August 1, 2018
A soothing new sanctuary for meat-free fare, Le Food offers an ambitious selection that leaps from Malaysian to Mexican; while the cafe is currently in a soft-launch stage, its eventual menu promises everything from Nyonya-style laksa constructed with brown rice vermicelli and extra virgin coconut oil to grilled tacos stuffed with avocado, asparagus and aubergines.
Le Food is conscientious about the components of its recipes - multigrain rice and free-range eggs are a given, accompanied by organic vegetables, organic black bean sauce, organic brown sugar and organic vinegar, as well as natural, unbleached sea salt. And of course, no MSG and no artificial colouring, additives or preservatives. Real food, in other words - nourishing sustenance that remains guilt-free, meticulously crafted nonetheless to carve out a satisfying balance of flavours and textures.
For those of us who can't get enough of avocados, the sourdough toast with a creamy avocado spread and sliced portobello mushrooms is well worth ordering for RM15.90 - prices are reasonable, considering the quality of ingredients. If you need something even heartier, have the brown rice bowl blanketed with guacamole, mushrooms and a generous array of vibrantly colourful fibre, an elaborate concoction that's a solid, substantial bargain for RM19.90.
Here for brunch? Indulge in nicely executed eggs, crisp-edged and runny in the centre, pan-fried with tomato peppers (RM15.50), or turned into an omelette with a twist, stuffed with quinoa and crowned with a dollop of Greek yogurt (RM17.30).
There's no shortage of Asian specialities, from Korean roasted seaweed fried rice to Taiwanese braised veggie pots - but our attention fell on the local temptations; the lion's mane mushroom rendang is aromatically admirable, rich with surprisingly complex nuances of spices, fresh toasted coconuts, ginger and lemongrass (RM20.80), while Le Nasi Lemak is fragrantly fulfilling too, with basmati rice that bears unmistakable hallmarks of butterfly pea flowers and coconut milk, surrounded by house-made sambal, sweet potato curry, roasted walnuts, dried soy-made 'anchovies,' steamed long beans, sliced Japanese cucumber, and mushroom morsels (RM14.80). Clearly, a lot of care is poured into these, with a focused attention to detail.
Beverages maintain Le Food's healthful philosophies, with hot, wholesome blends of millet with organic cacao and agave nectar (RM12.90) and cold-pressed juices with the ABC of nutrition, apple, beetroot and carrots (RM12.90).
Jalan SS 18/1b, SS18, 47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor.
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