NEW Huck­le­berry Food & Fare

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2G & 4G Jalan Medan Se­tia 2, Plaza Da­mansara, KL (+603 2098 7933/ www.huck­le­berry.my). Even in its in­fancy, Huck­le­berry Food & Fare is shap­ing up to be one of the best bak­ery-cafés around. The space is huge; it takes up two shoplots with one ded­i­cated en­tirely to the bak­ery and its 120-square-foot Bon­gard Omega2 ar­ti­sanal oven. The cor­ner lot, where the ta­ble set­tings are placed along with the cake and bread counter, is stun­ning. Ex­e­cuted by in­te­rior de­sign firm Se­shan, this bright, airy space has a rus­tic, in­dus­trial cool about it, up­dated with mod­ern Euro­pean aes­thet­ics. Huck­le­berry’s breads are made the old fash­ioned way, us­ing sour­dough starters, and the loaves are left to rise longer than usual to pro­duce a lighter tex­ture while let­ting the flavours de­velop. Their sig­na­ture is the Miche Sour­dough range, but they also have the clas­sic multi­grain, or­ganic meteil, farmer’s bread, and flaky, but­tery crois­sants, just to name a few. As Huck­le­berry is cre­ated and run by the team be­hind the highly com­mend­able Mezze Bistro, Chef Yves Re­nou has a hand in the kitchen here as well, which serves pork-free, clas­sic com­fort food. There are brunch clas­sics such as eggs Bene­dict, shak­shuka, ba­nana French toast, and the punchy chilli cheese toast with fried eggs (a Mum­bai break­fast sta­ple). There are also sal­ads, pas­tas, pies and sand­wiches. For drinks, Huck­le­berry serves cof­fee sourced di­rectly from the farm­ers, or­ganic loose leaf tea from Roleaf Tea, smooth­ies, and slow-pressed juices that are served in bot­tles sub­merged in ice buck­ets (a cool trick that en­sures your juice stays chilled with­out di­lut­ing it). Child-friendly. Credit cards ac­cepted. Tue-Sun, 7.30am-6pm. down pat with bare ce­ment floors, metal bar stools and glass dis­plays dou­bling up as din­ing ta­bles, while the up­stairs al­fresco area is per­fect for lin­ger­ing. The hang­ing green vines add a calm­ing touch to the out­let’s glass-heavy façade. The beans here are sourced from Sprez­zatura Cof­fee, and for food there are sand­wiches and Crzy­puff em­panadas (which are like gi­ant curry puffs) as well as cakes by The Ac­ci­den­tal Bak­ers (try the co­conut brown­ies and blue­berry zuc­chini lemon but­ter­cream cake). If you’re here to shop, the bou­tique up­stairs car­ries a small se­lec­tion of clothes and ac­ces­sories by Pes­tle & Mor­tar Cloth­ing, Bellroy, Hyper­grand, ICNY, Dr Denim, Raised by Wolves and Pub­lish. Pork-free. Mon-Thu, 8am-11pm; Fri-Sat, 9am-12mid­night; Sun, 9am11pm. $$ the benches which were fash­ioned out of old wooden stair­cases. Ken­neth and an­other part­ner were pre­vi­ously with But­ter + Beans, but hav­ing their own café was al­ways in the pipe­line. The menu will see some changes in the com­ing months, but items so far in­clude break­fast and Asian-in­spired com­fort food. For ex­am­ple, the aglio olio is served with an op­tion of prawns or chicken ren­dang; and the Can­tonese-style Hongkie Beef Stew is slow-cooked for 12 hours. They also have their own house-made caramel and potato hash. For drinks, they serve the ba­sics like cof­fee, tea and some juices, with in­ter­est­ing choices like the jas­mine black cof­fee and the rose honey milk. Daily, 10.30am-8pm. $$

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