Friday, August 30, 2013

Oro Cafe @ Hilton KL & The Bakery @ Marks & Spencer KLCC

It's a cornucopia of carbs! Checking out a couple of new bread-laden destinations: Oro Cafe at Hilton KL & The Bakery at Marks & Spencer in Suria KLCC.

Our stop at Oro was for window-shopping: We browsed but never bought these bagels (RM26++), stuffed with the likes of roast beef, mozzarella & sun-dried tomatoes.

The quiches (RM21++) looked alluring; one had spinach & feta, the other promised smoked turkey & leek fondue. Maybe next time. Definitely next time.

Danishes, macarons & cakes are also available at Oro, as is coffee. The Hilton describes this lobby-level outlet, which is part of the hotel's F&B revamp, as a "classic barista cafe," complete with a polished marble bar counter.

More waistline-wrecking temptations to be found at KLCC's Marks & Spencer, where an in-house bakery opened this month, serving a sweeping, scrumptious selection.

 Everything from Bramley apple turnovers to peach-&-cream tarts; resistance truly is futile.

 The Bakery's croissants, beautifully flaky, are born of French-made dough, flown into Malaysia to be baked right here inside this KLCC store.

 Malted wheat baguette, slow-baked with bran & barley malt flour, evincing a golden-crisp crust.

Muffins oozing with lemon cream; densely moist & flavorful, exactly how they ought to be.

Oh, remember that turnover? Here it is, made with Britain's most popular cooking apple.

Almond croissant & choc chip shortbread. Caveat: We've purchased these pastries at various hours over the past two weeks, learning eventually that they taste terrific when bought at 11am, but the stock that's left at night (with a 50 percent discount) has clearly faded in freshness.

 Our indisputable favorites here: The sweet stuff, including this buttery, sugar-topped Eccles cake with a potently fruity currant filling.

 Caramel tart with nuts. Gooey greatness; this one might haunt our dreams for many months.

 The Bakewell tart, with a sponge of almonds & base of jam surrounded by shortcrust pastry, is less decadent but nonetheless delightful.

 The Bakery is inside Marks & Spencer's food hall, where other pleasant surprises await: this intriguing bag of crisps is emblazoned with the words "Honey Roast Wiltshire Ham" & a non-halal sticker. The ingredients list shows no pork, but the crisps do have something of a hammy taste.

Love the Cornish clotted cream honeycomb ice cream. Nothing at M&S is overpriced; pastries hover north of RM6, with everything above clocking in well below RM80.

Oro Cafe, 
Lobby Level, Hilton Kuala Lumpur. Open 24 hours a day.
The Bakery,
Marks & Spencer, Concourse Level, Suria KLCC, Kuala Lumpur.

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33 comments:

  1. Marks & Spencer will be my breakfast stop tomorrow! Malted wheat baguette for the father in law and hubby. Muffins are mine...all mine! So this is what the recent renovations were all about. A nice refreshing surprise!

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    1. Missyblurkit: yay, glorious carbs for the whole family! heheh. ya, i didn't expect a bakery to suddenly pop up inside this place, just a few steps away from all the clothes and changing rooms at Marks & Spencer =)

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  2. Looks like a great variety of pastries, I must try every one of them

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    1. Cquek: ya, i'm usually not a major fan of pastries, but these ones are too tempting! have to surrender to their deliciousness! :D

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    2. Same here. Not a fan of pastries but i did love them when i was in Paris. Must be the taste! :P

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    3. Rebecca: the ones at M&S are above-average too, especially when they're fresh in the morning! probably some of my favorite pastries available in the city :D

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  3. Hmmmmm...malted wheat baguette...never had that before but the golden-crisp crust sounds inviting...hehe =)

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    1. Ulric: ya, the exterior is crunchy (but not brittle), and then it gives way to a dense bread interior, a bit savory-tasting. I think it'd go well with some good salty butter :D

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    2. I think it will go well with some crispy pork bacon! :P

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    3. Ulric: hahah, use the baguette to make a sandwich, you mean :D

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    4. Yes! And juicy crackling siew yoke is another good bet too! :D

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    5. Ulric: siu yok sandwich! With horseradish mustard =)

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    6. Yep yep! *nods vigorously* =)

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    7. Ulric: haha, yeah, we don't have quite enough pork sandwiches available in kl =)

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  4. liked the pastry~ yummies~ haha~ sorry keep comment in a short note, don't really mean it de~ >.<

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    1. Mr Lonely: heh, ya, pastries are a good way to snack in the afternoon, in between lunch and dinner :D

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  5. Oooo...clotted cream! Can't get that here. I love that with fruit jam on rich buttery scones - the authentic English cream tea.

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    1. Suituapui: oh yeah, great for a teatime treat! makes me want to have it right now, just thinking of it :D

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  6. So tantalizing, Sean! I just love in-house bakeries!

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    1. Linda: that's true, the allure of a bakery with fresh goodies is just one of the great pleasures :D

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  7. Waahhh...Mark & Spencer's Bakery!! Hope they'll have more outlets in future.

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    1. Melissa: ya, let's cross our fingers that these bakery will be in more shopping malls. it's definitely above-average, as far as bakeries are concerned :D

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  8. oooo!!!! sounds like i must pay a visit to M&S in KLCC!!! cool!

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    1. 女飞侠: ya, the next time you're at KLCC, remember to hop by M&S for some pastries! :D

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  9. I'm almost considering running out of the office to get one of those caramel tarts to get me through the afternoon!

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    1. The Yum List: those caramel tarts are almost worth doing that! they're devilishly good. they could be my next addiction, heh :D

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  10. This post reminds me that I still have some Hilton's vouchers, and going to expired in September.
    Caramel tart with nuts looks yummy!

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    1. CK: ooo, it's only two more days until september! good to use as soon as possible, especially since hilton has a few new outlets now :D and ya, the caramel tart was my favorite! =)

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  11. I'm glad M&S are extending their product range in KL. I love their stuff very much, though slightly pricier, they are really good quality products.

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    1. Baby Sumo: oh ya, that's true. i think in this case, it's worth paying a bit more for that assurance of satisfaction and high standards of food ingredients :D

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  12. You know that is the one thing I have missed when I've been here - M&S food! In the UK its always the place to head pre-pic nic for some well priced, reliably delicious goodies. Good to see them championing the good old British favs of eccles cakes and bakewell tarts :)

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    1. YouHadYourLunch: oh yes, this could become quite a foodie hotspot in klcc, and the food all does seem reasonably priced, especially with our ringgit currently so weak vs the pound, etc. And it's great to hear that a true-blue Englishwoman approves of purchasing food from M&S, it's a nice vote of confidence for these cakes and tarts =)

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  13. Hi there ! I've been drooling over these scrumptious bad boys for a long time now and finally tried two of them out today, Double Chocolate chip cookie and Chocolate chunk shortbread...and oh boy am I in heaven for an instance. Will definitely return to try more of their bake goods!

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