Thursday, March 15, 2012

Food Republic @ 1 Utama Shopping Centre [Part 2]

For the past 20 years, food court has always given me a bad impression for its unhygienic, filthy state. Until I step into the Food Republic at 1 Utama Shopping Centre, its uptrend look gives me a total change to my perception.

It is located at the rainforest, so there is a bridge connecting the food court, now can you imagine how big it is? The 13000 sqft food atrium can seat 550 at maximum capacity! If you are not aware of, my first try for the foodstuff is posted HERE, and now it's my second time visiting. 

#1 Carrot Juice and Apple Juice @ RM3.30 each

Here I am to sample some international cuisine available at the food court. A glass of fresh juice is perfect as a thirst quencher before trying out the main courses, and I'm amazed that fresh juice is priced so reasonably there.

 #2 Teriyaki Salmon Bento Set @ RM16.90

Let's start off with Japanese food. This bento set is served by Shokuji, along with Chawan Mushi and Miso Soup. What a great deal it is, considering the taste that is similar to the major Japanese food franchises around Malaysia. A huge piece of salmon fillet will satiate your gastronomical needs, without burning a hole in your pocket.

The fillet is thick and succulent, and I can say it's fresher than those served in some local Japanese food chains. To add a twist into the mild, original taste of salmon steak, I'd prefer the special Teriyaki Sauce. A hint of sweetness definitely make me salivate.


#3 Chicken Chop Set @ RM13.80

Another type of famous Japanese food includes the Chicken Teppanyaki set from Teppanyaki Express. This sumptuous set comes with Chicken Teppanyaki as the main dish, along with vegetables, bean sprouts, Miso soup and rice. 

Seeing the skilful chef cooking in front of the customers, the aromatic, fresh ingredients attract me to sample some.

The chicken is seasoned with pepper, chilli and special sauce before being stirred and sizzled. 


Then the chicken is cut into bite-sized pieces upon serving. The chicken is fluffy and full of flavours as the Japanese soy sauce mixed with sugar and garlic is immersed into each chicken cutlet.

 #4 Young Mango Salad

Next, here comes the Thai food, from Rama 9. Priced reasonably under a set promotion, it's time to tantalize your taste buds with some refreshing salads. Mild and tangy, it is appetizing just like my favourite Papaya Salad.

#5 Pad Thai @ RM11.90 with the salad / @ RM9.30 without salad

The Thai-styled char kuey teow is less oily as compared to the Chinese version. I also realised that the noodle used is much thinner than the usual ones, combining the fiery chillies with sour lime, a hint of sweetness and a touch of salt with egg adding texture. Hot and spicy, it is more aromatic and goes along well with the lime juice.

 #6 Spaghetti Skillet Salmon @ RM18.90

Here comes the common favourite of all, Western food from the Western Cuisine Express. The business is really flourishing especially during weekends, and its best-selling is a slice of salmon fillet served with a moderate portion of spaghetti. Most importantly, the spaghetti cooked al dente with a  coating of tomato cream sauce with hints of Italian herbs--- It is neither too thick nor creamy, just nice for a hearty meal!

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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 VISITED
  • Pepper Lunch Express [Part 1]
  • Hong Kong Roast [Part 1]
  • Shokuji VISITED
  • Tarbush Express [Part 1]
  • Hot Plate (Fusion and local food on sizzling hot plate)
  • Western Cuisine Express VISITED
  • Teppanyaki Express VISITED

Verdict:
1. In my personal opinion, I enjoy dining at a clean and organized place where I can see how my food is prepared.
2. All international cuisine comes in a fairly huge portion, which suits those who work within the vicinity of 1 Utama. 
3. The taste is acceptable and I'd go for it because of the value for money.

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

64 comments:

  1. When are you going back again to try the remaining stalls? =)

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    1. Hello there, I've tried them all actually :)

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  2. Amazing how you managed to down food from 4 different stalls in 1 visit!

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    1. hi Darran, actually there's more but let's be patient for the upcoming ones :)

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  3. the skillet salmon speghetti using wat souce?.. never seen that kinda sauce before..

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    1. Hi Anne, it uses tomato cream with herbs, a special one so you should try it

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  4. Such lovely photos! The food looks very appetizing. Yum.

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    1. hi Tia, that's so kind of you for the compliments :)

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  5. Somehow I never get to liking food court food.

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  6. oh the new foodcourt at 1U, have been passing by many times but then never have the chance to go in.. it looks nice from the outside, the food looks good in your photo too..

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    1. hi SK, it's good in terms of food, cleanliness and presentation, worth a try :)

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  7. wow, 550 people for capacity is really a lot! :D

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    1. hi Sean, yes it's really spacious yet packed during weekends

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    1. hi Mireia, which is nice- the food or photos?

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  9. The food court looks very nice. The Japanese and Thai food are calling me. :-)

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  10. fishie~~ im hungry now~! all thanks to you! TT
    anyway i wanna eat all those salmon! >.< and that pad thai/char koay teow looks tempting!

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  11. A good place. :-) And the food looks yummy.

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  12. Olla,

    Happy Friday and Happy Weekend. Whoaho!!
    Oh!, thanks for commenting on RestNrilekS.

    Anyway, i think i ve only been to One Utama like less than 5 times in my life. Haha. Probably, because it is too far from where i am staying.

    Food looks awesome. Fresh Juice is cheap too.

    Looking at the chicken makes me wanna try to cook like that later this evening.

    Wow, you can really eat. Hehee. I would probably stop after done with the Teriyaki Salmon Bento.

    Have a great day! :D

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    1. hi Noorizal, thanks for your comment, well you can always go for this if you happen to pass by One Utama :)

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  13. All the good food under 1 roof. So easy and convenient! ;-)

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  14. That's great! Now I know what to eat when I go 1 Utama. It looks not bad at all. I noticed you are a salmon lover like me too huh? :)

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    1. hi Carolyn, you're good at observing, yes I'm totally in love with all sorts of salmon there

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  15. I hate Japanese food but those pict really looks yummeh! Haha! Jemput singgah my latest entry: Lelong! Lelong!

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    1. hi Farah, there are more choices at the food court, check 'em out :)

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  16. Wow, all the food are very presentable! And the place is neat and clean too!

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    1. hi Hayley, does it mean it's the best food court you've ever seen? :)

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  17. The Teppanyaki is quite special with some chili cooked with the meat>

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    1. hi Choi Yen, it's more towards Asian style already, with the thick amount of seasoning.

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  18. I would like to order the freshly squeezed juices and the young mango salad. They look like a great lunch.

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    1. hi there, seems like your appetite is indeed small but that's a good one

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  19. Food court serves such a good food. Worth trying it.

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    1. Hi Sheoh Yan, that's kinda unexpected but it's true.

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  20. y u no bring me along?? ha ha ha.. :).. okay2, I Love the food.. I mean I always love food.. The Food Garden at Garden Midvalley City was kinda clean and good for me too!!

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    1. hi Aki, oh really? i should get a try too :)

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  21. Haha I had the same feeling about food courts, low quality food and not cheap enough :)

    Latest: Pick-Me-Up Desserts & Snacks @ Kuchai Lama

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    1. hi Charmaine, such perception may not be applicable here, do have a whole new experience and you'd love it :)

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  22. SO many delicious foodtastic photos - I am simply dying to go now though an ocean separates us ;)

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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    1. hi Uru, I bet your place has such delectable selections as well :)

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  23. it look so good :) but i didnt go 1u food court before :)

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    1. hi Caro, perhaps you can try it someday!

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  24. That close up shots are making me to grab food from the screen....so drool worthy

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    1. hi Loveforfood, I hope the food can walk out from your screen :P

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  25. i tried the japanese food b4 .. but kinda too much of msg...

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    1. Hello there, I think you should remind them to reduce the seasonings for a healthier dish then :)

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  26. Let us see how long do their tasty food could last.

    mt

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    1. hi Meitzeu, well it is getting more and more popular nowadays

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  27. Teriyaki Salmon Bento set looks good. MUST try on my next visit :)

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    1. hi Merryn, yes of course :P and Ethan would love those too

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    1. hi Joshua, thanks I hope it keeps making my readers to salivate

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  29. fuyoh! ur blog full of food review weyy! awesome! =P

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    1. hi Xue Ren, hahas I still have plenty of non-review posts to put up, stay tuned!

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  30. I love phad thai ( thai fried kway teow)...In Singapore it's very easy to find halal international food, even in food courts-which are clean and graded by the authorities.

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    1. hi Jama, Food Republic in Singapore are more diversified I believe, while Malaysia's is still improving on various aspects.

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  31. I love that the portions are larger, that is always a winner in my book:-) The food looks fantastic! I want one of each of those juices, I love fresh juice like that:-) Hugs, Terra

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    1. hi Terra, i believe there's better enjoyment with more foodstuff :)

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