Thursday, October 3, 2013

Bite Hopping: Telawi, Bangsar Part 1

Bite Hopping is my new cafe-hopping series that will feature a few F&B places that I have visited within a specific location and where else better than to start than in food haven, Telawi Bangsar.

So on a recent Friday afternoon, I met up with my childhood friend who was finally back in Malaysia for good after years studying overseas and we decided to catch up over brunch and coffee. Our first stop was Nutmeg in Bangsar Village II.

The restaurant was in front of the Haagen Dazs stall and at first glance, it looked like any other modern day restaurant with low lighting and a cake and dessert display. But what really caught my attention was the back wall of hanging potted plants where natural sunlight was streaming through the window. Naturally we opted to sit there.

Having read a review from Drops of Contentment on this place, I ordered the Nutmeg Big Breakfast. The dish comes with two eggs made any way you like, confit mushrooms, lamb sausage, toasted brioche, roasted garlic tomatoes, hash potatoes or fried macaroni and cheese and house-cured salmon or salted beef.

At RM28, it was a nicely proportionate dish. The mac and cheese was served hot and the insides are melted and gooey with cheesy goodness. I had my eggs scrambled and it was whipped to creamy perfection with milk. Confit mushroom are the main reason I love big breakfast sets and the mushroom served at Nutmeg was succulent with flavour and not oily at all. The same goes for the tomatoes which I usually do not like in general but it was so good I finished it.

The toasted brioche does well to settle the various flavours on my palate and helped to balance out the saltiness of the beef especially when eaten with the eggs. The lamb sausage was the only thing that didn't do it for me as it was too dry and salty. But that didn't stop me from finishing up everything. 

Another crowd favourite is their Pan Seared Slow Cooked Chicken (RM32) served sauteed mushrooms and garlic mash potatoes which my friend ordered. Turned out that slow wasn't quite that slow at Nutmeg as her dish came before mine. The chicken was pan-fried and as a result, the skin was light and crunchy without compromising the succulent texture of the meat. The chicken was juicy with seasoning specially when dipped into the pear and walnut chutney that accompanied the mushroom. The mash potatoes too was creamy and flavourful with garlic.
A crowd favourite is the pan seared slow cooked chicken served with sauteed button mushrooms and garlic mashed potatoes - See more at:
A crowd favourite is the pan seared slow cooked chicken served with sauteed button mushrooms and garlic mashed potatoes - See more at:

Next we adjourned to Coffea Coffee cafe along Jalan Telawi 2. A Korean -Malaysian collaboration, it was no surprise to see customers of both nationalities coming to this cafe to fulfill their shared love for coffee.

Coffea Coffee's beans come from Brazil, Kenya, Ethiopia (countries that sprout the best marathon runners in the world) and Colombia to name a few. The beans are then roasted and blended into two unique flavorings,  chocolaty-bodied Maestro and fruity Madonna. My friend and I opted for the Madonna in our Latte and Cappuccino respectively for a lighter flavour to our drinks.

I must say that both drinks do nicely for an afternoon cuppa, smooth and not too strong . They weren't expensive at RM10 per cup. Overall, for a nice homey ambiance, free wifi and a good cup of coffee, Coffea Coffee was one of the more decent coffee cafes in the area.

Finally, we popped over to Wondermama in Bangar Village I for dessert and another round of coffee to smooth our sweet tooth.  Wondermama was one of my favourite places in Bangsar for its delicious fusion dishes like the salted egg fried rice and nasi lemak with soft shell crab. Its decor was pretty retro and nostalgic too with its school canteen concept. 

Torn between the selection of cakes at the front counter, I finally opted for the Salted Caramel Chocolate cake which turned out to be a miss. To be fair, this was the first and only time something here didn't wow me. The chocolate cake was a tad dry and hard, probably from being kept in the cooler for too long and there wasn't enough salted caramel in between the chocolate layers. My friend and I had to topple it over and break it apart to find the caramel inside which wasn't much. It just came off as a very disappointing chocolate cake. 

Fortunately, the coffee fared better.

This time, I ordered the hot Caffe Latte while my friend had the iced version and we were taken back to our pre-school days by the tin cups the drinks were served in. Of course, mine was cuter as it had a cow on it and came with the old school sugar biscuits.

Wondermama coffee was simple and non-fussy. None of that special blend of beans from a mystical land. It was just good old coffee mixed lovingly with skim milk and served with brown sugar and syrup water on the side for the hot drink. 

Our drinks were RM8 each but we didn't have to pay the full price.

Because it was Latte Week! We got a 50% discount off our drinks which wasn't much but it was a nice surprise to two unemployed girls (why else would we be food-hopping on a weekday?). Wondermama has weekly discounts on Mondays and you can find out more about that on their Facebook page.

Address: UGF-28A, Bangsar Village II, Jalan Telawi 1, Bangsar Baru, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-2201 3663
Operating hours: 9:30am -10pm

Coffea Coffee
Address: 8, Jalan Telawi 2, Bangsar Baru, Kuala Lumpur.

Tel: 03-2201 3338
Operating hours: 9am - 12am

Address: G6, Ground Floor, Bangsar Village 1, Jalan Telawi 1, Bangsar Baru, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-2284 9821
Operating hours: Sun - Thu: 9:00 am - 10:30 pm
                           Fri - Sat: 9:00 am - 11:00 pm

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