Sunday, November 30, 2014

Chequers Waffles @ TTDI Taman Tun Dr Ismail


KL's first cafe that specialises in both savoury & sweet waffles served in the spirit of experimentation has opened this week in Taman Tun Dr Ismail, setting the stage for what's expected to be a welcome explosion of waffle eateries in the weeks to come.

 Former engineer Terence, his marketing-whiz girlfriend Michelle & their chef-partner Fazli have made a timely leap to the forefront of the Klang Valley's waffle scene. Waffles-&-chicken are no longer a distant dream, thanks to Chequer creations like the Chicken Cobb Sandwich (RM19), featuring waffles with shredded chicken, hard-boiled egg, avocado, beef bacon, plum tomatoes & curry mayo. Alternatively, there's also the Chicken Square (RM22), with spicy waffles complemented by square-cut chicken, purple raisin slaw, chicken jus & sriracha sauce.

 
 
 Moo Moo (RM25), basically a waffle burger, with sirloin beef patty, cheddar, slaw, relish, crispy bacon & berry BBQ sauce, showcasing the skills of chef Fazli, a vet of establishments like Garibaldi & The Morning After. Are these recipes perfect? No (some need more sauces, others could use fine-tuning in the choice of components), but they're still convincingly tasty & competently textured, hearty & well-priced, served by a hospitable & enthusiastic team that wants customers to leave satisfied.

 
 
 Chequers' waffle version of Eggs Benedict (RM18) with watercress salad makes for a fun change. We like how several different types of kitchen-made waffles are available at Chequers, creating a more compelling sense of variety - this 'Down Home Benny' comes with extra-crispy waffles, while other offerings might surface with, say, waffles laced with pumpkin & cinnamon. Bonus trivia: Terence & Michelle were inspired to start a waffle place following their food experiences in the U.S.

 
 
 Of course, there's a vegetarian waffle too - tinged with bits of spinach, topped with a grilled portobello mushroom, glazed cherry tomatoes, balsamic reduction, rocket salad & shaved parmesan (RM18). Chequers can still push the envelope further with even more imaginative combos, but this works well enough for a promising beginning; the team says it tried out some Asian flavours, but chose to start with a streamlined Western selection first, which functions fine for consistent flavour profiles.

 
 
 Still, there's something akin to a 'goreng pisang' waffle on the dessert list - it's called 'Melting Moments' (RM16), comprising a waffle studded with chocolate chips, teamed with deep-fried bananas, salted caramel sauce, coconut & almond vanilla crust.

 
 
 We're fans of the tiramisu, soft & creamy, served with espresso & wonderfully fluffy waffles. Well worthwhile for RM13.

 
 Coffee is available, as are root beer-based beverages (like this one mixed with chocolate, milk & ice cream), but the star of the show is ultimately the waffles at Chequers, a destination that deserves attention this December. Head here soon before the crowds come.

 
Chequers TTDI
153 Jalan Aminuddin Baki, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur
Mon-Thurs, 10am-11pm; Fri, 10am-12am, Sat, 9am-10am; Sun, 9am-11pm


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26 comments:

  1. As much as I love eggs, it would be hard to believe that I have never tried eggs Benedict, but I haven't. Nice presentations. :)

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    1. Linda: it could be a fun recipe for you to try cooking/preparing at home someday. i think you'd enjoy it :)

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  2. Had the moo yesterday, not bad. Liked the addition of slaw. And not too mayo-ish too!

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    1. Rebecca: yay! glad to hear you enjoyed chequers ... i think they'll do quite well :)

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  3. Impressive, i like the variety they brought in here.

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    1. Ken: it's a promising beginning, plenty of potential :)

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  4. Waffle burgers??? Gee!!! Whatever will they think of next? Lovely presentations.

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    1. Suituapui: heheh, a nice change from burgers with buns :)

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  5. Savoury pancakes...Savoury waffles...quite the rage these days. First time I had savoury waffles were at Frisky Goat. The ones here look good too ;)

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    1. Contact.ewew: what's fun is how a few new outlets are opening that specialise exclusively in waffles, waffles and basically only waffles :D

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  6. The Eggs Benedict and tiramisu ones looks interesting =)

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    1. Ulric: ya, i like the playful creativity here :)

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  7. I will go with the Eggs Benedict and Goreng Pisang, one savoury and one sweet version, hehe.

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    1. CK: heheh, ya, best to order one savoury dish and one sweet dish here :)

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  8. Taking waffles to the next dimension! They must make for pretty chunky burger buns though...big mouths needed!

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    1. YouHadYourLunch: oh yeah, a waffle lunch is made for the heartiest of appetites! :D

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  9. The story behind new cafe openings seems to be very similar - people disenchanted with their office/ business careers leaving to open up something small that they're passionate about.

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    1. The Yum List: it's definitely encouraging when we hear these stories ... and hopefully most of the stories will have a happy ending :)

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  10. Waffles galore... I'd probably go for the Chicken cobb sandwich and melting moments ;)

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    1. Baby Sumo: the melting moments might turn out to be one of the more popular items on the menu. nice presentation :)

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  11. Seem like waffles are latest trend now huh :)

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    1. Choi Yen: prepare to read a lot about waffles this month! :D

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  12. Their portobello mushrooms is so juicy and yumms!

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  13. I am terribly disappointed with my lunch visit today. I have ordered the 'shroom fiesta' in which it was suppose to have spinach waffle, grilled portobello, glaze cherry tomato, balsamic vinegar, rocket salad and shaved parmesan. The dish arrived without glazed cherry tomato and shaved parmesan. When I asked the waiter, he knew it was missing and just brushed it off by saying that the chef was new. I felt terribly cheated as I was charged RM 20 for something that was not delivered as described. On top of that the restaurant was not busy at all as it is Monday lunchtime, the chef had plenty of time to prepare the food properly. This will be my first and last trip to this place.

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