Must Try Dishes | Epicuro, Taipan USJFriday, March 18, 2016
Hello my cafe hopping merrygoers!
It's time for some cafe hopping so yup it is another #MiriamEats post. It has been awhile since my last cafe hopping and with so many cafes around I sure have my share to pick so this time round I am going to share with all of you my dining experience at Epicuro USJ.
Epicuro is definitely not a foreign name especially to those to frequent cafes often but I am not going to be trying out the food at their first branch located in Uptown Damansara but instead I will be trying out the branch in USJ. I have heard great reviews about Epicuro Uptown although I have not been able to schedule a time to try it plus parking there is somewhat horrendous at times so thank God for the USJ branch which is nearer to me plus easily accessible.
The first thing that caught my eye before entering the restaurant was actually the huge Weekday Lunch Promo that they are having which seems rather tempting and affordable so I sure was hoping to try some of their popular dishes.
|Caesar Salad with Bacon/Egg (RM18.90)|
Now let's start off with something light just as an appetizer. We have the Caesar Salad with Bacon/Egg which came in this huge plate with crispy romaine salad topped with juicy cherry tomatoes plus a generous scattering of crispy bacon bits! To top that off we even have this beautifully poached egg sitting in the middle just waiting for me to burst it. Creamy runny egg yolk just makes everything look so good plus the saltiness of the bacon bits sure give the dish some great flavor.
Of course while waiting for our mains to arrive, we definitely need more than the salad to keep us happy so we tried their Spicy Stick Fries and their Hot Wings. Boy oh boy! You have got to order their Hot Wings because they are just smoking hot and finger lickin' good! I am a crazy fan of spicy food so this certainly landed up the right alley for me. Flavorful, crispy wings coated evenly with the hot sauce was just so good.
|Pork Chops (RM30.90)|
After those Hot Wings, our appetite was definitely very welcoming when the first of our main dishes arrived. First up we have got the Pork Chops, tender and juicy bathe in creamy mushroom sauce; served with some flaky hash browns and salad on the sides. Fans of pork chops would adore this dish which was nicely prepped and cooked plus that sauce was really something.
|Fish and Chips (RM19.90)|
However if you are more of a fish fan like me, I implore you to please please order their Fish and Chips! I super love their Fish and Chips the second it entered my mouth. The fish was flaky, white, juicy, practically melted into my mouth and the batter was so good. I am not a fan of those thickly coated fish and chips where you taste more of the flour more than the fish so this thinly coated fish fillet deep fried golden brown is definitely one of the best fish and chip in my opinion. On the sides, you will get their Stick Fries and salad but seriously the fish is the star in this dish.
Yet another star dish you should try if you are a big eater is their Lamb Shank where you seriously get this huge piece of lamb shank; so tender and juicy that it just falls of the bone. I must warn you that this is quite a huge dish especially as this Lamb Shank sits on a bed of creamy mashed potatoes but if you insist, please go ahead and enjoy this dish.
|Prawn Aglio Olio with Sauteed Spinach (RM23.90)|
For those who cannot live without their carbs, there is a variety of pasta dishes you can choose from and here are some that I feel you would really enjoy. The Prawn Aglio Olio with Sauteed Spinach was definitely a beautiful sight as it landed on our table. You get perfectly cooked al-dente linguine tossed in olive oil, chili flakes and slivers of almond slices with sauteed spinach and plump juicy prawns. I love the burst of cherry tomatoes in this aglio olio too which gave it that additional sweetness and acidity. For pastas, I tend to go for aglio olio types more than thick sauces so I liked how light this aglio olio was on my palates plus those prawns were just so good. I seriously doubt you would not like this dish *thumbs up*
|Conchiglie with Spinach Cream (RM21.90)|
But of course I know not everyone shares my preference in pastas so if you like creamy pasta dishes here are two pastas you can try where one of them is certainly unique. When the Conchiglie with Spinach Cream arrived at our table, all of us were very intrigued with it because it was GREEN! It certainly looks like a dish that maybe aliens made or came from outer space but you certainly have to try it first before judging it. The conchiglie pasta was tossed in this creamy spinach sauce and topped with more bacon bits *grin* and some seeds which my goldfish memory cannot remember if it is pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds. Nonetheless, the seeds sure added some texture to the dish although the dish is slightly lacking of some salt. A pinch more salt would certainly do this dish more justice.
|Pork Ragu Marinara (RM21.90)|
The Pork Ragu Marinara would be the perfect choice for those who love marinara sauce. Tangy, savoury, flavors nicely balanced, this pasta dish topped with a huge chunk of pork chop is definitely for those with a big appetite. If you love pork chops but still want your share of carbs, you will love this combo.
But what is cafe hopping if we did not try their coffee and DESSERTS! We tried some of their coffee selections as well as waffles and their ice-cream which let me say this first.... it is AMAZING!
So we tried their Flat White and Latte which was really very smooth and aromatic. Of course topping with pretty coffee art always makes the coffee experience better. For those of you who do not prefer coffee, you can try their tea selection which was really good too. I had the Apple Cinnamon tea while the pretty pink one was the Super Fruit tea which was berrylicious!
|Waffles with Ice-cream (RM15.90)|
So now let me show you the star behind all the amazing dishes, Chef Yugin Lee! Great to be able to meet him in person and also for preparing such great food for us. By the way, here are some updates about Epicuro. They are in the process of standardizing their menu for both the Uptown Damansara branch as well as the USJ branch so no worries because you will be able to enjoy all the dishes in both branches although I personally prefer the USJ branch because it is much more convenient and parking seems to be better.
Also, they are currently having two promotions which are the Weekday Lunch Promotion as well as the Strongbow Cider Promotion. You can get the Strongbow Cider at RM14.90 when you pair it with either the Mixed Mushroom and Bacon Aglio Olio, Prawn Pesto Linguine, or the Pork Chops.
Epicuro @ Taipan USJTaipan Business Centre 2,
Jalan USJ 10/1,
47620 Subang Jaya,
Opening Hours: 11am - 11pm
Phone: +603 8081 1182
Til next time,