Pizza Vs Satay, as suggested by its name, offers Malay-Western fusion food not typical to other dishes available elsewhere. We caught up with its owner, Safina Arshad,47, who had run the restaurant together with her husband for almost 16 years, gathering loyal customers along the way. First thing’s first: Pizza Vs Satay’s interior decor just exudes homely comfort. Newspaper clippings of featured articles and review on the eatery proudly adorn the walls, and soft,smooth jazz plays in the background as you pick your table.You could immediately tell that the owner lovingly invested time and effort in putting her personal touch to beautify the restaurant.
Stepping into the vicinity of the joint, one word came into mind: cozy. Chic, stylish, warm, comfortable, strategic location (a few steps away from a housing area), and contemporary without being overly prestigious nor imposing; one could turn up in shorts and flip-flops without having to endure piercing stares by other patrons, or come in dressed to the nines for an intimate dinner for two with the missus.
Florentina Pizza (RM19.00) is Safina’s personal favourite and also a house signature. The pizza epitomizes everything a quality dish should be; attractive to look at, tastes incredible and won’t loosen the purse strings. Trust us, it is nothing like the pizzas you had in mainstream joints: thin-crust base with tangy marinara sauce, green capsicum, beef salami and generous layer of stringy mozzarella cheese, what makes the Florentina unique is the freshly cracked egg in the middle of the pie. Definitely a must-try!
Next, Safina presented us with another signature dish which is the Creamy Cheesy Fish (RM19.00).Â Fresh-from-the-sea dory filets broiled to perfection in a pool of Pizza Vs Satay’s famous special white cream sauce and finished off with melty cheese, Safina says the meal is a hit with the ladies as the portion is big enough for sharing. The white sauce and cheese wasn’t as heavy as we expected, in fact it was surprisingly light and the tinges of lemon flavour gave a burst of added zing to it.
Staying true to its East-meets-West concept, the restaurant also offers local delicacies in its extensive menu. The Satay Set (RM9.90)Â has a choice of ten sticks of chicken and beef satays, served with chunky peanut sauce and nasi impit (mushy rice cakes). “We only use top-grade beef and chicken for our satays,” Safina explains.”For our chicken satay, we use thigh meat and tenderloin for the beef,” she adds.
We were also quite keen on the Nasi Goreng Kerabu with Ayam Percik (RM11.90).Â To further tantalize your tastebuds, the fried rice is presented with generous sides of crunchy keropok (fish crackers) and charbroiled chicken which was marinated in coconut milk and spice paste. And if that wasn’t enough, the whole dish is tied together with sweet and sour acarÂ (mixed local veggies), topped with crunchy beansprouts. The marriage of flavours are just perfection and every mouthful was sheer delight. And what could be better than to wash it all down with a tall,cool glass of Pizza Vs Satay’s famous Minty Lime Chiller (RM7.90)? Piquant lime juice with a fresh minty bite, the beverage is best served ice-cold, but is equally as good at room temperature. Another stamp in the restaurant’s long list of drinks menu, be ready to pucker up with a refreshingly biting Sour Plum (RM5.90)Â and Assam Boi (RM6.90).
If your appetite knows no satiety, there’s always room for desserts. The Cream Caramel (RM4.90) is a delightful concoction of decadent custard (though the texture leaning more towards a silky panna cotta) in a bed of syrupy caramel. One taste and it was instant love. In fact, we found it hard to have a fair share as it was THAT good. Next up is Sago Gula Melaka (RM3.90) , which is a firm favourite of the restaurant’s loyal followers. Every gelatinous sphere of sago is coated in coconut milk and burnt sugar treacle, giving that familiar nostalgic sweet treat from days of yore. Other than the dishes featured, Pizza Vs Satay also has a selection of oldie-but-goodie offerings. Walk down Memory Lane with an Ipoh Cream Soda, an ice-cream soda topped with a dollop of vanilla ice-cream and a dash of rose syrup and a personal childhood favourite of every Ipoh-bred kid. Or a refined version of Malaysian sloppy joe; Roti John served with lamb,appropriately named John Meets Mary, as well as house favourites Seafood Spaghetti Aglio e Olio (RM19.90) and Grilled Salmon With Hollandaise Sauce (RM24.00).
Overall, Pizza Vs Satay offers a delightful blend of outstanding food,coupled with attention to details and comforts of home. When you taste Safina’s food you’ll be immediately transported back to the good food Mum used to make, and what could be more comforting than that?MYNEWSHUB/Text: SARA KHALID
Overall Rating: Ambience: 4/5 Decor: 4/5 Food: 4/5 Service: 4/5 Pricing: 4/5
Pizza vs Satay
2 Jalan USJ 11/3j 47600 Subang Jaya Selangor
Operation Hours: Monday – Saturday 11.00 am – 11.00 pm Friday 3.00 om – 11.00pm, Sunday 11.00 am – 10.30 pm
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