Three new spots in the Malaysian capital are putting the emphasis on the first meal of the day.
By Adele Chong
THE KITCHEN TABLE
The Scandinavian-inspired interiors of this bijou K.L. eatery come as a stark contrast to its exuberantly presented signature dishes. The brainchild of Marcus Low and Mei Wan Tan, the Kitchen Table first emerged as a limited-seating supper club before reopening as a full-fledged restaurant and bakery in the leafy suburb of Damansara. The thoughtfully curated menu, which sees mod-American fare reinterpreted with carefully sourced Malaysian produce, is a direct product of the coupleâ€™s impressive culinary credentials as well as their travels abroad; Low trained in the UK, while Tan, a pastry specialist, has worked at an array of top-tier London restaurants, including Marcus Wareingâ€™s Michelin-starred establishment at The Berkeley hotel. While Tanâ€™s chewy chocolate-chip cookies have become the stuff of legend for loyal bakery patrons, itâ€™s the restaurantâ€™s Sunday brunchâ€”French toast with macerated strawberries and palm sugar; a fry-up embellished by edamame and tomato jamâ€”that is quickly making the venue one of the most popular late-morning spots in town (23 Jl. SS20/11; 60-3/7733- 4000; thekitchentable.com.my).
With three lady owners at the helmâ€”Leesa Tan, Angeline Yap, and Kenix Limâ€”this recently opened cafĂ© and bakery in Kuala Lumpurâ€™s thriving Taman Tun area draws a lively weekend brunch crowd for its modern European food with a punchy Malaysian flair. Its hip young clientele hails from all over the Klang Valley, often lured by social media sightings of signature plates such as Monsieur Ben Wafelsâ€”a delectable marriage of eggs Benedict and Belgian wafflesâ€”and eggs en cocotte, a ramekin of silken yolk and gently baked whites swirled around a glut of cheese and cream. Decently brewed coffee aside, Frisky Goatâ€™s cozy, vibrantly hued interiors and brickwork also add to its appeal (72 Jl. Burhanuddin Helmi; 60-3/7731 2965; friskygoat.my).
FANCY BREAKFAST CLUB
This deliciously quirky endeavor by young Swiss-trained chef Basira Yeusuff is quietly taking Kuala Lumpur by storm. Together with friends Aida Azwar and Edan Hasan (the husband-and-wife team responsible for the decor) and seasoned barista Faris Chen, the Fancy Breakfast Club operates out of Yeusuffâ€™s own suburban home in Bangsar. Themed weekend brunches and daily breakfasts are inspired by, say, a pastry-oriented spread laid out for Marie Antoinette or, more recently, Wes Andersonâ€™s Grand Budapest Hotel, with desserts such as the Boy With Apple crepe and an artfully concocted Mendlâ€™s Courtesan Au Chocolat (Jl. Limau Manis; 60-12/200-4301; fancybreakfastclub.com).
Â This article originally appeared in theÂ October/NovemberÂ print issue of DestinAsian magazine (â€śKL’s Best Bets for Brunchâ€ť)