Located in Bandar Mahkota Cheras, situated next to Nando’s, is the minimalistic yet classy restaurant franchise, Padi House. Although Mahkota Cheras is filled with countless restaurants and cafes, Padi House’s spacious and simplistic décor provided a perfect ambience for a nice lunch with friends.
The moment we arrived, we were welcomed with the sight of an array of delectable-looking cakes and an even more enticing promotion of 50% off selected hot beverages for each purchase of a slice of cake. Another promotion consisting of a Soup-of-the-Day and Ice Lemon Tea with any main course from their “Pastas”, “Light & Healthy” and “From the Grill” selections is also available for only an additional RM4.90. The menu displayed a wide variety of cuisines for their main dishes from Western to Asian or a fusion of the two, and even vegetarian. The prices were not shockingly expensive but fairly reasonable for a café/restaurant.
I took the unconventional “desserts first” and kicked off my meal with the “Original Cheesecake” (RM7.30). It was a square of creamy melt-in-your-mouth goodness. Everything about it was “just right”: not too sweet, not too rich, but just right. However, if you’re a fan of the crunchy cheesecake bottoms, you wouldn’t get that here but if you don’t mind the cheese filling overpowering the crust, this is the cheesecake of your dreams.
For the hot beverage that came at a halved price, the frothy Hot Chocolate (RM9.50) had a distinctive cocoa bitterness with a tinge of sweetness. This complemented the cheesecake as it should. If you prefer having your caffeine fix, the establishment also offers the classic Cappuccino and smooth Green Tea Latte to name a few.
The pasta, Fettucine Aglio Olio with Grilled Chicken (RM18.90) was flavoured with the prominent taste of the assortment of herbs. Thankfully, it was not overly greasy like most Aglio Olios I’ve had before at other restaurants. However, it was slightly too salty for me, and the grilled chicken was disappointing as it was quite dry even with the brown sauce.
Next came Padi House’s signature dish – the Padi Chicken Chop with Rice (RM15.90). As recommended by friends and blogs, it was certainly a wholesome dish. The chicken chop was well-flavoured and had good texture. There were certainly no complaints over the perfect sunny-side up egg resting so gently on the mountain of fragrant jasmine rice. The crisp crackers and the fresh salad on the side was no-frills splendidness.
For all cheese-lovers, why not give their Cheese Baked Tomato Rice with Chicken (RM20.00) a try? You can also get it with Salmon instead, but comes at an additional cost of RM2.30. It comes steaming hot and topped with gracious amounts of melted cheesy-goodness. The lightness of the tomato sauce accompanied with the well-cooked broccoli, onions and bell peppers lessened the “heaviness” and made the meal enjoyable and satisfying.
It might have been the cool modern chic hanging light-bulbs or the fusion of various comfort foods, but I certainly had a palatable time in Padi House. Overall, a must try for all those choosing to dine in the area. I for one am definitely coming back as I’ve got a RM10.00 Cash Voucher (for every RM100.00 spent in your total bill, so come with the gang!).
Location: 5&5-1, Jalan Temenggung 23/9 Seksyen 9, Bandar Mahkota Cheras, 43200 Cheras, Selangor.
Opening Hours: 10.00 am – 10.00 pm daily
By Marybeth Chang