Sunday, July 15, 2012

Oasis Cafe @ Sunway Lagoon Club

Just a glance at the name of this place would not have conjured a chinese restaurant image in your mind. It does the same to me. When my friend suggested that we give this cafe a try on last weekend night, I didn't expect this place to serve such good chinese cuisine.

This place is a little tricky to locate but if you know your way around Sunway, this is no problem at all. Located in a humble corner in the Sunway Lagoon Club lobby, this place is easily accessible and you do not need to be a member of the club to dine here. After finding out a little more from Raymond, the proprietor of this cafe and the occassional chef, this place was not well known to others but his regular patrons include the management staff of Sunway whose office is just next door and also club members. And I'm surprised how a restaurant that serves good food can be off the radar for foodies like me?!!

Well, it's suppossed to be a cafe but I was surprised that the interior and ambiance looks more like a restaurant to me. It's not like those posh chain restaurants but it's a comfortable and laid back outlet for simple food. They have big tables that fit 10 people comfortably for family dinners as well as small tables for couples.

 Ginger with Egg soup

If I have any food that I dislike eating, it'll be ginger, celery and bittergourd. And I don't know why but that night 2 out of these 3 ingredients were in my food! I don't mind having ginger to enhance the flavours but I just won't chew them. When I was served this soup, I was quite sceptical that I would enjoy drinking it. In the end, it proved otherwise. I had a few helpings except that I carefully picked every shred of ginger out of my soup. It's similar to an egg soup but I was surpised how the ginger and siaoxing wine enhances the egg flavours and gave it a hot, fragrant spice lift to the soup. Thumbs up!

Raymond, the owner & the ocassional chef!
He's a very shy person but is a good cook!

 Scrambled Egg with Bittergourd 

This is another dish that makes me squirm. I hate bitter stuffs except dark chocolate and bitter durians. I couldn't tell you how good the bittergourd was because I have no benchmark for this dish but at least I was adventurous enough to try. Usually other restaurants serve a salted egg with bittergourd version but Raymond says his Scrambled Egg version is worth a try. I tried it and all I can say that while I enjoy eating the egg, the bittergourd is still bitter! Vegetable prices starts from RM10.50.

 HP Chicken

The HP Chicken is really a highlight here. This is a pork-free place and thus chicken is used in place of pork ribs. The chicken was fried and then cooked with the HP sauce until it fully absorbed the flavour. The end result - a flavourful dish with hints of vinegar and sweetness. It was one of David's favourite and he had the most servings between the three of us. I told the proprietor that next time, he should have a Dell Chicken as well. If you take their single meal menu, the HP chicken with rice costs only RM7.90. A good deal right?!!

 House Specialty Fried Mee Hoon

This is my favourite and it was so good that I had to order an additional serving for take-away. Don't just look at the plain presentation of the mee hoon which looked like it is lacked of flavours due to its colour because it's packed with fried dried shrimps, and seafood for flavours. The calamansi juice gave this mee hoon a refreshing lift in taste. You'll be surprised how something simple can taste so good!

 House Specialty Fried Tofu

This is one of their recommended dishes as these tofu are homemade and the chef makes it from scratch and then have them fried till it has a crispy outer layer and smooth, creamy tofu in the inside. The dipping sauce is also their secret recipe which combines both mayonnaise and thai sweet chilli sauce. They serves a variety of tofu dishes here as well. Prices starts from RM10.50 for regular and RM16.80 for large.

 Hot Plate with 3 Types Seafood

This is one dish that has all my favourite seafood on one sizzling plate! There's some medium-sized prawns, cuttlefish and lala clams fried together with green onions, chilli and a special sauce. I could identify the presence of prawn paste in the dish and that is what makes the dish more flavourful. There do not have a regular size for this dish as it come in one size and it's RM56.80. Most of the seafood prices starts from RM23.80 for regular and RM39-60 for large servings.

Ginger and Onion Fish Slice (RM19.80)

This is one of the popular dishes at any chinese restaurant because if you only have 2-3 pax, you wouldn't want to order the whole fish. The fish slices are fresh and I like the abundance of spring onion in my dish. The price is also reasonable. They have a variety of cooking styles for fish slices and you won't be bored with the list. Of course they do serve whole fish as well and prices are by weight.

At the end of the dinner, the cake was brought out and it was Mayanne's birthday! Such a joyous occasion and we had so much food that we were stuffed to the brim. There were only 3 of us and we ate that much ok?!! However, I still had a tiny space left in my system to absorb a piece of cake. I had a good time there and I had a pretty interesting drink of honey lemon with grass jelly. It's a nice twist to the ordinary honey lemon drink.

Mayanne & David. Both also foodies!

This is not your usual posh-looking chinese restaurant because in addition to chinese cuisine, they plan to serve western food in the future. The prices here are a little above those of the "tai chow" places but at least you don't sweat here and you probably won't get flies or stray cats that licks your legs. The best feature here would be their BYO policy. There's no corkage charged. Cheers!

The parking fee for the club premises is RM3/entry. 

Oasis Cafe
Sunway Lagood Club,
No.3, Jalan Lagoon Timur,
Bandar Sunway.
Tel: +603-56311261, +6013-9306862
Opening Hours: 10 am to 10pm


Sean said...

ooh, looks like very nicely done comfort food by a passionate restaurateur. and the BYO policy is a very generous bonus! i like!!! :D

eiling lim said...

Sean: Yeah I love those BYO policies!

Huai Bin said...

No corkage charge + good Chinese restaurant is always good! :)

Yeah, I would have thought it's members only but since it's not I'll go and check it out someday. :D

suituapui said...

That's a very nice place - love how bright and clean it looks. Food looks good...and no corkage! Hmmm...really can't ask for more.

eiling lim said...

Huai Bin: Yes you have to and bring your whisky there!

STP: Yeap. It's a simple and laid back place and you can just go in with your shorts and slippers

KY said...

no corkage is always the best policy!

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sunway lagoon said...

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