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 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.
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Finally visited Grub by Ahong & friends with @sycookies. Great food at great value. We had beetroot salad, Wagyu did ribeye, local seafood boulonnais, and cake + tarts. Thanks for the wine! This place gets really busy on weekends, I'd recommend weekday visits instead. #kyeats #porkfree #seksyen17 #steak #dinner @grub_sec17
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.
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.
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.
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