Sunday, May 31, 2015

Aether Cafe @ Taman Tun Dr Ismail

Take a seat by Aether Cafe's windows, enjoy the leafy view & watch out for Asian red-cheeked squirrels scampering outside - Malaysian brothers Mark & Shaun Chang have chosen a lovely location for their new cafe, which is poised to become a hidden sanctuary for the weary city soul, supplying some respite from the offices & malls.

 There's a DIY charm to Aether; according to their mom - who's a friendly presence here on weekends - Mark & Shaun personally put together much of the cafe's wooden furnishing (to evoke a tropical-themed paradise) & formulated their entire menu (to focus on wholesome fare) themselves, despite having relatively scant experience in the restaurant business.

Expect nutritious recipes at lower-than-the-norm prices - we like the spirit of playful fun & enthusiastic experimentation here, illustrated by a salad that showcases the vibrant hues of a rainbow; shake the container up & pour everything on the plate for a balanced meal of protein-powered chickpeas with vitamin-invigorated veggies (crisply fibrous) in a perky dressing. RM13.90.

 Note that some of Aether's food might take a little long to emerge because it's prepared to order - the apple stack is carefully sliced & thickly slathered with peanut butter, served with sides of three jams, for a delicious & distinctive-looking treat. RM6.90.

 No fried food & nearly no meat (salmon may be served soon) - Aether strives to prove that a fulfilling brunch need not be a platter of scrambled eggs with bacon & sausages. Try the vinegar garlic lychee pasta (RM14.90, lightly sweet & tangy), the Green Goddess Grilled Cheese sandwich (RM12.90; essentially toasties with spinach & cheese) or the surprisingly textured white chocolate & coconut flake cake (simultaneously fluffy-fresh & creamy-moist - very satisfactory, with tasty subtleties).

Sip the cold brew (RM15) - Aether serves Doi Chaang coffee cultivated on Thai mountains, shade-grown, hand-picked & sun-dried, with profits shared fairly with thousands of indigenous farmers in ecologically sustainable Thai plantations. Or have the orange juice, pleasurably pulpy. All in all, Aether's future seems bright; expect to hear a lot about this cafe in the weeks ahead.

Aether Cafe
Pusat Kanak-Kanak Tuanku Bainun, 48 Jalan Tun Mohd Fuad, Taman Tun Dr.Ismail, Kuala Lumpur. 
Open 10am-10pm, except Tuesdays

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19 comments:

  1. Being a nature lover as I am, Sean, I would love this place! I have never seen an Asian red cheeked squirrel before, even in photos, so thank you so much for adding that photo! :)

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    1. Linda: yes, this place is really close to the city, but it feels wonderfully far away :) i'm glad you liked that glimpse of the squirrel ... we did too! :)

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  2. I'm immediately attracted to all of that green. I love the look of their menu too - apple and peanut butter is one of my favourite snacks.

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    1. The Yum List: all that greenery makes this a special retreat indeed! and yup, crunchy sweet ripe apples with savoury creamy peanut butter is a winning combo! :)

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  3. That's a squirrel? Different from the ones we have here. Oh dear!!! Are they really so irregular with their opening hours? I'd hate that...VERY much!

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    1. Suituapui: heheh, yeah, at first glimpse i wasn't sure if it was a squirrel! :D i think they're finalising their hours, but it should be 10am-10pm :)

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  4. I like the way they treated the apple LOL

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    1. Ken: heh, yeah, theoretically it's something you could whip up at home, but it was fun to have it here :)

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  5. Love the cafe's wooden furnishings and lush greenery (both in and out). They seem to offer lighter meals here (which is a great change) and I especially liked the looks of the colourful salad served in a jar! :D

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    1. Contact.ewew: yes, we spent more than an hour here, and enjoyed our visit very much! :) and yup, i think the lightness of the meals is intended ... so customers won't feel too bloated or heavy :) as soon as i saw the salad, i knew we had to order it :)

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  6. Among the many restos you've featured, this has got to be my favorite. :)

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    1. Lux: this is one of my favourite new restaurants too! :D

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  7. Beautiful cafe! With a lot of green and natural sunlight. Love it! :D

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    1. CK: yeah, i think you'll be able to take a lot of beautiful photos here! :)

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  8. Lychee in pasta? Hmm....definitely an acquired taste but can simply attract patrons to order it :)

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    1. Choi Yen: ya, it's a sweet sort of pasta, but balanced by the veggies, i think :)

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  9. GORGEOUS. And so near me. Thanks fr the heads up Sean!

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    1. Rebecca: i think you'll really like and appreciate this place! they have parking in their compound, and i assume it should be quite peaceful on weekdays! :)

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  10. I already been here a month ago. At first, I think I would be impressed with the decoration, surrounding and also their food. Unfortunately, from my humble opinion is that the foods they served is something that I can simply do within 5 min and they charged me beyond what it's supposedly to look like. Sorry to say that this cafe is worst I've ever been.

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