Thursday, April 7, 2016

The Bean Belt @ Menara Haw Par, Sultan Ismail

This small, friendly new venue is KL's first full-fledged cafe helmed by the Degayo coffee company, which is based in Indonesia but runs a Malaysian roastery & showroom in Ara Damansara. The Bean Belt is conceived for office workers in the city centre, within a stone's throw of Concorde Hotel & Shangri-La. Take a seat & watch the cars & monorail trains go by.

It's a satisfying stop for lunch & coffee - The Bean Belt offers salads & sandwiches sourced from an independent supplier, served at surprisingly reasonable prices for this street. Complex, meticulously crafted salads with quality ingredients cost RM9.90 per substantial bowl (a sufficient meal on its own); we enjoyed both the sauteed cauliflower 'rice' with cooked with a gently spicy blend of home-made curry & cumin, mixed with orange-infused sultanas & mint leaves, as well as the roasted pumpkin with dried cranberries, millets, pumpkin seeds & dukha spices, capably prepared & nuanced in flavours & textures.

Sandwich fillings include tender pulled beef with sauerkraut, gherkins, whole-grain mustard & emmental cheese, or South African-inspired grilled chicken with spices & herbs, basil leaves & feta cheese. Each ensemble tastes fresh & fulfilling (absolutely no skimping on ingredients here), complemented by a wholesome choice of a side salad (we had quinoa with pink apples, toasted walnuts & rocket leaves) for a total of RM15 per sandwich set.

For dessert, the house-baked Danish apple cake comes recommended - a solid bet if you like them apples. The coffee's worthwhile too, made with hand-picked beans from volcanic-soil farms on the rainforest highlands of Sumatra's central Aceh.

The Bean Belt
Ground Floor, Menara Haw Par, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur. Mon-Fri, 8am-8pm, Sat, 8am-12pm. Tel: 03-2022-1166

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  1. The well crafted salads at under RM10 is indeed a steal. If I'm an office worker working in that area, I'd be quite pleased with that option for lunch :)

    1. Contact.ewew: yep, it was quite a pleasant surprise ... i used to work on jalan sultan ismail for over a decade, but those days are gone now, heh ;)

  2. Don't see no beans there. I thought one would get a refreshing bowl of ang tao peng or lek tao th'ng here, would be perfect in the current hot weather.

    1. Suituapui: ooo, the beans here actually refer to coffee beans! but yes, a bowl of a chilled bean dessert would be good too! :D

  3. The sandwich's filling of South African-inspired grilled chicken reminds me of Nando's which originated from South Africa too. Does it tasted similar?
    Oh ya, the portion is generous for that price :)

    1. Choi Yen: ooo, it tastes different partly cos it's grilled here instead of roasted, and when it's combined with all the other ingredients in the sandwich, the flavours are all mixed up together :)

  4. Oh my.. food looks great and prices are super fair for that area

    1. Rebecca: yeah, especially since the salads were actually quite substantial! :)