Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Cafe Berlin @ 1 Mont Kiara Mall

A promising entry into Mont Kiara, serving an array of German, French & Italian bread.

We have trouble pronouncing Cafe Berlin's offerings (vollkornbrot? schwartzbrot?), but even if words won't roll off our tongues, flavors can be relished by our taste buds.

Cafe Berlin supplies everything from simple Vesper mixed wheat bread ...

... to loaves loaded with grainy goodness, great enough to eat on their own.

Dense & heavy with seeds & nuts, making a RM20 ten-slice loaf worth the premium.

Also available: wheat-rye kruestchen & stollen fruitcake (even if it's not Christmas).

Bonus stop: A short drive from Mont Kiara Mall, Swich has opened its dine-in outlet at Publika.
Entries on Swich Cafe at HP Towers: July 20, 2012 & Jan. 6, 2013.

It's a treasure trove of Swich's greatest hits, finally available seven days a week, from irresistible guilty pleasures like butter soft-shell-crab pasta with salted egg yolk ...

... to conscience-appeasing creations like a walnut, fig & pear salad that's vivid with flavors.

The menu at Publika's Swich is only slightly less extensive than the HP Towers outlet's; the cornucopia of comfort food spans pizzas sold by the slice to chunky chicken rendang burgers creamily coated in peanut sauce.

And of course, Swich's now-famed cakes are available too (from time to time, fortunate customers might find Swich founder Cheng Cheng's masterful mangosteen cake up for grabs). The cafe is located on G3, the level above MPH.

Cafe Berlin @ Ground Floor, 1 Mont Kiara Mall, Kuala Lumpur.
Swich Cafe @ G3, Publika, Solaris Dutamas, Kuala Lumpur.
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34 comments:

  1. I m waiting for Swich to offer a ayam percik burger...preferably with a juicy grilled chicken thigh! =)

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    1. Ulric: ooh, you can suggest that to cheng cheng of swich. she's happy to try to please customers if they have interesting new ideas :D

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  2. Wow!!! I'd be spoilt for choice. I'd wish they wouldn't have fusion stuff like chicken rendang though - stay authentic & original...and hey! I love those old-school chairs - except that they're painted white. Old school people like me like such things... Hehehehehe!!!!!

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    1. Suituapui: heheh, old-school is good. classic! :D

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  3. those bread are really nice and fresh..
    yummy.. I am a bread person..

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    1. Simple Person: yeah, i like bread that's satisfyingly grainy. it's filling and fulfilling! :D

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  4. Wow, the dense wheat bread really caught my attention.. I which to sink my teeth onto it right now!!!!!!!!!! Ugh, imagine that with a cuppa hot coffee~ lovely.

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    1. Eunice: yeah, i think that bread could go nicely on its own or with some great butter, heheh :D

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    1. Footfringe: i will drive! =)

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  6. Oh that bread! I must go there right away!! Glad that SWICH is available 7 days now...that is going on my list.

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    1. YouHadYourLunch: yeah, damn the carbs, but good bread is so irresistible :D and ya, a lot of folks haven't managed to visit swich at hp towers since it only opens office hours there, but now everyone can head to publika for their swich fix! :D

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  7. I need to go try the soft shell crab pasta soon... btw I also have trouble pronouncing most German words. They often sound different than they are spelt... luckily I have my brother to teach me. :P

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    1. Baby Sumo: yeah, the combo of soft-shell crab with salted egg yolk is pretty sinful but pretty memorable! :D heh, oh ya, the unc can help us with trying to purchase the bread at cafe berlin! i basically just pointed without pronouncing =)

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  8. Looks like I get to enjoy Swich on weekends now:D Gonna check them out this lobe weekend when my runs end in Solaris:D

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    1. Missyblurkit: ooh, that sounds convenient! ya, swich at publika is still fairly quiet on weekends, maybe cos it's not near most of the other restaurants here. you'll be able to re-energize on great pastas, burgers and cakes after your run! :D

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  9. superb and thanks for the tips! was just thinking on where to get my hubby´s staple food when I am back in Msia in a weeks time!

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    1. Frau: no worries, hope this satisfies your hubby's cravings! :D

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  10. Such specilaty bread shop perhaps can only be found where there are expats and not our local neighbourhoods, pity and a little sad ! True also nearby Solaris are a rich neighbourhood !

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    1. Wong: heh, it's wise of them to set up shop in this location, since they have to make sure there's sufficient demand here for their bread :D

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  11. Absolutely fabulous looking bread! I would go for that! :D

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    1. Huai Bin: yeah, i ended up gobbling half a loaf in the afternoon ... and in the evening, i could barely eat dinner, heh! :D

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  12. Yay, next time can visit Swich on the weekend!

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    1. CK: ya, this swich outlet is open everyday, including for dinner! very convenient :D

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  13. looks so delicate and beautiful.

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  14. Oh my gosh!! I'm so excited to try their breads!! Was just telling my parents how I'm going to miss all the bread I had in Europe!!!!! :P OH GOSH! So much catching up to do!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    1. Vien: welcome back! Yeah, and they do a whole assortment of sandwiches with their bread too. Should make for quite a satisfying lunch! :D

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  15. Hi Sean

    Thanks so much for the mention in your lovely blog! Please do come by for that pesto :) and we hope some new items will make their way to our menu soon! Always great to catch up with you and your friends.

    Take care :)
    Cheng Cheng

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    1. Cheng Cheng: thanks, and again, am really glad we made it just in time to catch you before you left! Hope your dinner turned out pleasant :D and yes, that pesto pasta is on my next-time list for swich. Will definitely drop by the next time we're at publika =)

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  16. butter soft-shell-crab pasta with salted egg yolk does sound very enticing

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    1. KY: yeah, it really hits the spot! must be all the cholesterol, heh :D

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  17. Walked past cafe Berlin today during my groceries run and it smells so good! Spotted some really good looking croissants so must get my hand on them soon!

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    1. Kelly: the scent of fresh bread is quite intoxicating, ya! Ooh, I just had a cheese-stuffed croissant for lunch today, so I'm feeling doughily satisfied, heheh =)

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