Superfine, Seventeen Mall
January 24, 2020
Supercharged by imaginative inspirations that span Saigon to Nashville, Bowie to Carey, Superfine helps redefine our recommendations for where to eat in Section 17, furnishing a fresh, fun take on the contemporary cafe experience in this PJ neighbourhood.
For devotees of all-day breakfasts, Superfine's menu is headlined by a dozen recipes to choose from. You might not unearth an egg-loving brunch as wholesome as Superfine's Sauteed Greens, meat-free but still marvellous, rich in both flavours and textures, brimming with charred broccoli, kale, kailan, baby spinach and sweet peas on roasted pumpkin puree, topped with an ultra-runny poached kampung egg (RM23).
The Breakfast Tacos come packed with cheesy scrambled eggs, smashed sausage, tomato-chilli relish, avocado and salsa roja (RM18), but we'd probably hold out for the more robust-sounding lunchtime tacos with slow-roasted lamb shoulder, harissa mayo, pickled onions and grilled pineapple (not available when we visited, since the kitchen had run out of lamb).
Other temptations hopscotch from the glam-rocking Ziggy Stardust Granola to hearty fare that showcases house-made ingredients like thick-cut streaky pork bacon, hash browns and hummus, peppered with everything from sesame-soy roasted pepitos to mala soybeans. We enthusiastically endorse the buttermilk pancakes, malty and satisfyingly dense without being stodgy, beautifully layered with lively chrysanthemum custard and berry coulis, rounded out with spiced caramelised apples and pecans for our favourite pancake ensemble in a very long time (RM22).
Sourdough sandwiches are another highlight; one of them, Mariah Berry, with Cajun-style roasted chicken and cranberry jam, will be familiar to fans of The Lolla Co. at The AmpWalk - Superfine is the newborn sibling of The Lolla Co. The selection is much more extensive at Superfine, powered by a full-blown kitchen, serving up reinterpretations of everything from Cuban sandwiches to Vietnamese banh mi, reconfigured as the baguette-free Saigon Fling, with shredded chicken, liver pate, pickled carrots, daikon, coriander and spicy hoisin mayo in crackly bread for a bit of Ho Chi Minh City in the heart of Petaling Jaya (RM23).
Tennessee is also represented by the Nashville Hot Chicken Burger, influenced by the American country-music city's speciality of cayenne-spiced fried chicken, featuring buttermilk fried chicken brushed with hot oil, subtly spicy, completed with pretty moreish chicken-salt fries (RM26).
You won't go wrong with a thirst-quencher, be it a solid flat white laced with almond milk to Nitro Kombucha, smoother and more mellow than the typical fermented tea.
All in all, Superfine is a mighty-fine addition to a mall we've never visited before this; special shout-out to the service crew that works with grace and graciousness.
L01-L02, Seventeen Mall, Jalan 17/38, Section 17, 46400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor. Daily, 730am-530pm.
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