KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 2 — Food doesn’t get any healthier (or “wilder”) than at BreadFruits, the popular Desa Sri Hartamas brunch spot that uses free-range eggs from Bukit Tinggi and eschews canned baked beans in favour of steamed cannellini beans. Produce is sourced daily from morning markets so you’re assured everything is absolutely fresh.
Owner Kah Kwan recently introduced a dinner menu and opened a second, more spacious outlet in Taman Desa a few months ago. The latter is perfect for those of us who worry about injuring diners at the next table for lack of elbow room.
Start your meal with some greens. BreadFruits has a decidedly nutrient-packed take on the classic Caesar salad. Romaine lettuce is tossed with creamy avocado, cherry tomatoes and bacon. Topped with their signature seven-minute egg and served with a slice of sourdough bread, every bite of this salad is like a burst of nourishment.
Pastas here are done simply, with good quality ingredients. The aglio e olio marries angel hair pasta with sun-dried tomatoes, air-dried prosciutto, aged cheese, olives and capers in vinegar, mushrooms, rocket leaves and copious amounts of olive oil. For something heartier, try their tangy tomato chorizo pasta that is brimming with savoury sausages and an appetizingly tart sauce.
Pork aficionados would enjoy the smoky Szechuan pork belly. the succulent meat is matched with grilled purple sweet potato, rocket leaves and crispy strips of bacon. Prefer a dash of seafood? Try their Sicilian Butcher’s Clam Stew which pairs pork and clams in a tomato stew. Pure comfort food, this.
A more unusual pairing is the pork chop (marinated in pesto sauce, thyme and sage) and its accompanying papaya and passion fruit salad. At BreadFruits, it appears, you can have your meat and fruit, and eat them both… together.
Other dinner favourites include an East-meets-West paella that uses Japanese rice instead of the traditional Spanish bomba rice. Chockfull of tender chicken, spicy chorizo and colourful peppers, this is one rice dish that will satisfy both the fan tong (“rice bin”) and the meat lover. Fans of fish should appreciate a Moroccan-style grilled snapper is marinated with an aromatic chermoula and served with a refreshing pineapple salad.
As with their Desa Sri Hartamas branch, BreadFruits Taman Desa offers a variety of freshly squeezed and blended juices, many targeted at detox practitioners. Celery, beetroot and in-season strawberries feature prominently. You can also find some of these in the shop’s produce section, as well as Indian pomegranates, Argentinean tangerines and other fresh fruits.
The highlight, of course, is any beverage that includes their signature wild honey, harvested raw and unprocessed from bee hives in Pahang rainforests. The flavour of wild honey is pleasingly complex. shifting from fruity to floral depending on the climate and the bees’ diet. My favourite is the wild honey blended with pomegranate and mandarin orange. delicious, refreshing and so good for you.
Coffee lovers need not fret. BreadFruits Taman Desa serves decent cups of espresso-based coffee, perhaps the best thus far in the recently-renovated Faber Towers. In fact, their espresso machine is a Rocket Boxer, the first of its kind in Kuala Lumpur, and installed by Bangsar-based coffee retailer and machine distributor Pulp by Papa Palheta.
After a good meal at BreadFruits, one can’t help but feel more prepared to face another day.
BreadFruits Taman Desa
G13, Faber Towers, Jalan Desa Bahagia, Taman Desa, Kuala Lumpur
Open daily 8.30am to 9pm
Tel. 03-7497 6915