KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – As a cafe that commits itself to good ingredients, championing a balanced and wholesome diet, Breadfruits is something of a welcome departure from the run-of-the-mill cafes serving tasty but artery-choking comfort foods.
In the words of the owners, “We serve all-natural, real ingredients and eliminate processed or canned food in the food we prepare”.
All your favourite dishes can be found here, but since everything tastes a little leaner and a touch cleaner at Breadfruits, diners do get the sense of a more balanced meal from the abundance of vegetables and fruit on each plate.
Which was why we were surprised to find a whole lot of bacon on the menu seeing that it’s a processed meat, but never mind, as bacon-lovers we rejoice; the appearance of real pork bacon in this part of the world is too good to be questioned.
In saying that, stick to bacon with your main and avoid ordering bacon as a stand-alone side dish. You’ll be as disappointed as we were with the mere duo of puny rashers that appear at the table.
Breadfruits serves dinner too, but they’re best known for brunch as there are some excellent options on the menu for dining at this time of day. The restaurant has a variety of breakfast platters running the gamut from meaty fry-ups to a fully vegan platter.
The SatisFry Up (RM30/ USD6.70) was a generous show of breakfast staples – lightly sauteed mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, rocket and a potato cake with a satisfying mound of scrambled eggs, a chubby grilled pork sausage and a slice of wholemeal bread. Unlike cafes where one can virtually count the mushrooms or tomatoes at a glance, there was an abundance of everything on this plate and we found this dish delivered on its name without being stodgy. The SatisFry Up comes with a Juice of the Day and a coffee or tea which makes it even better value as a complete meal.
Chicken breasts can easily be bland and dry if overcooked, but the Moroccan 12 Herbs & Spices Cajun Chicken (RM24/ USD5.36) was tender and full of Mediterranean flavour. Thanks to a fantastic combination of fresh herbs and spices, boring chicken breasts were turned into a must-have menu item. It’s a lean yet flavoursome, zero-carb option for someone who wants something filling yet lightweight.
Given that this joint serves bacon, a visit to Breadfruits wouldn’t be complete without having some sort of bacon dish. The BLT Avocado Guacamole (RM22/ USD4.91) is served on what looks like half a ciabatta roll. Since the serving is on the small side, prepare yourself for a second order if you are used to traditional BLT sandwiches. What it lacks in size, it makes up for in flavour, however. The freshness of the ingredients, and a moreish guacamole are tied together beautifully in this terrific dish.
Now, one of the ingredients taking pride of place on the Breadfruits menu is wild honey. In fact, there’s an entire beverage section devoted just to Wild Honey mocktails and cocktails.
In the mains, it’s an ingredient used to marinate the Wild Honey Pork Chop (RM32/ USD7.14). The pork chops served here come with a unique pumpkin corn mash and slices of caramelised apple pear (nashi). Preferring potato to pumpkin, we requested a change to regular potato mash but the kitchen seems unwilling to allow substitutions of this nature. You have been warned.
One of the attractive quirks of Breadfruits is that it bills itself as more than just a restaurant. There is something of a healthy lifestyle concept at the fore of the Breadfruits philosophy, and the drinks menu is filled with juices promising energising, detoxifying or healing benefits.
Furthering this initiative is an on-site fruit stall set up at the front of the restaurant for selling whole fruit to patrons. Jars of artisan peanut butter and wild honey are also available for purchase.
Breadfruits does deliver the best of both worlds in terms of quality dining. Good dishes that don’t compromise on flavour while being less greasy, and more bountiful with vegetables and fruit is the draw. The fact that Breadfruits serves pork is a definite plus for members of the porcine meat lovers’ fan club.
However, the main thing that Breadfruits truly needs to work on, and the sooner the better, is their customer service. Although generally polite, we found staff difficult to flag down because they were either occupied with duties at the counter or simply out of plain sight from where we were seated in the back of the restaurant. It’s simply unbecoming of a restaurant to expect patrons to physically hunt down staff for their needs.
It’s certainly a let down for a restaurant that shines with some fresh and innovative flavours; but nothing a little training can’t fix.
Non-halal & serves alcohol
- A good variety of tasty brunch platters
- A plethora of contemporary pork dishes
- Good food with wholesome ingredients
- The availability of fresh juices as well as alcoholic drinks
- The relaxed ambience that’s perfect for a casual brunch meal
- The BLT if you are a big eater. The serving is small
- Bacon as a side dish. It’s a paltry duo of pitiful rashers and not worth the price
Monday to Sunday 8.30am – 10.00pm
Lot G13, Ground Floor, Podium Block,
Weekdays 10.00am – 10.00pm
Weekends 9.00am – 10.00pm