Tomorrow People @ Plaza Damas, Sri Hartamas

April 21, 2016

Tomorrow People is a venue that might be worth visiting today - its forward-looking founders offer an imaginatively conceived, intelligently constructed menu that infuses Malaysian sensibilities into contemporary cafe fare, sparking several unique results.

Begin with the begedil - warm, fresh-tasting potato patties laced with pulled beef, paired with a couple of eggs (poached, sunny-side-up or scrambled; it's up to you),  a concasse-like sauce that's an effective companion for many recipes here, & a mixed salad that's enjoyably notable for its inclusion of ulam raja (RM14.50). Then move on to the pasta, which recasts spaghetti as something that Opah might make, tossed with what evokes beef serunding, as well as bunga kantan, lemongrass & kaffir lime leaves - aromatic in all its nuances, this could potentially be described as a Malay version of aglio olio (RM18).

For snacks or sides, our best bets are the Ghetto Egg Toast (RM9; thick, fluffy-crispy grilled bread with a tantalising trio of kaya, kicap & luscious soft-boiled eggs) & kitchen-fried cassava fritters that make for merry, mindless munching (RM10.50).

Now, the sweet stuff: No ordinary pancakes (RM14.50) - these prove dense & sticky, yeasted & malty with the unmistakable fermented flavour of tapai, accompanied by house-made ice cream (the flavour when we visited was sweet potato; Tomorrow People prepares its ice cream based on what it finds in the market), sesame peanut brittles (a traditional treat we'd forgotten) & coconut caramel. Toast Manis (RM6.90) is interesting too, with spreads of pandan buttercream & Gula Melaka pastry cream.

Desserts on display may include mint banana loaves & apple rosemary tea cakes. Service is very amiable. Coffee's pleasant.

Tomorrow People
G-0-4, Block G, Plaza Damas (above Hartamas Shopping Centre), Sri Hartamas, Kuala Lumpur. 
Mon, 11am-730pm; Tues-Thurs, 930am-7pm; Fri, 1030am-9pm; Sat-Sun, 930am-3pm

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