Entering the new cafe in Mid Valley, I was brought to a whole new era of the past. Boasting of white chairs and tables, the restaurant named Reminisce was decorated with plenty of knick knacks from the 80′s such as comic books, stickers, telephone cards, soft drink bottles and more. It was really interesting to see ornaments that I used to play with, and the junk food that I used to it!
Interior of Reminisce Cafe
Ever played with the ‘sticks’ game?
Old comic books
My grandpa still has one of this!
Tora and Ding Dang – anyone’s favourite?
Cash terms only
True enough, Reminisce Cafe aims to bring back the memories of the past through food. Some of their food were even designed with the past in mind. For example, they serve Hot Milo with a cracker! Ah, I don’t know why, I only did that years ago, with my grandpa or grandma. Now it doesn’t even cross my mind to have Milo with crackers anymore.
Sun dried longan & luohan fruits drink (RM3.90)
The menu is pretty extensive with street snacks, noodles, rice as well as desserts. Some of the street snacks we sampled were the Stuffed Pork Balls, Spring Rolls and Deep Fried Nian Gao. I simply loved the Nian Gao, it was done just the way my grandma does it during Chinese New Year! Now I don’t have to wait until Chinese New Year to be able to savour this snack.
Stuffed pork ball with satay sauce (RM5.90)
Chef recommendation crispy spring roll (RM3.90)
Deep fried nian gao with yam & sweet potato (RM4.90)
Traditional yam cake (RM3.90)
For the mains, we started with Toasted Soft bun with Bakwa, Meat Floss and Egg. This was something I wanted to try from the menu since I love Bakwa and meat floss! But I didn’t know how it would taste like combining with fried egg though. I thought the chef was pretty creative in combining the savoury meat with an egg for a more balanced meal in terms of texture and taste. However, this should be eaten while it’s warm since the bread started to become a little hard when it’s left for too long.
Toasted soft bun with bak kwa, meat floss & egg (RM7.90)
An egg inside with bread
Then, we had something more heavy, which was the Crispy chicken chop with steamed rice combo. I took a bite of the chicken chop and I loved how it was not overly oily, which is usual with deep fried stuff. It was very crispy, light and savoury. Something I would order when I have a big appetite. But I would, however, prefer to have some gravy with the chicken and rice so that it wouldn’t be too dry. Perhaps some mushroom sauce?
Crispy chicken chop with steamed rice combo (RM11.50)
The next dish was my favourite that night! Though simple, the Dry curry chicken noodle was cooked to perfection! The noodles were springy and light, while the curry was fragrant and flavourful. In fact, all of us loved it so much that we ordered a second bowl with just the noodles itself!
Dry curry chicken noodle (RM7.90)
Steamed loh Mai Kai (RM3.90)
The lucky us that night had the chance to savour a dish which is not in the menu yet – Steam rice with spare ribs crowned with special Mongolian sauce. The ribs were braised and had a soft, melt-in-your-mouth texture when eaten with the layers of fat.
Steam rice with spare ribs crowned with special Mongolian sauce (RM16.90)
The Braised duck drumstick with Chinese herbs on rice vermicelli was another hit especially with the few of us who stayed in Penang before. This is something famous in Penang but not widely available here in KL, so we’re really grateful now that we can have it here at Reminisce.
Braised duck drumstick with Chinese herbs on rice vermicelli (RM15.90)
Finally, the Nasi Lemak with Curry Chicken had one of the hottest and fiery sambal ever! But it was very addictive and made me wanting to eat more, especially with the spicy sambal. A very local Malaysian dish indeed.
Nasi lemak with curry chicken (RM8.50)
Moving on to the desserts! We sampled a few types that night but Saucer and my favourite was the one and only Lemon grass jelly with Aloe Vera. Served cold, it was refreshing and just slightly sweet and sour, together with the aloe vera jelly which was very cooling to the body. It was perfect during the hot weather or when you’re feeling heaty.
Lemon grass jelly with aloe Vera (RM4.50)
Yam purée with sago pearls (RM4.50)
Black sesame tang yuan in coconut milk & sago pearls (RM5.90)
Even though there were some hits and misses with the food, Reminisce definitely hits the spot when it comes to bringing back memories of the past. The feeling of being there was very surreal, evoking different emotions and definitely lots of childhood memories.
Reminisce Cafe, Mid Valley Megamall
Reminisce Restaurant (along the same row as Maybank, Chilli’s and Delicious Cafe)
Megamall Mid Valley Lot G(E)- 019
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 59200
Phone:+603 2201 8168
Opening hours: Mon – Sat = 7:30 am – 11:00 pm & Sun = 9:00 am – 10:00 pm
Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Kuala-Lumpur-Malaysia/Reminisce-jiu-xiang-hao/113005048748441?ref=ts