There was a time when my upcoming trip to Melbourne (which starts tomorrow actually) seemed light years away, I was glad to have stumbled upon a delightful and quaint cafe by the name of Departure Lounge in Solaris. Just like a regular airport lounge for those flying off, this cafe is midway between home and your next holiday destination.
The first thing you’ll notice the moment you step into the cafe is the amount of travel books neatly arranged in a brightly lit corner for your escapism pleasures. On the shelves are Lonely Planet, Let’s Go, Rough Guides and even tourist brochures and city guides that covers nearly every inch of the planet, and are all conveniently organised by continents. These guide books are certainly more than enough to inspire my next few holiday destinations. There’s even a photo mural close to the entrance whereby customers can share a picture or two of the places they’ve been. And if you’re not a fan of traveling alone and is in need of a travel companion, you can even put up an ad at the Traveller’s Classifieds. Strangely, I can only think of it as a plot for a new slasher-flick!
Traveling aside, let’s get to the food (this is a food blog after all). The Departure Lounge is a great place to grab a bite. Serving your typical western fare from sandwiches to pancakes and even cookies. You’ll have a nice time flipping through its comprehensive menu at your table before making your orders over the counter. On our first visit, McCutie ordered the All-Day-Breakfast consisting of Chicken Sausages, Beef Bacon (?!?!?), Baked Beans, Hash Brown and Scrambled Egg (RM10.90) while I had the Manhattan Beef Sandwich which comes with a side of corn chips and salsa (RM12.90). Freshly brewed coffee comes decently priced too (Latte RM7.90). Downside is that there’s no babi served here but the good portion and reasonable price definitely made up for it. Great to savings for our next holidays!
What I like best about this place is the fact that I can pretend like I’m in Australia or London or Amsterdam or just about any where my imaginations will take me when I’m having brunch here – especially when most of its patrons speak English with an accent. Apart from its early closing hours, I don’t really see what’s there not to like about this place. Just like my Luscious BFF, I’m in with love the place.
Anyway, I can stop playing pretend for now since I’m finally going on my long-awaited trip to the “Swine Flu Capital of the World“. Fingers cross that I’ll come home alive and well. You munkeys be good now while I’m gone. Don’t miss me too much. I’ll look forward coming home to Just Heavenly’s newly opened place, A Slice of Heaven, at Jaya One. All the best for your launch and congrats JHP!