December 5, 2013 at 7:28 pm
Recently, a close friend of mine went back to the States for a family vacation. As we were talking about her trip, she mentioned that she took the opportunity to visit all her favourite restaurants that she frequented when she stayed there previously. Though some of the types of food can be found here in Malaysia, there is just something different about it when it is prepared there. I bet she would be one happy woman if they ever decide to open an outlet here in Kuala Lumpur.
I recalled that conversation as I was sitting in Kalamazoo Restaurant & Café not too long ago. For those of you who have not heard of Kalamazoo, it is located at Aman Suria, Damansara. The restaurant was born out of the fond memories that the 4 partners had of the food they tasted when they were studying in Kalamazoo, Michigan. What’s even amazing is that none of them were Hospitality major graduates.
The food served at Kalamazoo Restaurant & Café is simple, hearty and delicious. Most of it is similar to those that the owners themselves favoured when they were there, especially the milkshakes. There is the Classic Vanilla or Chocolate shake and other equally delicious flavours up for offer. My friends and I tried their Peanut Butter with Chocolate and Oreo Vanilla. Both were yummy right down to the last drop, but somehow the Peanut Butter and Chocolate shake called out to me more. The outlet also serves a knockout Rootbeer Float and refreshing Lemonade to wash your palate. Don’t worry if you are not a fan of sour stuff because the lemonade was made just right – not too sour and not too sweet.
The food… ah… how can I ever forget the food that we had there. We tried Kalamazoo’s Alabama BBQ Ribs and their Signature Pork Burger. Suffice to say that I will definitely be headed back there for seconds! The pork patty was well marinated, so much so that you could taste the flavours in every bite. The one thing that got my attention was the bun. The bun was still soft and delicious even after we subjected the burger to an extended round of photo shoot. The entire burger was well put together, its individual ingredients coming together to form a well-rounded and memorable delight.
The BBQ ribs were still tender even though it was already at room temperature when we tucked into it. The meat practically came off the bones without much prodding and every bite was heavenly even though I tasted it without the special sauce that is served with it. This is one dish that I would definitely recommend to my pork-loving friends. The Aglio Olio Pork Bacon packs a punch in taste although it looks simple. I have tasted some Aglio Olio dishes where it is either bland or oily, but the one done by the restaurant is just nice. I can still taste the bacon in the oil and the bits are not fried till they are too crispy.
Another thing that I really like about this restaurant is that it is one of the few places in Klang Valley that is furkid friendly. Certain areas of the restaurant are designated as furkid area so that the owners can have their dogs seated in case the other customers become wary of the dogs. They also provide knee height chairs for customers to sit their dogs. Though I may not own any dogs for now, I do know where to head to for my meal with my pet in the future!