Sunday, July 24, 2016

Breakfast Thieves @ Paper Plates, APW Bangsar

Serving its long-anticipated sentence in Bangsar beginning this week, Breakfast Thieves heralds a homecoming of sorts for a posse of Malaysians who launched their first cafe in Melbourne in 2012. After acquitting themselves to full-throated praise in the suburb of Fitzroy, founders Brandon, Kevin & Edwin are ganging up with fresh partners-in-crime to pull off an offshoot of Breakfast Thieves in KL, locking up the first spot at Paper Plates, the new F&B belt of Bangsar's APW multi-function venue.

Breakfast Thieves' setting is sure to steal more than a few hearts, conceived by the local Cocokacang design studio, evoking a glasshouse with wooden inflections that lend a suave sheen & welcome warmth to the industrial iciness of this erstwhile printing warehouse space. Like the Melbourne original, this is a daytime-only eatery with brunch fare that merits investigation.

The open kitchen argues a persuasive case for guilty indulgences galore, capably judged & confidently executed: The Legend represents baked eggs with beef salami, okra, caramelised onion jam, sweet corn, mushrooms & basil oil with herbed garlic toast (RM25), Breakfast Chain links cheddar soldiers with soft-boiled eggs, ginger almond crumble & granola-topped berry compote yoghurt (RM27), Leprechaun is a lucky charm of zucchini-corn fritters balanced with creamed mushrooms, pickled radish, avocado mousse & poached eggs (RM25), while Mr Terry Benedict rolls the dice with tender 24-hour-braised beef cheeks in green peppercorn with smoked paprika-charred cauliflower, honey-apple compote & yuzu hollandaise (RM29). Quintessential comfort food for Melbourne-style brunch devotees, with a no-pork caveat; Breakfast Thieves Melbourne's most-wanted Senor Botak Chin (honey-braised sticky pork belly, guacamole & fried eggs on corn tortillas) is entirely elusive here.

If your heist consists of solely one dish, make your loot The Gypsy King (RM29), an elaborate ensemble of garlic rosemary polenta bars with beetroot-&-citrus-cured salmon trout, cauliflower & parmesan puree, roasted mushrooms, charred onions & poached eggs. But if simplicity is your virtue, order the kampung eggs, scrambled, fried or poached, heaped on Hiestand Bakery sourdough toast (RM14). And for those of us willing to face indictment for gluttony, My French Lady beckons with a sweetly seductive siren call, featuring French toast with salted dark chocolate soil, lemon curd, candied beef bacon, raspberry cream, strawberries & thyme (RM26). The coffee list showcases all the usual suspects, plus Melbourne's own Magic, a double ristretto topped with milk. A separate lunch selection will be available soon too, potentially promising contemporary twists on Malaysian favourites like nasi kerabu. Our thanks to the Breakfast Thieves team for having us here.

Breakfast Thieves Kuala Lumpur
Lot M, 29-5 Jalan Riong, Paper Plates, Art Printing Works APW Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur. 
Open Tuesday-Sunday, 9am-5pm (kitchen closes 4pm). Tel: 03-2788-3548

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25 comments:

  1. I can imagine my calorie intake shooting up after ordering My French Lady, lol. I like the name of the restaurant - Breakfast Thieves has a sneaky yet inviting feel to it (for me).

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    1. Ciana: i definitely felt very much stuffed after that massive brunch ... and the french lady was the final straw! :) yep, they're certainly smooth criminals here, in a manner of speaking ;)

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  2. Very nice! Love the natural light here, and the food looks very pretty too, hehe :D

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    1. CK; ya, the next time you visit APW on the weekend, you can make a stop here for brunch. but as usual, I think you'll have to go early, cos it probably will be very crowded by 11am on sat/sun ;)

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  3. this place looks like a place i would want to be at during the morning =) everything looks beautiful. Thumbs up.

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    1. Irvine: yes, get here early before it gets too crowded - it's a place worth setting your alarm clock for, heh :D

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  4. Wowwww!!! Looks HUGE!!! All-day breakfast then, but not open at night, eh?

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    1. Suituapui: the seats about 70 people, apparently ;) i'd love to have brunch at night, cos that's also an extra excuse to have an accompanying glass of wine ;)

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  5. OMG!! totally my kind of place!!

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    1. Rebecca: go on a weekday afternoon, when it might be quieter here! :)

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  6. IM a morning person, so anything about morning foods are my fave. Bonus would be a great interior of the place, totally sets the mood for eating and chillng in the mornng

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    1. Steve: i'm definitely the opposite of you - i try not to wake up too early unless absolutely necessary. but yes, this place does have that morning-glory feel ;)

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  7. Love the timber panels, glass house effect and natural lighting...so warm and beautiful ;) Like that the brunch fare is different from the usual cafe food...must bookmark to try (at a much later date).

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    1. Contact.ewew: yup, i like the extra elements here like avocado mousse, and the way even the bread isn't just plain bread ;) ya, i think it'd be good to bookmark this for a couple of months later, after the initial crowds subside ;)

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  8. Wow! Everything looks good and unique. I would be hard pressed to decide which one to eat. I want them all hah..hah...

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    1. Phong Hong: yeah, we ended up ordering everything cos it was all too tempting! and each dish is actually worth trying, heh ;)

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  9. Thanks Sean for this review! Brings back great memories of Melbourne when I was there for years! Especially the zuchinni corm fritters which I have been searching for in Malaysia, & finally there's a place which sells those! Can't wait to try! :)

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    -Amy-

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    1. Amy: the fritters here were done pretty well - though personally, i preferred the combination with the polenta! i hope you enjoy breakfast thieves - thanks for writing ;)

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  10. A love at first sight place when I saw someone post a photo of this place in Instagram!

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    1. Choi Yen: heheh, hope you manage to visit them soon and take some photos here too :)

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  11. I propose not to have reservation during lunch hour. Should make it First come first serve.
    I saw lots of walk in customers being reject to dine in.

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  12. I am not a paid blogger and my comment is based on my experience. If I have to give my personal comment, I would sum it up as :
    1. Foods - 7/10 good
    2. Price - 6/10 on the high side
    3. Ambience - 6/10 lighting is nothing to shout about
    4. Comfort - 6/10 don't expect to sit for long.
    5. Staff - 7/10
    6. Location/Parking - 8/10
    Those who has not been there would be wowed by the pictures and reviews. But personally, I would not patronise again. Cafes are mushrooming in Klang Valley with many too good to be true reviews. I stand by my opinion as a unbiased cafe lover.

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  13. Hi, is this a first come first serve based or do they take reservation?

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  14. I would summed it up as : great coffee & delicious cakes.
    Foodwise - so so only, although creative and fascinating plating.
    Taste is a bit bland for my liking and can be a bit "jelak" after a while. I was struggling to finish my plate! A hip and trendy cafe but warm and too noisy as it was formerly a warehouse? Can improve on the noise insulation.

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  15. A few words from an honest food reviewer. Heard a lot of hype regarding Breakfast Thieves in Australia and recently, Malaysia. Flew in for a holiday from Seoul and had the opportunity to visit on a Saturday during brunch hours. I went alone, waited around 30 minutes, which is bearable for a place with this much awareness. I was shown my seat and I ordered the Benedict & a cup of ice americano. Americano came first as it is supposed to and the food came within 8-10 minutes. The following is the food review: I travel around Asia and try a lot of famous eateries ranging from Michelins to famous local hot spots. I do have to say the food was extremely good. The bread was toasted to near perfection and the pulled meat was very smooth. The egg was done articulately but most importantly, the few flakes of red chili was what sold me. The decision to incorporate a slight touch of pepperiness, not too overwhelming, cleansed my palette after each bite allowing me to enjoy the next bite creating an illusion that I had just started my meal after a strong craving. Service was very good considering it was packed and I have to say this is a spot I will be visiting every time I have a chance to come to Kuala Lumpur in the future. Keep up the good work. Next stop, Jiro Sushi at Tokyo.

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