Thursday, May 19, 2011

Hummingbirds

Walk past too fast and you might not notice that this Bangsar boutique now boasts an in-house cafe that opened this month.

Wasabi macarons are the must-have. Everyone who loves wasabi's effect on sushi should adore this too _ the buttery wasabi-laced ganache is distinctively and delightfully spicy, completely complementing the macaron's sweetness. If you eat only one thing today, let this be it!

Other flavors include the more commonplace raspberry, rose, strawberry, black sesame, lemon, orange, passion fruit & mango. Certainly comparable to Nathalie's and Babycakes in most ways. Each macaron costs RM5, placing them on the high end, but they're worth it.

Nevertheless, man cannot live on macarons alone. So let us eat cake! This luscious durian cake is more than impressive, with a creamy, pulpy center and naturally stinky aroma that clearly comes from real fruit, not mere mousse. The downside: one slice costs a hefty RM16.

Chocolate fudge cake. Less memorable, but still satisfactory (especially reheated).

Peanut butter cupcake in the foreground, red velvet behind. Also among the city's best; the toppings are superbly dense and rich, while the cake base exudes the fresh feel and mouthwatering moistness that many other cupcakes lack. A fair bargain at RM6.50 each.

Hummingbirds Coffee Bar,
Beatrice Looi Boutique,
Jalan Telawi 3, Bangsar.
Tel: 03-2201-5889
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28 comments:

  1. Wasabi macaron sounds very interesting!

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  2. baby sumo: yaaa, we were skeptical at first, but we loved it in the end! maybe it's time we added wasabi into cakes as well, heheh :D

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  3. wasabi macaron? thats a first i must admit!

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  4. Joe: ya, they have the flavor in France and other countries, but this seems to be the only outlet in KL that serves it so far. Hopefully there'll be other interesting flavors in future! =)

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  5. Wow that sounds awesome :D Must give those wasabi macarons a try... looks like it's only a matter of time before things like kunyit and curry start making their way into our desserts. :p -Wendy

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  6. Contentment: gosh, that would be quite a quirky recipe, but great suggestion! I certainly would like to bite into a curry cupcake or a kunyit creme brûlée, heheh!

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  7. Ah, so this is where the wasabi macarons you were gushing about are from. Must. Go. Try. Jugak! :D

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  8. Oh such a pretty place. Must check it out with the girlfriends. :-) Wasabi macaron sounds interesting. I'm sure that I'll like it since I don't care much for the sweet ones.

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  9. lfb: it's the durian cake that i think you'll prefer, you durian-ista/ durian-iva! :D
    lemongrass: heheh, and you can also check out the glamorous evening gowns available here! very elegant, most of them! :D

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  10. I'm a durian connoisseur, is what I am! :P

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  11. lfb: i'm no durian connoisseur, but i can tell a good durian dessert when i taste it! and this durian cake right here will knock your shoes, socks and pantyhose off! made fresh daily with real, unprocessed durian pulp :P

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  12. It'll knock all those off? Howzabout my undies? That's kinda closer to my flesh, if you know what I mean... Not so easy to knock that right off wor... :P

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  13. lfb: nooooo, it's only a metaphorrrrr! your shoes and socks will stay firmly on your feet while eating this durian cake (though it WILL make you wanna wiggle your toes in epicurean ecstasy) :D

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  14. Oh. Ceh. Wouldn't it be more fun to eat this most excellent durian cake while getting closer and closer to commando-style with every bite? :D

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  15. lfb: hummingbirds isn't THAT sort of establishment! coincidentally, i returned here several hours ago, and a friendly, familiar face (to both you and me) walked by and spotted me and a friend munching on macarons! :D

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  16. Oh my! While i dont care much for her designs, i wonder where's she;s getting her pastries from! And i badly need some durians!

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  17. tng: ooh, apparently one of her friends makes the macarons. and he's french-trained :D

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  18. Sounds like a nice place for cakes and all. How much are the macarons going for?

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  19. And i wonder where they source their cakes and macarons from

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  20. qwazymonkey: the macaron pricing seems to be kinda erratic. the first time i went last week, it was 4.50 ringgit; then earlier this week, it became 5 ringgit (but 27 ringgit if you buy five). apparently the owner's baker friends make everything exclusively for her outlet, with different cakes every week :D

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  21. Who dat friendly familiar face?

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  22. I've yet to try wasabi macaroons but it sounds awesome and the cupcakes look to die-for! Have to check out this place next time I'm in Bangsar :)

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  23. lfb: someone who bakes brilliant cakes (including boozy ones too). no prizes for guessing! :D
    sriyany: hope u enjoy it! it's open from morning through night, so the hours are really convenient :D

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  24. Ah. Then may I take the No-Prize home cos I think I know who! :D

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  25. lfb: aiya, my clue so easy wan. it's like saying, the taman desa blogger whose entries could be fodder for a century's worth of hallmark valentine's day cards :D

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  26. Where got easy? For example, I dunno who this Taman Desa Blogger fler is wor. :P

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  27. lfb: i'm startin' with the maaaaan in the mirror... :D

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