Thursday, January 8, 2015

'Simplicite' Simplicity Sandwiches @ D'Alamanda, Pudu Ulu, Cheras

Making sandwiches might seem like a simple task, but the most satisfying ones are prepared with lots of heart & skilfulness; this modest bakery cafe - run by buddies Hong & Eric - does an admirable job in bringing customers bread they can believe in.

Hong is only 23, but he knows his way around an oven, having spent months working & learning at Sentul's Tommy Le Baker. With Tommy's blessings, Hong & Eric recently opened their own place at the D'Alamanda condo in Cheras, offering carefully crafted sandwiches & pastries at very fair prices in a warm venue where customers will feel instantly welcomed like old friends.

 Possible choices here include baguettes filled with chicken meat, sourdough slices topped with rib-eye steak & white bread stuffed with egg & tomatoes, each served nice & warm, with unmistakably fresh flavours. Our favourite is the crusty baguette (RM8.50 for the portion above), which provides a pleasant bite & an easy chew.

Bite down on bran toast, accompanied by a choice of butter, jam or better still, Simplicity's kaya, thick - with a reassuringly home-made sort of texture - & subtle-flavoured. RM4.50; a breakfast like this would make for a lovely beginning to the day.

Simplicity's other French-inspired offerings include croissants & lemon tarts, suitable for eating here or taking back home.

The ideal day to visit Simplicity? Friday - that's when you'll find Kai of coffee subscription specialists Blaq Coffee - & perhaps his wife Margaret too - spending the day here serving pour-over coffee to pair with your sandwiches.

It's a convenient way to sample the beans - from local roasters like Sprezzatura & Seraph Awaken - that Blaq mails out to subscribers every month. Lively, harmoniously vibrant notes in these glasses of coffee - & speaking of harmonious notes, Kai often brings his guitar to Simplicity, so ask him to strum you a song after he's done with the brewing.

Simplicite Sandwiches
Ground Floor, D'Alamanda Condo, Jalan Pudu Ulu, Cheras, Kuala Lumpur
Open Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm; Saturday, 8am-4pm

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25 comments:

  1. Oooo...I love sandwiches. I wonder what their croissant is like - love mine crusty - falling apart all over when eaten...with a very rich buttery fragrance. I only know of an Alamanda in PutraJaya - hardly ever venture to Cheras side even though my cousin stays there.

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    1. Suituapui: happy to hear you're a sandwich fan! their croissant is here is crusty and flaky and fairly buttery ... a decent croissant, definitely :) yeah, i'm rarely ever in cheras too, but this was a good reason to go there :)

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  2. Celebrate the sandwich! Done well, sandwiches can be truly stupendous.

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    1. YouTheYourLunch: a sandwich celebration would be a good thing! and yeah, a great sandwich deserves our respect ... so many aspects to get right, from the bread to the fillings :)

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  3. Baguette spotted!!! I've been craving for good baguette ever since I came back from Vietnam, hope they do serve something I'd in Vietnam!

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    1. Audrey: heh, yeah, thanks to the french and vietnam's colonial past, there's a legacy of brilliant baguettes in vietnam :)

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  4. Sandwiches are such great comfort food for me. Can't beat them for lunch. :-)

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    1. The Yum List: yeah, the satisfaction from holding a sandwich and chomping down on a fresh, flavoursome one is fantastic! :)

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  5. Cheras! What a nice place to hangout at.. esp for cheras folk.. i wanna try the brown kaya!! :)

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    1. Ciki: heheh, looks like i gotta venture into cheras more often leh :) ya, the kaya is interesting. i love the texture, it's coarse but creamy. like a rustic sort of spread. i'd have preferred a punchier flavour for it, but it was still very nice ... less sweet than the usual kaya :)

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    2. i got the green one in my fridge. gotta try the brown one! :D

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    3. Ciki: green is great, brown is brilliant! :)

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  6. A very quaint little place, Sean. I am not a fan of sandwiches; however, I do love smoked salmon on a croissant!

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    1. Linda: a croissant sandwich sounds like something this place could definitely do! :)

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  7. Greetings from Michelle @ hhttp://vinamy.com/americas-restaurant-recipes/

    I'm not a fan of breads but with your posts I'm starting to crave for this! It looks attractive, the stlyle and the originality. Thank you, keep on inspiring others.

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    1. Michelle: thanks for the kind words. yep, bread can be brilliant :)

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  8. I think i'll like the baguette, judging on the texture

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    1. Ken: the baguette's very likeable! :D

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  9. I'm not a big fan of sandwich, but I love lemon tart. If there is peanut butter tart even better! Hahaha.

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    1. CK: ooo, i'm the opposite, i'm not really a fan of lemon tarts usually, especially since i don't love tangy/sourish flavours. but peanut butter tart sounds OK :D

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  10. I dont like lemon or tangy either :P So PB better for me.
    My.. im sure the breads here will be good - since he's a protege of Tommy~

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    1. Rebecca: heh, yeah, though i kinda realise that a good lemon tart would have more natural-tasting and pleasant flavours :) ya, hong seems to be very serious about making bread, so can be assured of quality :)

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  11. Very rustic kind of sandwiches ~

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    1. Choi Yen: oh yes, rustic might be the most suitable description! :)

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