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Eating Out with Patrick

Memphis.....Here I come!!

Great Place to Dine and Wine...
Posted on 07.18pm Jun 30, 2009

Chicken rice balls for lunch! Ever since a friend introduced me to KJ Tan, it has been a memorable gastronomic adventure. KJ Tan is the boss and Executive Chef of Memphis Bistro. A nice and comfortable outlet without being snobbish. Located at D6-7-G, Block 7, Dana 1, Jln PJU 1A/46, PJU 1A, PJ. Tel: 03 78436818. And where is this Dana 1? If you head towards Subang Airport, do a U-turn at the underpass to Ara Damansara and Hyat Saujana. Turn left immediately after Sime Darby's The Gallery show room. When you see a Balai Polis on your right, turn right into the Complex. Head straight into the Complex. Many of the double storey shops are still not opened. When you reach the last block ahead of you, turn left. Keep a look out for Memphis which is almost at the end of the block on your right. There are allocated parking lots for Memphis clients. If parking is full, head for the basement.

KJ had worked in most of the culinary cities of the world and was the Executive Chef of the Genting Group for over twenty years. He is one of those professionals who loves his trade and thoroughly enjoy what he does. Talk to him about wine and food, and you may find yourself ending up with an all-evening banter with the friendly KJ.

Ok....back to our gastronomical adventure. The Menu is not wide but one shouldnt have problem finding something to one's taste. Mr Tan has cleverly drawn up a Menu that should provide for the varied taste of most typical diners. From chicken to fish, lamb to beef, Asian noodles to Western sphagetti and from the inexpensive steak to the almost top of the range Wahyu beef that melts in your mouth! The first time I was there, I remember trying out their escargot. One can get escargot in many restaurants these days, but I also find that many dont really do a good job. The usual fare is to bake them in some butter mix with parsely etc. But at Memphis, the escargot still reminds me of those that I really enjoyed when in France. Somehow, the French restaurants have a knack for churning out some of the best escargots I have tasted. And the seafood chowder soup is really yummy. I thoroughly love their soup.....out of this world!! Sufficiently thick with the full flavour of seafood. Almost like the unforgettable lobster chowder I had from a seaside stall near San Simeon in California.

I am a sucker for spaghetti and that was what I had the first time I was there. I was not disappointed either, especially the Oriental Chillied Beeft spaghetti. But the grand finale was the Hot Chocolate Lava Cake served with ice cream. If your tolerance for sweet chocolate is not too good, then I would suggest you avoid this. Otherwise, one is tempted to go for a second helping. Having had such a delectable debut, it was unavoidable that we were very soon back at Memphis again to try out their Lunch Special a few days later.

We were already salivating at the thought of trying their Hainanese Chicken Rice, if their western menu was anything to go by. Their chicken rice is served with three big balls of rice (approximately tennis ball-sized, not like those marble-sized ones in Malacca). At only RM10.50 per set, we are already yearning to get back there for a second time. Besides the chicken rice, they also serve Sang Har (prawn) Noodles besides their Ala Carte Menu. Chicken rice is served only on Thursday and Friday. A friend swears that their Sang Har Noodles is also out of this world, though I have yet to try it. Oh yes, the place is pork free.

Memphis is closed on Mondays and they only serve dinner for Saturday and Sunday. Their telephone contact is 03 78436818.