Cafés An­tipodean Café

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20 Jalan Telawi 2, Bangsar Baru, KL (+603 2282 0411); Ground floor, Me­nara Tan & Tan, Jalan Tun Razak, KL (+603 2161 0752); Ground floor, Mid Val­ley Mega­mall, Lingkaran Syed Pu­tra, KL (+603 2202 3411/www. an­tipodean­cof­fee.com). An­tipodean Café has be­come a stal­wart brunch favourite since open­ing in 2011. The Bangsar out­let we vis­ited is a warm space with a tiled mo­saic floor, some walls of a deep red hue and oth­ers that are cov­ered in the café’s menu – a chic con­cept that doesn’t work well in prac­tice. The all-day break­fast menu seems al­most uni­ver­sally loved so in­stead we try the pump­kin, sage and feta pasta, a slice of lemon meringue pie and a cap­puc­cino. The cap­puc­cino is warm and im­me­di­ately drink­able, while the taste is smooth with an acidic tang. Our bowl of large pasta shells quickly ar­rives, al dente and well bal­anced by a ju­di­cious sheen of olive oil, big juicy chunks of pump­kin, warm baby spinach leaves, pan-crisped sage leaves and a delectably salty and gen­er­ous mound of feta. This is an in­cred­i­bly aro­matic dish with flavours that marry well; in fact our only crit­i­cism is that fen­nel turned out to be the most per­cep­ti­ble of th­ese. It’s tasty no doubt but not men­tioned in the menu de­scrip­tion. And the lemon meringue pie? A small but suf­fi­cient por­tion, the pie has the beginnings of the right flavours but the tex­ture is right off: Dis­turbingly firm meringue sits atop lemon cus­tard that looks like left­over jelly dry­ing out in the fridge rather than creamy lemon curds. An­tipodean has more com­peti­tors than when it started. It’s eas­ier th­ese days to find good cof­fee and that much-prized, con­tem­po­rary ‘Mel­bourne café’ feel. Still, we’d re­turn to An­tipodean, just not for dessert. Child-friendly. Credit cards ac­cepted. (Bangsar) Mon-Thu & Sun, 8am10pm; Fri-Sat, 8am-11pm. (Tan & Tan) Daily, 7.30am-5pm. (Mid Val­ley) Mon-Thu & Sun, 7.30am-11pm; FriSat, 7.30am-12mid­night. $$

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Get around the city for free! GOKL City Bus runs four bus ser­vices around the city cen­tre that are com­pletely free of charge, and take in a thor­ough se­lec­tion of sights and a handy list of LRT and bus sta­tions. Dur­ing off-peak hours, when we rec­om­mend you travel, you can ex­pect a bus ev­ery 10 min­utes.

Mon-Fri, 6am-11pm; Sat-Sun & pub­lic hol­i­days, 7am-11pm. RapidKL Light Rail Tran­sit (LRT) and Mono­rail (www.myrapid.com.my)

Get fa­mil­iar with Kuala Lumpur’s ex­cel­lent light rail sys­tem as it’s one of the cheap­est and most con­ve­nient ways to get around. You can avoid mul­ti­ple trips to the to­ken ma­chines by pur­chas­ing a RapidKL card from any sta­tion. Th­ese cost RM12 and come pre-charged with RM10 credit. They are eas­ily reload­able so that you can breeze through the bar­ri­ers with­out pur­chas­ing a new to­ken for ev­ery trip. You’ll also get a slight dis­count on each trip. Carry a card for ev­ery mem­ber of the fam­ily above six years old – kids younger than six ride for free.

Daily, 6am-12mid­night (check on­line for ex­act times across lines).

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