Sunday, August 26, 2012

East Vs West: Minmax & Acme Brunches

East or West, which is best? Here's our chance to put two brunches to the test.

MinMax at PNB Darby Park deals in dim sum, but outlaws pork ...

... so it's pretty much fowl play all the way, from the claws ...

... to the egg yolks, salted and turned into a creamy custard for these hot, fluffy buns.

Pan-fried chicken-shrimp cakes, stuffed with chives and swimming in sweet-sour sauce.

Something hard-to-find: deep-fried chee cheong fan. More crisp, less grease, mercifully.

MinMax has balls, brimming with gooey yam and meaty gravy.

Budget watchers will be relieved that prices here are OK. Two can eat freely for under RM80.

Verdict: Minmax serves satisfying dim sum, making a strong case for Chinese brunches.

Here's where the West takes a stand: From MinMax, we crossed the road and sauntered into The Troika's Acme Bar and Coffee, which has scrapped its weekend buffet and replaced it with a "Breakfast Club" that runs 9:30am-5pm.

Happy to see us: organic eggs with potato hash, sweet onions, chopped peppers, mushrooms, cheese, turkey ham and sea salt.

Crunchy French Toast, boasting brioche bread coated with corn flakes (snap, crackle, pop!), vanilla pods and sliced fruits, drizzled with pomegranate reduction syrup.

Can't call it a complete brunch without Eggs Benedict, made extra savory with kitchen-made salted beef. 

Frittata with fresh ricotta. Most of these cost in the mid-twenties range.

Addictive bundles of pleasure: flaky pastry crusts with chocolate filling.

Brunch cocktails: Fizzy Bucks (freshly pressed orange juice, sparkling wine, grenadine) and Pomegranate Wine Cooler (pomegranate juice, sparkling wine, sprite).

Add a bottle of Santero Moscato, and it's clear that the West is wonderful too. It's a tie; both win!

MinMax @ PNB Darby Park, Kuala Lumpur.
Acme @ The Troika, Jalan Binjai, Kuala Lumpur.
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26 comments:

  1. Oooo I really like the look of the egg yolks at Acme, so orange! Beautiful.

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    1. Baby sumo: oh yeah, a fantastically vibrant color. It steals the spotlight on the plate!

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  2. Make me hungry now....
    6 more hours to go for breakfast..... Lol

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    1. Simple person: hope you get a good Sunday morning breakfast! It looks like I'll be skipping breakfast and lunch, so maybe I'll have to wait 16 hours until dinnertime! =)

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  3. wow french toast with slice fruits??very healthy indeed...bright yellow egg yolks...too sinful for a egg lover..

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    1. Cindy: ya, it's an interesting twist to the usual french toast recipe. and the eggs are irresistible! :D

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  4. Crunchy French Toast - wow!!
    I swore off Acme since my previous experience but the brunch/breakfast continues to impress me! I do want to return now. :)
    The orange hue of the eggs - i wonder if it's organic egg..looks like it :)
    mid - 20s, ala carte = better control of portions and budget for me :)
    til 5pm is a fab idea, cos I foresee myself here for lunch. this is only w-ends yeah? cos you mentioned it replaces the w-end brunches, but not sure if the items are avail ala-carte - lunch w-days. Other than the set lunches of cos.

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    1. TNG: oh yeah, you're right it's organic eggs. i guess that helps to make a difference :D yep, this brunch is only for weekends. on weekdays, they have set lunches, but they also have several 'too late for breakfast' items on their weekday menu which also feature some simpler eggy dishes (scrambled, poached, etc) :D

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  5. How the deep-fried chee cheong fan tastes? Any sauce to go with it?

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    1. CK: it's crispy, tastes mostly like batter. but quite good, since it's not oily. i think the sauce is only the usual chili sauce though! :D

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  6. The best part about dim sum is that you get to order lots of stuff and eat a bit of everything! :D hmm.. imagine if there is a 'western' dim sum. Imagine macarons, tarts, pinwheel sandwiches served in tiny baskets!!!!

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    1. Vien: oh yeah, dim sum is all about pigging out, rite. heh, nice idea about variations of dim sum. i'd like to see a 'japanese' dim sum!!! :D

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  7. So Acme now open at 9.30am? Daily?

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    1. Slee: oh, it's only open at 9:30am on weekends. on weekdays, i believe it opens at 11am :D

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  8. Been wanting to try Acme. Wondering what's their price range like...

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    1. Chong: it's definitely on the pricier side. i'd say allocate at least RM60 for a dinner here, just to be safe, although the a la carte brunch and lunch would be cheaper...

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  9. Did you really eat all that food in pretty much one seating??? Salute man!! The eggs look good indeed, happy hens produce orange egg yolk! I'm sick of these so called free range egg with not very orange yolk. Looks like I shall visit Acme!

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    1. Kelly: heh, it's true, we ate that at both places within a four-hour session =) the color of the yolks definitely helps to whet the appetite! hope you enjoy your breakfast/brunch/lunch at acme! :D

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  10. Technically it should be free range eggs since organic chicken does not exist in Malaysia. Been hoping for
    ABC to open earlier for weekdays as I can have more brekkie options.

    minmax is actually good for its fowl play. Was there for lunch couple of times.

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    1. Missyblurkit: ooh, or maybe it's imported organic eggs, heh. or maybe you're right, maybe it's free-range eggs instead =) yeah, it'd be nice if ABC were open for breakfast on weekdays (even though i usually skip brekkie) :D ya, i have friends who've made many repeat visits to minmax! i'm not a dim sum expert at all, but's quite a good option, i think =)

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  11. dimsum is best eaten on the streets of KL! :P Just sayin.

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    1. Ciki: heheh, going back to the grassroots! but ya, i trust you on that :D

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  12. I'll take both east and west. Hahahahaha... #greedy

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    1. Bangsar-Babe: the best of both worlds, very wise :D

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  13. Moscato, nice and sweet. I'm sure it goes pretty well in a hot day like this!

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    1. Eiling: yeah, it wasn't totally the best match for the savory egg dishes, but still definitely enjoyable :D

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