sandwiched inside Рdefinitely not a good start

Mushroom soup, not from the can, but pretty tasteless – is there such a thing as too little cream? Husband added salt and pepper. [It was probably the only item that was "ok", just needed simple seasoning]

Disappointment! The moment the plate landed on the table, the “tu-bee” (Hokkien for pork smell) emitted from the knuckle. I know I know… of course pork has “tu-bee” but when you have eaten pork in Australia, you know how apprehensive we are to the smell and we have internal standards of acceptable degrees of “tu-bee” in our pork dishes!

The roasted skin was alright albeit slightly charred. Yes, the meat was devoid of fat but that also meant less tender? And yes, it was dry - oh well, people make excuses like taking photos dries out the food? Don’t even get me started on the accompanying sauerkraut – only a few “meng” (Hokkien for strands of “hair”) and the negligible cuts of potatoes were burnt.

[I totally agree as i had to stuff it all in as well because i don't waste food]

Address and contact details:

No.21G, Jalan SS22/23,
Damansara Jaya,
47400 Petaling Jaya,
Tel : 03-7710 6100

[Non halal, obviously]

Verdict: Using Husband’s rating scale, this would be a 2 out of 5. I don’t know if Husband has ever rated a 2, but I’m the one doing the review and I say it’s a 2. :P [I kind of agree with her rating too because seriously the pork knuckle was sub-par BUT we didn't try what the other people said were good; the simple chicken and pork chops with pasta, maybe you guys want to give it a try? I mean it is full house for a reason right?]

We were still hungry [She was, i was stuffed with smelly pork] and wanted to order some pasta but were told by the waitress that it would take a VERY LONG TIME [Oh well, after all they called themselves vary pasta, so pasta would have been a safer bet?]. Oh well, your loss.

But someone else’s gain because Husband obliged and took me to Village Park Nasi Lemak right after! [That should be up next!]


J said...

Aiyo. What a waste.... :(
(Poor piggy died in vain - recreated into a subpar pork knuckle!)

Baby Sumo said...

Probably full house due to the recent feature in The Star...

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

babysumo: i guess so..

j: i think the piggy was living in some fridge.. =(

J2Kfm said...

Hmm, not as expected eh?
Surprisingly, for the writer's friend was the one who asked me to read about this place.

Sean said...

tu-bee! thanks for teaching me a new word/phrase :D

Life for Beginners said...

I'm seeing the future for a new husband-and-wife team slant for Lots of Cravings. ;)

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

lob: yeah well until she starts working hard again haha

sean: welcum!

j2kfm: nope!

J said...

Ooh ooh. I just though of a line:
"Tu bee" or not "tu bee"? That is the question! :)

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

j: hahahah! good one!

Simon Seow said...

So, is this a classic case of never trust everything you read on the paper? :p

mimid3vils said...

the pork knuckle seem like quite a messy thing, I won't know that was a pock knuckle until ur wifey mentioned it =.="

thule a.k.a leo said...

eh.. I was about to plan my visit there already and your post is up... it's giving me second thought leh

minchow said...

Ugh smelly pork! That kills it all for me! Won't touch this place with a ten foot pole! Thanks for heads up!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

minchow: no prob, always here for community service

leo: think twice, even so, no expectations pls.

mimi: not that messy la..

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

simon: yes!

CRIZ LAI said...

Haha...nicely done "wife"! :P Anyway, one look at he servings and I'm not that impressed with all the little "cancerous" things on the meat.. LOL!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

criz: yes the chao dar stuff..not good i say.

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siewmun said...

Aiyor, got so bad meh the restaurant? I love it to bits la! And my family also love it, my friends also love it. (But i didnt try the pork knuckles before lar).

The waiters were very good, every time I go in, sure he will smile at me. Coz I think there was one time i keep on going back, at least once a week, and the pastas were awesome everytime.

But luckily u whacked the restaurant, so your readers wont go and try it, and I can get a table easily. Hahaha.

JLean said...

Dropping by ere. Very nice one ..=). Looks good though

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