Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Watercolour @ Mont Kiara & Uneed @ Solaris Dutamas

If we had to paint a mental picture of Watercolour, it's one of those cafes that flies under the radar, quietly churning out good sandwiches & pastries for its fans.

Watercolour isn't content to serve the same old stuff available anywhere. Its Beef Burger Gipfel (RM19) features an Aussie meat patty stuffed with fresh veggies in between croissant-like flakiness. A fun change from ordinary burgers (tastes healthier too, like a real balanced meal).

European bread recipes do feature prominently on the menu: Watercolour's hot dog takes a chicken mushroom sausage & jams it into a laugen lye roll, topped with mustard, mayo, olives, onions & gherkins. With potato crisps on the side, it's a fair bargain for RM14.

Much more available, from baguettes, bagels, pain au chocolate, sourdough & rye bread ...

... to cupcakes, cookies, doughnuts & muffins. It's a smorgasbord of starch; note that air-conditioned seating is limited here, so most customers will have to take a table outdoors. On the bright side, parking is a breeze; plenty of visitors' space inside the Mont Kiara Meridin building.

Watercolour's coffee is OK, though not the memorable highlight of this cafe.

Less than a five-minute drive from Watercolour, there's Uneed, another low-profile cafe, this one tucked away at the back of Solaris Dutamas, behind the primary stomping grounds of Publika.

The menu's eclectic: Caesar salad with oak-smoked salmon, nasi kerabu & burgers of Arab bread filled with beef, chicken or even ikan bilis. But we skipped the savories & tried only dessert: This thick, doughy creation with strawberries, mascarpone cheese, cranberry sauce & almonds seemed interesting but tasted a bit too tart. Maybe the savories would fare better.

No real complaints about the affogato or the latte. Wouldn't remember what they taste like the next morning, but wouldn't hate ourselves for ordering them either.

Watercolour Gourmet Bakery & Cafe.
G2A, Mont Kiara Meridin, Jalan Duta Kiara, Mont Kiara, Kuala Lumpur. 
Tel:  03-6207-8942
Open daily, Mon-Fri 730am-8pm, Sat-Sun through 6pm

Uneed Cafe
D5-G3-1, Solaris Dutamas, Kuala Lumpur
Open Mon-Sat, morning through nighttime. Tel: 03-6206-1640

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20 comments:

  1. i really enjoyed the set lunch from Uneed cafe. i tried it weeks ago, RM10 for a cup of cafe latte and nasi kerabu (with rendang chicken and salted egg). ^^

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    1. 女飞侠: thanks for the info! sounds good, i like nasi kerabu, and i wish i had the stomach space to order it that evening. will try to return to uneed one of these days =)

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  2. Food looks great at both places but I really wonder about the name - the first one. What has watercolour got to do with food? Uneed is fine, I guess, as it sounds like you need...and food is what we need, right?

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    1. Suituapui: yeah, i guess it's cool for some cafes to choose a name that's fun. and 'watercolor' is fitting for the colorful signboard in front of their place! :D ya, i didn't quite love the dessert at uneed, but that was only one item. maybe i'd enjoy their other dishes =)

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  3. Penang is in dearth of a good bakery that serves sourdough, could really find a good one yet! The dessert looks promising though albeit a scoop of Vanilla ice cream will be perfect for me :D

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    1. Ken: ooo, we have a few good bread-makers in kl nowadays, including a sourdough specialist or two ... guess penang will have them too eventually :D and yeah, i think vanilla ice cream goes great with plenty of desserts =)

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  4. yummy again~ hehe, maybe one day i can really follow all your restaurant that you had visited

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    1. Mr Lonely: hope you enjoy the restaurants that you do manage to visit! =)

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  5. Congrats on the newsletter. Another milestone for EDKL :)

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    1. Baby Sumo: thanks! i hope it'll work out well for everyone concerned! :D

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  6. I've heard of this place before, it's their Arab bread execution! :)

    It's not under the radar now that you've posted about it, we shall go and check it out, this is something we both like to eat!

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    1. Huai Bin: great! now i'm tempted to return to check it out too! hope you guys enjoy it and the bread turns out to be satisfying! :D

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  7. Do they serve filter coffee in both cafes?

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    1. CK: ooo, nope, not at these cafes =)

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  8. Ah another bakery for me to try! :D

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    1. Rebecca: lotsa freshly baked goodies! =)

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  9. More reasons for me to make Kiara area my training grounds. Eat then run then eat some more!

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    1. Missyblurkit: i need to follow your example in the running! :D

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  10. Photo No. 2 look very delicious!
    I spotted Hello Kitty cupcake too...hehe...^_^

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    1. Melissa: a nice, fresh croissant 'burger' :D heheh, ya, cute cupcake, :D

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