Breakfast was the first order of the day and my friends and I agreed in unison where to eat. Aunt Christina's Sarawak Laksa at Nam Chun coffee shop, Lucky Garden is the main reason I frequent Bangsar so often. Besides one in Sunway, this is the only other place I can satisfy my Sarawak Laksa craving. Like myself, Aunt Christina hails from Sarawak herself, making her dish the closest I can get to the authentic version.
For RM5.50, you get two or three big juicy prawns, shreds of chicken and omelette as well as ample bean sprouts atop your Laksa. The broth is sufficient to fill half the bowl and is thicker than the usual Laksa soup due to the flavourful and tangy spices in it. For more kick, you can opt to squeeze half a lime over it or mix some sambal into it.
Coffee was our next stop and we headed over Artisan Coffee Bar in Bangsar Village II for our late morning dose of caffeine. One thing that caught my attention about this place was its menu. It was hanging over the counter, a blackboard with the coffee listings written in a creative way to help the indecisive. You can also ask the barista for recommendations.
My friends ordered the cappucino and latte and allowed me sips. They were both frothy and smooth and had a strong coffee that went down nicely.
Somehow I ended up ordering a iced black. My drink was strong with punchy bitterness that did not dilute with the melting ice in it. I admit I had trouble finishing it and was in dire need of something sweet after that.
Which led me to Starbucks. Their Salted Caramel mocha was one of my favourite drinks the previous year and I am glad they brought it back again for the autumn season. The cold sweet whip cream topped with sea salt and mixed with the bitter-sweet mocha under all that is just heavenly. If anyone from Starbucks is reading this, please make this a permanent item on the menu. And while you're at it, bring in Strawberry Cheesecake Frappacino too. The ones I indulged in while in Japan was simply sinful.
Finally jacked up on coffee, we decided to throw in sugar-high into the mix as well. It was off to Dip N Dip!
As it was a Friday, Dip N Dip only opens at 230pm and by 215pm, we could see people (mainly girls) waiting outside the eatery. We joined the waiting game and at exactly 230pm sharp, a staff opened the door and told us we could come it although they have not yet set up. I found that ridiculous as they should have set up 15 minutes before opening the doors.
Anyway, as soon as the doors opened, swarms of girls and women flooded the place, quickly filling up what available table there is. My group was no different, heading for the table near the chocolate fountain so that we can drool over it. Unfortunately, that too hasn't been set up yet.
After all the countless blogs I have seen on my Facebook feed, I know there is one item on my Must-Try List and that was the Brownie Crepe (RM28.50). Oozing with three types of chocolate, this dessert was big enough to share amongst the three of us. As soon as we took a bite of it, silence resided amongst us before agreeing that it was mouth-orgasmic delicious! The thin brownie layer wrapped within the crepe was crunchy while the chocolate sauces atop was smooth and mingled well without overwhelming.
The Cinnamon Crepe Pouch (M20.50) took a good 20 minutes to come, even after scoffing down the brownies and it was sadly disappointing. We could not taste the cinnamon at all and found the creme cheese overbearing. Probably due to this, I could not taste the apple and banana that was supposedly inside the wantan-like presentation.
Dip N Dip also offers an unique type of drink called dipatte, a combination of hot chocolate, latte and mocha with a dollop of syrup for a sweet twist. I ordered the Mint Dipatte (RM16) and found it could do with more mint. Other than that, it was mild, wasn't too heavy and doesn't make you feel sick especially after consuming so much chocolate.
Dip N Dip was filled to the brim (with girls) by the time we left and I heard on most nights, there is a queue waiting outside so unless you come at opening hours, be prepared to wait a good half an hour before you can get your chocolate fix.
Aunt Christina Sarawak Laksa
Address: Nan Chun Coffee Shop
No. 2-4, Lorong Ara Kiri 2,
Lucky Gardens, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur.
Operating hours: 8.00 am - 2.30 pm (closed every alternate Wednesday)
Artisan Coffee Bar
Address: Level 1, Bangsar Village 2
2 Jalan Telawi Satu
59100 Kuala Lumpur
Operating hours: 10am - 10pm
Dip N Dip
Address: Jalan Telawi, Bangsar,
59100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Contact: 03-2201 5052
Operating hours: Sat-Thu 11:00am - 1:00am, Fri 2:30pm - 12:00am