Jun 24 2012

Review: Antipodean Cafe, Kuala Lumpur

Published by at 7:54 am under Food


With a red and black exterior and a patio occupied to the brim during lunch, Antipodean Cafe on Kuala Lumpur‘s trendy Jalan Telawi is one of Bangsar’s most successful lunch and coffeehouses (though they’re open for dinner too). Drawing inspiration from the taste and lifestyle of the Antipodes to the south, its extensive menu is locally sourced as much as possible and includes classics as well as well as more creative dishes.

Enter a little bit of the southern hemisphere at Antipodean.

Antipodean opened in 2011 and is a cosy meeting place offering all-day breakfasts as well as lunch and dinner. Interesting mixed juices — say Karl’s Detox, a blend of celery, pineapple, cucumber and a hint of ginger — plus a wide range of other drinks and meals, are scribbled on a wall serving the purpose of a blackboard menu. Antipodean isn’t miserly with their portion sizes, with for instance the pumpkin and corn fritters plentiful — and also perfectly crisp around the edges of a soft, rich centre. For the indecisive eater, deciding on a meal here might prove to be a challenge.

Indonesian specialty roaster Merdeka Coffee supplies the coffee, which they also sell online as well as in store. It also offers the world’s most expensive coffee, courtesy of a certain animal dropping: kopi luwak, mainly produced in Indonesia, is one of the more expensive and interesting items on the menu. While prices are stiffer than what you’d get dining at local hawker stalls, it’s affordable in comparison to other Western restaurants in Kuala Lumpur — expect to pay around 18-22 ringgit for a sandwich. And if you appreciate good coffee, then their prices are not astounding, especially next to establishments like Starbucks and Coffee Bean.

From Australia to Morocco to Thailand in one meal.

A favourite among expats, Antipodean is usually a busy place during lunch but the crowds tend to keep moving. Service is efficient and attentive, while kids will be entertained here, with a play area set up to keep young children occupied during their parents’ meal, although they can bring whatever treasures they find to the table.

With smooth internet provided, this has the potential of being a good place to catch up on things you have to do while enjoying a smooth blend — but the lack of electric sockets makes it difficult to linger and work here.

Juicy Thai beef salad, Antipodean-style.

Jalan Telawi is a great place to seek out other restaurants too. If you’d prefer to experience an authentic Malay dinner, check out nearby Rebung Chef Ismail.

Antipodean Cafe
20 Jalan Telawi 2
Bangsar Baru, Kuala Lumpur
T: (03) 2282 0411
Open Sun-Thu 08:00–22:00, Fri–Sat 08:00–23:00
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Antipodean-Cafe/

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