Ante Kitchen & Bar (Publika, Kuala Lumpur)

Spent the first night of 2015 at Ante Kitchen & Bar over a real pork feast, and it was a real good one to start off the year!

Located on the ground level of Publika, Ante is an all day dining cafe/restaurant offering brunch right up to dinner. Business was definitely booming that night, seems that the place would be buzzing during the weekends/public holidays for dinners. Reservations is recommended if you are going in groups.

(p/s: please pardon the bad lighting, it is really time to get a flash)

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We started off with Chunky Mushroom Soup (RM 13), and 2 salads.

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Wild Funghi Salad (RM 24), made up of a variation of sautéed butter mushrooms.

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But the real winner in the salad category would be this Garden Duck Salad (RM 25). Served with smoked duck slices along with grilled marinated watermelon cubes, which was then tossed with their special brandy orange reduction sauce. Personally I am not a fan of duck, but this one sealed the deal for me.

Then came the much-anticipated pasta, something that I have been looking forward to try when I knew about this appointment.

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The “Real Bacon” Carbonara (RM 28). Served in real creamy carbonara sauce with streaky pork bacon, it definitely lived up to our expectation.

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A unique twist to their pasta offering is this Char Siu Curry Cream (RM 32). Sweet pork belly on curry linguine along with oyster mushrooms and eggplants. It does taste as good as it looks 🙂

Then came the meat.

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Pork Diane (RM 38) is their take on the classic French dish – Pork Loin pan-seared with mushroom and wine sauce, then served on a bed of roasted potatoes and green peas.

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The Hogger Pork Ribs (RM 89) came in the form of charcoal grilled ribs glazed with their house-made BBQ sauce. The meat was real tender and succulent, this was one real enjoyable ribs for sharing.

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Crispy Pork Knuckle (RM93) is their 1kg special, oven roasted until it was real tender with cracking skin to boot. It takes almost 8 hours of preparation time for this dish to be served.

We ended our night on a sweet note with their Bailey Dark Chocolate Cake, Tiramisu and Vanilla Mille Crepe. The latte is great here as well.

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I am definitely glad we came here for our first dinner for 2015, it sure was a real good feast. Not forgetting the company as well 😉

Address: A2-G1-09, Solaris Dutamas, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

LewisGene (Solaris, Mont Kiara)

September is definitely a month of birthday celebrations for our group, which also spells for more exploration of food (and cafes).  Tucked in Solaris of Mont Kiara (approximatley 5 minutes drive from Publika Shopping Gallery), here we are today at LewisGene to try their brunch offering.

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Price for coffee is on the steep end. On a personal preference, coffee here was pretty dissapointing (rather low level of acidity).

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Cafe Mocha (RM 12.90)

The Mocha was a saving grace. Apart from the pretty impressive visual, the chocolate was pretty flavourful.

Food wise, pretty mediocre for our preference. All platter were served with a side of salad.

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Breakfast Platter (RM 17.90)

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Pancake Platter (RM 18.90)

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Croissant Breakfast (RM 14.90)

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Chicken Panini (RM 24.90)

On a side note, credits have to be given to the serving crew for their attentiveness in their service level  🙂

Address: Lot 2-1(first floor) , Jalan Solaris 3, Solaris Mont Kiara, Kuala Lumpur.

B.A.D Cafe by Wood & Steel (Desa Sri Hartamas,KL)

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A spin off from Word & Steel Cafe in Kota Damansara, we paid a visit to BAD Cafe in Glomac Galleria, Desa Sri Hartamas this morning for our brunch session.

Staying true to their wood & steel concept, the 2-floor space was tastefully decorated with wooden chairs and tables, while throwing in the steel element to play with its interior.

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An aerial view from the second floor, definitely photo worthy with the interior and space.

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In comparison to Wood & Steel Cafe, there was abundance of space with more seats and tables available; as well as cakes selection.

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Flat White (RM10)

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Egg Benedicts (RM12) is made up of perfectly poached eggs topped with hollandaise sauce on toast with sauteed mushrooms and chicken ham. Just a note that the original offering comes in beef, so do request to opt for ham if you do not eat beef (like I do). Portion might also be slightly small for those with a heartier appetite.

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Big Breakfast (RM18) comes in a generous portion of ham, sausage, toast, egg, sauteed mushrooms & tomatoes and baked beans.

If I have to choose my ultimate peanut butter cake, it would be “The King” from VCR Cafe. So it was a very exciting moment for me when I spotted it in the cake display.

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“The King” (RM12) comes in the form of a banana cake layered with peanut butter frosting (naturally) with bananas and chocolate. Weekend guilty pleasure indeed! 🙂

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A pleasant spin to a localised cake would be this fluffy Pandan cake layered with agar-agar like filling (occasionally seen in cendol) topped with gula melaka (coconut palm sugar). Definitely an interesting combination while being light on the tastebud.

We enjoyed how this place was less crowded as compared to more popular cafes, definitely prefect for some serious catch up. Meanwhile if you’re looking for some alone time, this place would be a good alternative 🙂

 

Address: B-G-10, Galleria Hartamas (Jalan 26/70A), 50480 Desa Sri Hartamas, Kuala Lumpur.

Eight Ounce Coffee (Suria KLCC)

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Saturday’s night quick dinner after work brought Shir & I to Eight Ounce Coffee at Suria KLCC. I enjoyed how I was able to unwind at this space after a long day at work, away from the crowd at the ground floor.

Quick bites: Chicken Pie (RM 8.90) – unexpectedly pretty good 🙂

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Chicken Mayo Sandwich (RM 11.90)

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Coffee here is pretty pricey. RM 12 for my usual Flat White, a tad disappointed with the lack of aftertaste. Again it is only based on personal preference in terms of acidity as well as the type of beans. However, compliments have to be given to the barista for the pretty pleasing visual. For someone whom is usually not into coffee art, this was pretty exciting.

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If you’re looking for a quick getaway from the crowd while you are in Suria KLCC, this would be the perfect place to unwind, and oh yes, people watch. However if you’re in The Gardens at Mid Valley, their first spin-off outlet is there as well.

Address: First Level, Suria KLCC (K13B)

 

 

Frisky Goat (TTDI, KL)

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This is one place that I’ve been dying to try for the longest time. My first attempt here (a few months back) resulted to me heading to Quar/tet instead due to the wait. But I guess the hype died down a little with the many sprouting cafes available, so here I am again 😀

It was still packed during lunch hours, but it was a good thing that we didn’t have to wait this time around.

With fresh-baked bread and home-made cakes on the menu along with all day brunch offerings, definitely not lacking in choices. I had to try their much raved about Monsieur Ben Wafels (RM 17).

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Putting in their own spin on the classic egg benedict by serving it on Belgian waffles along with wilted spinach and ham; definitely a nice take.

The Big Breakfast (RM24) comes in the form of sautéed mushrooms, sausage, sunny side up egg and salad on the sidenot much surprises here.

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Flat White (RM9).

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As a peanut butter addict, I just have to give their Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake (RM9). Definitely worth a try for its moist texture 😀

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Just a note that it is however pretty difficult to get the conversation going as the enclosed area was pretty noise deafening. Nevertheless, the service and food was pretty prompt (a few glitches later on, but it’s fine).
Address: 72, Jalan Burhanudin Helmi, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur.

Quar/tet (TTDI, KL)

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If there is one gem that I love going back to, would be Quart/tet. A double boost is that it is nestled away from the cafe magnet crowd in central TTDI. If you’re looking for a place with an artsy feel – from the artwork on the walls to the display of vinyls records (which is also for sale); this would be the place.

Serving all day breakfast, the place is a hit with the brunch crowd (and not forgetting the hipster crowd). Bagels, salads, cakes and of course coffee is on the list as well.

My all time guilty pleasure would be their Turkey Ham Cheese Toastie (RM15).

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The name said it all, melting cheese over turkey ham. Simple food at its best, life is good.

Big Breaky (RM19) comes in the form of sausages, turkey bacon, salad, sautéed mushrooms, baked beans and eggs of choice.

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Flat White (RM8).

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I have always been big fan of their coffee here, the aftertaste that lingers on is something I always look forward to in my cup of joe.

 

A plus point if you’re in your sports attire, you’ll get 10% off your bill. There you go, another push factor for you to exercise to eat 😉


 

Service: The reason why it pulls me back, great service going on there 🙂

Address: No 21, Lorong Datuk Sulaiman 7,
Taman Tun Dr Ismail,Kuala Lumpur.
(It’s on the opposite row of Thursdvys)

 

 

 

 

Pickle & Fig (TTDI, KL)

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I’ve always been a fan of bread, even more so when it come in the form of sandwiches (particularly Panini: I could probably eat it everyday). Pickle & Fig has been on my sandwich bucketlist for the longest time, and today was the day.

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Offering fresh gourmet bread in the form of white or wholemeal, bread lovers would definitely take their time to soak in the variety of choices that is made available on the menu. Salads and smoothies were also on their list. But I had coffee on my mind.

Happily placed my order for a Smoked Turkey Roll & Cheddar Panini (RM15), excellent stuff.

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What’s not to love about cheddar cheese on Panini? Not forgetting the sautĂ©ed mushrooms sandwiched in between the turkey roll and cheddar gave a little flavour to the overall Panini, a good thing that it was not salty as well.

Bro made an order for Hoisin Chicken & Grilled Zucchini Panini (RM16).

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Sliced chicken breast, grilled zucchini and hard-boiled egg on wholemeal bread topped off with mozzarella. We love this combination better, the sauce from the chicken definitely made a difference.

Our usual Flat White (RM8). Definitely no high acidity aftertaste going on here, but still pleasant.

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Simplicity at its best, perfect for a post run meal 🙂

 


Address: 26, Jalan Tun Mohd Fuad 2, Taman Tun Dr. Ismail,
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia