LOKL Coffee Co revised

April 26, 2012

LOKL Coffee Co: Round Two. Earlier entry: April 16.

Chomping down on meat and bread makes for a simple but satisfying lunch when the combination is as well-prepared as this handmade chicken hot dog. At first glance, we weren't sure whether it was worth RM20.90, but at first bite, all doubt was vanquished.

Tea-smoked chicken breast sandwich with sliced apples and honey-mustard salad (RM21.90). Something like this reminds us that making sandwiches is an underrated art; it takes talent to marshal a set of ingredients that complement each other in fulfilling fashion.

Pulled beef, slow-cooked in BBQ sauce and served in a burger bun (RM11.90). We were hoping for savory succulence. Sometimes, you can get what you want (even if it's not what you need).

Putu mayam toastie (RM8.90) _ freshly grated coconut, fried with molasses and stuffed in bread. This crisp, creative concoction works not only as a sweet finish to our LOKL entries _ it whets our appetite to see what else the kitchen will whip up eventually.

From LOKL, it's less than a 10-minute drive to another current favorite, Ril's Steakhouse.

A recent addition to Ril's menu: Truffle boiled egg, caramelized with a sweet chili glaze and served with asparagus soldiers and a salt dip.

A little soft and a little crunchy, with a terrific triangulation of sugary-savory-spicy sensations. Sharing is possible but highly not recommended.

Ril's also has a new bartender or two, one of whom has dreamed up novel cocktails like this Dragon Scotch _ whiskey, spiced rum, dragon fruit and lime.

New York Sour _ whiskey, red wine, egg white, rum, lime and lemon.

LOKL Coffee Co,
30, Jalan Tun H.S. Lee, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-2022-0788 (BackHome hostel's number)
Open office hours on weekdays.

Ril's Steakhouse,
198, Tun H.S. Lee, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-2022-0528
Open dinnertime, except Mondays.