As someone who enjoys trying out new restaurants and finding hidden gems in the city, I stumbled upon Lou Lou James The Kitchen located in Plaza Arkadia, Desa Park City, and I must say it was a pleasant experience.
The restaurant has a warm and inviting ambiance, with beautiful outdoor dining that gives off an al fresco feel.
I was intrigued by the story behind the restaurant, which was opened by Esther Ng and her late husband, James Gan, a Malaysia former national badminton player. Esther aims to keep her late husband’s memory alive through their shared passion for food and culinary arts. See the logo for Lou Lou James The Kitchen here? Something interesting is embedded there. There’s the initial E and J. I suppose this stands for Esther and James. Pretty romantic, right?
The concept of the restaurant revolves around al fresco dining, and it offers a variety of delicious dishes and refreshing drinks. The sun was high and the heat was unbearably hot though during my visit, and I was practically melting, so I decided to dine indoors where the air cond is refreshingly at full blast.
I got to indulge in some of the dishes on the menu, and I must say, I was impressed.
First, there was the Caesar Salad, which had the right balance of greens, croutons, dressing and Parmesan cheese, with an added twist of roasted chicken as a protein source. It was a delicious starter that whetted my appetite for more.
Next, I had James’ Big Brunch, which is the restaurant’s signature dish for brunch. As the name suggested, this is also a tribute menu for the late James Gan. It was a sizable portion of fluffy scrambled eggs, turkey ham slices, sausages, sautéed mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, and toasted bread. The dish was perfectly cooked, and it had a burst of flavors with every bite. If you’re looking for a hearty brunch with family or friends, this dish is a must-try. Warning: the portion is huge. Small eaters might find the portion a bit overwhelming, so this is perfect for sharing.
Seafood Tomyam Pasta was a combination of two of my favorite cuisines – Thai and Italian, which made this a unique and tasty dish. The pasta had a generous amount of seafood such as big fat prawns and mussels, infused with a spicy and tangy Tomyam flavor. It was a perfect balance of both cuisines that left my taste buds wanting more.
The Crispy Buttermilk Chicken Burger was another item that left a lasting impression. The chicken was crispy on the outside, juicy on the inside, sandwiched between two brioche buns, served with rich and creamy buttermilk sauce alongside with a generous serving of homemade fries on the side . It was a well-rounded burger that perfectly complemented the flavors.
I washed down all this deliciousness with a Mixed Berries Smoothies while my husband had the Iced Machhiato. The Mixed Berries Smoothie was refreshingly cool and came with a mix of blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries. I’m not a coffee person, so I just had a sip of my husband’s Iced Machhiato. I must say I’m quite impressed. The Iced Macchiato had the perfect balance of coffee, milk, and sweetness with a hint of hazelnut flavor.
Lou Lou James The Kitchen is a beautiful restaurant that not only offers delicious food and drinks, but also tells a story of two people’s love for each other and their passion for all things culinary. What’s also great about Lou Lou James The Kitchen is that it’s a pet-friendly restaurant, so you don’t have to leave your furry friends at home while you’re enjoying your day out. It’s a perfect spot for brunch with family and pets, or even a romantic dinner under the stars.
Whether you’re in the mood for brunch, lunch, or dinner, you’ll find something on the menu that will satisfy your cravings.
For more information on Lou Lou James Kitchen, check out the information below:
Lou Lou James The Kitchen
F-G-5, Plaza Arkadia, 3, Jalan Intisari,
Desa Parkcity, 52200 Kuala Lumpur.
Contact: 016-326 8209
Note: The restaurant is not halal certified, but it is Muslim friendly where it doesn’t serve pork or lard.