El Fresco Italian Restaurant @ Empire Shopping Gallery, Subang Jaya

>> Jun 21, 2010

Last Friday, my results came out and I passed very comfortably. I was rather pleased with myself especially for my OSCE (clinicals). So to celebrate, I chose to go the The Empire Shopping Gallery, the newest shopping centre in Subang Jaya. Empire Gallery is situated right behind Subang Parade.

Actually, Lots of Cravings told me about this place some time back. He wanted to try it out but somehow I beat him to it (whoops). This restaurant, (El Fresco) is situated inside Jaya Grocer. The idea was to choose what one fancies from the supermarket and then get them to cook it for you. Cooking fee is RM12 per item. Each item cooked comes with a side of either pasta, salad or mixed vegetables.

Iced Chocolate

This was a very lousy cup of iced chocolate. It certainly wasn't worth the RM8 I paid for it. Lesson learnt. If you do happen to come here, you can get your drink from the supermarket as well (for a more affordable price).

Wagyu Steak

I chose a wagyu rib eye of 200 grams (marble score 6-7) and asked for it to be done medium (Click here to refer to grading score of beef). Sadly, due to the cut being slightly uneven, some part of it came out to be well done. The thicker part however, was medium as requested. Aglio olio pasta was the side of choice for the beef (I should have chosen this for the fish and the salad for the beef, but oh well). The steak was tender and nice. It was slightly on the salty side. The black pepper taste was adamant. However, I personally felt that it wasn't worth the RM98 paid for the steak (excluding cooking cost)

Pan Fried Cod Fish

The cod fish was pan grilled quite similarly to the steak. We chose the salad as a side. The fish was flaky and nice. I personally felt that it was better than the steak. The fish was RM22 + RM12 (as cooking cost). It was certainly quite reasonable. The fish was a little too salty as well.

El Fresco also served pasta, pizzas and bread as well. A large variety of prawns, squids, fish, lamb and beef can be selected from the butcher / fishmonger in Jaya Grocer to be cooked here.

All in all, I would say that that this place is alright. Just ask them to reduce the salt a little and it should be fine. The wagyu was quite nice but wasn't worth the RM100. It didn't taste like a 6-7 marble score cut of beef. Until next time.

*Opinions expressed are solely based on my personal experience

Pricing: About RM50 per person. (more if you're going for wagyu)

Map to Empire Shopping Gallery, Subang Jaya

El Fresco Italian Kitchen (its inside Jaya Grocer),
Lot 6, LG-G1, Empire Shopping Gallery,
Jalan SS16/1,
47500 Subang Jaya,
Selangor Darul Ehsan,

Opening hours:
As long as Jaya Grocer is Open I guess.


"Joe" who is constantly craving June 21, 2010 at 6:04 PM  

well u sort of beat me to it, we went back to see a rm12 cooking fee and since we werent eating wagyu, we bought the steaks home to cook! hahah..

looks like its not really worth it hor.

but the beef supplier should, if not mistaken the same as BV village grocer, spotted the old lady who usually jaga the BV outlet and their beef quality generally is good.

Tummy Rumble June 21, 2010 at 6:09 PM  

@Joe: haha, the RM12 comes with a side lah.. not that bad.. Have you tried the supplier in Kelana Jaya? His beef was quite good.. I've tried them myself..

jfook June 21, 2010 at 6:10 PM  

The cod fish looks good :)

Tummy Rumble June 21, 2010 at 6:30 PM  

@jfook: thanks for dropping by.. :)

thenomadGourmand June 26, 2010 at 7:59 AM  

Salty? ok, not for me then.
But its an interesting concept.

Try La vacas - they recently opened at Mt Kiara - whr Baskin robbins is.
I wen to the shop in PJ (near FAM, it's harder to find) & though I didnt enjoy the steaks (cos I dun like beef in the 1st plc) it's similar - u choose the cuts and they cook for u (accoordin to their menu)

Tummy Rumble June 26, 2010 at 12:29 PM  

@thenomadGourmand: alright.. will have to try that some day.. thanks for the info :)

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