Monday, May 4, 2015

Rimba & Rusa @ Sunway Nexis, Kota Damansara

Rimba & Rusa is an attention-grabber for multiple reasons. This two-level venue is beautiful, blessed with a big-budget polish that's certain to be catnip for the Klang Valley's cafe paparazzi. It also boasts possibly the best Malay-language equivalent of a hipster moniker. And fortunately, it also offers an appealing menu, crafted by the veteran talents of the Wondermilk cafe chain.

 The selection showcases a contemporary-minded mix of cross-border components, capably thought out & competently executed, with noticeable nods to what's currently in fashion for KL's restaurant fare - leap from a hearty, citrus-dressed salad of salt-baked beetroot, chickpeas & fennel (RM26+) to a unique cross between a burger & banh mi, comprising soft-shell crab with cucumber, cilantro, red onions & sriracha aioli in a charcoal bun (RM32+), served on Rimba & Rusa's own tableware.

 There's much more, such as brunch fare (served only until 3pm) of fried eggs with fava beans (RM18+), poached eggs with labneh & chilli butter (RM17+) & French toast with streaky beef bacon (RM24+). You can also expect mains like beef ribs with pickled watermelon & cous cous (RM73+) & pan-seared trout with tamarind sauce (RM34+), rounded out by Wondermilk's signature carrot or red velvet cakes (RM12+), plus everything from banoffee pies (RM16+) to sticky date puddings (RM13+).

 Beverages range from relatively expensive milkshakes (RM19+; we tried one made with Haagen-Dazs chocolate ice cream, French sea salt, caramel & fresh milk, but it tasted rather one-dimensionally sweet) to cold-pressed juices by home-grown brand MinuM MinuM (RM13+; we enjoyed the one with lemon, mint, agave nectar & chia seeds). One final tip: Take a table downstairs if possible, since there's a children's play corner upstairs, which can get loud.

Rimba & Rusa
Ground Floor, Sunway Nexis, Kota Damansara, Petaling Jaya. Open Tues-Sun, 8am-11pm (Fri, starts later at 4pm)

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20 comments:

  1. What a nice place, Sean!!! The offerings look divine!

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    1. Linda: it'll be a favourite in this neighbourhood for certain! :)

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  2. With a name like that I sure would not expect it to be a western joint - thought one would be able to get exotic jungle (rimba) cuisine like deer (rusa) meat there.

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    1. Suituapui: heheh, imagine the english translation ... Forest & Deer sounds like a cool cafe :D

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  3. Amazing quirky menu for such a cosy place!

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    1. YouHadYourLunch: the menu is tantalising for sure :D

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  4. What a coincidence...I was just at Wondermilk 2 days ago! ;) The children's play area is an exact duplicate of the one in Publika. I like that the place looks spacious with lots of greenery but prices seem a bit steep.

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    1. Contact.ewew: ooo, i've never looked at Wondermilk's play corner :D yeah, it's spacious and green and you're right, the prices seem higher than wondermilk's, though it may be justifiable since the food is more ambitious :)

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  5. the food and place looks great. and finally sunway nexis is open! been watching it construct for so long, as was working in KD previously.

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    1. Irvine: heh, yeah, Sunway Nexis has been taking up a very big space in KD! :D

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  6. Before even looking at the food, I'm immediately attracted by the light bright setting and all of those plants.

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    1. The Yum List: yup, the decor is the main reason this will be a destination for many :)

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  7. The place with a lot of natural light always attracts me! :D

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    1. CK: ya, you'd be able to take a lot of nice photos here! :D

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  8. wow, another child-friendly cafe that great for parent like me :)

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    1. Choi Yen: yay, hopefully there'll be enough space at the corner for your child to have fun here :)

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    2. Yeaaaaah! thanx for sharing this and highlighting the child-friendly part!!!! i'm sooo happy with this post! thanx Sean!!!

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    3. Dora: thanks for your comment, and I'm glad you found this useful! I hope you and your family enjoy visiting this place ;)

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  9. Hi there,

    do you cater for surprise birthday party for a small group? Thanks.

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