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.
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.