Friday, July 4, 2014

Missing Marbles & Buku Tiga Lima @ Ipoh

A fair share of Ipoh’s cafes refuse to coast simply on superficial charm alone, making sure their menu also exceeds expectations. The most ambitious of these are two businesses situated side-by-side in Ipoh’s Old Town enclave.

Missing Marbles explores Asian recipes with contemporary twists ...

... such as soy-braised lamb ribs coupled with calrose rice and sakura leaves ...

... as well as a luscious dessert of lychee fruit with custard and vanilla ice cream.

Next door, Buku Tiga Lima invites customers to linger beneath a ceiling adorned with quirkily colourful lamp-shades ...

... while savouring triumphant temptations such as bagels stuffed with ingredients including foie gras, smoked duck, soft eggs and ricotta cheese.

Fans of Buku Tiga Lima also swear by the calorie-laden crepes here, crowned with the likes of Mars chocolate bar chunks, mascarpone cheese and hibiscus curd.

The text of this review first appeared in the April issue of Going Places, the in-flight magazine of Malaysia Airlines.

Missing Marbles & Buku Tiga Lima
Jalan Sultan Yussuf, Ipoh, Perak

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12 comments:

  1. this restaurant looks interesting, definitely will visits if i can travel there~

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    1. Happy walker: hope you manage to make a trip to ipoh :)

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  2. A very rustic look here, Sean. :)

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    1. Linda: that's a good description for these outlets :)

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  3. Yea, ipoh has many worth-visiting cafes too. When are you coming over and hunt for Penang food? :P

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    1. Ken: heh, maybe not too soon, since i lived in penang for three years :)

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  4. Lost your marbles? Or you're talking about some other marbles. Muahahahaha!!!! I like Buku 555, nostalgic touch. Can't say I like the decor - both places, trying too hard and doing too much. There is beauty in simplicity.

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    1. Suituapui: oh, i quite like the intricacy and the effort and the creativity, heh :D

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  5. The decor is really old-school....the bagel with foie gras and eggs at Buku Tiga Lima sounds like a winner!

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    1. Baby Sumo: oh yeah, they've managed to maintain a lot of the old elements in this shop-house row :) and ya, that's a memorable burger (though i'd have liked even more liver in it, heh) :D

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  6. havent been to Missing Marbles yet but Buku Tiga Lima's crepes are my fav!

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    1. Rebecca: they do rival any of the top crepes in KL! :D

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