Monday, July 18, 2016

Atria Shopping Gallery’s Comedy & Food Festival 2016

[Upcoming Event]
Ever since its revamp, Atria Shopping Gallery has attracted many more shoppers with the variety of food and fashion tenants. I was truly amazed by its transformation the first time I visited after it reopened. It was new, modern and trendy, very much better than how it used to be back then. Thanks to its close proximity to my workplace, it has also become one of my regular lunch time hangout spots. 
The new Atria Shopping Gallery is OSK Property’s first flagship mall, a total transformation of the old mall to cater to today’s trends and tastes. The new Atria’s interior is inspired by the natural beauty and exquisite forms found in the Malaysian tropical rainforest, which provides an ambience that is warm and welcoming and most importantly – modern! With its new tenant mix, the shopping offers shoppers total shopping and dining experience and has everything from health and fitness, kids and entertainment, fashion, beauty, IT, home and living, and a Village Grocer.
This month, Atria Shopping Gallery will be having a comedy and food fest where you can expect one and a half hours of rib-tickling jokes as some of the top Malaysian stand-up comedians keep you entertained and help you forget your blues at special sessions on Thursday, Friday and Saturday on the Ground Floor.
The food festival will be happening on the Concourse Floor from 20 to 31 July 2016 featuring some of the mall’s tenants as well as outside vendors. In conjunction with the fest, Malaysia’s most famous culinary personality Datuk Chef Wan will share his delicious recipes and demonstrate his cooking skills.

Being a glutton, there's nothing other than a variety of good food that can gain my absolute attention. Along with the girls, I visited some of the food and beverage outlets that will be participating in the upcoming fest at Atria Shopping Gallery. All the way up to the third floor of the shopping centre which houses a whole variety of restaurants, cafes and F&B outlets.

I Love Yoo!

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I believe that fellow Malaysians are familiar with this outlet which can be seen in many major shopping malls. I Love Yoo! is known for their traditional Chinese favorites including ‘You Tiao’ and ‘Tau Foo Fah’ and they only use 100% fresh and new palm oil for frying, non-genetically modified soy bean and high quality ingredients. This was our very first stop where we had our breakfast which consisted of red bean and peanut sesame balls, soya bean, you tiao and Hainanese coffee.
What a great start to our weekend! 
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Glutton alert LOL :x

Hometown Chinese Restaurant

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Next we visited Hometown Chinese Restaurant to try their Traditional Pork Noodle Soup (RM15.90++) and Mince Pork Noodles with Chicken Drumstick (RM15.00++). According to the restaurant, these 2 dishes were the bestsellers and a favourite among patrons especially during lunchtime. The portions were pretty big and the pricing quite reasonable for a restaurant in a shopping mall.
Marble tables, ceramic tea pot and rose wood furniture - we certainly enjoyed our dining session at this restaurant setting reminiscent of the olden days.

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Pho Vietz

Pho aka Beef Noodle Soup
Pho aka Beef Noodle Soup
Pho Vietz is one of the restaurants I frequent during lunch hour. As the name suggests, this Vietnamese restaurant is famous for its Pho aka beef noodle soup (RM17.90++) which consisted of vermicelli soaked in a really flavourful broth made from beef bones, oxtails, flank steak, charred onions, ginger, and spices. From my experience, the restaurant gets quite busy during lunch and dinner so make sure you go early if you intend to dine there.

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Vietnamese Baguette
Vietnamese Baguette is influenced by the French during the colonial era but is localised with traditional Vietnamese flavours
Vietnamese Beef Stew which comes with either baguette or rice
Vietnamese Beef Stew which comes with either baguette or rice and features deliciously tender chunks of beef in a thick sauce that we moped up with the baguette
We tried the Vietnamese coffee with milk which imparted a really fragrant aroma and a rich taste. Be careful not to add too much condensed milk though!

Go Thai

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We were served a rather scrumptious meal at Go Thai, a Malaysian-owned restaurant with an all-Thai kitchen team that specialises in Thai street fare. The restaurant is set-up with colourful street food scenes on the walls, intended to give you the feeling of being on a Thai street but in the air con comfort of a mall. BBQ skewers are a highlight, showcasing a strong inspiration from the northeastern Isan region. 
We took a tour to the kitchen and were amazed to see the division of labour – the staff specialise cooking only one (1) type of food – grill, soup and others like a true hawker stall should be. The kitchen was also squeaky clean and there’s also a hotel grade dishwasher which ensures that all the dining ware and cutlery are spotless.
The outlet at Atria is the second after the first one in SS2, Petaling Jaya and has a menu that doesn’t boast many items of food. This is intentionally done so that the quality of the food is emphasized instead of an outlet which features a huge variety of items but doesn’t specialise in any.

Seafood tom yum!
Thai dining experience is never complete without a good serving of tom yum! Our seafood tom yum was sufficiently spicy and full of seafood including squid, prawns and mussels
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My favourite of all! Moo Ping (charcoal grilled pork fillet) – deliciously tender and smoky pork fillets which are the perfect accompaniment to an ice-cold Thai beer!
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Khao Kha Moo (stewed pork leg with rice)
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Mango Sticky Rice for dessert
The restaurant also has a value set for three (3) pax for just RM49.90.
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My favourite was the Thai Green Curry!
Thai Green Curry was fragrant, flavourful and rich!


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Last but not least, we headed over to Eggu for more desserts! Eggu serves soft serve ice cream, and crispy eggettes come in flavours such as original, choco chips, butterscotch, green tea, charcoal and banana. The signature creation is the “Eclipse”, a combo eggettes and premium soft serve ice-cream. The soft serve ice cream is creamy and not too sweet, while the eggettes add a nice variance in texture when eaten together with the ice cream.

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Eclipse (RM15.90) Twist (RM8.50) which is a combination of premium dark chocolate and milk chocolate
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Besides the outlets above, there will also be Yummy Asia, Mad Hatter Desserts, and Stick Arts – Italian Artisan Gelato.
Stick Arts is the official license holder of the World's First 3D flower bouquet Hello Kitty.
Stick Arts is the official license holder of the World’s First 3D flower bouquet Hello Kitty.
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Here’s the list of show times:
Thursday, 21 July | 8pm | Jonathan Atherton
Friday, 22 July | 8pm | Dato Chef Wan
Saturday, 23 July | 3pm | Kavin Jay
Thursday, 28 July | 8pm | Gajen
Friday, 29 July | 8pm |Jonathan Atherton
Saturday, 30 July | 3pm | Kavin Jay
Every Thursday, Friday & Saturday | Mashi & Friend (Opening Act)

The stand up comedians are known in the local comedy scene and will have their first ever show at Atria.
Papi Zak
Papi Zak is definitely the “biggest” stand up comedian in Malaysia. Born in Egypt and raised in other different countries, he is the true definition of a third culture child. He is a gut-grabbing performer who has no qualms about opening his mouth and letting all manner of things fly out. It’s all these things that make Papi Zak one of the hottest comedians around.

Kavin Jay
Kavin, one of Malaysia’s most underrated comics, is a rapid-fire grumpy joke telling machine. He may be grouchy but does it with such panache, you can’t help but laugh. He is an integral part of the comedy revolution in Malaysia and a regular host and performer for TimeOut KL Comedy Thursday.

Jonathan Atherton
Jonathan, an actor, comedian, traveller and raconteur, is no newcomer to the entertainment industry. As a teenager he pursued an acting carer. He made his debut in The Mango Tree, then went on to play television and theatre roles.

Gajen Nad
Gajen, also known as “Malaysia’s First Chindian Comedian” is no stranger to the limelight, appearing in Monash University student magazine Monga, getting interviewed by Capital FM, and even having NTV 7 film a documentary about his career as a stand-up comedian.

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How can you get tickets to the show?
Shoppers who spend RM100 and above in not more than two (2) accumulated receipts are entitled to redeem two (2) free tickets to the comedy show. Redemptions can be made at the Concierge Counter located at the Concourse Floor, while tickets last. Comedy ticket holders will also stand a chance to win Atria Gift Vouchers worth up to RM5,000.

For more info on Atria Shopping Gallery’s Comedy and Food Fest 2016, head over to

Atria Shopping Gallery is located at:
Jalan SS 22/23, Damansara Jaya, 47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia
Photo credits: Andy Kho Photography for Atria Shopping Gallery

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