Cafés Antipodean Café
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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