Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Fittie Sense @ Telawi, Bangsar

Kerry the miniature kerbau maintains a silent, stoic posture in front of a vertical garden wall of oregano, parsley & rosemary. Sunshine streams from a skylight above, casting a warm glow across tables set against a backdrop of recycled timber. The languid sounds of Bon Iver cause time to slow to a sleepy crawl, in defiance of a city outside with scant patience for snoozing. Colour-saturated raw tomato soup with chia seeds & shiitake salad with carrots & black rice pour casually out of the kitchen. Bangsar's latest restaurant is a breeding ground for idyllic contentment, conceived to nourish the body & soothe the spirit.

Fittie Sense's menu raises serious doubts over whether a can opener might be found here, flexing its muscles with clean, clear evidence of cooked-from-scratch meticulousness, for a real-food meal where even tarts & pancakes can certify themselves to be wholesome, the former constructed of kampung eggs, spinach & pumpkin with a quinoa crust (RM17) & the latter conveying the textured chew of gram lentils, balanced with berries & kefir curd (RM24). Soups & salads prove a fertile proclamation of depth & nuance - a grass-fed beef bone broth bears soulful testimony to 48 hours of simmering (RM18) & a Levantine salad of Lebanese slaw, sumac salsa, marinated beetroot & cauliflower tabbouleh (RM21) confirms the conviction that health-conscious recipes can placate more than merely a rabbit's palate. Each offering is obsessively labelled, so patrons know precisely what to order for gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, paleo-friendly, keto-friendly or diabetic-friendly nutrition.

A little zing, a squeeze of tang, for flavours that do a song & dance - Fittie Sense's greatest hits span a sprightly 'red laksa' of konjac noodles topped with a mollet egg (RM18), poached chicken breast with asparagus & bok choy in buckwheat congee, bolstered by a lively garlic-ginger dressing (RM34), & skewers of salmon, squid & prawns with a feel-no-guilt mix of millet pilaf, baby spinach, watercress & rocket (RM55). The determinedly extensive selection encompasses distinctive desserts - a coconut pound cake is assertively pronounced with heavy accents of kaffir lime (RM15), while banana-based 'nice cream' in flavours like cherry-&-cacao (RM8) aims to be an antidote to Ben & Jerry's addictions. Sip on a signature Fittie Coffee (RM14; black coffee with fair trade beans from northern Nicaragua, slick & smooth with coconut oil), kefir sodas spiced up with ginger & turmeric (RM12) & kefir smoothies that promise protein & probiotics, powered by cacao, natural whey & egg whites (RM23).

Fittie Sense
23A, First Floor, Jalan Telawi 3, Bangsar Baru, Kuala Lumpur. 
Currently open 10am-5pm, closed Tuesdays (will extend hours to 10pm eventually). Tel: 03-2858-4023

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13 comments:

  1. So pretty and all my kind of fav food too! :D

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    1. Rebecca: ya, I think you'd enjoy a lunch here - maybe the next time you need a place in bangsar ;)

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  2. A lot of natural light, I like. :D
    The red laksa and congee look good too.

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    1. CK: ya, the laksa and congee both had good flavours! ;)

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  3. Your vivid description sure makes it sound like areally nice place. Hey! You mentioned Kerry the kerbau but did not say anything about the green elephant...or did you? :D

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    1. Suituapui: heheh, I don't know the elephant's name! ;)

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  4. So, their name is a play on Fit Food. I thought I could get something here for fittie sen...wakakakaka! :D I love that green wall...or are those plants for sale ;)

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    1. Contact.ewew: haha, ya, I think it's also a play on 50 cent, the rapper ;) oops, those herbs are not for sale ;)

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  5. You know I am always attracted to places with nice and chic decors. This place is my type but they must be very new to close at 5pm! Will wait for the 10pm soon and have dinner there.

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    1. Twilight Man; ya, 5pm is too early! But yeah, they're probably looking to beef up their staff and stabilize their operations before extending their hours ;)

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  6. I hope the soup can be served in a smaller bowl so that people will not misunderstanding that it is half full >_<

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    1. Choi Yen: heh, but once you start sipping it, you'll realize it's a lot of soup! ;)

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  7. Do you serve any vegetarian foods?

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