Sundays come and go. But you can make that Sunday moment last with a good breakfast/brunch.
There was a time not too long ago when we lamented the dearth of breakfast places. The mushrooming of coffee joints in the last couple of years has brought with it a rash of cafés and bistros serving easy, cheery breakfast food as cafes, by nature, are morning places.
Now we have a surfeit of breakfast places. To turn cafés into viable businesses, many of them are offering all-day breakfast. So it is that apart from nasi lemak, roti canai and dim sum, we now have a lot more breakfast and brunch choices to wake up to on a Sunday.
Unlike street stalls, cafés offer more than one dish on the menu. Dishes like Eggs Benedict, Eggs Atlantic, Croque Monsieur/Madame, and Bircher Muesli, have entered our vocabulary and suddenly, we have become experts on who makes the best scrambled eggs or French toast, and where the best basket of croissant or brioche can be found.
Crowds are no indication of how good the food is at a particular joint – some of the most crowded places serve only passable food. So why are these cafés packed to the brim? Don’t ask me! But we can share with you some of the best things we have tried around the Klang Valley. Warning: Some of the outlets on our list have long queues on a Sunday.
The Classy at La Vie En Rose
After waking up late and feeling ravishingly hungry, a fashionista in Paris would order something like the Classy brunch set (RM65) you find here, an enormously gorgeous – as in huge and gorgeous – spread of pear and foie gras on toast, smoked salmon omelette, dried porcini mushroom and crumb-crusted (perfectly) soft-boiled egg on truffle-scented mushroom puree, sauteed potatoes, a basket of viennoiseries such as buttery croissant and brioche, bread, housemade jam, and fruit salad. And le boyfriend can order the rustic housemade sausages or original Eggs Benedict. As Edith Piaf croons another French love song into the air, wash it all down with freshly-squeezed fruit juice – or imported designer juice from Alain Milliat – coffee, or, better still, Champagne. They say living well is the best revenge and we’ll toast to that. Just in case you think this is really cheap and chic, the drinks are not part of the set. Mais oui.
39 Jalan Raja Chulan, KL. Tel: (03) 20783883
Souffle pancakes and French toast @ Miam Miam
Its name means “yum yum” in French and we are happy to report that the offerings are indeed so, along with a welcome Japanese-French twist that makes them characteristically Miam Miam. Brunch staples such as French toast (RM16.80) and pancakes (from RM12.80) are signatures here, albeit as more sweet treats than breakfast grub per se. Still, who’s to say you can’t indulge? The former comes in thick, fluffy squares piled high, dusted with icing sugar and topped with freshly whipped cream and plenty of maple syrup. The so-called soufflé pancake takes a leaf from the soufflé and comes taller, lighter and fluffier than the usual variety. Topped with caramelised bananas, blueberries and soft-serve ice cream, it makes for a decadent mouthful. (Alternatively, go for the plain version that served with butter.)
For those in the mood for savouries, Miam Miam offers an interesting menu—try the Miam Miam spaghetti tossed in French butter (RM26.80) and the Riz Noir black rice (RM28.80), Japanese short-grain rice flavoured with squid ink and studded with seafood—that will stretch brunch into lunch nicely.
146 Ground Floor, 1-Utama, Bandar Utama, PJ. Tel: (03) 77318923
Big breakfast @ Antipodean Bangsar
For a whopping big breakfast to kickstart your day, leg on down to Antipodean in Bangsar. Its big breakfast is, as its name suggest, sizeable, with toast, choice of excellent bacon, chicken, beef or pork sausages, sautéed mushrooms, hash brown and buttery scrambled eggs. The bonus? It’s a real steal at just RM20. Alternatively, go for the All-Day Breakfast (RM20), an equally decent spread with the meat choices as above, toast, scrambled eggs, baked beans and grilled tomatoes. For something healthier, there’s Muesli with honey and yoghurt and fruit salad (RM16). Be sure to get your java fix alongside – brewed from their proprietary blend of quality Indonesian beans, Merdeka Coffee.
20 Jalan Telawi 2, Bangsar Baru, KL. Tel: (03) 22820411
Frenchify brunch @ Yeast
One of the gems in the Telawi area is Yeast, a bistronomy that has been upholding the French passion for quality and excellence at pretty decent prices considering the quality produce used. A very popular brunch order here is the Parmentier de confit de canard, which simply means duck confit with potatoes – a layer of shredded duck confit topped with mashed potato and cheese sitting in a pool of delicious duck jus. (Think duck confit shepherd’s pie.) Duck confit is that salt-cured duck extremely slow-cooked in its own fat until the meat is meltingly tender. Need we say more? Another vogue nibble is the Croque Madame, a hot sandwich topped with creamy cheese sauce and fried egg.
24G Jalan Telawi 2, Bangsar Baru, KL. Tel: (03) 22820118
Croissant’wich with gavlax @ Nutmeg
This bistro has won a loyal following since it opened in Bangsar Village 2 in July last year. The reasons are plenty – chilled out vibe, decent coffee, generous portions and a mouth-watering menu that’s good for all-day brunch. Eggy dishes seem to have become the specialty here and top on the list of must-tries is the Croissant’wich (RM26), a golden, flaky, all-butter croissant that’s made in house. Filled with delicious home-cured gravlax and topped with rich creamy scrambled eggs made with real cream, it’s quite irresistible.
Another eggy winner on the menu: the Eggs Benedict (RM26), here served with tender, thick slices of salted beef for plenty of ommph. The beef is soaked in brine for 10 days, then cooked sous-vide at low temperature for 10 hours to ensure a delectable bite.
UGF-28A Bangsar Village 2, Jalan Telawi 1, Bangsar Baru, KL. Tel: (03) 22013663