Last week over lunch, one of my new colleagues asked how I’ve been enjoying the food since I got back, and I gave him the most unthinkable answer one could give about food in Malaysia: “To be honest,” I said, “I’ve been kinda underwhelmed.” He looked aghast, as did the rest of the table.
I wasn’t really referring to the local offerings when I said that, (despite how the quality of local dishes have also gone down, the good ones are still excellent, even if you have to hunt for them.) Being away from home for ten years taught me to appreciate new cuisines and new foods, especially western breakfasts, or brunch. Bacon or sausage and eggs with toast, pancakes or hash, plus coffee, juice or milk and a side of micro salad or fruit cup–hearty, balanced and delicious!
Sadly, the new wave of cafes that have mushroomed around town–that I’ve visited, and with the exception of Acme–don’t hit the mark. After a series of rather lackluster western breakfasts, I’ve decided I will only write about cafes with dishes that really hit the spot. And hence, here I am with this post! Continue reading
The eating hasn’t stopped. I haven’t even gone through my list of classic Malaysian favourites, and now I’m sidetracked by the contemporary dining scene in Kuala Lumpur. A friend and I went to Acme Bar & Coffee (ABC) last weekend, because she was craving an American-style brunch and I was curious to visit this much talked-about place.
ABC is a full-service restaurant featuring modern American dishes with a slight pan-Asian influence. The wine list, seasonal entrees, lunch selection (includes soups, salads and sandwiches) and desserts all sounded innovative and mouthwatering, but last Sunday, we were there for breakfast, (or brunch as I like to call it) which runs from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on weekends. Hurrah for all-day breakfasts!
Weekends get crowded in this double-storey, industrial themed restaurant — I’m glad my friend Cissie made reservations. We were led past a bar — from which coffee and cakes are also served — and into the ground floor dining room. During the day, the space is beautifully lit by natural light seeping in through tinted glass panels at the front of the restaurant, which is perfect for food-photography! The casual yet upscale vibe at ABC is quite inviting, and whether you choose to dress up or dress down during the day, it makes no difference. Outdoor seating is available too, provided it isn’t a searing hot day. Continue reading