Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Real Food @ 1 Mont Kiara

Real Food started out in Singapore, where it now has three outposts, before launching its first Malaysian branch at Penang's Straits Quay in 2013. This month, it finally reaches KL, determined to draw health-concerned consumers in 1 Mont Kiara Mall.

Real Food is both a beautiful vegetarian cafe & a bountifully stocked grocer with an impressive repertoire. Expect the kitchen to offer everything from gluten-free kombu & shiitake soup (RM16) to miso mulukhiyah soy noodles (RM22) to fried Bario rice (RM17), organic pizzas made from scratch (RM30) to kombucha iced tea (RM10) & kale-apple smoothies (RM17).

Start with a snack - Real Food enables shoppers to skip the heavily processed fast-food fries at most malls & munch instead on crisp 'chips' of baby spinach leaves fried in a light, vegan-friendly sesame batter (RM12).

Real Food will be a magnet for customers seeking distinctive fare - pumpkin pancakes are a prime example, made with a dense mash-up of organic pumpkin, soy milk, coconut oil & self-raising flour, served with fruits & agave syrup (RM23). Add RM11 for a scoop of vegan brown rice milk ice cream (flavours include coconut or chocolate - ice cream is RM13 on its own).

Guilt-free burgers are also a highlight - there's one with a hand-made patty of beetroot, carrots, onions, millet & potatoes, stacked with guacamole, greens & biodynamic-farmed tomatoes, served with organic potato wedges & vegan mayo (RM30, tasty but pricey, reflecting currency exchange rate realities, since this currently costs $12.80 on Singaporean menus) ...

... & another with a croquette-like patty built with lentils, oregano, mushrooms & roasted walnuts, complemented with an organic potato salad & sprouts (RM30). We respect how the food here emphasises complex textures & wholesome nutrition, striving to be accessible instead of an acquired taste.

With a selection this broad, there are bound to be both hits & misses. Order the sun-dried Oriental noodles with Real Food's signature vegetarian steamed dumplings drizzled with organic sesame oil & tamari (RM24) - it reputedly takes three people six hours to painstakingly make 60 sets of these plump, juicy dumplings. But skip the pasta with organic aubergines, tomatoes, cucumber & mushrooms (RM24); the pasta is made with raw material organically grown in Italy with pure spring water, slow-dried at a low temperature to maintain its nutrients, but this recipe is too bland to satisfy.

Real Food's heartiest offering is the steaming-hot baked claypot quinoa, delicious with coriander, mozzarella & optional garlic (RM34), in a surprisingly filling portion that two patrons could easily share.

Beverages include a warm, nuanced & dairy-free blend of fair-trade raw cacao & soy mik (RM13.50), plus espressos & lattes that rely on Viennese-roasted, Sonnentor-brand fair-trade beans. Ignore the wine bottle - we purchased it at Village Grocer.

Real Food
G-11, Ground Floor, 1 Mont Kiara, Kuala Lumpur. Tel: 03-6211-9078

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20 comments:

  1. Eating health food can be quite expensive but I guess for everything, there is a price to pay. :( Everything sure looks really good, I must say!

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    1. Suituapui: yeah, it definitely takes a bigger pinch out of the wallet, but i think the advantages vs overly processed food make up for it :)

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  2. Sounds good! A guilt-free meal, correct me if i am wrong, i think Real Food does have a branch here at Straits Quay

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    1. Suituapui: almost guilt-free (except for the wine we brought in) :D yep, there's also a Real Food in Penang :)

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  3. Eating healthy is more expensive but in the long run it isn't, as usually the healthier we eat the less health problems we will have later on.

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    1. Linda: that definitely sounds like a pragmatic long-term perspective :)

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  4. OMG! 1MK.. im so eating there after working out at FF!! :D yay for clean eats!

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    1. CIki: yay! hopefully you'll enjoy refuelling with a quinoa burger after your exercise :D

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  5. Gosh.. stuff that I like but even I'll think twice cos of the prices hahahhaa.. well.. I admit its quality ingredients and obviously a lot of the items are made from scratch, does warrant a visit as I see some unique items!

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    1. Rebecca: yeah, the prices are 30 percent higher than most, but you're right - these aren't ordinary products/recipes, and they do taste wholesome and nourishing :)

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  6. They say that tasty foods are normally not healthy... But hope this will change the perception. Will drop by one day to see for myself

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    1. Leo: my favourites here were the tasty beetroot patty burger, the baked quinoa and the signature dumplings! :D

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  7. I love this outlet in Singapore. Can't wait to try it here.

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    1. The Yum List: i haven't tried the singapore original, but hopefully they're just as satisfying here :)

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  8. Regarding your e-book; it would be very helpful if you state down the price range of the restaurants. :)

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    1. Unknown: thanks, you're right - maybe for the 2016 editions :)

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  9. I want to try that baby spinach with sesame batter, sound healthy. :P
    Hmmm I saw an eye candy! Haha

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    1. CK: it's like a nutritious keropok, heheh :) wah, you always notice eye candy! :)

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  10. I like the idea of baby spinach crisp! Something new and healthier. It also reminds me of seaweed crisp ^_^

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    1. Melissa: ya, it has an even crisper, firmer texture, i think! :)

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