Thursday, April 21, 2016

Tomorrow People @ Plaza Damas, Sri Hartamas

Tomorrow People is a venue that might be worth visiting today - its forward-looking founders offer an imaginatively conceived, intelligently constructed menu that infuses Malaysian sensibilities into contemporary cafe fare, sparking several unique results.

Begin with the begedil - warm, fresh-tasting potato patties laced with pulled beef, paired with a couple of eggs (poached, sunny-side-up or scrambled; it's up to you),  a concasse-like sauce that's an effective companion for many recipes here, & a mixed salad that's enjoyably notable for its inclusion of ulam raja (RM14.50). Then move on to the pasta, which recasts spaghetti as something that Opah might make, tossed with what evokes beef serunding, as well as bunga kantan, lemongrass & kaffir lime leaves - aromatic in all its nuances, this could potentially be described as a Malay version of aglio olio (RM18).

For snacks or sides, our best bets are the Ghetto Egg Toast (RM9; thick, fluffy-crispy grilled bread with a tantalising trio of kaya, kicap & luscious soft-boiled eggs) & kitchen-fried cassava fritters that make for merry, mindless munching (RM10.50).

Now, the sweet stuff: No ordinary pancakes (RM14.50) - these prove dense & sticky, yeasted & malty with the unmistakable fermented flavour of tapai, accompanied by house-made ice cream (the flavour when we visited was sweet potato; Tomorrow People prepares its ice cream based on what it finds in the market), sesame peanut brittles (a traditional treat we'd forgotten) & coconut caramel. Toast Manis (RM6.90) is interesting too, with spreads of pandan buttercream & Gula Melaka pastry cream.

Desserts on display may include mint banana loaves & apple rosemary tea cakes. Service is very amiable. Coffee's pleasant.

Tomorrow People
G-0-4, Block G, Plaza Damas (above Hartamas Shopping Centre), Sri Hartamas, Kuala Lumpur. 
Mon, 11am-730pm; Tues-Thurs, 930am-7pm; Fri, 1030am-9pm; Sat-Sun, 930am-3pm

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12 comments:

  1. food pretty interesting. Western+Malaysian flavors.

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    1. Melissa: yup, some unique combinations here :)

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  2. This looks very promising with the "proper" fusion (just a little complementing flavors instead of forcing two separate cuisines together).

    Pancakes with tapai? Sign me up! :)

    I love ulam raja too, have seen it pop up in a lot of menus nowadays, seems to be a trendy-vegetable-to-be/in-progress kinda like how arugula was.

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    1. Huai Bin: yep, i'm in agreement with your description. and it does take an astute chef to accomplish the 'proper' fusion - someone who's naturally perceptive, and skilled and experienced enough :) you'll get a clear flavour of tapai in the pancakes. and i love ulam raja, so i'd be happy to see more and more of it! :)

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  3. Interesting food, worth a visit I guess, hehehe. :D

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    1. CK: heh, yeah, maybe the next time you're near hartamas and thinking of where to eat :)

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  4. Catchy name and some equally catchy names of dishes.

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    1. The Yum List: i'm always tickled by catchy monikers :D

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  5. Sure looks good, great combination. My girl is not into such fusion though - she's a purist at heart, either one or the other or none at all.

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    1. Suituapui: purist fare is good too, taking time-honored traditions and staying faithful to them! I guess there a time and place for everything :)

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  6. Where can I get the contact number?

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    1. the bear: unfortunately there doesn't seem to be a publicly available number

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