Monday, October 28, 2013

Quar/Tet @ TTDI Taman Tun Dr Ismail

Music's the food of love at Quartet, tunefully run by four friends belonging to various indie bands.

Quartet, which opened this past weekend, will probably prove a smash hit in Taman Tun; it's the ideal hipster hangout for this neighborhood, buzzing with positive vibes.

Check out Quartet's vinyl collection; the playlist is a little too loud & lacking in melody for our liking, but then, music's even more predicated on personal fancies than food. The harmonic highlight of our two hours here: The Cure's "Friday I'm In Love," making us wish that Quartet had found space for New Order, Depeche Mode & Erasure as well on its speakers.

The menu plays it safe with crowd-pleasing favorites; expect eggs pleasantly poached with either spinach (our choice, RM15 nett), smoked salmon or turkey ham, drenched in hollandaise sauce.

Honest, hearty fare; the bagel stuffed with salmon & cream cheese, paired with a crisp salad (RM16), works well for brunch. Quartet's soft-opening menu remains limited, with a kitchen that closes by 6pm, but eventually, a fuller selection will be available for dinner.

Chicken-&-spinach quiche. Nitpickers might resort to the abominable cliche that this isn't something to "shout about," but satiated stomachs are more desirable than hoarse throats.

Our Quartet favorite: The French Toast (RM12), fulfilling in its flavorful fluffiness, served in a mighty portion with syrup & berry compote. Order this one.

Cakes & muffins look OK. The usual suspects of chocolate, carrot, red velvet & walnut.

Quartet currently obtains its coffee blends from Artisan Roast (one of its founders formerly worked at that increasingly venerable institution; others have links to Subang SS15's Grafa cafe).

Coffee mocktail, intriguingly named 'Jerusalem': Espresso, soda, syrup & ice. This is a cafe where coffee fans congregate; one of VCR Cafe's owners might be spotted chilling out here.

 La Vanilla ice-blended & Old-fashioned hot chocolate; both serve a purpose on a rainy weekend.

Time to raid the closet for mothballed tracksuits?

All in all, Quartet's a place with potential. It helps that the people here seem really nice.

Quar/Tet TTDI
21, Lorong Datuk Sulaiman 7, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur. Row behind Vin's
Sun-Thurs, 8am-9pm. Fri-Sat, 8am-10pm

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34 comments:

  1. ...with your sports attire? Does that mean you do not have to wear it? Hmmm...I can go in my All Blacks' official tee! The Egg Ben sure looks good - wait till you see mind, Hehehehehe!!!! No live entertainment?

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    1. Suituapui: heh, that's a good point to clarify with the quar/tet team! looks like a lot of sports-attired customers will throng this cafe :D am always a fan of poached eggs! and nope, no live performances so far, i think =)

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    2. So if I go in my pilates gear (no sports shoes) does that count?

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    3. Stephanie: ooo, apologies, you'd have to check with the outlet to confirm :)

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  2. WOW! You're really fast. Got to admit, those tiles are dandy!

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    1. Trisha: yeah, those tiles might end up being photographed a lot in the weeks ahead! :D

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  3. Looks interesting.. and I wanna check out their selection of vinyls. worth a visit:)

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    1. Ciki: yeah, you might find an album that you enjoy! especially if you're a fan of brit pop/rock :D

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  4. French Toast looks yummy, I wish I can have that for my breakfast now! hehehe

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    1. CK: you can plan on having that for a weekend breakfast! heheh :D

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  5. Coffee mocktails sounds interesting...but I m leery on the pairing of bagels and eggs...hehe :P

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    1. Ulric: yeah, that coffee mocktail was definitely unusual ... fizzy caffeine :D ooh, sorry for any confusion, but the eggs are only in the first dish, poached. the bagel only has salmon and cream cheese in it =)

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  6. What a creative name for this place, Sean! The coffee looks really good, and I absolutely love poached eggs...and salmon, and spinach, too!

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    1. Linda: yeah, i love the name too! the coffee's satisfying, and so are the egg combinations, u're right! :D

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  7. Everything looks good, would love to try the egg ben and french toast, reasonably priced too

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    1. Ken: yeah, the prices here definitely are a bit lower compared to many other cafes in town. good for them :D

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  8. If the Cure and Depeche Mode are playing I can easily see a few hours happily passed in the cafe.

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    1. The Yum List: i share those sentiments! wish we had a cafe in KL that put depeche mode on its playlist! :D

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  9. Looks like a pretty nice place for brunch.

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    1. Baby Sumo: yeah, i think we'll be hearing more about this cafe in the months ahead! =)

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  10. French toasts are my fav! Even better when it's within walking distance heh..
    Now other than wearing sport attire, do i get extra 10% if i happen to wear them and JOG there? LOL!

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    1. Rebecca: hahah, i think even from your home, i'd prefer to drive! but ya, they might be impressed and pleased to hear that you jogged here to enjoy their french toast! :D

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  11. I will like whatever place that offer salmon in their food menu~ XD

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    1. Mr Lonely: then you'll definitely be pleased here, since there are two or three different recipes with salmon :D

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    2. Mr Lonely: yay for salmon! =)

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  12. Looks like a place I should head in before my workout!

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    1. Missyblurkit: oh yeah, they have healthy smoothies and juices here that could be perfect for pre-workout drinking :D

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  13. And the food looks scrummy...

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    1. Cquek: that's a good adjective for this place! =)

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  14. that french toast looks suitable for breakfast

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    1. KY: i'll happily have it for lunch or dinner too, heheh =)

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  15. they served big breakfast too?

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    1. Wongfei: yep, they do :)

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