Jac's On The 8th @ Ara Damansara

March 1, 2014

A friendly, no-fuss venue for casual, leisurely lunches, Jac's On The 8th took over recently from Ara Damansara's Good Friends Cafe (which has moved to SS15 Subang). It's easy to spend a happy afternoon here, kicking back with your buddies & enjoying tasty, wholesome fare.

The menu ranges from ideal-for-lunch comfort food like this egg-&-eggplant sandwich with sesame mayo sauce (RM12.90) ...

... to perfect-for-breakfast treats such as buckwheat-&-cashew-nut granola with cold milk (RM6.90).

Jac's also provides for takeaway orders, so we were pleased to bring home this free-range chicken, tenderly stewed with pumpkin & carrots, served with rice & steamed broccoli & cauliflowers (RM14.90). Honest fare prepared with heaps of heart.

Pastas are a pleasure here too, particularly the seafood ones: Our spaghetti brimmed with more Chilean blue mussels than we could count, cooked with olives & tomatoes in a lightly briny broth (RM24.90). Ask for an optional splash of rum to add a zing to this recipe. There's also a prawn pasta with tamarind sauce & ginger flower that sounds tempting.

 Fans of cranberries can have a field day here, thanks to stacks of cranberry-walnut pancakes showered with honey (RM8.90) ...

... to cranberry-filled English scones paired with passion fruit jam & butter (RM3.50 per scone), cranberry carrot cakes (RM10 per slice) & rum-&-raisin cheesecakes (raisins are relatives of cranberries, right?), all personally baked by owner Jaclyn Ting, the latest Malaysian to pursue her dream of running a cafe.

Jac's regards coffee seriously, so order a cup here, pour-over, siphon, French press or ice drip ...

... with beans from Australia's Grand Central Premium Coffee Roasters.

Jac's On The 8th
G-G-8, Jalan PJU 1A/20A, Dataran Ara Damansara, Petaling Jaya
Tues-Fri, 8am-6pm, Sat-Sun, 8am-930pm. Tel: 03-7734-3638

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