Monday, February 2, 2015

Croissant Delicatessen & London Sandwich Co

Slicing our way into some sandwich shops that serve fun fare, starting with Croissant Delicatessen, a newbie at Plaza Damas.

True to its name, this outlet's all about croissants that can be eaten on their own or transformed into sandwiches. There's an extra twist: The croissants come in four flavours - classic, garlic, pumpkin & wasabi. One pointer: To experience the flavours at their fullest, eat them plain & buy them fresh, so come in the morning or early in the evening when new batches may be baked.

We experimented with mix-&-match sandwiches, selecting savoury options of a garlic croissant stuffed with garlic-&-basil chicken (RM15.80) & wasabi croissant with turkey ham, pumpkin & mushrooms (RM13.80). Not bad for an outlet that's roughly a week old; it might be interesting to observe what other ingredients & recipes Croissant Delicatessen will offer in the future.

 Prefer something sweet? There's the possibility of a pumpkin-laced croissant with mixed berries & whipped cream (RM12.80). Croissants on their own cost RM5 each; the ones we tried were not as fluffy, flaky or buttery as we might have liked, but that's probably understandable, since we were here past nightfall & the croissants were a bit past their prime by then.

Have a latte (RM10), surprisingly smooth & buttery - it turns out that the beans are supplied by respected Japanese roaster Kato-san of Pavilion's WA Cafe. The banana soy-milk juice (RM11) is enjoyable too, creamy & flavoursome.

Moving on to another mall: KLCC, where London Sandwich Co serves grab-&-go gourmet sandwiches; the outlet is founded by former Londoner Nick Tiernan & his wife Soraya Ismail, who also spearhead the popular Boost Juice brand's operations in Malaysia & Singapore. London Sandwich Co has the potential to turn into a similarly successful chain, & KLCC feels like the best birthplace for this business - the city's first Boost Juice was also set up here nearly six years ago.

It's a blast simply to browse & read the cool labels for these creations, which range from a classic ploughman's packaged into a sandwich (RM5.50 for a half-portion, with wholemeal bread, Branston pickle, mature cheddar, tomato & lettuce) to a Caesar salad (sorta) transformed into a baguette filled with roast chicken breast, lean beef bacon, lettuce & mustard mayo (RM11.90).

LSC (the perfect acronym for Anglophiles) pledges to provide honestly handmade & honourably healthy sandwiches, inspired by the likes of London's Pret A Manger & EAT. The two simple sandwiches we purchased proved satisfactory in those regards.

There's nevertheless more to LSC than sandwiches - salads (Greek, Nicoise, etc) can be taken back to our frostily air-conditioned office cubicles too, plus everything from guilt-free servings of fruit to live-a-little indulgences of potato puff pastries, cakes & brownies.

And of course, coffee - Artisan Roast provides the beans & trains the baristas, who labour on Kees van der Westen machines.

We're wrapping up this entry on a sober note though: While we say hello to Croissant Delicatessen & London Sandwich Co, we bid farewell to a now-closed sandwich shop that we never got around to writing about: Stacks at Tropicana Shopping Mall.

Stacks was a good one - it whipped up ambitiously & adventurously complex concoctions like flatbread filled with beef pastrami, kimchi & Monterey Jack cheese, or focaccia with smoked turkey breast, Swiss Emmental cheese & cranberry jam, all assembled to order, but it never quite took off in Tropicana. We hear that Stacks' founder is working to relaunch in another location though, & we're looking forward to it & we wish him well.

Croissant Delicatessen
Plaza Damas Boulevard, Outside Hartamas Shopping Centre, Kuala Lumpur. Between Subway & Pastryville. 10am-10pm.

London Sandwich Co KLCC
C68, Concourse Level, Suria KLCC, Kuala Lumpur. Weekdays, 730am-10pm; weekends, 10am-10pm.


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22 comments:

  1. I absolutely love the quaint look of the first place....Croissant Delicatessen. The entrance is beautiful and warm and inviting, and I do like croissants...I prefer sandwiches with a croissant than with bread or bagels. :)

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    1. Linda: oh yes, croissants do give a nice heft and an interesting extra dimension of flavour to sandwiches ... i'm glad you like the look of croissant delicatessen :)

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  2. Ahh been wondering what happened to Stacks.

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    1. SC: here's wishing stacks all the best at their next location, which i think will be in the suburbs :)

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  3. In my opinion nothing beats a good sanger for lunch. :-)

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    1. The Yum List: it's a convenient and satisfying option, true! :D

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  4. Farewell to Stacks and hello to two newbies! LSC looks fun - who can resist sandwiches with funky labels!

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    1. YouHadYourLunch: oh yes, brilliant copywriting on LSC's part! :D

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  5. I'm back! Hehehe.
    Wasabi croissant sounds cool to me. Would like to try that by it's own. :D

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    1. CK: welcome back! yay! :D ya, it might be fun to try a fresh wasabi croissant ... i think if the croissant is left over for a few hours, the flavour of wasabi vanishes :)

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  6. Wowwww!!!! Those layers on the croissants looks awesome - they must taste really good! Had my share of those cold sandwiches in the UK - I do enjoy them but not really into sandwiches cold anymore. Would prefer the bread toasted.

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    1. Suituapui: ya, toasties do add a comforting crunch ... and i agree, i prefer my sandwiches warm too, spilling over with lots of freshly assembled, diversely textured ingredients :D

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  7. I think i'll like the croissant but too bad they were not too flaky and buttery

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    1. Ken: yeah, i think if you head there in the morning though, before noon, you might find them flakier, fluffier and more buttery :)

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  8. Ooo...I would love anything between a croissant! As for sandwiches, I'm one of those fickle ones...great concept to come up with half a sandwich, then I can have another half with a different filling...yay! :D

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    1. Contact.ewew: now you've got me wondering what my ideal croissant sandwich might be ... probably something with egg in it! :D heh, yeah, variety is the spice of sandwiches! :D

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  9. I could see that the croissant look very crispy.hehe...
    Both sandwiches and croissants looking very fresh!

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    1. Melissa: ya, i can't resist fresh bread and pastries! :D

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  10. Looks Delicious! Love breakfast cafes in london to taste, can i have more pics so that i can checkout their website and visit thier patisserie.

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