Thursday, December 13, 2007

PICK n BREW @ Glenmarie, Shah Alam

A few of us floggers got together last night to celebrate Teckiee's birthday. Since Jackson is very busy with the newly opened cafe owned by his uncle's company, the best arrangement was of course to have the birthday bash at his cafe, Pick n Brew. It was my first time venturing into Glenmarie Industrial area at night but thanks to Boo's direction, WMW and I found the place without making any wrong turnings. Pick n Brew is located at the ground floor of CNI building which is also owned by his Uncle; address and location map is appended below.

The place is brightly lighted (important element for photo taking) and deco is simple yet cozy. I didn't manage to take any photos from outside since it was already pitch dark when we arrived.

There are over 30 types of coffee beans from around the world available here. So all one needs to do is to 'PICK' a few of choice and the barista will 'BREW' it for you. Hence the name Pick n Brew! Definitely a perfect place for coffee-lovers. Of course, there are also other non-caffeine beverages being served here. I glanced through their beverage menu and was quite impress with the selection.


Beside being brewed into nice cuppa coffee, the beans are also being used as decoration. You can find them in big jars, in glasses, in tequila shot glasses at almost everywhere.
Simple and nice!


It is so nice of Jackson to book the private room for us as well as to extend the operation hour since its closing time is at 8.00 p.m. Service was excellent as he himself served us attentively. Opps..I should have given him some tips!

Jason asking Jackson for recommendation

Organic Rosebud Tea was served upon seated. Sorry, this is not in the menu. We were told that this is his personal collection and he only served it to his invited guests!


While the appetizer, soup and dessert have been pre-ordered and prepared by the Chef
(sorry, again, they are not in the menu), we were told to choose our own Mains. Excellent idea as being an indecisive person, I would have a hard time deciding what I want. For the appetizer, we were served with Salmon Gravlax with Scallion Cream and Parmesan Tuille. According to Wikipedia, Gravlax is a Scandanavian dish consisting of raw salmon cured with salt, sugar and dill. It tastes almost similar to smoked salmon to me but nevertheless tasty with the accompanied scallion (spring onion) cream. All of us gave our thumbs up for the Parmesan Tuille. Grated Parmesan cheese was used to make into little basket which was filled with refreshing salsa.

The
Sun-dried Tomato and Spinach Gnocchi in Chicken Consomme was served next. The Chicken Consomme was good; clear and oil-free, just the way it should be. No MSG or artificial flavouring was added. However, I didn't quite enjoy the Gnocchi which tasted quite bland to me.

For the Mains, Splashie Boy had the Chicken Chamicangas (RM19); deep-fried tortilla stuffed with diced chicken and tomatoes. Very nice and flavourful and Splashie Boy was satisfy with his order. He said that he had tried the same dish at many eateries and so far, this is one of the best!


Jason opted for Lamb Tikka served with Pilaf Rice. I tried a piece of the lamb tikka, it was juicy and tasty! Slightly salty for me but it would be perfect to go with rice.


This Grilled Medaloin of Beef (RM35) with infused oil and coffee bean mustard was ordered by WMW. I tried a tender piece, but sadly I forgot to dip it with the coffee bean mustard.


Initially, I was tempted to order the Grenobloise Salmon Fillet (RM30) as it was so highly recommended by Jackson. Given a choice, fish is something that I would not order so Teckiee had it instead. Served with boiled potato, roasted vegatable and capers lemon butter, it was not too bad. And again, I forgot to try my piece with the lemon butter.


Jackson's dinner, the Angel Hair Marinara was very 'tomato-ey' and served with generous amount of squids, prawn and mussels. However, I find the texture of the Angel Hair a bit too soft, but I guess that was also our fault. The poor dish was being paparazzied, thus, it was soaked in the tomato gravy for quite some time before being eaten.


Boo and Lyrical Lemongrass both ordered their Mains from the Christmas menu; Seafood Galore on Feta Spinach which came with spinach baked mussels, prawn thermidor, grilled fish with olive oil and sun-dried tomatoes. I tried a little bit of each from Boo's plate, it was so LOVELY!!! The gravy and seafood blended so well. I will definitely come back for this.


As for me, I had the
Herb Crusted Rack of Lamb (RM33) served with grilled brinjals, potatoes, brussel sprouts and apple mint yoghurt. The lamb was lovely, with a layer of fats on top covering the juicy succulent meat. My picture of the lamb didn't manage to capture the marinated brussel sprouts but I do need to compliment that it tastes really good. It was cooked to perfection; soft yet still retain its crunchiness and it was sourish! Very appetising! Jackson told us it's a secret recipe, hence, not to be shared. Pssttt, Jackson, I buy you 1 hairy?

Once we finished our dinner, dessert was served! As some of you are aware, Teckiee, WMW, Jackson and I produced this
video on Apple Crumble for submission for the Drive For Food contest which won us RM100 and got us into the finals. Jackson told us that inspired by our video, he came up with this Apple Crumble Cheesecake! I find it so sweet and touching.

The birthday girl with her birthday cake


I was told that the Apple Crumble Cheesecake is a hot item and sold out real fast. I can understand why. The cake is really good and I like the flaky bits; sweet and a hint of salt and goes so well with the cheese and the apple gravy and apple cubes at the bottom. A whole piece of GOODNESS that got WMW really high!!


How can we leave the place without having a cup of coffee right? All the staffs already left and so Jackson took charge in making us coffee. So off we went to the counter top armed with our cameras.


Jackson aka the barrista. He was in deep concentration while decorating our coffee with his newly acquired skill.


Tada....so beautiful isn't it?


We were then given a cup of coffee each to show off the artistic side of us, but of course, with guidance from the barista. It was fun decorating our own coffee! This is WMW's replicate of Jackson's masterpiece. Not too bad for a first timer right?
Colourful pattern by Lyrical Lemongrass
Frosty da Snowman...by the Birthday girl!

This is my creation...a heartful cup of coffee! As I need to stir it after putting a cube of sugar in, I was a bit upset to destroy my own creation. *Hearts shattered*

It was a really fun night. Great place, great food, great company and great experience (the coffee art). Big thank you to Jackson for the arrangement. Also once again, Happy Birthday to you Teckiee and I wish that for your next birthday, you will bring a man of your dream to celebrate your birthday with us ok? Errr, or will you still be free to meet us ar?

Anyway, do give Pick N Brew a try. Here's the address and location map:

Operating hours :
Monday - Friday : 8am - 8pm
Sunday : 8am - 3pm
Close on Saturday and public holidays



30 comments:

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

Everything tasted sooo gooood. And the coffee was a perfect ending to a really fun night. :-)

MeiyeN said...

wow.. sounds fun and lotsa good food too! i hope to visit pick n brew but am wondering if they open on weekends since they close so early during weekdays?

daphne said...

that's an excellent idea for cafe food. Everything looks wonderful too.. now i'm really jealous.. haha

♥ ♡ Alvin ♡ ♥ said...

Wah! the coffee looks so unique and creative! really feel want to make 1 for my own. haha

tigerfish said...

I also want that Angel Hair Marinara! Lucky I'm just a virtual culprit of letting the pasta soak in the sauce :O

Nice designs on the cappu!

Precious Pea said...

luscious sista: Yes, it was so fun, especially the decorating part. So when are you changing your career?

meiyen: Saturday close. Sunday open till 3 p.m.

daphne: No need jealous, just pay Jackson a visit when you are back.

alvin: It tastes good too. Very aromatic! And I still slept like a oink oink after drinking it at 10 p.m.

tigerfish: It's a norm that floggers eat cold food. LOL!

Jason said...

Felt good when we can explore the whole place without many eyes staring... hehehee.

wenching & esiong said...

Wow, this cafe looks so pretty, I'm sure the food taste really good. The presentation of the coffee is really nice too!

.: babelearner :. said...

wao, everything looks really nice... and the nicely decorated coffee, to beautiful to gulp it down =P

teckiee said...

hahahah of cos i have time. i always have time for you all ...food or no food. thanks for that night! *hugs*

Jackson said...

hehe..thx for the review... pls come back for more ya!

Precious Pea said...

Jason: True true...so nice to have the whole place to ourself hor?

wenching & esiong: Do try if you happen to be around the area. Nice place for coffee and great food too.

babelearner: Exactly, felt so sad while gulping my masterpiece down.

teckiee: So sweet, ok, we shall see about that ;)

jackson: Sure Sure, don't worry, i will come back, even uninvited. LOL!

Kenny said...

Hmm.. the map is hard 2 view even i enlarge it..

Nic (KHKL) said...

such a nice party! complete with hands-on cooking, haha! the food looks good too...

myCoffee said...

Such a nice place! A must visit for a coffee fan like me! What are their opening times? Not stated on their flyer. Also, the website stated there does not work....

Live2Talk said...

foods look yummy :P but the place is a bit far for me & company ... do they intend to open up a branch somewhere near town?

Precious Pea said...

kenny: I will try to get another one from Jackson.

nic (khkl): I wonder if i go next time, will i be allowed to deco my own coffee...hmmm...

mycoffee: Sorry, i just added in the operating hours which I tot was in the flyer. Their website under construction so please be patient yah?

live2talk: If not mistaken, they opening at 1Utama.

Big Boys Oven said...

looks like we will be heading there real soon!

KampungboyCitygal said...

i wana go too!! everything looks grear

~Christine~Leng said...

oh my! you guys went to pick n brew already! everything looks good! wanna go too! ^^

ling239 said...

Organic Rosebud Tea !! how does it taste like ? good ? ^_^

ai wei said...

that's cool. with over 30types of coffee and the food n environment are real pretty!

wmw said...

I'll be a regular there! Hehehe...

Precious Pea said...

bbo: Yes, do pay Jackson a visit and do try the Apple Crumble Cheesecake.

kampungboycitygirl: Not only good taste but value for money. *Thumbs up*

christy and aiwei: You both can try out this place together :)

ling239: It's clear with a hint of rosey smell. Quite pleasant and relaxing.

wmw: Sigh, don't think i can unless he change the operation hours since he close at 8 p.m. and also close on Sat!

PP's sis said...

Sis...must take me to PnBrew when we back in Mar..as u know how much i love my coffee and i'm 100% sure Nathan would love the Angel Hair Marinara (with extra mussels), he recently learned a new word "delectable" and has been saying this whenever he has his marinara pasta...

ling239 said...

just kinda curious...
has Pumpkin graduated yet ? update pls ~ ^_^

Cokeworld Citizen said...

Aiks...Jackson used my favourite milk from "Farmhouse"... good de ne...

Precious Pea said...

Sis, will bring you there for the coffee and it's not too far from my new house too. :)

ling239: Not yet...and i think it's time to update. ;) Soon ok? Soon.

cokeworld citizen: Hahaha..then you must go pay him a visit.

Rasa Malaysia said...

I am intrigued by what Jackson does...I thought he has a book shop, and now a cafe, too? Man, I can't keep up with his ventures...

Precious Pea said...

rasa malaysia: Not only that, another outlet opening soon in 1Utama. Busy man but still can find time to blog! Really salute.

 

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