Quar/Tet @ TTDI Taman Tun Dr Ismail

October 28, 2013

Musics the food of love at Quartet, tunefully run by four friends belonging to various indie bands.

Quartet, which opened this past weekend, will probably prove a smash hit in Taman Tun; its the ideal hipster hangout for this neighborhood, buzzing with positive vibes.

Check out Quartets vinyl collection; the playlist is a little too loud & lacking in melody for our liking, but then, musics even more predicated on personal fancies than food. The harmonic highlight of our two hours here: The Cures "Friday Im In Love," making us wish that Quartet had found space for New Order, Depeche Mode & Erasure as well on its speakers.

The menu plays it safe with crowd-pleasing favorites; expect eggs pleasantly poached with either spinach (our choice, RM15 nett), smoked salmon or turkey ham, drenched in hollandaise sauce.

Honest, hearty fare; the bagel stuffed with salmon & cream cheese, paired with a crisp salad (RM16), works well for brunch. Quartets soft-opening menu remains limited, with a kitchen that closes by 6pm, but eventually, a fuller selection will be available for dinner.

Chicken-&-spinach quiche. Nitpickers might resort to the abominable cliche that this isnt something to "shout about," but satiated stomachs are more desirable than hoarse throats.

Our Quartet favorite: The French Toast (RM12), fulfilling in its flavorful fluffiness, served in a mighty portion with syrup & berry compote. Order this one.

Cakes & muffins look OK. The usual suspects of chocolate, carrot, red velvet & walnut.

Quartet currently obtains its coffee blends from Artisan Roast (one of its founders formerly worked at that increasingly venerable institution; others have links to Subang SS15s Grafa cafe).

Coffee mocktail, intriguingly named Jerusalem: Espresso, soda, syrup & ice. This is a cafe where coffee fans congregate; one of VCR Cafes owners might be spotted chilling out here.

 La Vanilla ice-blended & Old-fashioned hot chocolate; both serve a purpose on a rainy weekend.

Time to raid the closet for mothballed tracksuits?

All in all, Quartets a place with potential. It helps that the people here seem really nice.

Quar/Tet TTDI
21, Lorong Datuk Sulaiman 7, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur. Row behind Vins
Sun-Thurs, 8am-9pm. Fri-Sat, 8am-10pm

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