8 Brunch Places To Try In KL June 2018

There are a few things better than a lazy Sunday morning(here’s looking at you, Maroon 5)… except a lazy Sunday morning knee deep in the finest brunch options currently washing over the ever-present eating culture of KL. Prepare your stomachs for KL’s brunch places worth paying a visit – if only to call your day “productive”.

1.  Li @ Damansara Jaya

When an age-old Kopitiam undergoes a contemporary transformation, what you get is an entirely different beast somewhat detached of its predecessors, without necessarily shedding its foundational roots; A beast in the mold of Li. Don’t be alarmed by its compact menu(In the words of Deadpool, or more respectfully Mr Pool, “don’t judge a book by its cover but by the content of their character), as each item serves a dutiful purpose of being pretty damn good.

What’s in it for me?

Start with the homemade sourdough paired with any one of its beautifully crafted spreads(think roselle jam or sous vide kaya) but close on one of their signature rice bowls( Housemade spam bowl: herb rice, chilli sauce, sesame seeds, lettuce, soft eggs; House rice bowl: chicken thigh, soft egg, ginger scallion, chilli mayo, cucumber). Oh, and just so you err on the side of not looking like a complete idiot for not ordering their Pork Toast, you’d best get on it.

Address: 47, Jalan SS 22/23, Ss 22, 47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Contact: 03-7733 7692

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2. 123 Gasing @ Petaling Jaya

It’s not every day three stick figures welcomes you into an establishment built entirely on the premise of having you whip out your phone in a frantic rush to capture its creative brilliance: walls bedecked with playful contraptions, bookshelves lined with books you’ll never read(sorry, I’ll never read cuz books. amirite?), and funny quotes worth its mere seconds payload(believe me, I know funny)

What’s in it for me?

If coffee & casual conversations aren’t your thing(way to be a downer), there’s a whole array of cakes with your name on it. Rules of the artisanal road: start with the banana cake and don’t stop hopping from cake to cake until that sugar high slides dangerously into a sugar overload(I’m talking near vomit inducing level.) Rinse and repeat the day after.

Address: 123, Jalan Gasing, Seksyen 10, 46000 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Contact: 03-7932 1979

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3. Quartet @ TTDI

Okay, so I confess. This ain’t exactly new(depending on how you define new). But as a well-established cafe at the heart of TTDI, I thought it appropriate to recast Quartet in a new light. Seasoned cafe enthusiasts will find a rightful home at this particular establishment. Look no further than its well-intentioned – and dare I say well delivered – slogan that essentially sums up the entirety of a good – nay, great – cafe experience: nothing brings people together like good coffee. Well said(slow clap imminent).

What’s in it for me?

What do you call brunch that’s available all day round and isn’t confined to a certain period? Some would call it anarchy. But at Quartet, they call it normal operating hours or more specifically all-day brunch(I know, crazy right?). Get a load of their eggy brunch options with the one common element of… you guessed it, eggs threaded throughout: Eggs Benedict(two homemade English muffin with poached eggs, and mains of your choice, fresh sauteed spinach and salted egg yolk sauce; Scrambled Salmon Egg Toast: open-faced toasted Ciabatta with scrambled eggs, smoked salmon, roasted cherry tomatoes, and hollandaise sauce). Or if you prefer next-level sandwiches, made better only by a donut or five.


Address: 21, 7, Lorong Datuk Sulaiman, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 60000 Kuala Lumpur

Contact: 03-7731 5033

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4. The Third Letter @ Shah Alam

You’d be one among many to take this establishment for the nature-toting, tree-hugging type and you’d be right – and better – for it. With lush greeneries dotted liberally in and around the base, amped up only by the bamboo style seats, Third Letter is a telling story of where the culinary arts play at nature’s backyard.

What’s in it for me?

Break through the fast – forego that morning nourishment in lieu of sleeping in – sit by the what I would presume to be a highly oxygenated environment, what with the whole slew of greeneries draped and littered about, until brunch time and get your stack fix with a classic French Toast(Stack of French Toast served with Honey, Butter & Berries Compote) or if pancakes(Stack of Homemade Pancake topped with grilled Bananas, Maple Syrup served with Butter & Berries Compote) are more your thing. Oh, did I mention their expertise extends well beyond brunch? But that’s a story for another time. Here’s a brief unveiling: Belacan Seafood Olio; Sirloin Steak

Address: No 2, Jalan N U8/N, Seksyen U8,, Bukit Jelutong Timur, 40150 Shah Alam, Selangor

Contact: 03-7831 0121

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5. Jao Tim @ Jalan Sultan

Sleek, refitted, and rearmed with the modern look in mind, Jao Tim – all the while maintaining its colonial-style arched windows, wooden floor panels, and exposed brick walls – is a contemporary embodiment of where old world meets the new – rustic yet new age.

Padded in antiques, brass lamps, and gold light switches, there’s a real sense that the owners are expressing, from top down, the importance of turning back the clock to a simpler time – aptly evident in their simple menu offerings.

What’s in it for me?

If you’re the type who’s always at the ready to whip out your phone – if only to satiate your insta-giddiness – in a mad dash to showcase to the world you got class, then by all means, snap(or insta away) at its urbane, picturesque setting and rest on your laurels that your one refined son of a gun.

After that, make a play at their highly-touted, bestseller grilled cheese sandwich. Proceed to get turned on by the sheer velocity of every bite, tamed only by the ooey-gooey cheesy centre – a contrasting powerbomb of unparalleled mouth feels.

Address: 61, Jalan Sultan, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur

Contact: 03-2022 3897

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6. Anther & Stigma @ Desa Park City

As if wrested straight out from a positivity-lets-be-a-go-getter seminar, Anther & Stigma smells and reeks of the feel-good vibe, and you’d be remiss not to bask in it. Acting both as a floral shop and a cafe, the two work in tandem with designs on uplifting your spirit – a momentary pocket of stillness in between acts of swiping right and hopping from one insta story to another.

What’s in it for me?

Fresh ingredients to complement its happy-go-lucky theme. Try your hand at their salted gula Melaka granola bowl(pumpkin seeds, cranberries, fresh milk and fruits), or to enjoy the simpler things in life, an open-face sandwich with avocado and cream cheese(Does that make you want to sit around a campfire and sing Kumbaya? No? Just me, huh?)

Address: H-1-10, Plaza Arkadia No 3, Jalan Initisari Perdana, Desa Park City, 52200 Kuala Lumpur

Contact: 03-6262 2818

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7. A. Toast @ Pudu

There’s a lot to be said of an establishment secretly stashed away behind the veil of a quaint and cosy neighborhood; namely that the secrecy plays awfully not unlike that crush who’s playing hard to get(I wouldn’t know anything about that): he/she has roped you in but you still can’t make head or tails of where they are…mentally. But fear not, as you inch closer, the warmth will radiate outward, begetting a sandwich extravaganza of epic proportions. Just take care to avoid being sandwiched(heh) in by your fellow sandwich enthusiasts.

What’s in it for me?

No matter how you slice it(pun and all), there’s little that screams eat me this instant like a sandwich stacked with the freshest of local ingredients but if you’d prefer I cut through the filling(sorry, not sorry), the Bamboo Charcoal Toast Sandwich(lettuce, cheese, tomato, buttery scrambled eggs and chicken floss sandwiched between bamboo charcoal slices) will surely stack(one more for the road) up to your expectations.

Address: 291, Jalan Pudu, Pudu, 55200 Kuala Lumpur

Contact: 013-277 5654

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8. Rendezbrew @ TTDI

If you’re looking for an all-around neighborhood-centric cafe that’ll warm your heart, treat your patronage as if you were the queen itself, double, triple – hell, quadruple down on this cafe as the overall vibe is nothing to sneeze at. In fact, cherish every moment, with a friend, with a date – or if you’re looking to chill out like nobodies business. Feel free to double over and slowly slip into a deep slumber.

What’s in it for me?

Sure, I could tell you what to order but we both know you like to live dangerously(you dawg) so take this establishment for a spin…after you’ve admired the food-split art canvas as for your viewing pleasure down below(If a picture speaks a thousand words, here’s six thousand. Your welcome.

Address: 11, Lorong Datuk Sulaiman 7, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 60000 Kuala Lumpur

Contact: 011-3592 1275

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