Eat Drink KL: August 2021

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

BCD Bike Cafe, Kampung Bandar Dalam

A 10-minute drive from KLCC, this alfresco space feels like a world away, blessed with a village's languid pace, with residents fishing by the nearby river in the evening. Outside a container turned into a bicycle service workshop and cafe, customers munch merrily on fiery Padang-style ayam kalio while nursing cups of kopi and teh ais, with Santeria blasting on the speakers. 

BCD Bike Cafe

Lot 2474, Lorong, 8, Jalan Kampung Bandar Dalam, 51100 Kuala Lumpur.

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Monday, August 30, 2021

Kopi Lapan Belas, Kelana Jaya

When in the neighbourhood, pop by Kopi Lapan Belas for a home-brewed fix of flat whites, with home-baked bagels in the works - honest, wholesome fare for takeouts and pedal-powered deliveries nearby. If you're fortunate enough in this caffeine safari, you might also spot Kelana Jaya's whiskered wildlife in its natural habitat, stealthily stalking prey amid the foliage.

Kopi Lapan Belas

18, Jalan SS7/6B, Kelana Jaya, Selangor. Daily, 7am-11am.

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IJO Matcha, Setapak

IJO Matcha's new home-based pop-up in Setapak is grounded in green tea galore, whisked to order in ice-cold beverages like the Matcha Chai Cincau, a Malaysian-influenced textural treat laced with subtly bitter, softly wobbly grass jelly that goes great with the green tea (RM14). Pair with the Sea Salt Matcha Brookie (RM6), a playful pleasure for fans of fudgy soft-baked cookies, a refreshing, not-too-rich change from chocolate cookies.

Note: If you miss this pop-up, IJO is poised to launch a permanent shop in Ampang in the months ahead.

IJO Matcha

Temporarily at 73, Jalan Ayer Dusun, Setapak, Kuala Lumpur. Open Tuesday-Sunday, 10am-6pm.

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Sunday, August 29, 2021

Point Blank Coffee Van

Curry puffs and coffee hit the mark if you're aiming for Point Blank, a coffee van currently parked outside Bangsar's BON Estates Gallery. Home-baked, mom-made curry puffs are plumply, pleasurably potato-packed; hot coffee is served with warm smiles that shine even behind a mask, making this blue-ochre Nissan well worth seeking out in the neighbourhood.

Point Blank

Usually daily, probably 9am-6pm.

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Saturday, August 28, 2021

8055 Coffee, Wangsa Maju

Accountant on weekdays, barista on weekends, Umar works hard on brewing lattes on lazy Saturday afternoons at 8055 Coffee, which serves the neighbourhood from the window front of Wangsa Maju's Atarek business advisory office. With a leafy view on a calm street where the sounds of nature can be soothingly heard, 8055 is a pleasant stop for caffeine, pies and cakes.

8055 Coffee
89, Jalan Wangsa Delima 5, Pusat Bandar Wangsa Maju, 53300 Kuala Lumpur. Daily, 805am-805pm.

Friday, August 27, 2021

Indulge Family: Melt-in-the-mouth artisanal pies & pastries with designer crusts

With over 8,000 pies sold in seven months, Indulge Family has made the best of 2021, bringing baked bliss to hundreds of households in the Klang Valley. Its pies and quiches live up beautifully to the promise of indulgence, fragrant with French butter and freshly pounded herbs, tender and crumbly-crisp to the bite, melt-in-the-mouth to the merest chew.

Love at first sight: Our pies and quiches came crowned with vibrantly handcrafted lettering on their crust, plus colourfully hand-painted, intricate images of flowers, leafs and butterflies - part of Indulge Family's custom designs by request (available at a RM5 surcharge). Decorated to impress, they make for great gifts.

Choices for the pies span Asian to Western inspirations.

Check out the Chicken Rendang Pie (RM20) with Indonesian inflections, aromatically coconut-strong with a sweetish allure, thick and texturally satisfying with chunky spiced chicken, potatoes and hard-boiled eggs, making for a rich, robustly well-rounded pie.

The Chicken Portobello Pie (RM20) channels Brit at its best, chockfull of chicken, generous with portobello mushrooms, swimming in a superbly savoury chicken broth that's been simmered for hours, its creaminess complementing the buttery flakiness of the crust.

A quiche of quality: The Aux Truffles Quiche (RM25) summons up all the elegant earthiness that we might pursue in a pie, irresistibly brimming with a triple threat of portobello, truffle pate and truffle oil in custard that's perfectly eggy-fluffy, not soggy.

Have we saved the best for last? The Saumon au Caviar Quiche (RM30) is surprisingly complex, punctuated by bright bursts of flavour, courtesy of lots of luscious salmon, Emmental, creme fraiche, chives and onions, deliciously deep and decadent, with the briny pop of roe accentuating the experience.

True to its name, Indulge Family's temptations will delight all generations - the young at heart will have fun with the Signature Pull Apart buns (six for RM30 or 12 for RM54), a playful change from conventional garlic bread. Baked with French butter, Japanese flour, herbs, garlic and a medley of cheeses, these are ideal for cheat days when all you crave is a carb-loaded guilty pleasure that's worth the calories.

Many thanks to Indulge Family for this spectacular sampling.

Indulge Family 
WhatsApp 010-214-3141

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Baps The Name

Baps the Name, Korean comfort food's the game, with a twist or two: Delivered out of a TTDI cloud kitchen, the namesake bibimbap by Baps The Name is hearty and appetising with seasonal sautéed and pickled vegetables and a fried egg over sticky Japanese Calrose rice. Add an extra Japanese flourish with teriyaki chicken, sultry-sweet, soy and sugar-strong, playing well with house-made, not-too-spicy gochujang and kimchi (RM18).

Baps The Name

Open Tuesday-Sunday, 11am-730pm.

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