Enough of my cooking, time for some outing...
Hubby and I was scouring 1 Utama one evening and can't decide where to eat since there were so many choices available. We were traisping up and down the lower ground floor (tunnel between both wings) striking off the lousy ones that we've been. Finally we stumbled into Zuup Soup Bar. Actually they have been around for a few years but never got the chance to try and I only read about them in the papers during their opening. Zuup Soup Bar is located diagonally across Bee's Bakery or beside Barang-barang.
Service was extremely friendly and we were entertained by the owner and his brother (sorry I did not catch their name but I think one of them is Gavin), plus of course their staff. Our first time there, we were introduced to their concept and type of food and drinks served which I think was an excellent customer service attempt. At that time we were informed that they were expanding by taking up the lot next to them which has since renovated and re-opened for business by now. With a retro interior, it should please the younger crowd plus the price is pretty reasonable.
Don't be surprised if they ask you whether you wanna read newspaper/magazine while you wait for the food to arrive or even better, have fun with the PS2!!! Yeah FOC (free of charge) one hahaha cool eh?? Even though they have labelled themselves as soup bar, they do not only sell soups but other fare as well such as fried rice, noodles, pasta and so forth on top of some nice cooling drinks and desserts. Soups came in either starters size which is served with some garlic bread or as main course where it is served either with a salad or bread. Otherwise, you could also order the soup in a bread bowl. The availability of the soup choices differs everyday, so it is best to enquire what is available for the day.
We were recommended the set meal which seems to be very reasonable, hubby opted for prawn noodles which is done ala Penang Hokkien style and the set came with a glass of drink. This set costed RM10.90 seems to be a good deal since the bowl contained 2 large prawns. Taste wise it was mediocre only, hubby said not enough kick. The broth simply do not have enough prawn flavour and it wasn't spicy at all.
I picked a soup even though logically it should not be placed under soup category since it's a stew - lamb stew and opted for salad over bread (RM10.90). Some lettuces, cucumber, capsicum, onion rings and one cherry tomato make up the salad which is served with olive oil and balsamic vinegar (my fave combination).
My lamb stew came later with a dollop of cream and a sprinkling of cilantro. The colour doesn't look appetising, right? And it looked like soup since got so much liquid inside...
... but don't be fooled!!! Look at the amount of meat in there!!! I can't even finish them up. In the bowl it has plenty of celery, carrots and potatoes on top of lamb chunks. I love this stew... tender meat, vegetables were not mushy and it tasted surprising good with a balance of herbs and spices. It was also laced with a slight tang which I reckon must be the usage of tomatoes.
We have since gone there for another visit (this time with boiboi in tow) and tried other items on the menu... do check out their pumpkin soup which myself and boiboi loved so much that we literally licked the bowl clean! It's not heavy but yet creamy enough to warm up our tummies. We also shared a spaghetti carbonara which my boiboi requested (eh kids these days very smart, they know what they want to eat... he asked for spaghetti - creamy one! Duh...!). It was fine but it was pretty creamy (read - very "jelak" as in very filling) ... made me feel bloated but luckily my boiboi walloped quite a large portion.Hubby had the fried rice that came with a piece of well fried tumeric chicken. I forgot to ask him how it was and sorry no photos cos I was busy looking after the young fart! Also no dessert too cos we all too stuffed.
Overall verdict, a place worth to chill out especially when you have loads of time to kill to browse thru the reading materials or play some PS2 games with friends. Food wise, I would definitely return to try out the rest of the soups!!!
Zuup Soup Bar (pork free)
LG 223, Lower Ground Floor,
1 Utama Shopping Centre, Lebuh Bandar Utama,
47800 Petaling Jaya,
Operation Hours: Monday to Sunday From 11:30am to 10:00pm
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