Once a hidden gem filled with places that serve various food, drinks and desserts, the otherwise subdued residential area of Happy Mansion has since become a popular haven for many foodies. Located in the Section 17 neighbourhood, here is a list of what to eat & drink at Happy Mansion in PJ.
1) Muse Eatery
If there’s one thing about Muse Eatery that stands out the most, it has to be their signature “Har Jiong Chicken Chop”. The “har jiong” refers to shrimp paste, which is used as the main ingredient for marinating the chicken chop prior to the deep-frying process. They also serve har jiong in the form of a chicken burger and chicken wings as well. Some of their other signature dishes include nasi lemak with ayam goreng berempah (spiced fried chicken) and homemade beef meatballs. And if you have room for more, don’t forget to try one of their homemade desserts such as Signature Tiramisu and Signature Baked Cheese Cake.
Beyond its small interior lies a place where they serve good pizzas. The ones that are made from scratch using the finest ingredients available. And that means everything from its flour for the base to the various toppings — all of which are assembled and wood-fired in their custom-made brick clay oven. They have over 10 pizzas on the menu, offering the smoked duck-and-pineapple combo “Pineapple Express” and the beef bacon + runny egg-based “Carbonara”. Not into meat-based pizzas? Well, they include vegetarian options as well such as the roasted cherry tomatoes “The PM” and the “Zucchini Eggplant Chickpeas”.
Here’s a cosy cafe that offers fusion sandwiches, with “Kam Heong Chicken” and “Achar Chicken” being some of their out-of-the-ordinary choices. They serve an all-day breakfast menu too, namely the “Chef’s Special Breakfast” which comes with assorted add-ons like jumbo sausage, pickled aloha chicken and hashbrown.
4) Frame Thai
If you are craving for some authentic Thai food, you might want to check out the Frame Thai restaurant. There’s nothing fancy about their decor since the highlight lies in Frame Thai’s homey dishes. Some of the dishes in their menu include the braised pork leg rice, grilled pork satay and mango sticky rice. Do keep in mind they close earlier at night around 8.30 pm.
This is more of a hangout spot for sipping coffee, offering familiar choices like espresso, cappuccino and Americano. While coffee is their main speciality, they serve freshly-baked cakes and pastries on a daily basis. Depending on its availability, you may find delectable options like “Red Velvet Cheesecake”, “Almond Salted Caramel Mille Crepe” and “Peanut Butter Jelly Cake”.
6) Food Foundry
Old but gold, with Food Foundry being around the neighbourhood of Happy Mansion since 2007. They are, of course, famous for their mille crepe varieties. Some of their bestsellers include salted caramel, coconut and banana praline. You can find mains as well, namely “Angus Burger” and “Lamb Ragu Pasta”.
More cake shops? Happy Mansion sure knows how to bring happiness to those who have a sweet tooth. True to its name, here is where you can “sneak in” for some cakey goodness like their signature Pandan Gula Melaka, Banana Pecan Raisin and Blueberry Almond cakes. Not to mention its cosy setting makes it another ideal hangout spot for a cup of coffee as well.
Amidst all the modern eatery lies a good old-fashioned shop that serves local ice kacang a.k.a. ABC and cendol. Nothing fancy but good enough to cool off during the hot weather. Cendol lovers can expect all the usual suspects here — Gula Melaka-coated shaved ice with pandan cendol strands and red beans. They also serve local food such as mee siam, nasi lemak and homemade baked bun.
It’s Asian cuisine with a fusion Italian twist at Elsie’s Kitchen by WanEli. Here, you can find interesting combos like “Siew Yuk Aglio Olio” and even “Siew Yuk Salad”. But if you prefer conventional food, they have them on the menu such as chicken chop and yes, siew yuk rice with soup.
10) Tanah Dan Air
Care for some tea? Or more specifically, brewed Chinese tea in the cosy environment of a tea bar? Expect the likes of Longjing, Jasmine Green Tea, Tie Guan Ying and Pu’er on their menu. They also have cold brew teas as well as light bites and desserts including homemade cakes and Osmanthus jelly.