The Shire Cafe

Time Out Malaysia Kids - - Eating Out -

9-1 Jalan Radin Ba­gus 6, Ban­dar Baru Seri Pe­tal­ing, PJ (019 650 2678/Face­book: Theshire­cafe). In all hon­esty, we didn’t ex­pect to like The Shire Café, what with the ris­ing num­ber of tacky themed cafés in town, but we were mighty pleased to have our minds changed. In­spired by ‘The Lord of The Rings’, this cosy café modeled af­ter The Shire, a fic­tional re­gion of JRR Tolkien’s Mid­dle-earth, is all about warm light­ing, wooden fur­ni­ture and leather-bound books. A life­like mu­ral pro­vid­ing a three­d­i­men­sional peek in­side a hob­bit’s home seems to be the main draw for In­sta­gram users.

The ex­ten­sive menu also takes a leaf out of the fan­tasy tril­ogy with sweet and savoury waf­fles and pan­cakes named af­ter in­hab­i­tants and el­e­ments of Tolkien’s realm. A must-or­der is the Lem­bas bread, which Tolkien de­scribes in ‘The Fel­low­ship of the Ring’: ‘Eat lit­tle at a time, and only at need. For these things are given to serve you when all else fails. The cakes will keep sweet for many many days, if they are un­bro­ken and left in their leaf-wrap­pings, as we have brought them’. While we can­not at­test to the shelf-life of The Shire Café’s take on Lem­bas, we scrab­bled for ev­ery last crumb of the sweet pas­try show­ered with pow­dered su­gar and wrapped in pan­dan leaves. Mon & Wed-Sun, 11am-12mid­night. Pork-free. Child-friendly. High chairs avail­able.

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