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Thursday, 14 May 2015

Yellow Brick Road @ Damansara Heights

Opened just last month (1 April 2015), this café's opening was probably more eagerly awaited than any other.  For those of us who are familiar with The Red Beanbag, touted as one of the best brunch places in town, this café is set up by the same husband-and-wife team behind The Red Beanbag together with two other partners.

On the list of Asiatatler's Top 5 new openings in KL for April 2015, it was inevitable that my friends and I would find ourselves at the Yellow Brick Road @ Damansara Heights on a sunny morning during the long weekend.

From the moment I walked in, I absolutely adored the ambience and décor of the place with its wooden elements from the timber panels on the ceiling to the light bulb decorated wooden tree centrepiece to the wooden coffee counter, tables and chairs that exudes warmth and a homey feel.  Love the "COFFEE" and "CAKES" signs made to resemble wooden scrabble tiles too!

Traces of the cafe's name, Yellow Brick Road, is subtly brought to light by the (broken) yellow tiles that lined a path in the café which run up the wall.  The beautiful touches of flowers (I think they're yellow daisies, purple statice, green pom poms and some small white flowers) that adorn the table tops and coffee counter made the whole place cheery and bright.

I so love fresh flowers in a café!  Definitely an instagram-worthy place! ;)

Having fallen in love with its ambience and décor, I was hoping to fall in love with the food as well.  For any café who want to lay a claim to being one of the best brunch places in town, you've got to start off with a great big breakfast on your menu....and they didn't disappoint!  This is The Big Breakfast Bash @ RM30 which may seem a bit pricier than the norm but they more than made up for it with a freaking huge portion served in a big ass pan!  Presentation...10 out of 10! ;)  Small eaters...beware...this biggie can make a meal for two.

The big platter came with eggs (a choice of scrambled, sunny-side-up, poached or over-easy), either beef bacon or turkey ham and chicken or beef sausages served with mixed beans (not just baked beans from a can), hash brown, sweet potato, sautéed mushrooms, vine tomatoes and toasted rye bread (but we were served a different bread that day).  And they give you Lescure butter here....nice ;)

The sausages had a distinct taste of spice in them and I especially liked that it came with something out of the ordinary...slices of grilled sweet potato for that added sweetness.  No complaints on the beef bacon and mushrooms either.

The scrambled eggs were not watery or overly creamy but soft and fluffy...just perfect for me with the right amount of milk and butter.  The mixed beans were different...not the usual baked beans served in a big breakfast but had a mixture of other beans cooked down with some chopped onions in a tomato sauce.  I rather enjoyed that. 

We went with the Beef Rendang Cottage Pie @ RM22 as our next breakfast item for sharing.  The menu described it as a cottage pie with a Malaysian twist.  Just look at the lovely brown edges on the potato mash!

The taste of the minced beef was promising and it wasn't spicy at all.  I'm not sure if there was any Malaysian twist to it as I'd usually associate beef rendang with chunks of tender and spicy beef rather than minced beef, so (for me) it still felt very much like a traditional shepherd's pie.  Having said that, it was nevertheless a very good cottage pie! ;D  The bread was much needed to mop up all that flavourful mince.

What I loved even more was the incredibly soft and fluffy potato mash on top.  The potato mash looked as if it was piped on top (much like a churro) instead of being just smeared.  Again, extra points for the nice presentation!

Next up, we obviously got hooked and order Hooked @ RM28 which was actually battered seasonal fish on a bed of mushy peas and crispy potato rosti served with minty yogurt and a mayo dip on the side.

The potato rosti was crisp and well seasoned.  The seasonal fish turned out to be barramundi fillets and they were fried to crunchy perfection.  The flesh was juicy, flaky and extremely good.  But even better was the fresh mushy peas which was part mushy and part chunky.  The chunky parts added a bit more texture to the peas...definitely a winner in terms of taste and texture!  I remember watching shows where the parents would say "Eat your peas!" and the children would cringe! :D  This is one you don't need to run away from.  A must-try if you love peas...or if you don't, you could be converted ;)

Even though we were stuffed at this point, we went ahead and ordered a final dish for sharing...I Wanna Be Kaya @ RM22.  With a name like that...who wouldn't want to order it, right?  Who doesn't secretly harbour hopes of becoming "kaya" (rich) one day, but we ordered it coz we felt guilty for continuing to occupy our table when there was a perpetual crowd waiting for seats outside.

A twist on Red Beanbag's much sought after French Toast (which is difficult to beat) is Yellow Brick Road's interpretation with poached pear, coconut mascarpone cheese and caramel kaya sauce.  [#Tip: "Kaya" also means a rich jam made with coconut milk (santan), sugar and eggs.]

Drizzle as much or as little as the caramel kaya sauce as you like onto your French toast although I didn't find the kaya to be overly sweet.  This French toast is pretty good too just that (personally) I prefer mine with maple syrup a tad more.

The thick toast was well soaked in egg and turned out to be soft and fluffy.  As for the poached pear, you'll know that it's perfectly cooked when your knife goes through it without any resistance.  I would have loved for the pears to be poached without the skin for an even softer texture (but that's just me nitpicking).
 
The pillowy softness of the egg-soaked toast coupled with the sweetness of the poached pear and caramel kaya, the tartness of the strawberry slices, the crunch of the crushed nuts and sesame seed topping together with the coconut mascarpone cheese made this one heavenly non-savoury breakfast indeed!

Like any good breakfast cum brunch joint, the coffee has to be second to none!  More so since it's presided over by Jason Loo, the 2015 Malaysia Barista Champion.  Their coffee is an oz-some house blend of Colombia and Costa Rica beans by Artisan Roastery (it's written on the chalk board).  And here were our drinks:

Hot Cappuccino @ RM11
 
Piccolo Latte @ RM11
(served in an odd-but-cute Chinese-looking porcelain tea cup)
 
Ice White @ RM12
(served in yet another adorable vessel, a maison jar, but don't ask me why it's only 3/4s full...maybe the jar was too big...I swear I didn't take a sip before taking the pic)

I don't know who made our coffees that day but wishful thinking that it might be the champion barista since we did see him make an appearance that day....kekeke! :D  And...yes, they can lay claim to serving oz-some coffees!

My Personal Opinion

Although the menu is not overly extensive, there are enough oz-some offerings to keep you satisfied.  Food wise, there are more fusion dishes with a local twist compared to Red Beanbag's menu.

I guess I've fallen in love with the place...and the food!  Even as we were leaving, we knew instinctively that this is one place we would want to return to...repeatedly!  Can't wait to try the other stuff they have on their menu. 

So, follow the path of the Yellow Brick Road.....it'll lead you here...and it'll be oz-some!

Yellow Brick Road
Lot 8-7 Jalan Batai
Damansara Heights
50490 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-2035 5922
 

19 comments:

  1. Oh my!!!!! The Big Breakfast Bash! Gorgeously stunning! Seen this place in a friend's blog before. I wonder how many would link the name to the Wizard...or Elton John.

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    1. Yes, a good brunch place must have one of those Big Breakfasts! ;D Goodbye Yellow Brick Road is an old song (released in the 70s by Elton John), so not many would know I think.

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  2. Good job opening at 1st April instead of earlier. Quite a number of new eateries did that too to start with a clean slate post GST, prevents price comparison!

    How many of you were there? That Big Breakfast Bash, it looks more like 4 people portion than 2!


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    1. Oh, you'll be surprised that one person can actually finish it. The 3 of us (+ 1 kid) shared 4 plates of food...that's how much we ate coz it was good and we were really hungry! :D There were 3 pcs of beef bacon and 3 pcs of sweet potato, so when you share it out, it doesn't look like it's too much to handle, one pc each. And the sausage, it looked like two but it was just one, cut into half.

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  3. That Big Breakfast is definitely suitable for me hah..hah...hah...

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    1. Yes, this Big Breakfast was created with you in mind....hee...hee! :D

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  4. Wow! This is indeed a very nice spot for lovers of brunch! :)

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    1. Yes, brunch lovers would love this....that's why there is a perpetual queue during the peak times of brunch!

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  5. That is one huge big breakfast! How many persons did it take to finish that for your group? I am sure the kaya dish will make them kaya in no time as it costs RM22 but the presentation looks very nice. So you will go there to have brunch again and again? The place is quite far from your home.

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    1. For you, Mun, you'll probably need 2 or 3 persons to share that big breakfast with you. For my friends and I, we can finish it all by ourselves! ;D Well, I would definitely go again....but probably not as frequent as I would like as it's quite far from where I stay + I also need to venture to other new places for the purposes of my blog.

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  6. I've seen lots of Instagram pics of these place. Looks bright and cheery.

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    1. I think it's the fresh yellow flowers (and the morning sun that streams into the café) that bring a sunny feel to this place.

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  7. Testing! Testing! See what pictures I need to pick and match this time...

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    1. Oh dear, I didn't know that you had to go through this cumbersome process each time to comment on my blog...my apologies! I'm not tech-savvy, a friend created this blog for me and I just post my write-ups. Can I turn this off and, if so, how and where do I do it?

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    2. I think I've just found where this can be done and I turned it off already. Hope it works, let me know if it doesn't. Thanks, STP, for bringing this to my attention (you should have told me earlier). My apologies to all who have to go through this irritating process just to leave comments on my blog...sorry about that! :(

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    3. Testing this as I turned off mine but it still appears when I use my wordpress ID.

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    4. This is mun using my wordpress ID, the picture verification still turns up in your blog and mine when the wordpress ID is used. :(

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    5. Actually, we only have one option...and that is word verification...which I have turned off already. I've read Mun's comments and apparently it doesn't work for those on wordpress...so, sorry lah...I tried! :(

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    6. I'd have the pictures anytime over those words that can be so much harder to make out at times.

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