42, Jalan SS15/4B,
SS15, Subang Jaya.
Hours: 11am to midnight (Sunday to Thursday)
11am to 2am (Friday and Saturday).
BARELY a few years since it started off as a food stall, Thyme Out has already had a loyal and strong following among foodies in the city, thanks to its unique Mexican-inspired menu.
Its first shop in SS15, Subang Jaya, attracts a sizeable crowd who want to enjoy some Mexican-style street food in a relaxed environment.
Depending on the time and day, its diners comprise school and college students, the working crowd and families.
A colleague and I recently enjoyed a satisfying meal of Mexican Egg Rolls, Southern Chicks Tacos, Black Pearl Burrito and a couple of drinks.
The Mexican Egg Rolls (RM20) stuffed with guacamole, boiled eggs and chives are deep-fried burritos that resemble our local fried spring rolls.
The Southern Chicks Tacos (RM18) comprising deep-fried chicken strips wrapped in taco shells had a spicy kick that we later learned came from the house-made spicy enchilada sauce.
The fillings for the Black Pearl Burrito (RM28) were hinted in the wrap’s name – prawns, soft shell crab and fish fillets. It is also available in Cubano sandwich form (RM32).
For drinks, The Brown Cow (RM10) had a rich, chocolatey taste. However, the combination of ingredients did not work out well for the Summer Peach Mojito (RM7).
If we had room for dessert, we would have had the churros, accompanied with dips like Nutella, butterscotch or salted caramel, or the Dessert Burrito with fresh bananas, peanut butter and Nutella.
For main courses, Thyme Out offers quesadillas, burritos, cubanos and tacos.
The fillings are available in chicken, beef, lamb and seafood, with the option of additional sauces and side dishes.
Thyme Out’s menu also lists a decent variety of drinks and snacks.
“We started out several years back by running a food stall at events, before moving on to a permanent business by running a night-time stall.
“We wanted to focus on a niche cuisine, as there would be lesser competition compared to other kinds of street food,” said Muhammad Azim Abdul Rahman, who co-founded Thyme Out with college mate Mohamed Najee Ramli.
Wanting to expand their operations, they roped in Ryo Lam and Angelo Yeo to venture into the food truck business.
“It took us a few months to plan, design and fabricate the truck, before it rolled out for business in March last year,” said Azim, adding that the truck continues to pop up in areas such as Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Bandar Sunway and Subang Jaya, as well as invite-only events for Thyme Out.
A group of their mutual friends then wanted to start a brick-and-mortar version of Thyme Out, which resulted in the opening of its SS15 store in October last year.
The restaurant is run by Adrian Lee, Elizabeth Mok, Edmund Lee and Jonathan Lim, who created the drinks menu to complement the food.
On the difference in Thyme Out’s menu, Azim said: “The food truck serves tacos, nachos and burritos – items with similar base ingredients but different ways of presentation.
“The restaurant offers an expanded menu, with additions such as Mexican Egg Rolls, Buffalo Wings and Beef Ribs.”
Thyme Out opened its second pork-free shop in Bandar Sunway in April. The restaurant, which also serves as the brand’s flagship restaurant and central kitchen, is run by Azim and Mohamed Najee.
Thyme Out is located at 42, Jalan SS15/4B, SS15, Subang Jaya and is open for business from 11am to midnight (Sunday to Thursday) and from 11am to 2am (Friday and Saturday).
For details, call 016-270 7654 (Adrian-SS15) or 012-341 7987 (Azim-Bandar Sunway).