“You should start each day with a song in your heart, a gleam in your eyes and peace in your soul,” advises Lucy as I turn over the cover of my Peanuts-themed Moleskin notebook every morning.
Her qoute has constantly reminded me how important it is to start the day right. And there is really no better way to put one in the right mindset than with an epic breakfast.
So, along with a few other shallow-minded friends, we headed over to The Red Beanbag café in Publika for the very first meal of 2012. It was imperative that we started the day and year properly. Java Panda and I have been here one other time before and loved ur experience and overall vibe of the place. So much so we suggested the place when we our initial plan for brunch at ABC failed to materialised. How dare they not open on New Years. But, as it turns out, The Red Beanbag wasn’t a bad plan B (no puns intended!).
First timers will definitely fall in love with the physical menu itself. It is obvious that plenty of thoughts have been given into the quirky names of their dishes. While the names may sound like a fancy way of just saying big breakfast, I can assure you that is not the case. Food here is really straight-forward, honest and carefree as with the decor on their wall. Sunny casual Sunday brunch-ers can also rejoice as shorts and Hawaiianas are always welcomed here.
Our favourite table is the big oval one right next to the window in the back of the café. It can easily fit in about 6 people with plenty of extra room in between for handbags, manbags, gymbag, shopping bag, garbagebags, and burlap sacks filled what nots in between. Just don’t go putting a douche-bag there. Hur hur!
They serve all-day breakfast, just like the hundreds of Melbournian cafés they inspire to be, with the lot. So far we’ve tried their Signature Breakfast, which is essentially an Aussie big fry up. It won’t get any complains from us except for the lack of real bacon on the plate. Having said that, the bovine version used here is a forgivable substitute. We also loved their Baked Eggs, served inside a baking dish with sliced bratwurst, sundried tomatoes and a side of crusty bread. Order yourself a side of ‘em beef bacon if you must – nothing like a savory snack on the side to keep the appetite going.
For the happy sweet-toothers, may we suggest an order of Skyscraper or Classic French Toast. The former is a gorgeous stack of buttermilk pancakes served with a generous supply of maple syrup and seasonal fruits. Fond memories of fluffy pancakes mornings at the original Pink Sage comes flashing back with every mouthful. It’s been a while since I’ve last enjoyed a good morning stack up in this town; even the ones at the reincarnated Pink Sage didn’t match up to its former glory. However, the ones here come to a close second. Now if you think the Skyscraper sounds good, wait until you sink your teeth into their Classic French Toast. This fluffy piece of roti perancis is their pièce de résistance, coated with chopped almond drizzled with maple syrup and a side of fruit compote, lies somewhere on the scale between amazing and awesome!
If breakfast items aren’t what you fancy having, worry not. There are plenty more items on the menu to feed your hungry soul. If you’re in the mood for a light lunch, start off with either a clear yet well-seasoned Japanese Mushroom Consommé and move on to the Miss Bella, a portobello mushroom burger stuffed with buffalo mozzarella, tomatoes and seasonal vegetables. For something more substantial, there’s always the Beef Me Up Scotty (so clever, right?), tender fillet of grilled beef topped with lovely caramelized onions, rockets and sandwiched inside a ciabatta loaf. Unfortunately, I found the bread to be more on the biscuit side of things. How unfortunate.
This definitely café prides itself with their coffee, which are imported from a boutique Australian roaster by the way. The brother-sister team loved their favourite coffee in Melbourne so much so they’ve actually brought it back to share them with the rest of us KL-lites. Lucky us! With coffee being the heart and soul of the café (even the coffee beanbags are used as decorative pieces), you’ll find a cute story on the origins of coffee on every table.
According to legend, an Ethiopian goatherder by the name of Kaldi noticed his flock of goats energetically ‘dancing & prancing’ after nibbling on bright red berries of a certain bush. His exhilaration prompted him to bring the berries to his village’s holy man. But upon further examination the berries were deemed to be demonic (roll eyes) and threw them into a fire, from which an enticing aroma billowed. The now roasted beans were quickly raked from the embers, ground up and dissolved in hot water – yielding the world’s first cup of coffee!
So what’s the moral of this story? Never give up a good cup of coffee!
Speaking of coffee and dancing, I’d like to share this jazzy video with you by The Careless Lovers. It sure perked me up when I first saw it featured on Dear Coffee, I Love You.
Have a nice day/year ahead now!
***THE RED BEANBAG Lot A4-1-8, Solaris Dutamas (opposite Publika’s open space/Ben’s) Jalan Dutamas 1, 50480 Kuala Lumpur Tel: +603-6211 5116 Business Hours: 8:30am – 5:00pm daily. Pre-booked dinners for functions available.