Brunch places abound and crop up at the speed of you leaving unsatisfied by an ocean wave of bland, insipid and just downright dreadful egg dishes. If you’re feeling the dregs of an insatiable brunch meal, and is looking for a diamond among the rough to keep your hunger pangs at bay, let this guide lead you forth.
1. Forty Hands KL @ Bangsar South
8 years following the birth of forty hands in Singapore, the establishment has decided to take its laurels to Bangsar South to the hurrah and joy of its locals. Decked out in larger-than-life orneries that mimics a crossbreed between cozy and novelty, you’ll be at the helpless mercy of feeling too much at home and within the comfort of its even larger selection of Australian-inspired brunch meals.
Forty Hands meals encompass the horizon of Smash Avo on Toast( fresh, creamy avocado respectfully layered by cumin, dill feta, and coriander over a modest sunflower seed toast), free-ranged scramble eggs complemented artfully by an array of balsamic mushrooms, Warm Veggie Salad(sauteed kale in garlic, nutmeg grilled pumpkin, brown rice balls seasoned to perfection, parmesan, broccoli, tempeh, beautifully rounded out by fried tofu.
2. Wizards KL @ Tribeca
Conjuring up a whole new masterpiece of its own magical dimensions, Wizards, an offshoot project belonging to the same team behind Red Beanbag and Yellow Brick Road, claims its place as a whole new beast of its own making – a corporeal, living, breathing sentinel fully furnished to the hilt with potted plants strewn throughout the establishment in what looks to be a purposeful act of natural artistry.
Wizards gastronomic experience is doubly compounded by its masterful spread of detailed dishes. Specialty brunch include but are not limited to Eggs Royale(poached eggs, lightly smoked salmon, kale, avocado on a brioche base, accentuated with Hollandaise sauce and the spilling of the yolk as the punchline), Taro MishMash(a beautiful blend of earthy mashed yams, crispy sourdough toast, silky-smooth poached eggs, finished off by an ensemble of avocado pesto, feta cheese, and tomato salsa. As we foray into noon, we’ll witness the familiar fare of pizzas( aptly named Tree Hugger, this comprises of avocado, tomatoes, pesto, buffalo mozzarella, and baby spinach), pastas(Sally Bowles: rice bowl topped with tataki salmon, seaweed, pickled vegetables, and an onsen egg; the contradictory nature highlights the nuanced taste where freshness meats charred meat.) Dinner pays an homage to exquisite dinner dishes(smoked duck breast uplifted by braised radishes, forest mushrooms, and duck jus with a walnut salad.)
Address: 201, Jalan Imbi, Pudu, 55100 Kuala Lumpur
Contact: 03-2715 5308
3. Botanica + Co @ Alila Bangsar
What better to way to complement the latest luxury hotel KLites than an equally, well-suited second opened restaurant that takes a lion’s share of its inspiration from its predecessor. Greenhouse in all manners of decked out leafy green props splayed across the premises, further complemented by high ceilings and natural lighting, one can assume that their concept on food takes on a similar approach: freshly imported local ingredients with the consumer in mind.
In staying true to its roots, the new outlet has borrowed sixty percent of its inspiration from its old outlet while delivering new unique items to much fanfare. Blending cross-ethnic culinary spawns a hodgepodge of Western and Asian delicacies running the gamut of curry fries, truffle fries, crab mee mamak, wagyu beef burger, pesto & kale pasta, king prawn roll, seafood parmigiana and Moroccan lamb salad.
Address: 58, Jalan Ang Seng, Brickfields, 50470 Kuala Lumpur
Contact: 011 2600 8188
4. Mighty Monster @ MyTown Shopping Centre
A sneak, a glance, a transient walk-by at Mighty Monster and you’ll be able to infer the irony of it’s chosen name: it’s 3 parts homey, 1 part scary; more pillow-filled dreams, less monster-under-the-bed type scenario. The main attraction, brunch-galore, heavily influenced by Melbourne creativity, offers up Western and Eastern dishes alike.
Incorporating the best of both worlds – Eastern and Western creativity – it’s menu runs the full spectrum: full-bodied creamy scrambled eggs seasoned with Japanese flair of chilli, bonito flakes, and dashi; French-influenced, highly wholesome cassoulet paired with chicken sausages, kidney beans and pumpkin; Hainanese burrito exotically borrowed from an oddly calming mixture of Malaysian-Mexican Chinese – a hybrid without an equal – made of Hainanese chicken rice with pico de gallo and chili chipotle carefully wrapped with a tortilla, complemented by blue corn tortilla chips and sweet corn dip; Laksa Chicken burger comprising of laksa marinated grilled chicken thighs sandwiched in a beetroot bun served with roasted capsicum compote, cucumber, garlic, capsicum compote, garlic aioli and Thai mint.
Address: MyTown Shopping Centre, G-019, Ground floor,, No. 06, Jalan Cochrane, Seksyen 90, Cheras, 55100 Kuala Lumpur
Contact: 03-9201 6132
5. Beta Restobar @ Fraser Place
Inspired by the four regions of Malaysia(South, North, East, Central), Beta KL aspires with much authority to fully flesh out the nuances particular to each region. Upon touching on the physical realm cordoned off into four distinct area, you’ll be overwashed with feelings of wanderlust as the space mimics contemporary Malaysia. Past the red door adorned with leafy decorations, you’ll run into a wraparound bar complete with high drawers. To the right is an elevated seating area prepped for patrons to enjoy a cocktail or a drink of their own personal preference following dinner.
Rebranding familiar flavours of the four regions, Beta’s modern, contemporary take on age-old classics breathes new life into the art of Malaysian cooking and elevates it to new heights: Ox tongue – spicy, infused with turmeric, slabbed elegantly atop toast – doubles as an intepretation of Sarawak Laksa on a cracker; Malacca’s cincalok is a granita incorporated with fermented shrimp, perfectly balanced with the freshness of choy sum, raja ulam, and jambu batu; West Coast boasts of salted tenggiri fish balls mixed with chicken, complemented by white radish; east coast delivers the likes of Winged beans paired with budu aioli, anchovies and chilli ; Central region finds sanctuary in Sous vide chicken made with herb pesto, lotus crisps, and Bentong ginger.
Address: Fraser Place, Jalan Perak, Kuala Lumpur, 50450 Kuala Lumpur
Contact: 03-2181 2990
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