Cafes are really a dime a dozen these days and for the most part, serve mediocre fare compared to the street food Malaysia is teeming with that is bursting with flavour. At the other end of the spectrum are the many high-end restaurants serving gourmet dishes that cafes cannot compete with.
However, Korean-run Table 9 Cafe & Kitchen in Bangsar is worthy of a visit as it is delightfully different from your run-of-the-mill mid-market cafe.
Co-owner Eve is Korean as is her partner, and both must get credit for creating a superb menu.
So while the menu may not try to claim that they are any different (and they don’t actively advertise it), Table 9 is actually pretty unique in its offerings.
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Any cafe worth its salt should be able to serve up a good cup of coffee, and in this regard Table 9 does not disappoint. The latte was good, so no complaints there.
The French Toast is a must-try – it was light and fluffy and absolutely delicious. The scrambled egg was top-notch too. Other ingredients did not disappoint either, although the sausage was rather average.
If you’re a salad sort of person, the Rosemary Chicken Caesar Salad is something you will definitely enjoy.
Served with romaine lettuce, cherry tomatoes and cheese, the grilled chicken breast was moist and flavourful while the Caesar’s salad dressing was rich and spicy in a Korean sort of way – rather interesting and definitely memorable.
The Carbonara di Cipolla with the optional bread bowl was outstanding, but only if you’re into cream-based pasta sauces.
According to Eve the bread bowl with pasta is quite common in Korea, and the portions in this cafe are huge.
The Caprese was the favourite dish of the day. It’s a simple tomato-based pasta with mozzarella and truffle oil. What made this dish so satisfying was how simple it was yet delicious because of its refined flavour profile.
If you’re the kind who’s into light breakfasts, the Baked Zucchini with Cheese and Tuna may fit the bill – perfect for those looking for a low-carb option.
The Gorgonzola & Maple Panini is the star of Eve’s menu, and it’s easy to see why.
The sandwich was a mouthwatering combination of savoury and sweet while the side of fries, made this a full and hearty meal.
Equally satisfying was the Pizza Jalapeno – spicy topping, thin crust, and they sure didn’t skimp on the cheese. A sure winner!
This cafe has eight different types of Bingsu, a Korean shaved-ice dessert.
The weirdest Bingsu flavour has got to be their version made with tomato, but it deserves a try.
The ice was milky and rich, and the tomato puree poured on top made this dessert that much more interesting. A little weird at first but it’s an acquired taste and before long, you’ll be hungry for more.
Overall, this is a perfect place for brunch, with most of the dishes belonging to the category of “I definitely did not regret ordering it”.
You now know where to go for a hearty meal with a sweet Bingsu (tomato) ending.
Table 9 Cafe & Kitchen
21, Jalan Telawi 3, Bangsar Baru,
59100 Kuala Lumpur
GPS: 3.131972, 101.671018
Tel: 03-2201 1055
This article first appeared in kyspeaks.com