Huck’s Cafe Bangsar – a Private Kitchen in Bangsar!

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Huck’s Cafe Bangsar:
Address: 22 Jalan Abdullah Bangsar, 59000 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-2282-2126
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Private Kitchen, Speakeasy, Underground Dining, Home Cafe……Call it whatever you like, because these terms generally refer to a restaurant-like setting tucked away in some neighborhood housing area or apartments. Reservation is almost mandatory due to limited seating capacity. Advertising is usually by word of mouth; coming from friends and families who have been largely impressed by the food quality. And in most of the time, the chef will decide what to cook for you, based on the best of the market for that day.
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That’s a really intriguing idea. And it is already taking place around the world especially in HK, where rentals are exorbitantly priced. Restaurateurs found a new way to market for their food. And here in Malaysia, private kitchen is something that I’ve never known of until my colleague introduces me to Huck’s Cafe bangsar.IMG_1375

The house is beautifully converted to a cafe like setting, with beautiful garden and Balinese theme man made pond.
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The owner/chef, Huck Seng learns cooking to impress his three children (ya la! he’s married!). He is not trained as a chef, but he improvised along the way and his cooking is a hit among friends and families! Soon enough, friends came over for dinner and eventually they brought along more guests (friends of friends). That’s how the whole idea of starting up a home cafe was borne.
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We made a reservation for a Sunday night and showed up a little late. We sipped on a refreshing drink (Basil Seed Mint Soda) while touring the place.
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snacks – mini wonton with spicy shrimps
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It was a rainy night and coincidentally, we were presented with two types of soups as our starters.

Sweet, rich and creamy; the pumpkin soup was a great tummy warmer. Instead of squashing everything together, the chef has thrown in some bite sized pumpkin cubes in there.
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However, the asparagus soup was “lifeless” in taste and a tad too salty for me.
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The Grilled Salmon Garlic Asparagus with Lime Rice was cooked perfectly and was delicious. And the crackly crispy salmon skin is the best bit!
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Chicken Cordon Bleu with Baked Apples. The cheese was oozing out as we sliced it across – a picturesque scene! The chicken meat was plump and juicy. If you noticed, Huck’s version of cordon bleu is baked as a healthier and less greasy alternative compared to the original recipe that ask for deep frying.
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Lemon Roast Chicken (whole bird, feeds 4) is the house specialty. I told Huck that the chicken dish is very “Jamie Oliver” and he laughed, admittedly told me that Jamie Oliver’s recipe is a source of inspiration for him as a chef. It is a simple and fail-proof recipe – just push  garlic cloves, whole lemon, rosemany and thyme into the cavity, then put the chicken intoa roasting tray. However, timing is crucial, and it is based on your experience most of the time.
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As easy as it sounds, the chicken dish turned out to be amazingly juicy and flavorful
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Wild Rocket Chili Chicken Spaghetti. Looks can be deceiving, as the mild looking pasta dish turned out to be quite spicy! It was delicious; and we enjoyed slurping up the spicy strands.
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House Wine
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Ginger Ale
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By the time we were done with our food we were stuffed to the brim but Huck brought in more desserts! The Banana Chocolate Brownies with Ice Cream was really good. I haven’t had a good brownies for a very long time and their version surprises me! Soft, moist, buttery, nutty, and chocolaty with a hint of banana flavour; it was a big hit at our table.
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Same goes for the rich, decadent and delicious Chocolate Mud Pie Ice Cream, it was so good!
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The Creme Brulee was so smooth, rich and creamy! And the sugar coating is caramelized beautifully!
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There’s no better way to end a big meal with a cup of brewed coffee!
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All in all, Huck’s Cafe Bangsar is a beautiful hidden gem that serves quality food at a very reasonable price. Huck’s Cafe Bangsar charges RM88 nett per pax for a three course meal with beverages included. Reservation is a MUST and can be made via their FB page.

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  1. Kewl! Been meaning to try this place after spotting it on FB. Have heard great things about Huck’s Cafe. Your pics are beautiful!
    .-= Lyrical Lemongrass´s last blog ..Ad Hog- Kota Damansara =-.

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    kampungboycitygal Reply:

    LL, yeah u shud! the owner is not trained as a chef, but the food is better than some of the rest/cafes run by experienced chef out there!

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  2. mimid3vils says:

    everything looks so good especially the desserts!!

    RM 68 / pax? Starter + mains + dessert + beverage? Is there many choices of food?
    .-= mimid3vils´s last blog ..Traditional English Hi Tea @ Mandarin Oriental Hotel- Bangkok =-.

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    kampungboycitygal Reply:

    hi mimidevils, yeah 68 nett hehe. not alot, and you don’t get to choose much, because it depends on what the chef has on hand that day

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  3. Baby Sumo says:

    RM68 is quite reasonable for 3 course meal… the desserts look the best!

    Was the chicken skin a bit burnt?
    .-= Baby Sumo´s last blog ..Tappers Cafe- The Sphere- Bangsar South =-.

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    kampungboycitygal Reply:

    hi baby sumo! yeah not too bad, + 5 drinks too! yeah now i can see that it’s a bit burnt, but i think someone from my group gulped it down already :P

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  4. ai wei says:

    dear, let’s go!!! celebrations :)
    .-= ai wei´s last blog ..Levain Boulangerie Patisserie @ Jalan Delima- KL =-.

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  5. Jeff Tan says:

    Wonderful for sharing such a good place!! good job!
    .-= Jeff Tan´s last blog ..北村8景(上)Bukchon 8 scenes 1st part 6-11 =-.

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  6. wyyv says:

    Arha.. this Chocolate Mud Pie Ice Cream is my favorite! I wish to have this too :D This place has a great ambiance with delicious-looking food too.. Nice one!
    .-= wyyv´s last blog ..Im in love with Teddy Bears! =-.

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  7. casendra says:

    Hey, good sharing! Man so tempted to pay a visit..err.. need to make reservation?
    .-= casendra´s last blog ..今日名言 Wisdom of the Day =-.

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    casendra Reply:

    ok ok sorry wrong question. pls just ignore it.

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  8. KY says:

    looks like a very nice place! and btw enjoy ur HK trip ya ;)

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  9. JD says:

    I think it’s a pretty cool concept, just so happens that it’s near to my aunt’s place at Gasing Hills. Thanks for the review, now can definitely give it a try.

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  10. A good concept.. worth a visit definitely..

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  11. Huck Seng says:
  12. minchow says:

    Ooh nice one!! I really do hope this trend of home cafes take off… nothing spells a character, made-to-order dining experience like being a guest in someone else’s kitchen!
    .-= minchow´s last blog ..Breakfast Technicolour while we wait =-.

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  13. Christine says:

    very cool concept and it’s not easy to find these kind of private kitchen in kl. wanna go! ;)
    .-= Christine´s last blog ..Day 2 Windermere- Dining at Lucys on a Plate- Lake Windermere &amp the Hills =-.

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  14. wslee says:

    Hi,was wondering wats are the top pick main dish? =)
    Going to try it two more weeks later
    hehehe

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    kampungboycitygal Reply:

    aha u can PM huck seng in FB n he will recommned

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  15. jason says:

    That’s a really brilliant idea!
    .-= jason´s last blog ..DU Project- Village Park =-.

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    kampungboycitygal Reply:

    it is!

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  16. Simon Seow says:

    Woah 私房菜 in Klang Valley, that’s one rare thing. Maybe next year’s birthday I’ll do a small gathering here lol.
    .-= Simon Seow´s last blog ..SML Volatile – The Journey to iStyle Fashion KLIA Finale =-.

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    kampungboycitygal Reply:

    haha plz rmb to book earlier. the cafe is hot!

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  17. Shaun says:

    Your friends looked happy in the pics! I hope they enjoyed the wine! Hehe.

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  18. kevin says:

    i had dinner there recently and came away underwhelmed. i don’t go for this home cafe/ somebody’s kitchen idea but maybe its just me.
    i find that most people are more in love with a concept and taking photos than to actually think about what they are eating. personally i found the food rather ordinary and presentation amateurish.
    im sure a lot of you use TripAdvisor when deciding which hotel to stay in when you go on holiday. my contribution is basically along those lines. as far as im concerned if the food is crap there’s no point sugar coating it.

    as per usual reservations were mandatory and i was cajoled to go along and so i did.
    RM 88 for a 3 course meal. which is good value if the food is good but …..

    so i would say the food is not as much inspired by jamie oliver but rather ripped off from his cook book.
    if anyone cares to know i will go into detail of each dish but for now suffice to say that the ingredients are hardly fantastic nor is the food well done or original. most dishes were either too salty/peppery no doubt to mask the shortcomings in seasoning with anything remotely adventurous.

    what took the cake was when dessert and coffee was served. apparently he was missing an ingredient because it had rained earlier. (WTF?) how is that my problem? at 88$ i dont think i would have let that go.
    when i asked for milk to go with the coffee i was given coffee mate in a bowl ( ostensibly to make it look more high class?!) that to me is unacceptable.

    would it have gone down well with you mr food critic?

    anyways verdict on this place.
    avoid like the plague.
    stick to cooking for your friends and keep your day job

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  19. CCL says:

    Hi I just want to share my experience of dining in Huck’s cafe with all the food lovers out there.

    I booked 1 month in advance after looking at the overwhelming response from the ppl who visited the place.

    The price is now RM88nett per person. I brought my family members – 6 of them. The portion is superb small and you can’t top up. Seriously I think I have paid too much for these small portion of meals.

    The environment is so so, it’s just like dining at one of your friend’s house, nothing great. We didn’t enjoy the whole meal, imagine 6 of us only get to eat 3 main courses, which 1 of them is the Moroccon chicken and must be shared by 4 person! The food is nothing great, you can pay cheaper for such a meal at a better high class western restaurent out there.

    RM88 is inclusive of 1 starter – superb small bowl of soup, 1 small portion of main course, 1 small slice of dessert, and 2 drinks. If you are a small eater and very rich, or a superstar who doesn’t want to get disturbed by the paparazzi while dining, this is the place you should go.

    I am just sharing my honest opinion and hope the food lovers out there do expect what you will get in Huck’s Cafe, otherwise you will be end up disappointed and not contented like me and my family. This is the worst dining experience for mother’s day. I am sorry, Mom

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    kampungboycitygal Reply:

    Hi CCL, so sorry to hear about your bad experience. I’ve been there two times, and they used to charge RM 66 nett per person, and the food portion was way too huge for us.
    I think it is best that you reflect your bad experience to Huck Seng so that he can make some improvement in the future. :)

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  20. Riversmith says:

    I have been reading the same comment of CCL over many food blogs, what is she up to? Like any other restaurants, either a hit or miss a few. Zzzz….

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  21. audrey says:

    Absolutely inspiring!

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  22. Verne says:

    Nice review and yummy pics. Can’t wait, heading there tonight. Yum yum!

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    kampungboycitygal Reply:

    enjoy ur night! :)

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  23. Elizabeth says:

    hi, is this place still available? How to get to this place? Also is there any Dec 31 promo menu?? thanks

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  24. Ken says:

    Nice Article but don’t know this cafe still around or not…:-D
    Ken´s last [type] ..Paris Blog: Paris Travel Information and Blog

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    kampungboycitygal Reply:

    yes they are still running

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