Chequers continues to cement its reputation as a cool venue for a fun meal - when the restaurant first opened in 2014, its menu focused on savoury & sweet waffles, but the selection has since expanded exponentially, inspired by the contemporary comfort food you'd find in a casual American joint. Dive in with the drop-dead delicious chilli poppers (RM10), a can't-stop-munching snack of plump, crispy-fried green chilli peppers, stuffed with tender, tasty tuna - we'd happily order two or three servings of this. In a similar Tex-Mex vein, the chili cheese fries (RM13), with skin-on potatoes slathered with chicken chili & cheese sauce, is full of flavour - Chequers' fare is the very definition of a guilty indulgence that ultimately merits the calories.
We love burgers & we like mac-&-cheese, so when you put those two together, it's double the delight - Chequers' flagship burger is a big one, made for monster appetites, boasting an Australian striploin beef patty, layered with beef bacon & a hearty heap of mac-&-cheese, served fresh & hot with a lip-smacking chipotle sauce in a thick sesame bun (RM30 with fries & salad). And while the restaurant isn't currently serving hot dogs, it offers the next best thing - corn dogs, not often spotted in KL's eateries, an all-American street-food classic of chicken or beef sausages coated in light, sweetish cornmeal batter (RM16).
Pizzas & pastas are also available, furnishing a complete feast for every preference - Chequers isn't specifically an Italian specialist, but it performs more than competently with its wild mushroom pizza (one of six pizzas available), earthy & enhanced with truffle oil & pizzaiola sauce, & pesto fettuccine with pan-seared salmon (typically sea bass, but substituted this time because the kitchen had run out of that fish) in sauce vierge & asparagus, one of the restaurant's more wholesome offerings.
Brunch fiends won't be left out; familiar favourites emerge with playful twists, typified by the Savoury Toast (RM17), which takes a regular French toast & turns it around with beef bacon, poached eggs & Mexican-inspired ranchero beans, joyously juggling the salty & sweet. And course, waffles remain on the menu all day long too - the chicken-&-waffle staple also enjoys a Mexican reinterpretation; the waffle is laced with corn & jalapenos, stacked with crunchy-fried fowl & teamed with tomato salsa, grilled capsicums & honey mustard for the heartiest of waffle recipes (RM26). Many thanks to Chequers for having us back.
153, Jalan Aminuddin Baki, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur. Open Thurs-Tues, 8am-11pm. Tel: 03-7733-3068
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