Thursday, August 23, 2012

Bonjour Garden & Roti Man Bakery

Visiting two suburban bakeries, both satisfactorily stocked with doughy delights. 

First, Kota Damansara's Bonjour Garden, which features fountains and ferns for a striking setting.

Supervised by Kobe-born, Paris-polished master baker Yukichi Matsubara (formerly of The Loaf), Bonjour offers everything from custard-filled buns to pastries topped with Gula Melaka, but we only had space for sourdough. Not bad, but not entirely representative of Bonjour's capabilities.

Fancy ordering breakfast at 9pm? Bonjour's rise-and-shine sets, complete with chicken sausages, eggs, baked beans and thick slices of bread, remain available through nightfall.

Hot meals are on the menu too, ranging from steaks to fish and chips. Prices are reasonable _ not cheap but comfortably far from extravagant. 

Bonjour also has a kiosk that's operating at Isetan 1 Utama's Eat Paradise through Sept. 30, so that's another avenue to check out Matsubara's creations.

Next up, The Roti Man Bakery in Sri Petaling.

The Roti Man serves residents of my neighborhood with fluffy, fresh-tasting treats like sweet potato buns and pumpkin rolls.

Our preference: pumpkin! There's something about it that simply tastes better.

No surprise that bread loaves are a big deal here, with enough choices to make heads spin.

We love this dense dark rye one, offering many mouthfuls of almonds, walnuts and raisins.


Bonjour Garden,
Central Park Building, Jalan PJU 5/13,
Dataran Sunway, Kota Damansara. Walking distance from Sunway Giza.

The Roti Man Bakery,
Jalan Radin Bagus, Bandar Baru Sri Petaling, Kuala Lumpur.
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38 comments:

  1. The dark rye bread reminds me of the stuff I buy from victoria market in melbourne!

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    1. Michelle: I'd happily eat that loaf of bread as a replacement for a whole meal! :D

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  2. When I read Roti Man, the first thing that crossed my mind was whether it was related to Roti Boy. Am glad that from the look of pics it surely isn't:P

    Sour dough! Am glad to see more paces serving it now. Gonna check it out over the weekend and see how it compares to Craft Bakers and the Bread Shop.

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    1. Missyblurkit: heh, maybe Roti Man is the more mature, more experienced version of Roti Boy :D oooh, i think Craft Bakers and The Bread Shop are still among my top picks. especially the former =)

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  3. I love dense bread! sooo good with crunchy peanut butter and blueberry jam!!! hmm... soft, fluffy bread's good too though! but I'll feel healthier with dark bread heheh

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    1. Vien: sounds like a great spread, though i tend to prefer eating the bread without anything on it at all! :D

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  4. The dark rye full of walnuts and raisins looks perfect for breakfast toast.

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    1. The Yum List: it's lunchtime as i'm typing this right now and i wish i had some bread to nibble on =)

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  5. Pumpkin rolls sounds good for breakfast, with a black coffee, ahhh so nice. :D

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    1. CK: or pumpkin rolls with pumpkin soup and pumpkin salad! :D

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  6. the pumpkin rolls certainly looks delicious...
    and I don't see many bakery have this pumpkin bakery

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    1. Simple Person: ya, when i saw that pumpkin roll, i knew i'd definitely be buying it =)

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  7. Heard good stuff about Roti Man. But getting a parking spot around that area is a real challenge. Haha.

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    1. Chong: true! the ideal time might be in the early evening, when people are leaving the area after work but before other people head here for dinner :D

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  8. Wah the first bakery looks really pretty! But I think I'll love Roti Man more, just because of its cute name! haha I remember when I was young, there was this man on motorbike going around the houses selling roti, snacks and ice-cream, and we called him Roti Man!! "Rotiman is here, rotiman is here!" and we'd go running out to stop him. Memories!

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    1. Iamthewitch: yeah, Bonjour is quite beautifully decorated! you're right though, even though Roti Man is a more simple-looking place, it's got a catchier name! heh, we share similar childhood memories! my grandparents and aunt would also call out for the Roti Man! guess it was the same all over malaysia back in the 70s, 80s and maybe even 90s :D

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  9. the roti man is so near to my place! but it is always closed whenever i pass by :(

    ---ohfishiee.blogspot.com

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    1. Fish: yikes. i didn't realize it closes so early. i thought it would open until at least 9pm, but maybe i'm wrong =)

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  10. The bonjour garden looks like it's taken up a pretty large space! The setting does look very nice for a yumcha session too..heh

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    1. Drops of Contentment: oh yeah, Bonjour Garden is in a complex that also houses a food court next door (separated area though). ya, even on a weeknight, there's quite a decent number of customers lepaking here :D

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  11. Very nice 'roti' shop. I like the garden area.

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    1. Melissa: ya, it's strange to find this garden-like area amid all the shophouses of kota damansara :D

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  12. Ah... a bakery in Sri Petaling! Will check it out soon ;)

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    1. Baby Sumo: i'm happy that there's a good bakery just a five-minute drive from my home =)

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  13. Yes, I've tried some of the breads at the Bonjour counter in Isetan and liked what I tried :-)

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    1. Pureglutton: heheh, i guess master baker Yukichi Matsubara's years of experience have produced a result of quality products :D

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  14. my fav bakery that's so conveniently close by is the Bonjour at Isetan! Wait, til 30th Sept means after that..??

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    1. TNG: they said the bonjour at isetan's eat paradise will be operating up to sept. 30. i assume that means they'll either close it or move elsewhere after that (maybe within isetan itself? not sure, heh) =)

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  15. hmmm looks good.. i have never been there.. would give myself a try.

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    1. Love2dine: hope you manage to try it, and that you enjoy it :D

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  16. oh there's a Roti Man at my neighbouring garden, wonder if it's worth going over :p

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    1. Babe KL: Ooo if it's the same Roti Man company, then ya, I think it's worth a visit :D

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  17. the bright pumpkin fillings must be sweet..

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    1. Cindy: a natural pumpkin sweetness, heheh =)

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  18. ahh the bread all looked so nice and now I felt like having a piece now!

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    1. Eiling: fresh bread is a wonderful thing! :D

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