reminds us a little of Bread Shop rite?
Hold your horses everyone, ditch your plan A and opt instead of Plan B - the latest dining outlet at Bangsar Village I. Taking over the lot which used to house Theobroma Chocolate Lounge, it's a snazzy little place that has an industrial-like face with a touch of New York. Don't worry, it's not completely Americanised as it has Malaysian touches like old black-and-white P Ramlee movies on their big television screens and tummy favourites like Nonya Laksa, Nasi Dagang, Nasi Lemak in their menu.
raspberry lemon meringue cakes, muffins
We absolutely lurve this place and I envision it is going to be our new hangout place in Bangsar. I've got fond memories about this particular space in Bangsar Village since it was originally Bakerzin, one of my favourite joints in town long long ago. You got to fall in love with a place that has such a wonderful tagline stamped on their take-away brown bags - "When life gives you lemonade...make lemonade" and "Always have a plan b, because coffee makes you groovy". I reckon, the owners aren't just going to stop at this outlet since it's a very good sign, they have labeled this as their first outlet.
Before I get into the food (so zoom down if that's all you need!), a word on the interiors. It has an unfinished look with the unpainted cement floor and the exposed ceiling with the pipes. I love the industrial touches - the garage door entrance (that slides on top to save space) and the exposed lights. There's also a little old in the space with those round black flip light switches and old looking clock. Now all they need is a little grime on their clear windows and they'll really look like an old New York bistro.
lasagna, simple menu with a dog clip, spicy crabmeat linguine
The interior is only part of the whole story as the food makes up the whole tale - all beautifully displayed on a long counter in stainless steel glass domed cake stands or wooden boards and their huge glass display cabinet. It's not hard to imagine noses and hands pressed against that glass oohing and aahing over the delicious display since that was what we literally went gaga over: cakes, muffins, bars and breads - the works!
enjoying the duck confit ciabatta
For dinner, it was a mix of sandwiches and pasta. I lurve my recommended spicy crabmeat linguine (RM19) - a tomato based pasta aromatic from the prawn oil, lemongrass and kaffir lime. PL indulges in the wild mushroom linguine (RM18) with thyme truffle oil and lemon. Splashie Boy wanted to steer clear from meat (he was eating a huge Turkey Thanksgiving lunch the next day) so it was the fisherman's catch (RM22). He raved about the milk bun studded with black and white sesame seeds that sandwiched his fish fillet with its homemade tartare. A dash of lemon juice seemed to add an extra oomph to the whole ensemble. I like how they give unusual crisps with the sandwiches - sweet potato and yam ones.
mushroom ciabatta, enjoying themselves
I got a taste of HK's roasted mushroom ciabatta (RM23) and loved the silky texture of the mushrooms. They ran out of ciabatta so instead they gave her a wholemeal bread instead. There's even a little pesto spread on the bread. J had a duck confit ciabatta (RM24) with caramelised onions that she thoroughly enjoyed.
Once mains were done, it was down to serious business....choosing out desserts. Splashie Boy and J took up that task valiantly and returned with loads of stuff. The table was literally groaning from our sweet choices - lemon meringue tart (not too tart with a light crust), passionfruit tart (a little like a custard tart with very little passionfruit taste) and carrot cake (nifty in its baking paper folded cup and tasting like a homebaked one).
petit fours, yummy stuff
The winner of the show initially was the chorizo gruyere cheese muffin - a chunky one (fit for a brekkie!) with chopped chorizo sausage, tomatoes in a gruyere cheese fragrant muffin. Simply wonderful, we were all fighting for this. But coming out ahead like a dark horse, was the chocolate truffle tart - dense but silky to the tongue chocolate with a thin layer of biscuit crumbs to drive you round the edge of heaven. Decadent but so good!
display of cakes
There's loads more to try I reckon, so we'll definitely revisit again and again. HK packed back an apple muffin for breakfast. She gave it her thumbs up the next day as it has a moist crumb after it was heated up.
Judging from the crowd of familiar faces there, I reckon word is out that a great place has opened up. Hopefully they keep it up the standards as there's a whole lot of hungry people out there looking for a decent place to dine.
Bangsar Village I
(Pork Free. Open from morning to 10pm. Located opposite Starbucks in Bangsar Village I. More pictures are in the Flickr set.)
*Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here is entirely based on my personal tastebuds and may vary for others. This review is time sensitive; changes may occur to the place later on that can affect this opinion. The reviewer also declares that she has not received any monetary or non-monetary compensation from this place for writing the review.