Monday, February 21, 2011

Antipodean

After conquering Jakarta, Antipodean has marched into Malaysia and invaded Bangsar, expanding the evil empire of coffee connoisseurs that's terrorizing the Klang Valley.

We were unexpectedly taken captive by this cafe on a recent evening, lured into its clutches by temptations including a chunky pumpkin-&-corn fritter _ subtly sweet but insidiously moreish, coupled with crisp, savory beef bacon.

Antipodean's food menu draws inspiration from recipes spanning Southeast Asia and Australia. Portions are filling, prices are fair and the ingredients taste fresh _ all of which apply to this beetroot, carrot & mixed nut salad with balsamic vinegar.

The Burmese shredded chicken salad is well worth trying, though its tart, almost acidic attribute might be an acquired taste. Most of the salads cost around 15 ringgit.

Salmon fishcake. Many of these items seem cooked-to-order, so the waiting time can be lengthy. But the results should pacify the fussiest of eaters, especially health-conscious ones who want less salt, oil & artificial flavoring in their meals.

Thai chicken satay. Business hours are brilliant: 8am through 10pm, ensuring that Antipodean will soon become a popular hangout for leisurely outings.

Breakfast dishes are available all day long, even till closing time. The banana & honey "porridge" is simple but satisfying _ warm comfort food underpinned by gooey oatmeal.

Desserts on the counter include this caramelized apple-&-raisin cake, as well as other treats such as flourless chocolate cakes and lemon meringue pies.

Of course, many customers will come for the coffee _ mainly Arabica blends from Sumatra, Java, Sulawesi and Bali, produced by Merdeka Coffee, an Indonesian-based franchise that runs cafes in Jakarta, Sydney and Auckland.

We're not crazy for caffeine, but the invigorating brews here hit the spot. Too bad booze isn't sold for now, except for a limited selection of beer.

Latte & doppio.

Babycino & mochachino.

Mango juice & ristretto.

Long black. Enough to keep us perky after we escaped for a midnight screening of 'True Grit' (my favorite current film, one of this year's few Oscar contenders that moved me to tears).

Service is stellar and the setting still sparkles like new.

Antipodean Cafe,
20, Jalan Telawi 2, Bangsar.
Tel: 03-2282-0411
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36 comments:

  1. Took quite a lot out of me to not hit this place up for a cup when I was in the area over the weekend! Had 5 cups of coffee down so didn't want to ruin the first encounter with the beverages here! I will definitely go back soon!

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  2. min: five cups!!! i'm actually humbled by how little coffee i can consume. after having a ristretto and a long black, i couldn't bring myself to take another sip of anything else! :D

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  3. Oooooh. Banyaknya raisins in that cake - looks like they dont stinge on ingredients. :)

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  4. j: oh yeah, i'm hoping they'll eventually expand their menu to add some 'main course' items too (pastas would be nice!) :D

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  5. damn. missed seeing you cry. i hope there will be a repeat performance soon!

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  6. lemongrass: actually, i think you'd probably enjoy 'true grit' very much too (it officially starts showing this thursday, so you'll have plenty of time to catch it!). but in a darkened theater, it'd be very difficult to spot teardrops rolling down another person's cheeks :D

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  7. Oooh a new coffee place! Reminds me a little of plan b. :)

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  8. michelle: ya, the bangsar village + telawi area is booming again with cafes. and there's still space for a few more good ones! :D

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  9. You didn't say how the Thai chicken satay went?

    Loved the way u started the post. V cute and captivating.. just like the Antipodean.

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  10. ciki: ohhh, the satay was thick and tender, but not as flavorsome and smoky as the tradtional warung versions in kl :D thanks! i still can't believe how 2011 is suddenly shaping up to be the year of the coffee =)

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  11. Wow.. coffee drinkers rejoice!!
    Damn.. hw i wish i can drink coffee ;(
    Here in the city of melbourne and whole of my trip & havent drunk any. Cant risk it...

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  12. Tng: heheh, no worries, you'll be home next week and able to drink all the coffee that you want in KL! But yeah, better make sure you get enough rest and sleep during the holiday! :D

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  13. i like the coffee arts. It's always nice when the barista knows how to decorate the coffees!

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  14. eiing: yep, when the beverage is pleasant to look at, it makes it more pleasant to drink as well, rite. heheh :D

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  15. last week when i asked for a special request, the owner was more than happy to help me. thing of it, real breakfast served well and with wonderful customer service.

    asked for the same today and was told eggs can only be cooked scrambled, the kitchen goes to chaos if anything else is allowed. not a great sign for a place quickly building an following.

    lets hope they can get back to customer service soon.

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  16. Stainedhead: sorry to hear that! Maybe they're facing some hiccups with their kitchen operations now, since they managed to accommodate your request previously. Or maybe it could still be accommodated during off-peak hours, if there isn't a busy crowd... Hmmmm....

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  17. Just came back from Antipodean for tea with a few familiar faces - Devil and I give two thumbs up to this cafe! :D

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  18. Lfb: yay, thanks for telling me! It's always nice to hear it when a place manages to stay consistent and keeps its customers smiling! =)

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  19. I am so in love with this place too!!!!!! ♥

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  20. Julie: wonder whether they'll be opening more outlets elsewhere in KL soon :D

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  21. Haha to me Bangsar is just purrrfect!!! They let us bring our pups and chill together =P + provide water and snacks for the dogs.

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  22. jubulicious: a dog-friendly outlet! nice! :D

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  23. Wow~~ I want to try that dessert cake :P

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  24. aizad: it's really good, packed with fruits :D

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  25. i visited this place about 2 weeks ago.. great food & coffee i must say..

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  26. nadia: glad to hear you enjoyed it! thanks for mentioning it =)

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  27. the big breakfast is worthy every penny!was introduced to this place by a friend last week and i'm heading back there this week :)

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  28. vijay: heheh, another satisfied customer :D

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  29. I was there this morning :)

    I enjoyed my breakfast and latte there! Must say, the latte was pretty strong.

    A must-return!

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  30. Ivy: heh, am not much of a coffee fan, but that sounds good =)

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  31. hi sean,
    thanks for the review. i'm a coffee addict & the coffee's really good. i hope they will maintain the quality. i had 2 cups of flat white in a go, that's how good it was. It's difficult to find good coffee in town. Even though plan b's & ben's general coffees r good, i think antipodean's better.
    hehe:)

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  32. janisio: glad to hear you enjoy it! i'm not really good at appreciating coffee, but it's nice hear from coffee lovers :D

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  33. After hearing everyone raving about the coffee here, finally made my way down there to try. It was average. Very average. My friend's flat white was cold and my long black was watery and lacked flavour.

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  34. orangebuddha: yikes, sorry to hear it! i haven't been back since february, but yeah, i know it's pretty popular now :D

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  35. We came here for our new year family brunch and had a horrid experience. Amongst the many issues that happened, our orders were mixed up and after a good hour's wait the correct order finally arrived. However one of the managers / owners came by our table and requested us to leave in 15 minutes as he had a reservation coming in. Despite us explaining to him that our order just arrived he still insisted on us leaving on his requested time and to add salt to injury we had to ask for the bill a good 4 times before it arrived.

    Service issues aside, the breakfast was mediocre at best and the muffin was only half baked (the flour was not even properly baked).

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  36. I found every savoury dish I tried at Antipodean Bangsar, a treat. The cakes are not the best, but really, that was secondary considering I was there for lunch all three times I visited.

    The breakfast, the salads, the soup noodles etc, the meat dishes were all made so well that every bite was a treat. It was the first time my picky eater friend had no complaints about the food.

    I also found it easy to explain changes/ adjustments to the orders as the staff was able to communicate well in English.

    Overall, three visits later, I am happy to return to Antipodean Bangsar.

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