Ever since I tried Maria’s excellent Western food and cakes, I have not been able to find another restaurant that serve such high quality food at a good value they are offering. Being a family business also means that they are personally involved in choosing the best ingredients as well as the cooking.
Like for example, the Fresh Pumpkin Soup @ RM7.50. The cook at Maria’s goes to the market to pick only the freshest pumpkin to prepare this hearty soup. It is flavorful with a thick but smooth consistency, a nice alternative to the mushroom soup served almost everywhere.
The Caesar Salad @ RM12.50 has beef bacon, walnuts and crunchy croutons dressed with parmesan cheese slices and Maria’s very own secret dressing. We loved the creamy dressing and the perfectly fresh Romaine lettuce, which had a enjoyable crisp texture.
For non beef eaters, or for those looking for a more substantial topping you could choose to have smoked salmon @ RM16.50 or and chicken (deep fried or roasted) RM15.50.
Our main dish of the meal has got to be the grilled Japanese Kobe Steak, priced at an eye-popping RM175/100gm. This highly prized meat has a fantastic flavor, tenderness, contains more fat compared to the Australian Wagyu. Its well-marbled texture is one of the reasons this delicacy is so popular, it literally melts in your mouth. To describe Maria’s grilled Kobe Steak would be “so, so good it’s heavenly delicious, fit for a king”.
But of course having a more tender and fatty texture does not automatically make the Kobe ultimate favorite because it all depends on your personal preference. For steak lovers who prefer to chew on meat then the Wagyu and Black Angus would be a better choice, and at a much affordable price too.
The steaks at Maria’s are grilled with minimal seasoning (salt & pepper) as not to overpower the natural flavor of the beef. Trust me you wouldn’t want to have the steak with any sauce or gravy (even though mustard is provided, I just ignored it) because that would just distract your tastebuds from the already-wonderful-tasting-steak, really.
I like my steaks medium, not too bloody with a juicy pink inside, which is also the recommended doneness here. I feel it would be a complete waste of the steak if it was cooked any “doner” than medium, especially if they are these premium beef we are talking about. If you are going to order your steak well-done you might as well save your money and choose to have other meats instead like chicken. This is something I learnt the hard way, as I used to have my steaks well-done too.
Here’s a prime cut of raw Kobe beef, weighing typically from 160-180gm used to prepare the Kobe steaks at Maria’s.
Fresh Sashimi grade Salmon is used for the Grilled Salmon Fillet @ RM36. A few slices of sashimi at any Japanese restaurant would already cost RM20-30 so paying only a little more for an entire slab is definitely a steal.
You will appreciate the salmon’s freshness but ultimately it is the homemade tangerine sauce that really brings out the taste of it. The sweet orangy sauce is a perfect complement by imparting a zesty flavor.
Non beef and seafood eaters will definitely love the Honey Mustard Grilled Chicken @ RM18. Again, instead of choosing mushroom sauce that is served just about anywhere, I highly recommend trying the Honey Mustard sauce.
Initially I was actually worried about the mustard taste because I don’t really like how it tastes. But thankfully the mustard taste is quite mild, which goes really well with the grilled boneless chicken thigh. Until I could find a better grilled chicken, this would be my top favorite.
Maria’s actually started out as a cafe selling pies and coffee so their Chicken or Beef Pies @ RM9.50 are a must try too. Considering the huge amout of effort required to bake these pies (the chef needs to align the pasty over the pie plate manually, a time-consuming process) the price is really justified.
We had the beef pie that containing stewed chunky beef and carrots, which was moist and tender. What impressed me the most is the pie’s flaky crust that resembles that of an egg tart, simply delicious.
Anyway if you are planning to have Maria’s pies, it is recommended to reserve them in advance because they only bake a limited amount number each week. And these popular pies usually run out by the weekend.
For dessert we had a slice of their homemade Carrot Walnut cake. This classical cake is wonderfully moist texture with the nutty texture of walnuts, nicely topped with a delightful and sweet Cream Cheese (cheddar) Frosting. A great end to the evening.
To the working folks at Damansara Perdana, you just really need to drop by Maria’s Cafe & Restaurant to have a go at their Western dishes. Weekdays lunch hour would be the best timing because their set lunches are priced at only RM15 onwards with a soup and soft drink included.
Maria’s SteakCafe – PORK FREE
C313A (Level 3), Center Wing,
No 2, Jalan PJU 8/1,
Bandar Damansara Perdana, PJ
GPS Coordinates: N3 09.914 E101 36.573
Tel: 03-7725 2313.
Opening hours: 12pm – 10:30pm
Set lunch starts from RM15 (main course + dessert + drink)
2nd Outlet @ 58, Jalan Maarof, Bangsar Baru,
Tel: 603-2282 2220
Fax: 603-2282 2224