Monday, January 25, 2016

Rococo @ Melange Boutique Hotel, Bukit Bintang

An atmospheric aerie with artistic affectations, Rococo supplies a cafe-bistro setting that's both serene & secluded, perched on the rooftop of Kuala Lumpur's new Melange Boutique Hotel, crammed with Ghost armchairs & a centrepiece table full of freshly baked boulangerie-style loaves, cakes, scones & macarons, compellingly complemented by a seventh-floor perspective of Bukit Bintang's intricate urban sprawl & a soothing Saturday-afternoon soundtrack of Crowded House's timeless tunes.

It's a distinctive destination that deserves to draw more than merely hotel guests; the ambiance is alluring, service is amiable, & the kitchen makes an effort to leave a positive impression with thoughtfully crafted brunch fare, sandwiches & warm meals.

Rococo's version of a Big Breakfast, the Grande Rococo (RM28), comes in two parts - a house-made grilled chicken sausage patty (tender & well-seasoned) capped with a free-range egg, accompanied by rocket leaves & sourdough bread, followed by pancakes with flavoured butter (we chose raspberry, but lemon or garlic parsley are also available). With so much bread being showcased, you'll find no fewer than eight separate sandwich recipes - we picked a flavoursome one filled with bresaola, fontina cheese, onions & rosemary-infused olive oil (RM20), though it was a difficult decision, since we were also tempted by combos like Alaskan snow crab with beef pepperoni, avocado & coriander; chicken with Greek yoghurt, garlic & mint; smoked salmon with dill & own-made mayo; plus a vegetarian's special of pumpkin, eggplant, roasted sesame seeds & melted toma cheese. The rest of Rococo's repertoire includes classic pastas (vongole, bolognese, carbonara & pesto), but if you need carbs, order the Middle Eastern-inflected saffron basmati rice topped with succulent lamb ribs (RM27). Beverages comprise small glasses of juice (a powerful-tasting blend of jackfruit, pineapple & lemon costs RM6) & cups of coffee, capably executed.

Rococo does interesting versions of both a red velvet cake, sumptuously moist & somewhat chocolatey, & an Earl Grey chiffon, delicately aromatic in its smoky nuances of tea. But we'd probably skip the dark chocolate cookie next time; unlike nearly everything else at Rococo, it lacked depth, richness & character.

Rococo Cafe Restaurant
Melange Boutique Hotel, 14, Jalan Rembia, Off Tengkat Tong Shin, Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur. 
Daily, 11am-11pm. Hotel: 03-2141-8828

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23 comments:

  1. wow, nice environment, not sure when can enjoy this.

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    1. Happy walker: hope you manage to check it out if you get the chance ;)

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  2. Hmmm a nice place for brunch or tea. :D

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    1. CK: yeah, can definitely spend a pleasant afternoon here :)

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  3. Lots of great views here!

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    1. Linda: scenic sights indeed! :)

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  4. Off Tengkat Tong Shin? That's quite a distance away from Bukit Bintang proper then, the Pavilion, Lot 10 side...but should be quite close to one of my favourites in KL, Muar Restaurant and the beef noodle stall by the road - yet to try that one. A mid-eastern hotel chain, it seems. The rice with lamb ribs look good.

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    1. Suituapui: yeah, this is probably a 10-minute walk from Pavilion ... but you're right, it's less than a five-minute walk from Muar Restaurant and Ngau kee noodles! :) i liked the lamb ribs quite a lot :)

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  5. There seems to be a "transparent" theme going on here....right down to the chairs! :D

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    1. Contact.ewew: heheh, it does create quite an interesting ambiance :)

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  6. I like the fact that they display all available cakes and pastries on the table for diners to choose!

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    1. Ken: heheh, yeah, it was difficult to narrow down our choices to just two or three :)

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  7. That big breakfast sure looks good just about now!

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    1. KY: it's a fun change from the usual big brekkie platters ;)

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  8. Sounds like a place I can hang out in - quiet environment with my favorite food there. =)

    Btw, is this a new hotel?

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    1. Ciana: yeah, it's peaceful and pleasant ... i think the hotel opened about two or three months ago ;)

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  9. The view from this place is spectacular. Enough reason to try visit this place.

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    1. Lux: yeah, it was nice admiring the city landscape from this perspective ;)

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  10. didn't know they have a cafe there! so close to my working place, shall visit soon. =D

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    1. Jean: yay, that's a convenient location - hope you enjoy rococo :)

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  11. Great review :)
    Is this place halal?

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    1. Jill: it's pork-free and it doesn't serve alcohol for now, and they're happy to welcome Muslim customers :)

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  12. Thank u Sean for the write up, this is Daniel Goh the owner of Rococo and the interior designer for melange hotel n cafe.we are starting up evening dining as well now called ROCOCO DINING only by reservation. Day time is ROCOCO CAFE, hope to have a chance to meet u in person again , sorry I was very busy during the soft launch day u came in. Btw how did u know our soft launch in the 23rd JAN? Cz we dint share out to the public yet.. Very curios :) also u may check now more at Instagram rocococafekl or rococo cafe restaurant on fb to view the video clip of night scene which is totally different feeling fr day. VERY ROMANTIC!!

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