bookmark_borderBreakfast At Antipodean Cafe, Menara Tan & Tan Kuala Lumpur

My first visit to Antipodean was late last year. Then, it was already famous and the cafe was packed to the brim with hungry customers so much so that one requires a lot of luck and patience to dine there. For the uninitiated, Antipodean is well known for its hearty food (and breakfast!) and its coffee. Whether it’s worth the wait is up to one’s discretion.

Antipodean's coffee counter, Menara Tan & Tan Kuala Lumpur

But thankfully, due to pure coincidence, I stumbled upon this branch when I was in Kuala Lumpur for some personal business. I was skeptical at first due to its location but all that was dismissed by this blog post.

Antipodean's Menu Board, Menara Tan & Tan Kuala Lumpur

Nested at a corner lot in Menara Tan and Tan, it was opened for business not long ago (roughly a week before the Chinese New Year). The vicinity is just as big as the one in Bangsar and it has the same infamous menu board on its wall inside the cafe. Tables and chairs are arranged close to one another to maximise its tight space.

Table Arrangements in Antipodean, Menara Tan & Tan Kuala Lumpur

I have not tried their main courses because all my visits, just like this one, were in the morning and hence, for their breakfast.

Antipodean's Big Breakfast at Menara Tan & Tan, Kuala LumpurBig Breakfast (RM18)

Pork Bacon (add-on)Pork Bacon (RM8)

Consisted of scrambled eggs, pork bacon / sausage, hash brown, sautéed mushrooms, baked beans and toast, the portion of Big Breakfast was bigger than usual. The eggs were done nicely; velvety yet texturised. I didn’t really like the sausage though and the hash brown tasted rather bland. However, the mushrooms were wonderful; garlicky, firm and juicy.

Scrambled Eggs on Croissant (with pork bacon) by AntipodeanScrambled Eggs on Croissant with Pork Bacon (RM18)

Scrambled eggs on croissant (with pork bacon) was a simple affair. Hidden between the eggs and the flaky pastry were rocket leaves… which is something I don’t enjoy due to its distinctive yet subtle taste.

Banana Pancakes with Butterscotch by Antipodean,Banana Pancakes with Butterscotch (RM16)

The Banana Pancakes with Butterscotch resembled somewhat ordinary homemade dish with a twist. The pancakes were soft and fluffy with bits of real banana in them. Surprisingly, the sauce wasn’t as sweet as I thought it would be.

Iced Cappuccino coffee and Orange Juice by AntipodeanIced Cappuccino (RM10) and Fresh Orange Juice (RM9)

For their iced cappuccino, I do not have any comments because it was decent with a good ratio of coffee to milk. The orange juice was freshly squeezed and it’s as good as La Bodega’s.

Antipodean's Entrance, Menara Tan & Tan Kuala Lumpur

Overall, it was a good hearty meal. I like the ambiance as it was calm and quiet unlike the other branch in Bangsar. Parking wise, it is definitely easier during weekends but that can’t be said during weekdays. Despite its location (and distance), I wouldn’t travelling this far instead of testing my patience at the other. Heh!

Address :
Suite G-40B,
Ground Floor,
207, Jalan Tun Razak,
50400 Kuala Lumpur.

Tel. Number : +603 2161 0752

bookmark_borderPrego, The Westin Kuala Lumpur

Prego, The Westin Kuala Lumpur

This is gonna be a short post of a meal I had recently. Nested in Westin Hotel, Prego is one of the better and well known Italian restaurants in Kuala Lumpur.

Prego, The Westin Kuala Lumpur

It is also the place to go to if you have some serious cravings for Italian food. And unlike Pizza Uno, it placed itself as the higher end of Italian cuisine.

Bread

As usual, like any other fine dining restaurants, fresh loaf of bread was served while waiting / upon seated. Crusty on the outside and pillow soft on the inside, it went well with the tangy tomato sauce and / or olive oil-vinegar dip.

Calamari Fritti Salsa Tartara

The Calamari Fritti Salsa Tartara (RM30) fell short of being moreish. Despite its delish tartar sauce, the fried squids were slight chewy texture. The batter was fine; crunchy and light. It’s just the squids that pulled everything down.

Pappardelle Al Ragu

With my fondness for broad pasta, it’s no brainer that I opted for Pappardelle Al Ragu (RM56). The adequately thin pasta sheets were cooked nicely and coated evenly with slight tangy tomato-based sauce. There was abundance of fork-tender braised goat meat to go alongside with the pasta but due to tardiness of kitchen staff / cook, there were a couple of tiny bones hidden in the braised meat which was kinda off-putting to the comforting pasta dish.

Prego, The Westin Kuala Lumpur

All in all, Prego managed to live up to its hype. The meal was alright if it were not for the chewy squids and tiny bones. The ambiance was great with attentive staffs fulfilling customer’s request. It is definitely worth going back again…

Address :
The Westin Kuala Lumpur
199 Jalan Bukit Bintang,
55100 Kuala Lumpur.

Tel : +603 2773 8338




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