Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Fortunate Coffee @ Riverwalk & Sun Fresh @ The Weld

Minimal-guilt nasi lemak isn't an oxymoron; folks in search of relatively wholesome recipes for our national dish can now explore two eateries, starting with Fortunate Coffee, a new vegan restaurant & coffee bar in Riverwalk Village off Jalan Ipoh.

 Fortunate Coffee's nasi lemak is built with brown rice & a little less coconut milk than the norm; most of the flavour comes from the accompaniments - organic tempeh, potato rendang, a tasty-thick sambal & a side salad with passion fruit dressing. RM11.80; typically available Mondays through Thursdays.

 Prefer Western-inspired fare? This speciality burger (RM12.80) has a soy patty laced with morsels of corn, peas & potatoes. There's enough of a savoury bite to make it worthwhile, but it's still not the match of chomping down on a meaty-juicy burger.

 Fortune favours the coffee lover: Enjoyable cold brews are available here, as are hand-drip & espresso-based preparations.

Some context: Fortunate Coffee is Malaysian-owned, but the name is licensed from a Taiwanese brand. It also sells DMG Bright Time Universal Family clocks & watches that are meant to 'convey inner peace' & 'bring unification to the cosmic life.'

Next up, Sun Fresh Cafe, which is part of the Sunrider health & beauty boutique franchise store in The Weld.

Sun Fresh's version of nasi lemak is surprisingly satisfying under very strange circumstances - instead of rice, quinoa & couscous are used, & there's no coconut milk. In that sense, this might sound beyond bizarre - nasi lemak without rice & santan? But it still manages to emulate the tasty traits of nasi lemak, with tempeh sambal & seeds galore. RM13.50.

Sandwiches are available too - choose either pumpkin wholegrain or spelt bread with cheese & kitchen-made spicy paprika BBQ sauce (RM6.90). Add RM2 for smoked chicken or RM4.50 for smoked salmon.

To stifle a sense of post-lunch sluggishness, Sun Fresh serves detox smoothies, juices & teas; we kinda like the room-temperature, made-to-order blend of spinach, green apples, young ginger, orange & lemon zest (RM6.60 for small).

Fortunate Coffee
H-G-3A, Plaza Riverwalk, Off Jalan Ipoh, Kuala Lumpur
Open Monday-Saturday, 10am-7pm. Tel: 03-4040-0305

Sun Fresh
L1-03, Level One, The Weld Shopping Centre, Jalan Raja Chulan, Kuala Lumpur

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21 comments:

  1. hmm... healthy nasi lemak... not too shabby for that price...

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    1. Ken: very reasonable, all things considered :)

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  2. Nasi lemak without santan and rice? That is too healthy for me, haha.

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    1. CK: heheh, maybe can feel a bit better after eating it :D

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  3. I love that clock, Sean! And smoothies, juices and teas are some things I love!!!

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    1. Linda: those clocks caught my eye too! :D and i do like a nice, thick smoothie :)

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  4. nice, would go try one day too~ =D

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    1. Happy walker: hope you enjoy the experience

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  5. Makes me wonder in what way the coffee is fortunate... Hehehehehehe!!!! I'd so for the sandwiches - so generous with the filling!

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    1. Suituapui: heh, good point about the coffee ... But ya, I have a grudge against poorly stuffed sandwiches too! :)

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  6. The curry chicken in Sun Fresh's vegetarian nasi lemak looks so real...lolz! =)

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    1. Ulric: heheh, tastes really good too ;)

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  7. Vegetarian nasi lemak is....so wrong!! :D Those clocks caught my eye. I have a display cabinet entirely dedicated to clocks (bought ones) and old watches (don't think expensive 'vintage' ones...but those discarded by family members....haha!) For some reason, my husband likes to keep them (we even got a clock that's shaped as a WC) :D

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    1. Contact.ewew: heheh, vegetarian-friendly :) ooo, maybe you could post a pic of your clock cabinet someday ... it sounds totally cool! :)

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  8. Hmm...comparing both nasi lemak..Sun Fresh Cafe's nasi lemak looks nicer. And their sandwich also look yummy although its poorly stuffed. hehe...
    Passion fruit as salad dressing...sounds special!

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    1. Melissa: heheh, sun fresh's nasi lemak manages to be quite distinctive with its use of ingredients :) and yup, i usually don't like passion fruit, but fortunate coffee managed to create quite a good one with well-balanced tangy flavours :)

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  9. Coffee served in win glass, hehe ~

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    1. Choi Yen: ya, i like the presentation :)

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  10. My eyes were attracted by the plate of sandwiches, truth be told, as I haven't had a proper sandwich since my return from Western Australia. Wonder if it tastes as good as Croissant Express, though. =)

    Vegetarian nasi lemak is quite alright for me as I've eaten it before (it's similar to Fortunate Coffee's version but with vegetable meat); the taste is quite palatable and less rich than the ones with santan, but it's a shock to see quinoa and couscous being used in substitute. =O

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    1. Waverly: ooo, i'm actually not really a sandwich person (i prefer things i can eat with a fork and spoon, heh), so i can survive happily without sandwiches for a very long time, heh :D yeah, i guess as long as the accompaniments help to keep the plate of nasi lemak flavourful, it works out well in the end. i love quinoa and couscous tho, so am always pleased to find them anywhere :)

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