What do you think about visiting a restaurant with a fine dining ambiance but easy on your wallet? Imagine having “la viande” with a glass of red wine and beautiful soft jazz music playing – classy isn’t it? Now, that is something you can do over this weekend.
On 5th May, I was invited to attend the grand opening of “The Taste and The Champignon Cake Shop” at Eko Cheras, a mall located 20 minutes away from heart of the city. The name is sufficient to give you an idea of the restaurant’s concept ; and I honestly believed it was another fine dining place with great food however to my surprise, it was just the latter.
The Champignons Cake Shop is the new venture of Chef Gary Chang and Pastry Chef Kingsley Kwoh – both prominent names that is well known for their establishments in fine dining industry. Nevertheless, their aim is to create a fine dining experience available for everyone to try – as it is acknowledged, fine dining caters to an upscale clientele and provides the highest quality of food. And to acquire excellent food and services, one must shed a lot from their wallets ; however that is not the case when it comes to “The Taste”. This place never short off the ambiance of a fine dining restaurant but the price is quite reasonable – ranging between RM 10 to RM 40.
“A place to relax and hangout with friends and family over good food, coffee, cakes & wines” – Chef Gary
I am an ambience person – if that is a word. Long story short, I admire the place more than the food but I think most of us are like that because a eating place with a calm, peaceful ambiance can always boost your mood, allowing you to enjoy the food. I cannot say that it was peaceful on the grand opening day so my reference is to the interior design of the restaurant. I really loved the simplistic design of the restaurant – specially the wine arrangement on the wall. The glorious design sits on the wall, on your right from the entrance – something that couldn’t just escape your sight at a glance.
The restaurant has a open area – which is not usual for fine dining premises where most are covered with tinted glasses hence this give a friendlier approach to diners who wants to try something new – moreover it is a positive ambience when it has open spaces specially for them who prefers breath of a fresh air – I really love the concept because it implements their value to reach out to everyone ; not focusing only on a specific group.
I do not have sweet tooth but nevertheless, I love trying out different desserts and pastries – guessing the ingredients and what not. It is always one of the many things I look forward to, apart of the pastry / dessert itself. I got to experience 3 of the finest pastries – and IT WAS ONE OF THE BEST ONES I EVER TASTED. My favorite was definitely the Blueberry Tart – the butter in sync with the sourness of the blueberries gave a fusion of taste, inviting for more bites – I couldn’t stop myself from savoring this particular pastry.
SIMPLICITY! That’s the first thing that comes in my mind. From the ambience, to the menu and the price – everything remains minimal. Nothing is exaggerated – except for the beautifully designed pastries that makes it almost difficult to be eaten. If you are looking for a dinner date or family outing and maybe friends catch up session – you should head over to their place. Experience it for yourself and you might find yourself returning over and over again for the PASTRIES and the excellent FOOD!
Taste by Champignons, EkoCheras Mall
Address: Lot G31, Ground Floor, EkoCheras Mall,
No 693, Batu 5, Jalan Cheras, 56000 Kuala Lumpur
Hours ; Daily, 10 a.m – 10 p.m
Contact : 0391349288