Thursday, March 19, 2015

Wanderlust @ Solaris Mont Kiara


Wondering where to wander this weekend? This new restaurant - a total overhaul of what was formerly Solaris Mont Kiara's Departure Lounge - is worth exploring, with a menu that shimmers with playful surprises, skilfully crafted from start to finish.



Instead of taking the obvious route of omelettes & Eggs Benedict, Wanderlust detours into deliciously different territory - come here for frittatas, commandingly fresh & convincingly textured, served warm with grilled butterfish & tomato chutney (RM28) or poached free-range egg with aromatic mushrooms & apple cider hollandaise on multigrain toast (RM22) or deep-fried poached egg on a wholesome-sounding salad of baby spinach, apple, raisins, gojis & orange vinaigrette (RM24, not pictured here).



Wanderlust steers clear of pork, but takes fowl liberties with some traditionally hog-based recipes; its rendition of Taiwanese gua bao (RM22) features the fluffiest buns, some fried & others steamed, stuffed with chicken (in this case, a gorgeously juicy substitute for pork belly), black olives, lemon & herbs for flavours that might intriguingly seem more South Asian than East.


Chicharrons are offered here, but instead of pork rinds, Wanderlust relies on fried chicken skin. No matter - these are terrific, light but flavoursome, memorably crunchy, perfectly partnered with sriracha aioli. RM15; note that Wanderlust's fare can feel a bit pricier than expected for moderate portions, but on the bright side, every bite is enjoyable - it's food with heart & wit.



 The slow-cooked pulled beef burger proves satisfying too, with a bun that tastes like honest bread, crowned with a sunny-side-up & cushioned with carrots & apple. But the true star here is the deep-fried beets, as addictive as a snack can be. RM25.




 Wanderlust has separate menus for daytime (11am-6pm) & dinner (6pm-10pm); there is some overlap (the gua bao & chicharrons are available all the time), but some offerings, such as the French toast with Earl Grey poached pear & vanilla mascarpone cream (RM19), are before-sunset-only orders. Make the effort to come early - it's a mighty fine French toast.


Desserts are a delight, from the potent & punchy Beeramisu (RM18), a tiramisu with stout, Irish cream & choc shavings ...




 ... to the classic-meets-contemporary combo of sago pearls with hot cream, double espresso & hazelnut brittle (RM18).


Common Man beans are employed to effective use in piccolos (RM10); single-origin hot chocolate is a more-subtle, less-sweet beverage that banks on 70 percent cacao from Brazil's Bahia region. Or, order the banana-spinach & beet-lemon smoothies.


Wine will be offered eventually, but for now, feel free to bring your own (or try Wanderlust's bottled craft beer selection). Service is a stand-out, with a helpful barista & an efficient team.



Wanderlust
10, Jalan Solaris 4, Solaris Mont Kiara, Kuala Lumpur. Open Wed-Mon, 11am-10pm; Sat-Sun, 9am-10pm (closed Tues)

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22 comments:

  1. It's always worth paying a little more for better quality, and Wanderlust looks excellent. I want to try those deep fried beets!!

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    1. YouHadYourLunch: you're right, the extra cost did yield extra-enjoyable dishes in this case. i could have eaten an entire bucket of those beets, i bet! :D

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  2. I'm enjoying these cafes that are taking a risk with their menu and not offering the same cookie-cutter dishes that appear everywhere else.

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    1. The Yum List: you described it perfectly. here's to more such cafes :)

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  3. The frittatas with grilled butterfish & tomato chutney looks enticing while the slow-cooked pulled beef burger sounds delish...nice touch with the deep-fried beets! =)

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    1. Ulric: yeah, definitely one of the better frittatas around ... and they also do beef short ribs on their dinner menu :)

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  4. Hmm...I didn't know that pork rinds (or any other animals' skins) are called chicharrons! ;D Would order this crispy chicken skins whenever I see it in Japanese eateries menus too.

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    1. Contact.ewew: yeah, the word chicharrons is usually more common in latin american cultures, i think, and we rarely hear it in asia :)

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  5. Like the interior but the food not really attract me, how ar? =.="

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    1. Choi Yen: i think you'll find the food is actually quite tasty and creative :D

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  6. That's what I have.. wonderlust.. and so, that's where I should go! LOL.. Prosecco looks good.. and Bahia Cacao!

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    1. Ciki: not all who wander are lost ... especially not those who wander into wanderlust! :D

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  7. The presentations are gorgeous, Sean, and their outdoor sign is fantastic! I love the colours and the exposed blue brick...and the awning to match. Very attractive and creative. :)

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    1. Linda: i'm glad you like the look of this place! :)

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  8. Not a fan of egg fried in the ring - I want the nice, crispy and fragrant golden fringe.

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    1. Suituapui: i like both types almost equally! :D

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  9. I like their light feature... their egg dishes look pretty good!

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    1. Baby Sumo: yeah, that ceiling ornament is massive and quite interesting ... and yeah, good eggs here! :D

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  10. Interesting menu they have there.... we need more creative ones here in Pg....

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    1. Ken: hope you get your wish fulfilled this year! :D

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  11. Lovely place! And that french toast... hmmm! <3

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    1. Rebecca: a good french toast is worth waking up for! :D

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