On the days when you have some breathing space and just feeling like taking a break from the hectic office, why not treat yourself to an enjoyable, stress-free lunch at one of these awesomely hip and artsy cafes? Not only are they pretty, the food and coffee they serve are top-notch!
Pickle & Fig
From paninis to salads and teas to smoothies, Pickle & Fig has you covered. Head down there and try out their array of gastronomic delights, such as the Coronation Chicken Sandwich. It’s loaded with alfalfa and comes with a side salad and potato wedges. Healthy and tasty at the same time, you won’t have to feel like a fatty digging into this one! Bonus: The adorable cafe doesn’t just serve food, but offers much needed time away from the phone. Relive some of those childhood memories by playing a board game!
Address: 26, Jalan Tun Mohd Fuad 2, Taman Tun Dr. Ismail, 60000 Taman Tun Dr. Ismail, Kuala Lumpur
Hours: Mon-Thu & Sun, 9am-11pm; Fri-Sat 9am-12pm
Jibby & Co.
If you’re up for local food with a Western twist, Jibby & Co.’s offerings of unique pizzas, mains and breakfast options are something worth experiencing. The (slightly spicy) Shredded Duck Pasta is the bomb, for starters, as there is deliciously tender duck topped off with sundried tomatoes that will titillate your taste buds. Also hot on our list is the Creamy Garlic Mushrooms served with Turkish bread for an indulgent starter and crispy Soft Shell Crab Burger served with tangy mayo and sweet potato fries. Go in a group so you can order different dishes to share and try a little of everything.
Address: GK-11, Ground Floor, Empire Shopping Gallery, Jalan SS16/1, 47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor
Hours: 8.30am-10pm daily
The Good Batch
So what if it’s lunchtime? This place offers breakfast all-day, every day! And we all know, having breakfast for lunch would totally make you feel like it’s the weekend already. Some delish options are the Portobella – gooey eggs (just the way we like it) Benedict topped with baby spinach and tomatoes with the crunch of the juicy and crispy breaded Portobello mushrooms, and The Norwegian – smoky, salty salmon perched atop delicate eggs and drizzled with hollandaise, accompanied by sweet (but not too sweet) onion and capsicum confit. And don’t miss out on the desserts either – there are a wide selection of cakes available too.
Address: 53, SS21/1A, 47400 Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
Hours: Tue-Fri 11am-12am; Sat & public holidays 9am to 12am; Sun 9am-11pm (closed Mondays)
The Soda Factory
This up-and-coming F&B is a place you’ll want to tell your friends about the moment you dine there. Thumbs up for their famous Margherita sourdough pizzas, for just RM15.The Soda Factory also boasts old-school desserts like ice cream waffles and super fun floats, plus you can mix and match your flavours!
Address: 15, Jalan Bukit Desa 5, Taman Desa, Kuala Lumpur
Hours: Sat-Sun 11am-10pm
The Kitchen Table Restaurant & Bakery
We appreciate the open, bright and welcoming space and parking isn’t too difficult to find if you go a little earlier or later than the area’s lunch crowd. If you’re one for hot lunches, then the Kitchen Table is the place for you. Drool over their roast chicken, honey and thyme, carrot and beef slaw and sourdough bread, which is almost like an open sandwich – savoury, sweet and zesty all at once… yum! For dessert, save space for their French toast crunch – this scrumptious twist on french toast has cornflakes, macerated strawberries and heady gula Melaka syrup. They’re also known for their scrumptious sourdough breads too, so be sure you take some home.
Address: 23, Jalan SS20/11, Damansara Kim, Petaling Jaya
Hours: Tue-Sun 10am – 2pm (breakfast/lunch); 6.30pm-9.30pm (dinner)
Ode Art Cafe
Let your inner artist/writer/musician/poet/painter/hipster shine. This wonderful place is just oozing with artsy appeal and chill vibes. For lunch, Ode Art Cafe offers light Western bites such as their divine Tomato Cheese Melt. So whether you choose to strum away on the guitar, or have a taste of some of their delicacies, ode to Ode!
Address: No.112, First Floor, Jalan SS15/4B, 47500 Subang Jaya, Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Hours: Tue-Thu & Sun 10am-10pm; Fri-Sat 10am-11pm
Pic courtesy of respective cafe’s Facebook accounts & Sherelyn Goh