Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Food Republic @ 1 Utama Shopping Centre [Part 1]

Frankly speaking, I have not visited the food court at One Utama despite of my numerous visits to the shopping mall. Hearing that the Food Republic is opened since last July with diversified choices, I am tempted to have a try there.


It indeed overturns old perceptions of food court dining to fresh outlooks at new heights with new hopes and ideals. With an array of hawker food and express outlets (15 tenants altogether), I'm impressed with the good services from each stall.

#1 Salmon Pepper Rice with Cheese @ RM12.90 
(Add RM2.00 for cheese)

My all-time favourite at Food Republic is this hot sizzling plate from Pepper Lunch Express. Despite of the wide selection of chicken and beef, the best-selling hot plate is no other than this Salmon rice.

The iron plate consists of generous amounts of fresh Norwegian salmon, rice, corns and some hidden delicious cheese. All I need to do is to mix them evenly to cook well and serve it while hot! How simple it is for a filling meal. 

Originated from Tokyo, Japan, Pepper Lunch is famous for its pepper and the signature salty honey sauce. Both act as a flavourful condiment to spice up the dish! Enjoy it yourself, and you'd fall in love with it.

 #2 BBQ Chicken Drumstick Rice @ RM 7.90

Call me a typical Chinese, I have strong liking towards the chicken rice from Hong Kong Roast. With the crispy roasted skin, the meat is savory and I can hardly see fatty meats there. The secret of the dish is the thick honey hoisin sauce (family recipe of course!) which we normally use to roast in a Chinese style to make the skin into sticky sweet perfection.

 #3 Shish Tawook @ RM 15.00 (Chicken Skewers)

The next one in my Top 3 list includes this healthy platter from Tarbush Express, a Middle Eastern cuisine. Cubes of juicy boneless chicken breast are skewered and grilled to perfection along with pickled onions, fresh crunchy salad and fries.

It's suitable for a bread person like me as it comes with some flat bread, allowing me to have a pita wrap of the lettuce, tomatoes and pickled turnips. This sandwich version is indeed low-fat and healthy!

If you don't love having sandwich, then enjoy the dish on a platter with French fries.

Best served with Tarbush special garlic sauce, this Kebab platter is very unique and one of its kind. I'm quite satisfied with the exotically spiced chicken, although some say healthy seldom tastes that good.

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If the above is not up to your preference,  
then stay tuned for other cuisines served in the Food Republic!

A full list of tenants there include:
  • Farmhouse Chicken Rice
  • Serimuka (East Coast Malay food)
  • Little Wok ("Tai Chow" in little wok style)
  • Rama 9 (Thai food)
  • Pepper Lunch Express VISITED
  • Hong Kong Roast VISITED
  • Shokuji (Japanese bento set)
  • Tarbush Express VISITED
  • Hot Plate (Fusion and local food on sizzling hot plate)
  • Western Cuisine Express
  • Teppanyaki Express
Verdict:
1. Personally, among all, I'd still go for Pepper Lunch and Tarbush.
2. The place is very inviting, with affordable price range. It pleases me well, considering the quality of the food. 
3. The non-smoking eatery is a bonus for me.

Food Republic 
S346-S347, Second Floor, 
One Utama Shopping Centre,
1, Lebuh Bandar Utama, 
Bandar Utama City Centre, 
47800 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

53 comments:

  1. Like their thai food.. delicious!

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  2. aiyo! very delicious wor!!! hahahahaha.....
    hahahaa.. u saw my blog's model photos izzit?
    hahahaha...

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    1. hi Edmund, yummy, have you tried? :) regarding the model photos, they're superb :P

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  3. Wouldn't mind the bbq drumstick rice though. Halal, this place? Normally we would have pork, right?

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    1. Hi Arthur, it's Halal, so most of the dishes are served with chicken there :) the price is considered fair in a shopping mall

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    1. hi Girl, yes of course, have you tried?

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  5. Will keep this restaurant in mind when I go to One Utama.

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    1. hi Sheoh Yan, I'm pleased to hear that you have another choice of dining at 1U

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  6. I go there like each time I'm in 1U. Ethan loves the chicken rice there :)

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    1. hi Merryn, I bet the wide array of food doesn't get you bored easily

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  7. one time only go 1U, and don't know where the republic is this.. :D

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    1. hi Aki, it's at the New Wing, you can hunt for it nextime :)

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  8. Passed by this when I went 1U last few weeks but din't give it a try, cause too many people =_=

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    1. hi Hayley, I believe there's a huge crowd because of the good food there, you should try it soon :)

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  9. The salmon rice does look good. Tarbush has always been a personal favourite too.

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    1. Hi there, totally agree with you there, how bout your fave?

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  10. salmon rice with corn n cheese is something different for me :-)

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    1. hi Cheqns, it's a total twist but really tasty for my liking!

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  11. Have tried the Rama 9 Thai pineapple fried rice...nothing much to shout about.

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    1. hi Yee Ling, I know Rama9 has other signature dishes that you should go for :)

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  12. the variety looks interesting! i'd like to check out serimuka and little wok too :D

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    1. hi Sean, Serimuka is interesting, and I'll keep you updated with more varieties soon!

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  13. Oh, I went to the other food court that day >.<

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    1. hi Choi Yen, I think another food court at 1U is the one with Jusco? This one is at New Wing by the way :)

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  15. Shall try the Salmon Pepper Rice with Cheese the next time I go 1U. Looks very delicious!!

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    1. hi Kitty, actually Pepper Lunch is available at many places too, you can try googling it

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  16. I had that salmon rice too. not bad.. ^_^ But I like the Jap stall.

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    1. hi Isabel, there are 2 more Jap stalls @ Food Republic, have you tried the both of them?

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  17. Fish, u're covering a lot of places for food incl food courts :) Don't eat too much & watch your weight!

    I enjoy eating at Pepper Lunch too. Prices are so much cheaper in food courts. The kebab looks good :)

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    1. hi Shirley, thanks for the gentle reminder and I'll keep that in mind. Pepper Lunch is a decent choice among all.

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  18. LOL,I always go 1U but never try eating there before. I will not feel hungry when I'm shopping,lol

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    1. hi Steph, it's not recommended to starve yourself, perhaps you can try something light there :)

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  19. That BBQ chicken drumstick looks really good!

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    1. hi there, yes you're right, ever tried cooking some?

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  20. Looks nice, tastes okay but quite pricey. Though, the place is very bright and cosy.

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    1. hi Mich, foodstuff at 1U is priced around that range too :)

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  21. this food court is similar to the pavilion one right?

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    1. Hello there, its first outlet is at Pavilion, and now they expand it to 1U as well

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    1. Hi Sweetheart, thanks for your compliment!

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  23. I never liked Food Republic, even back in SG except for one outlet. Most of the items are always highly priced and they don't taste all that nice. Once again, except for that one outlet. If you are ever eating the economical rice, be careful because they like putting seafood in everything to charge higher for the dishes!

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    1. hi Darran, thanks for the reminder but I've yet to try the economical rice. I hope Food Republic at Malaysia serves better food :)

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  24. I've tried the salmon chicken rice in singapore!! it's seriously very deliciouss! miss it!

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    1. hi Camy, salmon and chicken? that's a special combination, tell me more :D

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  25. You said there are 15 tenants, but you've only listed 11. Can you give me the name for the other 4? :)

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    1. Hi Fiona, two of them are two different beverage stalls, and the remaining two have shifted :)

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