Nothing compares to the aroma of freshly brewed coffee, bacon, and omelette filling the kitchen in the morning. Just the thought of having such a delicious breakfast is enough to make some get up before the sun even rises. But those who like to spend an hour or two longer in bed don’t have to fret, as there’s always brunch to save the day.
Usually available from the late morning till mid-afternoon — and in the case of some eateries, throughout the day — brunch is the perfect solution for late risers who’d rather forgo breakfast in exchange for a few extra winks. Recent years have seen it burgeoning in popularity in Kuala Lumpur, with hip cafes sprouting up almost every week with tempting offerings that run the gamut of Eggs Benedict, pancakes and smoked salmon. A number of existing restaurants have also jumped on the bandwagon with special weekend brunch menus, or even going the extra mile of adding a permanent brunch section to their repertoires.
With so many options to choose from, local epicureans have become increasingly spoilt for choice when it comes to brunching in the city. So go ahead, spend a little more time with your pillows and blankets. You deserve to catch up on your sleep, start the day nice and slow, and still be treated with a hearty meal at the best brunch spots in town. From Red Beanbag at Publika Gallery (which boasts tasty food paired with views of the royal palace) to Merchant’s Lane — a hidden gem nestled along Petaling Street, here are our 7 top picks for a decadent brunch.
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It may be easy to find Merchant’s Lane on social media, but it’s actually a lot harder to find this little hideaway along Petaling Street. To get there, look out for a nondescript door right beside a stationery shop, and climb up to the second floor. All the effort put into locating the place will all be worth it, as soon as you’ve tried its Asian-inspired comfort food such as beef stew, as well as intriguing drinks the likes of rose honey milk — which comes topped with real rose petals.
Must-try: South China Sea, which features two tender grilled salmon fillets, runny poached eggs, homemade hash, and mango-corn salsa.
Merchant’s Lane, No. 150, Jalan Petaling, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. +60 3-2022 1736
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Pickle & Fig is the best place to start your free and easy weekend with its pleasantly relaxed atmosphere. Its gastronomic highlights include salads, avocado smoothie bowls, and gourmet sandwiches. After your meal, bond with your friends over the restaurant’s selection of games, which includes chess, checkers and Cards of Humanity .
Must-try: The rotkraut pastrami panini, which is generously filled with beef pastrami and caramelised red cabbage. We just can’t get enough of the melted mozzarella and spicy Russian dressing oozing out between the toasted slices of wholemeal bread.
Pickle & Fig TTDI, No. 26, Jalan Tun Mohd Fuad 2, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 60000 Taman Tun Dr. Ismail, Malaysia. +60 3-2858 9960
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This cosy little café is the brainchild of the same team that brought you Departure Lounge. Occupying the same spot in Solaris Mont Kiara, this new dining concept maintains its owners’ passion for travel, great coffee and creative food menu, which steers away from the usual omelettes and Eggs Benedict route. Visit this place for some delicious frittatas, grilled red meats, salads, and pastas.
Must-try: For something heavier to get you through lunch without another meal, we recommend the slow-cooked beef burger, which comes with carrots, apple and a fried egg.
Wanderlust Cafe, No. 10, Jalan Solaris 4, Solaris Mont Kiara, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. +60 3-6211 9688
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Located inside Publika Gallery, the Red Beanbag offers gorgeous views of the royal palace. We love its extensive all-day brunch menu, which is incorporated with local produce. Try the portobello mushrooms with roasted chicken chorizo, or the maple-glazed beef bacon on a bed of avocado.
Must-try: The baked eggs, which are enough to keep you fuelled for the rest of the day with its rich combination of eggs, chicken and beef bratwurst accompanied with toasted bread.
The Red Beanbag, Block A4 1st Floor A4-1-08, Publika, Jalan Dutamas 1, Solaris Dutamas, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. +60 3-2633 5030
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Opened in 2012, Yeast Bistronomy focuses on French cuisine, with a repertoire spanning egg dishes, as well as artisanal bread and pastries that are freshly baked every day. The cafe doesn’t have a halal certification and serves alcohol, but its food is pork-free and uses halal ingredients.
Must-try: The Ouefs Mollets Florentine, which comprises gruyere cheese sauce mixed with two poached eggs, spinach, and mushrooms.
Yeast Bistronomy, No. 24, Jalan Telawi 2, Bangsar, 59100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. +60 3-2282 0118
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Known for its pork dishes, Ante boasts a hearty repertoire of brunch offerings such as deep fried soft poached eggs with bacon, house cured salmon, and bacon on toast. You can also add on additional ingredients such as bratwurst pork sausage and multigrain toast.
Must-try: Go for the deep fried soft poached egg, which puts a spin on the traditional Eggs Benedict with its combination of a lightly breaded egg atop an English muffin. It comes with greens, onions and bacon.
Ante, A2-G1-09, Solaris Dutamas 1, Jalan Dutamas 1, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. +60 3-6206 3364
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If you have a big appetite, you’ll definitely love Antipodean Coffee for its generous servings. It’s no wonder this place is packed to the brim – with expats and locals alike – every morning even on weekdays. Among the delicious breakfast spread, its croissant scrambled eggs with bacon and smoked salmon will definitely keep you coming back for more – even if you have to wait some time to get a table.
Must-try: The Big Breakfast, a platter laden with generous portions of toast, homemade hash, mushrooms and scrambled eggs. Add on bacon to take its indulgence factor up a notch.
Antipodean Coffee, No. 20, Jalan Telawi 2, Bangsar Baru, 59100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. +60 3-2282 0411
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