It’s Friends of Mine Café
Whenever I am around in Mont Kiara area, I like going to my friend’s café.
Oops! Except for the way it is called – for which the correct name should be ‘Friends of Mine Café’ – most people would believe that the café is operated by some friends of mine.
No, I only came to know Lina Yeo and Elaine Lam, after checking out on their ginger pasta by chance several years ago when I strayed into the carpark just in front of Vista Kiara Condominium in Mont Kiara.
Pasta cooked with ginger is unthinkable, but wait till you try it out the first time. As far as I know it, pasta is usually cooked either in mushroom or tomato sauce, but as I was adventurous enough to try out their ginger pasta, I discovered that I soon fell in love with it.
It is the ginger that gives the same old pasta dish the new ‘oooumph’ that the tomatoes and mushrooms fail to provide.
Although it is no longer my favourite these days, as my taste buds have gotten used to it, it is still one of the favourite dishes I would recommend to people who want to check out the café.
Yeo, who is now a friend after so many visits, is not the typical chef that you expect to meet. Although she has a kitchen helper, Yeo prefers to cook most of the dishes herself.
At the latest food tasting session, I would rate their Chicken and Cranberry Sandwich (RM13) as No 1 or my favourite. It is not the kind of food that you would want to just taste, but something that you would not mind eating till you have your fingers licking good. Yeo confides with me that she uses her homemade mayonnaise.
No wonder it is also a best seller with the students from Sri Garden International School just across the road. Yeo’s other two dishes namely the Kung Pow pasta salad (RM19) tastes good mainly because its Kung Pow chicken cubes which taste unique, while her kampung-style fried rice is a matter of preference, whether you like it more spicy or less.
For foodies who want to try the food here, my only warning is to make sure that you call them before coming over. Since their business is mainly targeted at the international school just opposite the café, they can afford to close on most of the other days.
Even though the café is also my wife’s favourite and she had asked to eat there whenever we passed by, it is not easy to find a right time when I can bring my family there as the café is closed on public holidays and Sundays.
Friends of Mine Café Is located at:
Address: 7-3 Vista Shoppe, Vista Kiara Condo, Jalan Kiara 3, Mont Kiara.
Business hours: Mon – Fri: 7 am to 5 pm / Saturday: 10am – 4pm
Waze location: https://waze.com/ul/hw286106qh
STEPHEN NG is an ordinary citizen with an avid interest in all sorts of gastronomical delights – Western, Middle Eastern and Asian.