Located in the well-loved fracas that is Chinatown is a vegetarian restaurant quirkily named Einstein Café. An ode to the world-famous German physicist, this place has its food down to a science. To simplify things, two separate menus list the café’s vegetarian and nonvegetarian dishes. Some crowdpleasers include the carbonara spaghetti, the Cheesy Egg Burger with fries (a worthy contender to McDonald’s Egg McMuffin), and the meatless mutton rendang (looks like the real thing, tastes different in a good way). Quench your thirst with artisanal sodas by The Tapping Tapir, a Selangor-based company, in flavours such as Orange & Jasmine, Apple & Vanilla and Hibiscus & Lime. If the kids clamour for something sweet, order the honey toast with fresh fruit or the Bamboo Charcoal mille crêpe.
Located one floor above street level, the flight of stairs might pose an obstacle to parents with strollers. The café seems more student-friendly than kid-friendly (during our visit, one of the long tables was completely occupied by a gaggle of school boys in uniform). That being said, we love Einstein Cafe’s eccentric ambience; think whimsical watercolours on the walls and a grandfather clock. Most importantly, the price is right and considerably cheaper than most other cafés offering the same sort of dishes. 58 Jalan Sultan, KL (012 363 6004/www.facebook.com/einstein. cafe.kl). Daily, 10.30am-9pm.