Breadfruits ranks high on my brief list of favourite F & B joints in the Klang Valley.
The reason is simple; this cosy joint serves great food at good prices.
While I understand that every F & B entrepreneur cares about the P & L, I think too many focuses on the P & L alone.
But then that is just my thoughts. I’m not the one running the businesses so I can’t claim to know their challenges.
If I disagree with the food after my visit, I just won’t return. After all, taste is subjective yes?
You might have noticed too that I haven’t been recommending cafes or restaurants for a while, for like I said, I find the menu for most to be more visually pleasing than palatable.
Here is an exception.
I love my brunches at Breadfruits. The flavours are consistent and suitable for my palate; healthy juices, non-greasy savouries prepared with very fresh tasting and wholesome ingredients.
A plus point for many is their non-halal status, which translates to pork bacon and sausages.
I don’t care for that much since I generally avoid processed food, but I do love the well prepared dishes.
When I got to know that they’ve launched their dinner menu recently I made time to drop in as soon as I could.
I stepped in with high expectations, and even then, Breadfruits didn’t disappoint. The bill was almost RM200, and for once in a long, long while, I walked away satisfied with the money spent.
We started with a salad, which I thought for RM23.80 is a steal, unless you compare it to cooking it yourself at home, which isn’t the point here.
As usual it was the quality, portion and EXECUTION that did it for me.
The large pieces of squids were bouncy and flavourful while the charred smokiness added to its overall flavour.
Fork a piece together with peppery, crisp rocket leaves and juicy cherry tomatoes tossed with coriander & lime and shove it into your mouth. Delicious!
Another plus point; they don’t skimp on the ingredients here at Breadfruits. For small eaters, this could qualify as a one-dish meal.
I was undecided between the pork chop cooked with wild honey, apple, pear & aromatic herbs & spices (RM32.80) or the one that’s prepared with pesto sauce, thyme & sage, teamed with a salad of papaya & passion fruit (RM30.80).
In the end the more uncommon one (pesto and papaya passion fruit salad) won me over.
Pork chops with apples are pretty standard, but with pesto and passionfruit? How would that work?
If this pork chop is of any indication, I’ll think the one with apples would score favourably too.
The meat was firm to bite, juicy and well flavoured. While the half crescent of thick skin was crunchy at first, it unfortunately leaned towards chewy as the dish cooled.
So be sure to attack the skin while it’s hot!
The paella was another win.
Japanese rice was used in place of Spanish bomba in an effort to keep cost reasonable at RM44.80, sharable with 2-3 diners.
Purist might balk, but for the rest of us who do not mind the substitution, you will find the paella satisfying with its oceanic flavours and generous amount of seafood.
The only gripe I had was the mushy prawns, which I believe wasn’t thawed properly before it was thrown in to bake with the rice.
The Double Roasted Pork Belly (RM32.80) wasn’t available that evening but a new batch was ready just as we were at the end of our dinner.
Being greedy I accepted a serving hot from the oven, and had to struggle through the last few bites.
I had no issues with the ratio of lean meat to fat and found the meat wasn’t overly salty which is a good thing for me. Saltiness is an issue I had with many other pork belly dishes.
Again, the skin hardens as it cools so do eat it while it is hot.
The barley salad is refreshing with julienned zesty green apples & the green pea puree is a welcome change from ordinary potatoes; not to mention a healthier alternative too.
Healthy raw honey with passionfruit and a coffee for the only guy in the group.
Previous review on their brunch:
**Dinner at Breadfruits are available from 6pm-10pm daily.
17, Jalan 26/70A,
Desa Sri Hartamas, Kuala Lumpur