Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Nutmeg @ Bangsar Village

Cracking open this week, this shining-shimmering cafe's a splendid sight for sore eyes, a dazzling place that Bangsar's brunch-hunters can now come to know.

Nutmeg's something of a family enterprise, comprising two brothers-in-law for its shooting stars; Gordon welcomes customers & watches over the service crew, while William minds the menu & mans the kitchen. There's more to the team, but these were the two men we met.

 The ideal introduction to Nutmeg is its egg-explosive, early-bird selection, offered through the afternoon. Taking us wonder by wonder, we start with this simple but satisfying fried egg, the magic carpet over a mound of sauteed potatoes, salt beef hash & red peppers (RM16+).

 Don't resist the 'croissant-wich' (RM26+), spilling over with house-cured salmon & the creamiest scrambled eggs. Nutmeg's fare feels touched by homemade, honest virtues, likely since William has spent more time cooking for his family & friends than for restaurants.

 Hold your breath, it gets better: Spinach frittata (RM18+) stuffed with sun-dried tomatoes, onions & a stinky-special surprise unmentioned on the menu: blue cheese.

 Nutmeg might be a no-pork eatery, leaving its Eggs Benedict (RM26+) bereft of bacon, but instead of banking on typical substitutes, Nutmeg's kitchen genies conjure thick, tender slices of salt beef, marinated with what might be nutmeg mace (or were we only dreaming?).

 Three-egg omelet, tinged over, sideways & under with truffle-scented mushrooms (RM15+). 

 Baked eggs with tomato compote & brioche (RM18+). With no one to tell us no, this meal might pursue new horizons of cholesterol. We'll chase our albumin anywhere.

Bagel & Lox (RM21), Nutmeg's own-baked toasted bread with briny-slick salmon, cream cheese, capers & onions (plus a request of scrambled eggs on the side).

With time to spare, we at last let our desserts-desirous hearts decide: Warm chocolate pudding (RM13+) with hazelnut praline & vanilla ice cream.

 Sufficient coffee to send us soaring, tumbling, freewheeling through an endless caffeinated high.

 Red-letter moments come courtesy of red wine. The liquor list's not long here, but that's OK.

 Not exactly a crystal-clear concept, but it's worth noting that Nutmeg's constructed to evoke spaces in a home, with its own 'front porch,' 'living room' & 'back terrace.' 

 Let Nutmeg show us a whole new world of local artwork (for sale on the cafe's walls), currently featuring a fantastic feathered point of view. Strictly for the birds, in a sense.

 Oh, this Aladdin's cave of tasty treasures serves dinner too, from princess-portioned small plates of mussels to main courses of poached salmon, lamb lasagna & spaghetti napolitan.

Nutmeg Cafe,
UGF-28A, Bangsar Village II, Jalan Telawi 1, Bangsar Baru, Kuala Lumpur.
Beside Haagen-Dazs, below Botanical. Generally open during mall hours.
Tel: 03-2201-3663
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53 comments:

  1. Walao! Eggs galore...especially liking the runny fried egg over the mound, the spinach frittata and the baked eggs :3

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    1. Ulric: yeah, all the major types of breakfast eggy preparations accounted for! i think my favorites here were fried, poached & frittata-ed :D

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    2. Their dinner menu sounds good too...dun mind popping by here after work...hehe =)

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    3. Ulric: ya, i haven't actually seen their full dinner selection yet. those items listed above were just some examples they gave, heh. but there'll definitely be salmon in a few forms; the menu-mastermind sure loves his salmon :D

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    4. Nice! Recently it seems I have acquired a fancy for salmon...especially those with good accompanying sides...like the Salmon del Horno at Las Delicias...love their grilled crunchy veggies n mash! :D

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    5. Ulric: yay, that's a healthy-nutritious fish to acquire a taste for :D semi-coincidentally, Nutmeg's poached salmon lunch/dinner dish is accompanied by honey-soused veggies, boiled potatoes & mustard dill sauce. though it's the menu's priciest item at RM38+ =)

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    6. Wow! If tats d priciest I m all for it...since the mustard dill sauce sounds intriguing =)

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    7. Ulric: ya, i like mustard (though not a major fan of dill) =)

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  2. Eat those who lectures u, wahahahahaha!

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    1. 女飞侠: heheh, ya, i actually didn't notice the words on that signboard until my companion pointed it out. then i knew i had to take a photo of it! :D

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  3. So much eggy goodness! I like this place already ;)

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    1. Baby Sumo: yeah, we ended up ordering so many of the breakfast egg dishes, we had no stomach space for the salads, sandwiches & other desserts, heh :D

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  4. Eggs galore!

    Love the cozy settings and yes I shall bear in mind to "Eat whatever I want and if anyone lectures me...I shall eat them too!"

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    1. Missyblurkit: i definitely have fulfilled my egg quota for the week! :D and ya, i love that philosophy on the restaurant's open-kitchen signboard. though i guess we'll never actually be able to put it into practice (except for a playful nibble or a gentle bite!) :D

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  5. Western cuisine, looks very good indeed...but why nutmeg? Doesn't seem to feature in any of the food served.

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    1. Suituapui: ooh, the nutmeg's supposedly used in discreet ways here, as a marinade and hidden within the cooking/preparation process =)

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  6. I especially love the fried egg in the first food photo, Sean! It looks very good. All the dishes seem really nice. I love their bright and flowery decor, too!

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    1. Linda: yes, these eggy dishes definitely brightened up our afternoon! and we could easily spend several hours here, thanks partly to the cheerful ambiance =)

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  7. The deco is interesting, and the food seems good too, worth trying I think. :D

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    1. CK: ya, maybe the next time u're around bangsar, can check this place out! i think it's a fun cafe for group gatherings with friends =)

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  8. At first, I thought every dish would consists of a touch of nutmeg ingredient but it looks like its an eggy affair at this place. Haha.

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    1. Chong: hahah, yeah, i wish i could have shown some evidence of nutmegs here, but i hope the eggs make up for it, heh! :D

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  9. Oh man... I'm now drooling in class. Looks so good!

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    1. Floojo: i hope you managed to have a good lunch in the end (maybe something with eggs!) :D

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  10. This looks worth a try!

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    1. Suanie: yeah, a cheerful, casual cafe with good grub. nice addition to bangsar village :D

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  11. I like eating nutmeg fruits. Nehh...those can easily bought from Penang in packet form wan. But I've not tried Nutmeg in my food. Hmm...interesting!

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    1. Melissa: ooo, my aunts are major fans of nutmegs, but i'm usually not a fan of them as snacks. it'll be interesting to see what recipes can incorporate them successfully =)

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  12. Great looking eggy dishes there!

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    1. Pureglutton: a paradise for egg addicts indeed! :D

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  13. I am pinning this as a place I have to go to!! It looks awesome!

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    1. Cquek: hope you enjoy it! we had a lot of fun eating all these eggs! :D

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  14. The two brothers really like their "eggs" !!!

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    1. Wong: heh, sunshine eggs for a shiny brunch :D

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  15. I swallowed my saliva a few times as I scrolled. Am already in love with this through these pictures. Gosh I love eggs!

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    1. Sycookies: we should all form an egg appreciation society! but yeah, when i saw that the menu here was filled with eggs, i was instantly happy :D

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  16. reminds me of picking up a few bottles of nutmeg juice when I'm back in Penang next time!

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    1. KY: pick an extra one up for me! :D

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  17. I am especially loving the Baked eggs with tomato compote & brioche

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    1. Cquek: yeah, not all brunch outlets offer baked eggs, so it's always nice to find one that does, heheh =)

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  18. Now I know where to come for my EGG fix! :D

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    1. Ciki: Nutmeg is indeed a paradise for eggs! :D

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  19. Finally, a cafe that emphasizes on eggs. And done properly - I'll like to think.

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    1. Tng: the hits outnumber the misses here, I think. And it's both quantity and quality, overall =)

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  20. everything eggs!! this is a nice place for brunch or a light lunch. the eggs looked so yummy!!

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    1. Eiling: oh yeah, very good variety of egg preparations here. i hope this place does well :D

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  21. we had a long wait for the Awesome Carrot Cake cos the waitress forgot our order which in my opinion was not that difficult to remember.. we ordered 2 drinks and one slice of the cake as we were still full from our brunch

    luckily the cake is lives up to its name.. love the texture and moistness (my kind of carrot cake).. i certainly would not mind if the cream cheese topping to be on cheesier :p

    will definitely return to try out the Guinness Misu and all the eggilicious dishes!!

    thanks for the write up sean!

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    1. Whoisnell: thanks for writing! always appreciated =) ooo, glad to hear the taste of the cake managed to compensate for the service mix-up. i've been hearing about the guinness-misu, and i wanna try it too, heh! :D

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  22. Hi Sean, thank you for your review on Nutmeg! We really appreciate the feedback and comments, and are working on improving our food and service. Please do let us know if you have any other suggestions and we hope to see you at Nutmeg soon!


    - Nutmeg Team

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    1. Stephanie: thanks, good to hear that =)

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  23. Good review. Pork-free? Would love to try em if it is...

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    1. Abdul Hakim: yep, no pork is served here =)

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  24. Today May,21 i walked in with my friend by welcome from the NUTMEG crew. So we order one set of lunch which included one fish soup, spicy tuna spaghetti, a carrot cake plus another side order which is two more poach eggs.
    After the soup was serving, the main course which is spaghetti serving. While we eating I found out one short (hair) so I wonder to ignore it, but later one I found out another more. So I invite waiter to ask what was this two little (hair) was.. The waiter was taking my spaghetti away; I think should be asking the chef from kitchen. Then he come out said, the chef also no idea what was it. First they just simply remove two of the (hair) away.
    So I was thinking should I continue my food or I should left it, then I found out another longer about 3cm long (hair). So I decided to ask another waiter for it. She just walk away and said try to find it out for me. But later, she come out said:” so sorry” the chef decided to FOC us this spaghetti.
    Then we thought that we can continue our dessert which is carrot cake, and our side orders which we ordering. About half an hour to go, they never serve us or walk toward us. Just let us sitting there by ourselves. I was wondering how come my food didn’t be serving anymore but others? Then we ask for our order, they just direct replied:’’ we didn’t have any side order!’
    We was so hungry & mad because we sitting there just for a soup and half of the spaghetti with (hairs). Even they said we don’t need to pay, but they never ask whether we need other order? or should they exchange another food for us. But kicking us out of the Nutmeg restaurant. I have go through all the comment of this restaurant only I decided to walk in, but whose know this is so awful lunch & worst experience that we had for today in Nutmeg , Bangsar Village.

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