Story and photos byESTHER CHANDRANestherc@thestar.com.my
WE may recognise the importanceof a hearty breakfastbut not many of us payheed to feeding ourselves at the startof the day. But it’s a known fact thata good breakfast provides the rightnutrients to get us going throughoutthe day. For a wholesome breakfastto be had at a leisurely pace, one canamble to La Bodega Deli in BangsarBaru.
Knowing the importance of breakfast, the folks at La Bodega open their doors as early as 8am since opening for business in late 1999. Don’t bother with clockwatching as theirs is an All Day Breakfast menu that is available from 8am to 9.45pm.
Gastrodome public relations and marketing manager Mel Anselm said the all-day breakfast concept allowed diners to have their favou-rite breakfast choices way past noon.
“Not everyone makes it on time for breakfast. Some, opt to have a breakfast meal instead of picking a dish off the ala carte menu because it is wholesome and nutritious,” she said while sitting down to a late breakfast at the outlet recently.
Although breakfast at La Bodega starts at the deli, it is also available at the La Bodega Lounge and La Bodega (Tapas & Vino).
The menu is pretty straightforward, laying out a Western selection with the whole works thrown in.
The Big Breakfast comes with two farm fresh eggs – cooked to order; grilled chicken sausages, crisp beef bacon, grilled tomatoes, baked beans, sautéed mushrooms and a slice of home-made toast prettily placed on an oval serving plate.
Priced at RM20, this breakfast option does not include coffee or tea or even juice as it allows the customer to decide on their preferred drink.
The English Breakfast (RM25), on the other hand offers two farm fresh eggs – cooked to order with a choice of beef bacon, smoked chicken ham or chicken sausages followed by a choice of sautéed mushrooms, grilled tomatoes, baked beans or hash browns.
This meal is complete with a slice of toast and there’s fresh juice and coffee as well.
Anselm said small eaters had the option of picking their breakfast favourites from the side order list.
The side orders are priced individually so diners can have just what they fancy on a plate like perhaps, egg and sausages or baked beans and smoked chicken ham.
Omelettes, she said could be prepared with a choice of tomatoes, sautéed onions, sautéed mushrooms, beef bacon, smoked chicken ham or cheese (cheedar, feta or brie). Scrambled eggs are also given prominence here as they are served with Smoked Salmon On Toast.
According to Anselm, the outlet’s Eggs Benedict is popular with the crowd.
This dish is a serving of two poached eggs on toast with Hollandaise Sauce with a choice of smoked chicken ham or smoked salmon.
Pastries, waffles, pancakes, French toast, Churros, Strawberry Banana Crepe, Fresh Fruit Salad and muesli are other breakfast favourites offered here.
Part of the breakfast appeal is in the Power Juice and Smoothies section, catering to the health conscious.
Specialties include Banana and Fig Smoothie, Apricot and Brazilian Blend, Melon Berry Crush, Mocha Smoothie, Chocolate Banana Smoot-hie and any one of the milk shakes.
Now that’s a great choice for breakfast!