Good food and great tastes at Grub

The owner of Grub by Ahong & Friends in Seksyen 17, Petaling Jaya was once one of the finalists in The Star R.AGE food fight competition in 2015.

At the time, he was operating a small restaurant at University Hospital but sometime around Q3 of last year, Ahong moved on from that joint and opened Grub.

Grub by Ahong & Friends in Seksyen 17, Petaling Jaya.

Grub is located along a small row of shops right behind Happy Mansion (possibly the birthplace of hipster food in PJ).

Finding a parking bay can sometimes be a bit challenging for those who can’t walk more than a couple of dozen steps, but alas, the walk back to the car after a good meal can be a form of healthy exercise.

Grub serves a selection of Western dishes at very reasonable prices. The restaurant itself is minimalist but comfortable, with a few tables and an open kitchen on the ground floor, and more seating upstairs. Yes, there’s air conditioning.

Beet root salad and wine.

To keep prices low, Ahong came up with the system of making customers place their own orders using the pencils and paper provided.

Drinks are on a self-service basis too, which means customers pick these up from the counter where all the cutlery, plates, and glasses are stored.

Corkage is RM7 per pax but if you spare a glass for the good chef then charges are waived. Grub also carries a small selection of wines.

The beet root salad (RM13.50) that came with roasted beets, fresh fruit, feta cheese, rocket, honey, and nuts was a simple, refreshing and memorable first course.

Local seafood bouillabaisse, Wagyu steak.

The steak here is fantastic as is the Wagyu rump and wagyu ribeye priced at RM145. Again another spot-on execution with no fuss and great ingredients.

The local seafood bouillabaisse (RM25) was prepared with grilled white fish, clams, squid and prawns in a lightly-spiced seafood soup with pasta and sourdough bun.

A comforting dish if you’re looking for something lighter. Also the sourdough bun was very good.

Carrot cake, chocolate tart, fruits on ice.

Dinner was rounded-up with a slice of carrot cake (RM10) and a chocolate tart (RM12). Grub’s signature fresh fruits in tear-drop ice was on the house.

Overall it was a great no-fuss dining experience, and one so memorable that a second visit is a certainty.

Grub by Ahong & Friends

608, Jalan 17/10, Seksyen 17

Petaling Jaya, 46400 Selangor

GPS: 3.122187, 101.635438

Tel: 016-923 2983

This article first appeared in kyspeaks.com