Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Weekend in Kuala Lumpur - Hello, Bangsar!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Antipodean Café, Bangsar
Antipodean Café

I used to think that "real" travelling means only doing local things and eating local food, until I realized that locals don't just do local things or eat local food, do they? We live in such a borderless world that local cultures are hardly limited to long-time traditions. Increasingly, cultures (in open economies, of course) are evolving, interacting with globalization and giving rise to seemingly generic phenomenons - take brunch for instance, a quintessential sunday luxury that is popular almost everywhere. But really, as long as we enjoy it, does it matter if you're doing the same thing except in different countries? To me, traditionally, visiting Kuala Lumpur equated to eating up a storm of street food. But what if you knew about an enclave with chic restaurants and bars coupled with eclectic, boutique shopping? Everyone, meet Bangsar.

Big Breakfast, Antipodean Café, BangsarFlat White and Mocha, Antipodean Café, Bangsar
Big Breakfast, Antipodean Café, Bangsar
Flat White, 9 MYR, Iced Mochachino, 10 MYR, Big Breakfast, 19 MYR

Our first stop was Antipodean Cafè - the place for Brunch at Bangsar. This Australian-style café takes its coffee seriously, using only single origin beans from Indonesia roasted by the country's very own leading specialty coffee roaster, Merdeka Coffee. My flat white was medium-bodied, soft and aromatic - really easy to drink, though just a tad bitter. M's Mochachino was smooth with just the right thickness, the chocolate rounding up the coffee really well. For the first time, I'm rooting for Mocha over flat white! A major draw here is the creamy and fluffy scrambled eggs served upsized - really got me wondering how many eggs went into each serving. What's your guess? Seriously though, one breakfast set with scrambled eggs is all the scrambled eggs you need for two, even though the eggs are fabulous. You're better off sharing and getting something else like french toast or omelette - or you might just end up scrambling to finish the scrambled eggs (like us). By the way, I thought it was great that the mushrooms were full of bite and served in chunks instead of the slice-to-death treatment that they're normally subjected to. The spicy sausage was delicious, too.

Antipodean Café, Bangsar
Croissant Scrambled Egg with Bacon, Antipodean Café, Bangsar
Croissant Scrambled Egg with Bacon, 18 MYR

Faced with such a strong contender, the croissant scrambled egg with bacon really paled in comparison - the croissant was edible but limp and uninspiring, and the bacon, more like ham (still tasty, though).

Antipodean Café, BangsarAntipodean Café, Bangsar
Antipodean Café, Bangsar
Beautiful selection of baked goods

A beautiful selection of baked goods spans the entire counter. If only we had space for desserts! With the exception of the croissant, I enjoyed everything I had at Antipodean. Gotta say it's one of the better brunches I've had at a price point that is almost too good to be true.

bangsar - jalan telawi
blurry boutique, bangsar
blurry boutique, bangsar
Blurry Boutique

Needless to say, shopping was next! Basically, all you have to do is walk uphill from Antipodean and you'll find the cluster of boutiques in the first photo. There are a couple of cool stores directly opposite the shopping centre, Bangsar Village, as well. These stores aren't selling designer clothing, and the quality does fluctuate, but I managed to find some really great pieces! Here are four stores that I liked: Quirky Brown Cow, Glamz, Blurry Boutique and Blueberry. Isn't the decor in these boutiques fabulous? Even window shopping would have been a good experience!

quirky brown cow, bangsar
quirky brown cow, bangsar
Quirky Brown Cow

Now the next time you head to KL, you'll know what to do when you're done with the street food!


Antipodean Café
20 Jalan Telawi 2, Bangsar Baru, Kuala Lumpur, MY.
+60 3-2282 0411
8:00 am - 10:00 pm daily
Website

Quirky Brown Cow
Lot 23-1, Jalan Telawi 2,
Bangsar Baru, 59100 Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur, MY.
Tel: +603 2201 0212
Website

Glamz
No 8, Jalan Telawi 2, Bangsar Baru, Kuala Lumpur, MY.
Tel: +60 3-2282 6778
Mon - Sat: 12:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Sun: 11:30 am - 7:30 pm
Website

Blurry Boutique
6A (1st Floor), Jalan Telawi 2,
Bangsar Baru (Opposite Rocky Coffeeshop), Kuala Lumpur, MY.
Tel: +603 22016113
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm daily
Website

Blueberry
8, Jalan Telawi 4,
Bangsar Baru, Kuala Lumpur, MY.
Tel: +603 22831663
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm daily
Website


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  1. thanks for the boutique compilation in Bangsar..will explore them next time :)

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  2. Thanks for the great write up on Bangsar. I will be heading up next week and checked out hotels http://www.trivago.sg/kuala-lumpur-75619/hotel in Bangsar but apparently there are not many. Would you recommend any in Bangsar? Or did you stay in KL?

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    1. Hi Tom, I stayed in KL and took a train to Bangsar. There's a tonne to eat in KL so I wouldn't recommend staying at Bangsar itself unless you're certain that you'll be hanging there for the most part. Hope this helps.

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