Bar Italia, Jalan Berangan – A total rip – off?

Ok, maybe “rip-off” is a strong word. But how does one justify the below for RM38 (not including 10% tax) ?

1 coffee, albeit a very good one (or so Unka said), 1 fruit juice and 1 (3.5 inch/4 inch at most) sandwich, with an egg, a slice of ham carelessly “folded” into the bread and some cheese.

Bar Italia

It was supposed to be a “New York bagel”.
Now I do not know how New Yorkers make their bagels, but this is definitely not the chewy, dense textured bagels that I know.
It tasted like toasted bread.

Bar Italia,
Jalan Berangan,
Bukit Bintang.

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ps: I understand that some dining establishments are more expensive to dine in, etc, & I was aware of the price when I placed the order. However, I believe in getting what I paid for, meaning I expected a proper bagel (as per printed in the menu), with ingredients to match, both in terms of quality and quantity.
Same goes if it is a main course. I take into consideration the effort, time & skills required to prepare the dish. Hence the prices we pay for a degustation or molecular gastronomy menu.

This Post Has 21 Comments

  1. Chong

    With that price, I'd rather go for breakfast at La Bodega.

  2. Bangsar-bAbE

    OMG…that's really expensive for a measly, not to mention pathetic breakfast!

  3. UnkaLeong

    Should have joined Cheng @Frangi's instead. *ROFL*

  4. thule a.k.a leo

    whoopss!!! someone sound disappoited
    Next time hop to La Bodega ūüôā

  5. Sean

    i think rip-off is a fair word. that egg looks miserable. i'd be fuming too…

  6. LiZhenYAn

    That is not New York bagel, Bagel supposed to have a whole in the middle it look something like adonuts but crispy exterior and also so there is poppy or sesame seeds outer crust. The restaurant chef or owner better do their homework. Also the price is expensive.

  7. ~Christine~Leng

    that was EX!!!

  8. J2Kfm

    I'm sure you were wishing for Pink Sage, Betty's, or even the hawker fares.

  9. Selba

    oh my… Rm 38 just for that? hmmm… I guess it's more to pay the ambiance/place?

  10. J

    Aiyo. That's terrible! ūüôĀ

  11. "Joe" who is constantly craving

    I think ordering a new york bagel in an italian place might not be too wise. anyways out of rm38, the juice prob 10++, the coffee another 10++, so thats still close to rm20 for that miserable looking thing there.

    nxt time cheer up with their gelato, rm8 a scoop, much more value for money.

  12. Allie

    Judging from the pictures, it's totally not worth to pay RM 38. I guess there are much better place to dine at KL.

  13. kampungboycitygal

    bar italia is already notorious for bad service. friends and colleagues have been complaining so much that i dare not step foot into it.

  14. thenomadGourmand

    chong: me too!

    b-babe: I know! still fuming.. ;p

    Unka: yeah..her post came a few days too late!

    Leo: come to think of it, I havent had brekie at La Bdega!

    sean: Even you? well..I guess its safe to say its expensive then..

    LZY: That's why I was disappointed..

    ChristineL: Indeed!

    J2kfm: Haha.. oh yes i was!

    selba: Ambiance? what ambiance?

    J: Its ok ;0) Good to let others know what to avoid ordering nx time. Perhaps their otr dishes will fare better

    Joe: The gelato is indeed worthwhile I think, can mix 2 flavours somemore!

    allie: There are definitely!

  15. thenomadGourmand

    kbcg: I heard too! Good to know I'm not the only one! I was hesitant to post this at 1st, then I thought, well..its my blog after all.. and this is an actual experience..

  16. vialentino

    one day i much learn to eat and appreciate bagel….then i can comment…but RM 38…looks exp for me wor…i can eat 1kg cheesy crab liow…kekkee

  17. burpandslurp

    what the HECK?! I would demand my money back, and refuse to eat that crap. That is damn CRAZY! At least make it a REAL new york bagel you daylight-robbers!

  18. mimid3vils

    the fried egg look so miserable, i can fry a better egg than this!!

  19. CUMI & CIKI

    bagels should be smooth on the outside.. and then, you need to pull hard on it with your teeth.. and then.. it gives way to a chewy softer center.. mmmmmm.. dont mind me.. im day dreaming.. haha

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    Yeah, I strongly agree with you. It seems there are really talented writers who are willing to share a very good articles online.

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