Hello by Kitchen Mafia at Happy Mansion, Section 17 Petaling Jaya doesn’t earn reputation from grandeur, stunning dining interior or mind-blowing, exquisitely fine dishes, but quality, delicious comfort food churn out from the kitchen headed by celebrity chef, Johnny Fua and Sherson Lian. These two names made our memories flow to Elegantology Gallery & Restaurant in Publika, the once collaborators.
If you already tried out mille crepe from Food Foundry; coffee from Butter+Beans at Seventeen; Tom Yum from Frame Thai, perhaps Hello by Kitchen Mafia could be your next food venture destination in Happy Mansion, enjoying familiar local delights serves with playful presentation, says – pour the mee rebus soup from a tea pot. Yes, from tea pot.
Hello is located few doors away from Butter + Beans, behind Food Foundry. A corner lot appears in black, written with big HELLO! in golden colour on one of the side walls. It won’t take you long to notice this restaurant, just a longer time to look for parking if you happened to be here during lunch peak hour.
Being a chef, we believe Hello! by Kitchen Mafia has a lot more to share with their customers. However, in the mean time, their menu focuses mainly on noodles, having half of the menu covered by Hello! freshly handmade pasta, cooked with different sauces like Pesto with local herbs, carbonara, aglio olio, salted egg butter milk, Aunty Ann’s sambal, spicy clam jus with wine wine and herbs.
Another half of the food here lists down Asian choices like Fried Rice, Mee Rebus and Chou Mein; Western Selections including Grilled Wagyu Beef, Spiced Lamb Rack, Fish of the Day; and to us, the most noteworthy probably is Sake Mirin Grilled Chicken served with Rice Pilaf, Cucumber Relish & Sesame Chicken. Sadly, we are too full to try this out.
Hello! by Kitchen Mafia was on brisk business during our visit last weekend. Thankfully there was two more empty tables. We secured one, and another one was taken within 5 minutes too. Summerkid was quite happy that finally the eatery he got dragged to for weekend meal has no Egg Benedict, French Toast or Big Breakfast, but got “chao fan” and “chao mien” spotted on. This also means no coffee for Summergirl. Doesn’t matter though, as Summerkid was “absolutely super convinced” that she would hop into Butter+ Beans later. #nocoffeesummergirlwilldie
Kampung Boy Fried Rice RM12
Started with Kampung Boy Fried Rice, which seemed really promising once arrived on our table. Huge in portion, sided with fresh vegetables and deep fried Nam Yu Chicken. Ample of bites in every mouthful, as they threw in liberal amount of mini sliver fish and diced vegetables to stir-fried along.
The taste was actually more complex than its look, as we suspected they put in lots of dried shrimp paste too, which cause a heavy shrimp taste deeply flavoured within the rice (staffs were busy, we were afraid to ask, correct us it we were wrong).
It was a rare case Summerkid couldn’t finish his rice. Asking him why, he said it was a bit oily, and too flavourful with “shrimp”. Great in the beginning but no more towards the end, maybe of the sizeable portion too.
Glad that they served shredded vegetables along, as it managed to balance up the oiliness, a little bit.
Pak Johnny Mee Rebus RM14.00
Honestly, it has been quite a while since we last tucked into a bowl of mee rebus. We seldom have this in KL, but a must when going back Teluk Intan for Mastan Ghani Mee Rebus. Not sure why though. Hello by Kitchen Mafia ‘s Mee Rebus sheds a difference, definitely not the usual flavour of a mee rebus. Thick, creamy gravy, helmed with flavours of shrimp. Personally feels that it holds the profile of bisque soup, in spicy version.
Hello! uses angel hair pasta instead of yellow noodles (not sure the kitchen can twist for you if you preferred the normal yellow noodles), graciously soaked up with gravy. Topped off with beans sprouts, tofu, julienne cucumber, dried shrimp floss and boiled eggs. We suggest not to mix everything together, as the soup can be quite intense and makes you feel a bit too heavy halfway. Eating a piece or two of tofu and vegetables in between can help to tone done the cloying feel.
Ordered Juice of the Day (carrot + orange) and put ourself in more guessing first with their food, and now beverage. We wondered if they used Mandarin Orange instead of normal orange, which leads to lighter taste with pleasing citrus-y aroma. Or it is really just carrot mix with orange. LOL…
Comments: Hello Kitchen Mafia offers warmth service with lots of smiles. Comfort food with fusion twist, taking advantages of local ingredients in many dishes. Asian staples here are really heavy. A place that reminds us about restaurants opened by BIG Group, and Wondermama. Reasonable price, even Tapping Tapir soda juice is few Ringgit cheaper than some cafes.
Write Up: Summergirl
Hello by Kitchen Mafia
BG7, Jalan 17/ 13,
46400 Petaling Jaya, Malaysia.
Lunch (12.30pm – 3.00pm)
Teatime (3.00pm – 6.00pm)
Dinner (6.00pm – 11.00pm)
Contact: +603 – 7932 1929