Thursday, January 29, 2015

Kenny Hills Bakers @ Bukit Tunku

Bear with us for a bit of history in introducing this place: It begins with Malaysian filmmaker Au Tai Hon, who was a major fan of Solaris Dutamas' Craft Bakers, which closed last November when its owners left KL. Au, a co-founder of the much-missed Yogitree restaurant at The Gardens, lost no time in hiring Craft Bakers' head baker Johnny & secured the bakery's recipes to nurture this new patisserie of his own in Bukit Tunku, calling it Kenny Hills Bakers, a nod to his neighbourhood's old name.

Kenny Hills Bakers opens this week; step inside & the irresistible fragrance of fresh baking might sweep you off your feet. Hand-crafted sourdough loaves, ciabatta bread & baguettes made with stone-ground organic flour share the showcase with croissants, scones & tarts, supplying a sensational excuse to indulge in the most satisfying of carbs.

This has the feel of a real community space, with customers from nearby strolling in & out, some buying bread to take home & others lingering over coffee. Seating is limited inside, so most folks will have to endure the heat outside - thankfully, it's a calm & leafy setting. Kenny Hills Bakers has no signboard for now, so it still retains the charm of a hidden secret.

Fluffy-flaky croissants (RM6) with sides of salted butter & kitchen-made marmalade (RM2 surcharge); prices here hit harder than initially expected, but the top-flight ingredients & painstaking attention to detail do combine to elicit extra-delicious results.

Slather lots of Kenny Hills' chunky-creamy peanut butter on rye bread, but beware: a bite may coax you to buy a whole jar.

Don't skip the banana almond tarts (RM10) - they give tarts a good name. Warm raisin scones (RM6) prove worthwhile too.

The pies have it - meaty-buttery ones, only minutes out of the oven if you're fortunate enough, stuffed with slow-cooked beef & Swiss brown mushrooms or succulent chicken & leek (RM10 or RM18, depending on the size). We prefer the beef - it's tastier.

Kenny Hills Baker is serious about its coffee, with single-origin beans currently roasted by Solaris Dutamas' Hot Shots. Cappuccinos, lattes & flat whites all clock in at RM10 each; organic tea - English Breakfast & Earl Grey - costs RM9 per cup.

Affogato arrives with Kenny Hills' own salted caramel ice cream, pretty mellow in flavour, perfect for steamy afternoons. RM15.

Cold-pressed juices are offered too - try the passion fruit with wild honey, winningly balanced & natural-tasting. RM10.

Expect the selection to expand in the days ahead - there'll be banh mi with chicken liver pate (RM18), roasted vegetable croque monsieur (RM18), quiche with house-cured salmon & broccoli (RM18) & more. And expect to hear much more about this friendly bakery-cafe in the weeks to come.

Kenny Hills Bakers Taman Tunku
I-1B, Taman Tunku, Off Langgak Tunku, Bukit Tunku, Kuala Lumpur. Currently open daily, 730am-7pm. Tel: 03-6206-4111


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16 comments:

  1. Yes please! The breads look fab here. Big crusty and something to really bite into.

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    1. The Yum List: yeah, we bought home a spelt sourdough loaf and really sinked our teeth into it! :D

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  2. Long gone are the days when you couldn't get 'proper' bread in KL! Those loaves look delightful.

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    1. YouHadYourLunch: it's nice to have more real bread specialists around, especially in housing neighbourhoods! :)

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  3. The croissants look really lovely, you did a great job capturing their beauty :)

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    1. Baby Sumo: thanks! the bread here is so beautiful, it's a joy to photograph :D

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  4. That croissant looks perfect! Can't get any good one here. I like them flaky with a very nice buttery fragrance - none like that around. :(

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    1. Suituapui: your description of a delectable croissant is exactly what mine would be too ... hope you get a good one very soon! :)

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  5. Bread heaven! Who would have thought breads could be this appealing. :)
    Hope to visit all the places you feature here when I travel to KL. Soon I hope.

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    1. SuperLux: yeah, a great bread is super-satisfying :) and i hope you'll have a delicious trip to KL! :)

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  6. Nothing like the smell of bread in the air. That beef pie looks divine...and in a shape I don't often see! :D

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    1. Contact.ewew: yeah, the scent of out-of-the-oven bread can be a knock-out :) the beef pie was nice, especially the stuffing, and it was in a small size, so it was easy to finish :)

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  7. u put too much peanut butter lah!!

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    1. Choi Yen: heheh, i like spreading as much butter/jam as possible on the bread :D

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  8. Made my way to the bakery after reading your article. Loved their pies and bagels. Everything is so fresh and of good quality. Thank Sean. I enjoyed my breakfast that day.

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    1. Rainbow: am really glad you enjoyed your experience - i haven't tried their bagels yet, but now i want to! thank you for letting me know :)

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