Hedge & Snail, Shepherd Star, MiniMe, Barcook, Character De Coffee & Grab

May 20, 2016

Life slows to a leisurely crawl over coffee within the calm confines of Hedge & Snail on the lowest level of Lot 10, a respite from bustling Bukit Bintang outside. The cafe's house blend comprises Brazilian Mountain Mogiana, Columbian Inza, Guatemalan Antigua & Indian Kaapi Royale beans, for pairing with truffle egg mayo sandwiches, scones & carrot cakes.

Hedge & Snail by Newens of London
Concourse, Lot 10 Shopping Centre, Jalan Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur

One of the Kuchai neighbourhood's popular haunts; the menu includes hearty smoked salmon salads & bottled cold coffee.

Shepherd Star Coffee
31A, Jalan Kubis, Taman Goodwood, Off Jalan Kuchai Lama, Kuala Lumpur.

MiniMe's mini-tacos might look diminutive but they're not puny in flavour, topped individually with soft-shell crab, squid, fish & tempura prawns, dressed with pineapple salsa on a base of garlic lemon aioli. Not a bad snack, followed up with popsicles in fruity flavours like durian, mango or grape.

Mini Me
E-G-02, Capital 5. No.2, Jalan PJU 1A/7A, Oasis Ara Damansara. Daily, 11am-10pm. Tel: 0376100929

This Singaporean bakery chain recently launched its first Malaysian branch at The Gardens Mall; we nibbled on two of its longtime bestselling buns - the raisin cream cheese & the salted egg yolk - but both tasted pretty generic, with nondescript flavours & textures. Maybe we should have asked the staff here whether they could warm up the bread first.

Barcook Malaysia
 LG-225, Lower Ground Floor, The Gardens Mall, Kuala Lumpur.

It's not all about caffeine at Character De Coffee - the menu also comprises spaghetti tossed in the cafe's kitchen-made pesto sauce, crispy-fried chicken chops & various cakes & pastries that mainly cater to customers seeking wallet-friendly offerings.

Character De Coffee
Jalan Kuchai Lama Maju 1, Kuchai Entrepreneurs Park, Kuala Lumpur.

For commuters who need a basic lunch in between LRT stops, Grab seems a suitable destination in Bangsar's Menara UOA.

Unit 1-5, Menara UOA Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur. Mon-Fri, 8am-8pm. Tel: 03-2201-1740
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