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Published on July 01, 2016 with No Comments

When a neighbourhood mall turns into a gourmet destination.

Words Suriani Aril

Gone are the days when food courts are a staple for all shopping malls. Today, in an ever competitive mall landscape, it is the food scene that gets a re-think to step up the game. One inner city neighbourhood mall is drawing droves of customers with its mix of gourmet burgers, sublime breakfast sandwiches, Korean food, organic specialties and cafes with award-wining bean.

Atria Shopping Gallery in Damansara Jaya is fast becoming the pulse of Petaling Jaya. Traditionally considered a quiet enclave, Atria has changed the once quiet neighbourhood into a cool urban hangout. The shopping gallery enjoys a roster of popular fashion brands such as MANGO and Next, but it is the dining scene that has drawn droves of people to its premises.

When it comes to cafes, the list is endless. Artistry by Artisan Coffee Bar crafts amazing coffees, with beans sourced from an Edinburgh-based award-winning gourmet coffee roastery. Chocolate lovers will love Swich, where Valrhona creations include a classic chocolate cake and Salted Caramel Triple Chocolate Fudge cake. But it is their seasonal masterful surprises such as the Cempedak cake (Jackfruit cake) and Musang King durian mud pie that has impressed many a customers.

Tea lovers would find Tea Verandah a relaxing place to unwind. A smorgasbord of tea blends that includes a Europe Fruits Tea, Organic Tea, Yogurt Tea and the Classic Black Tea. There’s even a Bentong ginger, red date and lemon concoction that is satisfyingly delicious on a hot day. Pair your teas with either a selection of main meals (think pastas and salmon steaks) or the ubiquitous finger food Afternoon Tea Set that offers tuna pastries, cupcakes and scones.

Another major drawcard to Atria are the dining outlets. Homegrown brand Dave’s Deli, where footlong sausages, hearty beef stews and perfectly roasted chicken are on the menu, never disappoint with their consistency and generous servings. At Nosh Up, the premise is on experimentation, with offerings such as Crunchy Soft Shell Burger and Smoked Duck Miso Pasta. Priding itself in wood-smoking its own salmon and shunning preservatives and artificial colouring, the menu here is fresh, interesting and deserves a try.

Local thoroughfare comes in the form of Baba Nyonya by Sambal Chilli, where Straits Peranakan food take centrestage, Kopi Time Cafe for kopitiam fare, and Ah Cheng Laksa, a fast casual take out stop for delicious local noodles.

There are many international flavours to choose from including MOIM (Korean), HK7 (Hong Kong), Absolute Thai (Thai), Pho Vietz (Vietnamese) and Manmaru (Japanese). Basically, when at Atria, there is always a bounty to be had.

Atria also wins with its convenience, accessibility, and a vast selection of other perks such as complimentary first two hours parking (when you spend RM30 or more at any outlet), a Grab Taxi Booking Service that offers a convenient ride anywhere, and baby strollers and wheelchairs service for those who need them. Anchor grocer tenant, Village Grocer, houses local and international products, including Korean and Japanese food items, and the in-house bakery (where breads are baked daily) also provides a quiet corner to rest after completing your shopping. There’s something of a carnival atmosphere here too, especially when special or seasonal events are staged. Find out more to time your visit well at



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