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Impromptu Cafe @ Menara Hap Seng

Angeline Tuesday, October 4, 2011 , , , , ,

Impromptu

If there’s one thing I love about Italian food, it has to be the pastas – all forms of pastas be it spaghetti, linguine, fettuccine, ravioli or gnocchi. But what I love more than dry pastas are fresh, hand-made pastas! The feeling of watching someone making the dough, rolling it, cutting it and finally cooking it right in front of your eyes is just exhilarating. There are not many places in KL that offer fresh, hand-made pastas – Impromptu Cafe is one of them. Located in Menara Hap Seng, this new and hip cafe offer plenty of choices of hand-made pastas with various creative sauces. Dining at Impromptu was certainly an enjoyable affair, with its comfortable environment that was both casual and unpretentious. Best of all, the prices here are so pocket-friendly.

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Impromptu
Impromptu Cafe
1st Floor, Menara Hap Seng,
Jalan P.Ramlee,
50250 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Tel No: +603-2141 0227
Opening Hours: Mon – Fri: 10:30 am – 8:30 pm
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Handmade Pasta
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Crispy Crab Cakes (RM11.90)
Dinner started with pieces of golden and Crispy Crab Cakes, with lots of shredded crab meat within. This must have been such a labour-intensive dish to prepare, having to extract the crab meat from the shellfish and then making them into a patty before deep-frying them. Apart from a minor setback of it being a tad salty, I thought this appetizer was delicious.
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Soft-Shell Crab Salad, RM12.90
Impromptu seems to be a fan of soft shell crab since I see it being featured not only in the pasta section but also on a bed of Soft-Shell Crab Salad. I’m a big fan of soft-shell crab, more so if they’re served hot and crispy, which actually balanced out the leaves well. Makes one feel less guilty too!
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Grilled Chicken Pesto, RM15.90
Of course, at Impromptu, one must try their hand-made pastas! There is a list of pasta toppings in the menu, and one could choose the type of pastas to go with them. We tried the Grilled Chicken Pesto, which was served with a generous portion of grilled chicken on top. Each slice was thick and nicely grilled, and best of all, the chicken breast meat used made this such a healthy option for food. The pesto sauce used was thick, fragrant and full of flavour. My only gripe was that the pasta used could have been more firm or al-dente.
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Tandoori Chicken Fettuccine, RM16.90
The Tandoori Chicken Fettuccine offered something new and refreshing to the palate. Instead of the normal Italian sauces, this Tandoori curry was creamy, spicy and very appetizing. It was served with hand-made fettuccine, which I thought fared much better than the angel hair pasta from the previous dish. The texture was firm and slightly chewy, just how I’d love my pasta to be.

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Curried Soft Shell Crab, RM17.90
When the next dish of Curried Soft Shell Crab was served, I was surprised to see the different colour of fettuccine on the plate. It was found out later that they used charcoal-flavoured pasta here, resulting in the darker colour outlook. To be honest, I did not find the taste of this pasta any different from the normal type, perhaps it’s due to the thick and creamy curry sauce which was so flavourful! The sauce was like a mix of carbonara and curry, a rich, savoury and spicy combination that was just too good to resist. Add to that my favourite soft-shell crab, and we have a clear winner here.

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Mushroom and Veggie Fettuccine, RM14.90
Vegetarians can rejoice here since they also offer Mushroom and Veggie Fettuccine which had plenty of cauliflower and sauteed mushrooms on a bed of creamy carbonara sauce.
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 Lamb-urger, RM16.90
Apart from pastas, their next best-seller was the Lamb-urger, a juicy lamb patty topped with mango chutney sauce in between 2 home-made sesame buns. The buns and the salad were nothing to shout about, but their lamb patty! It was tender, juicy and exploded with lamb flavours (in a good way). I could really taste the sweetness of the lamb juices, while the mango chutney managed to pair very well with the patty. This was easily one of the better lamb burgers that I’ve tried before.
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Chocolate Cheese Brownie, RM12.90
Finally, for desserts we had several types of cakes, among which were the Chocolate Cheese Brownie and Grapes Cheesecake. It is good to know that both the cakes used Philadelphia cream cheese in it, making them so much smoother and rich without that overpowering cheese smell.
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Grapes Cheesecake, RM13.90
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