Review: Strangers At 47 at Section 17, Petaling Jaya

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July 15, 2014
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Here’s one cafe that won’t be a stranger to success, storming into PJ’s Section 17 this week with a striking selection of fanciful & flamboyant crepes, some memorably savoury & others magically sweet. This is one of 2014’s most enjoyable new eateries.

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‘Shore To Please’

Strangers At 47 operates in the vein of home-grown independent eateries like MyBurgerLab, Awesome Canteen & Ecole P, which realise that in order to stand out & shine, it’s worth working harder to give the people something special, like this whimsically named ‘Shore To Please’ (RM21.50), comprising Cajun-inspired tiger prawns, battered squid, salted egg yolk, spinach, caramelised onions & roasted cherry tomatoes.

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‘A Hen’s Crush’

It takes creative effort & consummate experimentation, plus a perceptive palate, to concoct ‘A Hen’s Crush’ (RM17), featuring a chilli-flaked crepe bountifully stuffed with meaty pan-seared chicken, golden hash brown, capsicum & cucumber-&-onion salad, buoyantly complemented by a kitchen-made, mildly spicy-tangy sauce.

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‘Lethal Shrooms’

Strangers At 47’s recipes are elegantly nuanced & textured; each ingredient feels like it belongs on the plate & contributes to the sum. The flavours are precise & pronounced, but not overpowering, in the ‘Lethal Shrooms’ (RM19.50), a lightly herbed crepe with portobello, shimeji & baby king oyster mushrooms, rounded out by a poached egg, tomato relish & reduced balsamic.

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The Big Breakfast

Breathing distinctively fresh life into Big Breakfasts, Strangers At 47 serves one with outstanding, fluffy-soft wholemeal crepes, with a lovely hash brown, caramelised onions mixed with baked beans, a sunny-side-up, chicken chorizo, smoked chicken ham, butter-sauteed portobello & lemon-laced rocket salad. RM23; even the ordinary-sounding components here are top-notch. The baked beans boast a fresh bite to them, while Strangers At 47’s various sauces are lively & well-thought-out.

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‘Purple Rage’

It’s possible though that Strangers At 47’s sweet crepes might be even more impressive than its savoury ones. At only RM9 (!!!), the ‘Purple Rage,’ an East-meets-West crepe with Japanese sweet potato, coconut sago & pandan-infused gula melaka seems destined to leave customers delightfully appeased, not angered.

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‘It’s Kelapa’

This creperie’s chef & co-owner Sean Ooi is only 24 years old; his youth belies the depth of his precociously well-honed capabilities, considering how lustrously tasty this ‘It”s Kelapa’ is _ an orange crepe with thick, pandan-infused coconut custard, shaved toasted coconut, almond flakes, orange caramel & vanilla ice cream. RM9 (how can this be, in this age of inflation).

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‘Adam’s Sin’

Sean, his mom Susan, sister Xandria & girlfriend Sing Yi have brought together an also-young service team that’s one of the friendliest & most welcoming we’ve met in recent months (we hope they’re being paid well). It’s easy to spend a happy hour here, merrily munching on this exceptional ‘Adam’s Sin’ (RM11), with warm, juicy cinnamon-tinged apple, wholemeal crumble, blueberries & salted caramel blending beautifully with the vanilla ice cream.

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‘Spongebob’s Crib’

‘Spongebob’s Crib,’ with pineapple custard, meringue, caramel & crushed walnuts (RM8.50), another master class in the culinary arts. Strangers At 47’s name is a nod to its ethos: While ’47’ refers to the shop-lot address, ‘Strangers’ illustrates the old saying, ‘there are no strangers here, only friends you haven’t met.’

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‘Dark Side’

It’s impossible to save the best for last at Strangers At 47, since we have so many favourites on the menu. But this ‘Dark Side,’ a rich, compelling ensemble of a chocolate crepe with a dark, creamy chocolate spread plus white chocolate curls should make chocolate devotees swoon. Potentially the most rewarding dessert you could purchase for RM10.

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Coffee, Hot Chocolate and Smoothies

Coffee (a mainly Brazilian blend), hot chocolate & smoothies are available too. Put Strangers At 47 at the top of your list of restaurants to visit soon, & expect to hear heaps about this place in the months ahead.

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Location and Contact Details

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Strangers at 47

47, Jalan 17/45, Section 17, Petaling Jaya, Selangor. Same row as The Grind Burger Bar & The Humble Pie Co

Tel: 011 1669 5707

View Strangers at 47 directory page here.

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