The Midnight Baker
Lower ground floor, 1-3 Seni Mont Kiara, KL (03 6211 1090/www.facebook.com/themidnightbaker8). There’s nothing noir about this tiny bakery despite its mysterious-sounding name; the owners named it so because a large chunk of their baking is conducted under the cover of night. Essentially a glass box shrouded in the shade, The Midnight Baker can be found inside the condominium block of Seni Mont Kiara. We’re so acclimated to battling it out for parking just about anywhere in KL that it came as a lovely surprise to swoop into a near-empty parking lot. Better still, parking is free!
The bakery’s Facebook page lured us over with the promise of unique pastries such as sour cream cheesy sausage rolls and vanilla Nutella cake topped with granola, but we were met with a small and rather basic range of baked goods such as croissants and brownies. Also, it was barely lunchtime but some soups and quiches were already sold out. If faced with a similar situation, settle for one of the café’s sandwiches. The smoked salmon sandwich features a winning combo of sliced smoked fish, a good smear of French mustard, caramelised onions and tomato slices. But it was the hearty yet airy home-baked whole wheat bread that won our hearts over. Fans of banana bread should take home a slice or two of the gula Melaka spiced banana loaf, which also had that same light texture.
The sparsely decorated kids play area calls for a trip to Toys ‘R’ Us, but on the bright side, high chairs are available. All in all, Seni Mont Kiara’s residents are fortunate to have a quality bakery on the premises, but we wouldn’t go out of our way to come here unless fatigued by crowded spaces. Tue-Sun, 8am-5.30pm. Halal. Childfriendly. Disabled-friendly. Free parking. High chairs available.