farewell, haute food co.

24 Oct 2012 § 3 Comments

When I heard from a good friend (mark of a good friend: she immediately texts you when she hears news of your favorite café closing down!) that The Haute Food Co. will be closing its doors for the last time this Sunday, my first reaction was a mental, “Noooooo!!”. SMSes and WhatsApp messages started flying to and fro furiously with friends reacting in the same manner – incredulity, resignation followed by a determined, “I must visit the cafe one last time before they close!!”

Long-time fans of Haute Food would know exactly how I feel.

It’s a loss of a friendly neighborhood café that constantly and consistently serves up hearty sandwiches and seriously the best cakes and desserts I’ve had in a very long while. More than that, it’s a place where I’ve had lots of good foodie memories with friends and loved ones! I’ve been visiting Haute Food for more than two years now, and it has become a standard fixture in my life whenever I need a dessert fix. The familiar sight of its distinctive bright blue façade and the cheery hello from the owner, Li, is always a welcome sight whenever one craves for a good meal followed by a mean sugar high.

This place has seen me thru countless brunches and teas with my girlfriends, it was the ‘café with the awesome food and desserts‘ that I proudly raved about to the boyfriend when I first met him and subsequently brought him there, the place where we had countless brunches on lazy Sunday afternoons while he sat shaking his head in resignation as he watched me eat my way through different variations of bread and butter puddings, sticky date puddings, cakes and tarts and pies and the mysteriously-named ‘hedgehog’ (I’ve never found out why!), and also my go-to café for my daughter’s birthday cakes. It’s a place where I know I can always count on for chocolate banana bread and butter puddings, chicken+mayo+basil sandwiches and a banana pie that is so amazingly awesome that 14 adults ceased talking when they took their first bite.

And so, I decided to make one of my crazy lunch time trips (and trust me, there were many over the past 2 years) from Shah Alam to Plaza Damas just to enjoy the food one last time in case I can’t make it over the weekend before it closes. I guess I wasn’t the only one with the same idea as I found the place packed to the brim when I arrived, with people waiting for tables in the midday heat, and half the cakes gone…what a befitting testament to the popularity of this home-grown café!

If you’re a fan of Haute Food, or you’ve never been there (oh the sacrilege!) and want to find out what you’ve been missing all this while, there are still two more days so head on down this weekend before it’s too late…and mark my words, you’ll regret it if you miss out on trying Li’s cakes.

As a farewell tribute to the café, here’s a series of photos I’ve taken over the years of the scrumptious food that we’ve had there…or as their website puts it: “Just honest good food”. I could not agree more.

Bread and butter pudding

Chicken, ham and cheese omelette for brekkie

Sticky sticky sticky date pudding…mmm…

One of the few occasions when we arrived early enough for breakfast

Pineapple and passionfruit crumble

My standard order

More bread and butter pudding

This trial dessert – french toast – made one appearance and for some unfathomable reason, never made it to the menu! It was fab!

Eggs sunny side up, sautéed mushrooms and toast

Club sandwich

Strawberry shortcake for my daughter’s 2nd birthday

Ridiculously awesome chocolate and strawberry tart

Beef stew

Chocolate and strawberry cake for my daughter’s 3rd birthday

THE banana cream pie to beat all banana cream pies

One of the very few shots I have of the interior

What happens after two years of good dining at Haute Food

Here’s wishing you a good break, Li, and I think I speak for everyone when I say: Please keep us updated when you decide to start baking again and thanks for all the good food, extra kgs and memories…=)

The Haute Food Co.

H-0-2 Block H
Plaza Damas
60 Jalan Sri Hartamas 1
03-6201 3168
Sat and Sun: 9am to 5pm


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§ 3 Responses to farewell, haute food co.

  • tsulin says:

    Extra kgs?? Ok come on, SHOW ME where are your extra kgs, SY!!

  • Tray Cafe says:

    Hello! We came across your blog entry and thought to share with you that Tray cafe has opened in Haute’s place this November. Like Haute, we believe in honest, homecooked food that is plenty of hearty & rustic. You will also recognise some familiar faces as we retain Haute’s current staff, as well as the style of menu – expect big bowls of soups to warm the soul, wholesome sandwiches to sink your gnashers into, satisfying salads, pasta, pies, hot from the oven daily specials and of course, baked goods & cakes that just make life better.

    When Li decided to move on from Haute, a mutual friend asked us if we were keen to take over as we share the same passion for good food. We hope you’ll come and give us a try once day soon. Cheers! 🙂

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