Thursday, January 1, 2015

LA/PA @ Telawi, Bangsar



Bangsar's New Year baby springs into action this week, showing great potential to grow into something special. LA/PA - a catchy play on 'lapar,' the Malay word for 'hungry' - is a spin-off from the vibrant people who brought us Taman Tun's Quar/Tet; we think LA/PA will easily equal the success of its big brother.





Photographers will find a lot to like about LA/PA - the folks of FRAL Design Studio have crafted a cheerful-looking & comfortable venue that Telawi's crowds will flock to, with fun flourishes that include a secret passage to the restrooms. Plus, with the Quar/Tet team's tuneful background, good music is guaranteed, with Future Islands playing on opening morning.



LA/PA's trump card is ultimately its tantalising menu, more ambitious than Quar/Tet's, more Telawi than TTDI, with imaginative recipes that will intrigue even the Klang Valley's most jaded cafe visitors. There's no French toast in KL quite like this one, featuring LA/PA's own-made dark rye loaf seasoned with Herbes de Provence, garnished with kale-&-basil pesto & feta for a more savoury-than-sweet preparation with thoughtfully balanced nuances (RM19.90 nett).



LA/PA is big on brunch: Duck eggs are baked to an ultra-rich creaminess, laced with Aussie spinach & paprika, flavoured with garlic sauce (a nice change from the tomato-tangy baked eggs at most cafes). RM21.



LA/PA's oven-baked rosti is well-executed; it tastes freshly prepared, with a good crisp & not too much grease, accompanied by a perfectly runny sunny-side-up & herb-tinged sour cream. But the so-so smoked salmon could probably be substituted with some other meat or fish to make this more memorable. RM25.



This one's a should-order: Buttermilk pancakes (as fabulously fluffy as promised on the menu), beautifully textured with a grainy-fruity, mellow compote of quinoa & spiced orange, plus vanilla bean whipped cream for a lovely counterpoint. RM19.90. Note however that the kitchen might stop serving breakfast items later in the afternoon.


A wholesome spirit of experimentation streaks through LA/PA's selection, seeking the equilibrium between full-blown flavours & full-fledged nutritional value. A respectable result: This burger with a creamy quinoa-&-bean patty, lavishly crowned with avocados & crunchy-cool cucumber raita in sesame seed brioche, partnered with plenty of potato & sweet potato fries. RM25.


We'd probably skip the lamb sliders though (RM35); nothing really wrong with them, but we have a hunch that several other items that will be added to the menu soon - such as a roasted quail pasta & a goat's cheese tart - stand a stronger chance of leaving a lasting impression.


Pumpkin pie is such a rarity in KL that it's worth ordering one whenever you spot it; LA/PA's interpretation is very lightly spiced, with a more subtle, somewhat repressed pumpkin flavour, worth sampling nonetheless for its soft creaminess. RM7; note that if you're reading this on Jan. 1, LA/PA's offering a 20% discount off food & drinks today.


LA/PA takes its drinks as seriously as its food; cold-pressed juices, bottled daily, are available (the 'Fat Buster,' with orange, grapefruit, wild honey, lemon & lime clocks in at RM17), as are surprisingly satisfying flat whites (RM10.50), plus milkshakes topped with the likes of roasted peanuts & coffee beans (RM16; unavailable when we visited).


LA PA: Your Neighbourhood Supply @ Bangsar
15, Jalan Telawi 3, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur. Daily, 8am-11pm. Tel: 03-2201-4395

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34 comments:

  1. Gonna try tat ducky baked eggs....and the roasted quail pasta =)

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  2. That potato rosti looks delish :). I could never successfully make a rosti at home...either it's too greasy or it's not crispy enough :(. Caught your trend predictions for 2015 in "What's for dinner?" I would love to see grazing menus or small plates too....can try more dishes in one go (especially if you have a small eating party).

    Looking forward to more restaurant reviews from you this year....keep it up, you're doing an awesome job....and here's wishing you a Happy New Year!!

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    1. Contact.ewew: ya, i've kinda given up on ordering rosti at most places, cos like you said, it's usually not up to what we want, even when it's carefully home-made. surprisingly the rosti here was better than the norm :)
      ooo, yeah, grazing is the way to go ... i actually didn't know that article was gonna be published today, so i didn't manage to buy the paper, heh. oh well, nvm :D
      thanks for your kind words. it's been nice getting to know you online in 2014, and hopefully we'll bump into each other in real life at some point in 2015. all the best to you and your family too :)

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    2. Likewise, it's been nice getting to know you online too, Sean, though I doubt we'll bump into each other in real life coz I'm a small time blogger...not 'famous' enough to get invited for bloggers' reviews :D
      And since you didn't manage to get the papers, here's the link for the online version of the article. Cheers!
      http://www.thestar.com.my/Lifestyle/Food/Features/2015/01/01/Malaysian-foodies-predict-the-new-years-culinary-trends/

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    3. Contact.ewew: heh, i don't actually attend any group gatherings either ... but let's see whether fate might be kind enough to let our paths cross :) thanks for the link. i actually had to google myself and 'the star' to look for that article :D

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    4. Wah....you're even more 'famous' than the other bloggers....you get a personal one-on-one hosting invitation...kekeke!!! :D

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    5. Contact.ewew: heh, it's probably more that i'm pretty antisocial and usually decline invitations to group gatherings :)

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  3. i always like the food you posted, haha~ happy new year ah sean~

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    1. Happy walker: glad you like the food! :) thank you, and i hope 2015 will be a better year for you in every way :)

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  4. Should post this earlier, we were in Telawi area this morning, and looking what to eat. :P

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    1. CK: ooo, heheh, if you messaged me, could have met you at Telawi this morning, since i also was there, haha :D

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  5. Awesome fare, looks really good. Ummm...I would not refrain from commenting of the name. Hehehehehehe!!!! Happy 2015, Sean!

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    1. Suituapui: glad you like the look of the food ... and heheh, yeah, it's an offbeat name, but i kinda like it ... thanks, Arthur, and wishing you the very best in 2015 :)

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  6. Interesting dishes, i like the savory french toast. Happy New Year to you and your family Sean!

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    1. Ken: and to you and yours, Ken! thank you :) yup, it's a nice change from the usual french toast recipes :)

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  7. this looks not bad~ would love to try as usual~ =D

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    1. Happy walker: hope you get the chance soon! :)

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  8. Not sure about the art, but the food, presentations and decor are lovely. :)

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    1. Linda: glad you like those three important aspects, heheh. but yeah, i'm not a 100 percent sure about the art too :)

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  9. Great to see a restaurant being bold with its menu!

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    1. YouHadYourLunch: yeah, a lot of thought and effort looks like it went into the menu here :)

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  10. I'm quite drawn to their simple interior. Looks some a great spot for brekkie. I'll be trying those buttermilk pancakes for sure. Happy new year Sean. :-)

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    1. The Yum List: ya, it's a nice little addition to telawi :) Happy new year, Monica, and I hope you enjoy the pancakes and everything else that comes your way in 2015 :)

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  11. Portion is on smaller side, I doubted it can feed me up :P

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    1. Choi Yen: the breakfast dishes are a bit on the small side, true ... i think if you're hungry, you can try the hearty burger with fries :D

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  12. I finally understand why they named it as La/Pa :P

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    1. Carol: yikes ... that does not sound good :)

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  13. I went to LA/PA for brunch today and I love the menu!
    I love this shop :)
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