Most food looks better than it tastes. I for one; had over the years, almost perfected the art of being able to determine if a dish is going to be good or otherwise just by looking at it.
When my Spicy Savoury Mince – RM23 was set down on the table in front of me my eyes widen and I felt as if I have finally hit the jackpot. Bloody hell, now that looks like how scrambled eggs should be! Has my search finally ended? Is this it? The best scrambled eggs in town?
The first bite told me this is the real deal. So creamy on the tongue yet devoid of overly heavy yolk taste. Fluffy, light yet runny. Flavourful minus the over-the-top use of butter which most chefs are guilty of. Somehow everybody believes that more butter equals better scrambled eggs. No no no!
Subsequent bites tells me this is not another ordinary, expensive, ‘paying for the ambiance‘ Bangsar outlet. While “spicy” is a misnomer, savoury does hits the spot. Unlike the usual savoury flavours which relies heavily on a myriad of seasonings, the ‘savoury mince’ (which was essentially 90% akin to the bolognese sauce you eat with your pasta) tasted like something that would be dished out from your grandmother’s kitchen. That homely, clean, delicious wholesome flavour; you’ll know it when you taste it. This is something totally unexpected from a commercial outlet.
Both Kevin and I had difficulty putting our forks down. We were supposed to save some for TH who is on his way, but we went on digging through the mushrooms and spinach, unearthing the bacon underneath. Every component was nicely done; no chewy bacon, blacken fungi or fibrous spinach. While most breakfast sets like this can be greasy there wasn’t any unnecessary oil found on the plate.
I almost wanted to pick up the menu to add another order but we waited patiently for TH to arrive. Kevin gave thumbs up to his coffee and I was surprised as I peered at the coffee making counter. Illy? Good? Seriously?
When TH arrive he took up a fork and proceeded to taste the dish. We watched him silently. TH can be tough to please when it comes to food (all of us Penangites are!) and when at the first forkful he proclaimed “Wow, this is good!” we laughed and said, “Here’s the menu, we are adding on our orders! ”
Our next order was The Noshling (RM23) – Toasted bread topped with smoked salmon, poached eggs & decadent hollandaise sauce served with a side salad.
Just like the Savoury Minced this is impressed us as soon as it was served on the table – free-form poached eggs, the sunny hue of the hollandaise sauce, thick salmon slices.
Both whites and yolks were perfectly done. Sometimes you might find firmer/ harden whites at the edges/outer part of a poached egg while the insides were softer but the eggs on this plate were wholly soft all round with perfect runny yolks. Like a soft boiled egg, there wasn’t a layer of cooked outer crust around the yolk either, but pure velvety yolk all the way. For some traditional free form poached eggs you might detect a lingering taste of vinegar but we didn’t face such grievance for this one.
These perfect eggs were rained with lemony, creamy hollandaise sauce.
For being the 2nd person to check in on that morning, Kevin won himself a complimentary Brunch (Fruit) Crumble (RM19). That was our dessert for that day!
We loved this as well. Chunky, wholesome taste of freshly stewed fruits with good quality vanilla ice-cream. The crumble takes about 20 minutes to prepare as I believe it is made/assembled upon order, so you can imagine how fresh the buttery crust were!
With such a marvelous dining experience I made plans to visit again with another friend who loves such brunches.
We repeated the Savoury Mince and since Alvin liked the Big Breakfast, I ordered that too.
The Savoury Minced was satisfying enough, though somewhat not as tasty as my 1st visit. Still, the eggs were done right and the portion was just as generous.
The Big Breakfast on the other hand was a disappointment.
Visually it was inspiring; an erect tower of thick patty, gorgeous sunny up egg, molten cheese on a bun. On the side, wedges are nicely arranged into a well topped with fresh salad.
My first bite took me by surprise. Wow, that’s really salty, I thought.
I tried again, and couldn’t bring myself for a third bite. I then pushed the plate to my companion, urging him to try so I’ll know it’ not just me.
When he concurred that it was way too salty even for him, I waved at one of the wait staff and informed him about it. The staff took it back to the kitchen, and came back shortly to apologize as they agreed that it was salty as well.
The Big Breakfast was then taken off the bill, and I was given a choice to have another one or order something else.
I figured that I’ll order something else, since I assumed that the patties are made in advance and if the 1st patty is salty, then perhaps this batch would all taste similar. Just to be on the safe side and also because I’m very hungry by now, I took the pancakes instead.
This was good and definitely a recommendable choice for pancakes lovers.
We were one of the first few in the outlet again and managed to “win” ourselves (via foursquare check-in) another Brunch Crumble. I didn’t want to try the same dessert again, but since food hasn’t been consistent from my first visit, and my companion hasn’t tried the crumble, I claimed it anyways.
Thankfully the crumble was alright.
They serve illy and the coffee was decent on both visits.
The same can’t be said for the service. The staff tends to all gather around the back area near the kitchen and those at the bar doesn’t seem to look up at all. A bit of waving is required and calling out is required to get their attention.
Nosh is still a nice place no doubt, with some tables conveniently near power sockets but there is no complimentary WIFI available so do take note on that.
Some of the decor items are really charming; like this clock. Yes, it’s a clock! 😀
I have heard raving reviews of Nosh’s desserts so I’m definitely going to visit again for my sugar fix. There are still items on the menu worth checking out for the weekend brunch. Based on the comments that I’ve got from my FB, it seems that the food can be inconsistent, but overall still satisfying.
While my Big Breakfast was salty, Alvin’s was bland.
Well, such comments are as honest as it can get since they are all paying customers who walked in for their meals here. I’ll leave it to you to decide if Nosh is worth a visit. 🙂
NOSH (Tel: +603-22013548)
No 7, Jalan Telawi 3
Bangsar, 59100 Kuala Lumpur