Mastermind cafe @ Happy Mansion Section 17, PJ

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If you happen to drive by Happy Mansion in section 17, you will notice a ‘Cafe Phenomenon’…
Cafe’s are mushrooming here, left right and centre… the latest addition being, MM Cafe (Mastermind Cafe).
Although it doesn’t look like much from the outside, the interior of MM cafe is comfortably air-conditioned and furnished Starbucks style with tables and chairs as well as comfy sofas.
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The staff are young, friendly and helpful. Actually amazingly attentive compared to some other places where the part-time staff don’t bother to look up or give you a friendly smile.
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As we have had so many bad experiences with Cafe food, we didn’t expect much, especially at a crazy SET MENU price of only RM13.90. We thought, another place that goes for the price advantage vs. quality.
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Anyway, since our friend Lisa was with us, and she is like the Caesar salad guru, we had to try the Caesar.
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At RM8.90 it was good. Not fantastic but actually pretty decent. The amount of stuff they put in the salad was amazing.

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This is the Fish and Chips. Fantastically crispy, breadcrumbed batter with soft, flaky, sweet dory fish on the inside. Gorgeous. At 13.90 for the set (including ice lemon tea), we were really impressed with this dish. How many times have we had horrible, stale fish and chips at below par cafes… too many! This was a refreshing surprise. The serving of chips on the side was huge. Fat, plump chips (UK style) as opposed to McDonald styled thin ones. Crunchy on the outside but soft on the inside. Not bad at all.

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The Spaghetti Arabiata was part of the set as well. The sauce was faultless. The chicken breast chunks were huge and tasted like fresh chicken (no supermarket taste/smell).
The sauce had been simmered long enough to have all that gorgeous meaty taste fused into a tomato base – unlike that straight from the can sauce with that sour, metallic taste.
The pasta resisted the tooth… (but not the stomach! haha)
Impressive.
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Lisa’s Chicken Pie. Lisa was the only one who ordered from the menu (not the set). The pie at RM9.90 was really value for money.

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Cutting the pie open, one could see loads of chicken, potato, carrots and other stuffings, which made this an above average pie (for the price).

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Check out that chicken chunk! Well… Lisa liked the pie, but for me, the best sort of pie is still the steak and kidney pie. Too bad they didn’t have it that day.

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Here is the Suji Almond cake. At RM2.90, nothing to shout about. Not rich enough for those who like their Suji glistening and heavy with fat… ;P

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The tiramisu. Very so-so… not enough alcohol .. but at RM8.90, it was passable.
Verdict:
Stop by at MM Cafe for a quick and easy lunch. The parking is free and there is no shortage of space. We hope that MM Cafe will not be just a flash in the pan , the place being new and all, but we hope that the quality of the food stays this good.
Ideal place for Sunday brunch especially with kids.
Add:
AG-1, Ground Floor Block A,
Happy Mansion,
Jalan 17/13 PJ,
Tel/Fax: 03-7958 8728
Food:7/10
Service:8/10
MSG levels: nil
Salt levels: moderate

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