02 April 2011

The Humble Chef @ Pusat Bandar Damansara

Price Range
Type of Cuisine
Recommended For
A strangely intriguing dining experience
No cats around! Yay!

First off, mucho thanks to Nick for telling us about this place!

We think part of the attraction of The Humble Chef is how elusive it is. You can’t just go, “Hey, I feel like having some of the Chef’s Lamb Pita,” at any time of the day and just waltz your way to the restaurant. Heck, it’s not even a restaurant! The Humble Chef is really a van that appears on a bridge out of nowhere, somewhere in the night... *cue eerie sci-fi music*

We were quite frustrated because we’ve been wanting to try it out for quite some time now, but every time we pass by the place, it’s mad packed! Not wanting to be disappointed yet again, we resorted to very extreme measures a few nights ago: We were told that the van opens up around 10.30 p.m., so we arrived at 10 and parked quite a distance away from the van. It’s so that we can keep an eye on the van to know when it was officially open, and it was too far for people there to notice our observation. We suppose you could call it a stakeout... Except that we were not dressed in super cool espionage outfits and just waiting to take out bad guys for the sake of national security, but instead we were merely waiting for a food stall to open... O.o  Ah, the things we do for food...

Although we thought it was pretty lame of us to stalk The Humble Chef, apparently a lot of people didn’t think so. Before the tables were even opened, throngs of people already made their way to the van. We don’t know where all these people came from, but they just ambushed the place before it even had a chance to open! While we hurriedly got out of the car in the direction of the half-opened van, a common thought occurred in our heads, “Sedap sangat ke Humble Chef ni?”

The tables were mostly occupied even BEFORE the stall opened! O.o 

We managed to get a table and scanned through the straightforward menu.

We decided on having the Carbonara, Chicken Olio, Lamb Pita and Lamb Omelette. So, coming back to the question we had earlier: IS the food any good?

An interesting experiment you can do once your food arrives is this:

This is a Lamb Pita. Look at it and try to guess how it’s going to taste like. (From our observation, we figured it might taste a little mayonnaise-y, kinda creamy...). Then, take a bite and relish that moment where you realise that your guesses are extremely wrong... The pita tasted so unexpectedly good! In fact, all the food we had here that night surprised us so much... They have a way of turning something so simple into something that tastes so amazingly brilliant!

Like the Chicken Olio. That’s about as basic as pasta can get, but something about the way they do it here, you’d be tempted to order seconds. The chicken is actually a little sweet, and also kinda salty at the same time but it just works so well with the olive-oil-infused spaghetti!

The Spaghetti Carbonara is done just right too: creamy enough, but not too much. And there’s just something about the way the lamb is prepared here, but it’s seriously insanely good! We totally loved the Lamb Omelette in all its cheesy, egg-y, lamb-y goodness! It might not look like much in the picture, but it is definitely an item worth trying here!

The thing about The Humble Chef that makes it so popular, we think, is because it’s like a super secret eating club that you just want to be a part of. It’s only open from 10.30 p.m. and they're only around for a few hours.  Plus, you get the experience of having a meal on an overhead bridge while cars zoom past on the highway below. It’s quite unsettlingly exciting (and excitingly unsettling – our knees buckled a few times!). In a very unusual way, it’s also quite romantic! ;) 

Also, the chef himself is super nice! Noticing our astonished looks at the throngs of patrons when we first arrived, and taking quite a while to decide on what to order, he asked with a knowing smile, “First timers?” Darn, were we that obvious? ;)

However, we do have to say that this place is not the place you’d want to go when you’re crazy starving! Although the food is really cheap, the portions are rather small. And plus, the wait is really long! (We didn’t mind, of course, as the food was really good!) But if you’re okay with these two conditions: we’ll see you at The Humble Chef soon! =D

The Humble Chef
Jalan Damanseri 
54900 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +6014 229 6854 (Rosman)  

How to Get There:
(It’s so obscure, it deserves a How to Get There! Haha)
Once you pass by the McD’s in Pusat Bandar Damansara on your left, turn left immediately onto the bridge. Go straight and you will see The Humble Chef on your right.

3.145053, 101.663637

Pretty easy to find parking spots by the roadside near the van.

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