Bars&Brunches: Antipodean, Bangsar

A little while ago, I was casually sipping coffee at a local coffee shop and an idea for a new mini-series hit me; since I frequent cafés and bars on the weekends, why not document the experience and share it with everyone? Who made us, and where should I eat next remain as two of the universe’s longest unanswered questions; so spare your worries – Bars&Brunches is here, as your one-stop destination for reviews of KL’s hot and hidden outlets to satisfy your weekend’s need for either a perfect smashed avocados on bread, or for great drinks.

Antipodean, Bangsar would be the first featured café for Bars&Brunches‘ debut, being one of my top favorite places to visit for my weekend brunch’s cravings. Located in Jalan Telawi 2, Bangsar Baru, it is no stranger to frequent patrons of Bangsar’s wide selection for cafés and restaurants. 

Photo courtesy of shellahkei @ shellahkei.wordpress.com

The staffs quickly recognized me and greeted me even when I was 10 steps away from the premise; a reflection of one of their great customer service trainings – welcoming and friendly.

I sat down at one of the tables outdoors, made myself comfortable and was immediately attended to. They brought me a bottle of cold water and a glass of ice to help me settle down. I ordered my usual latte, one of my favorite coffee drinks.

To be fair in all my future reviews, I’ll stick to ordering lattes as a simple way to gauge a café’s standards for coffee.

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It took them around 5 minutes to prepare my latte, and presentation was top-notch, as always. I admire the vibrant ceramic saucer that came with my latte. Antipodean’s lattes are easily one of my favorites in the area – medium bodied accompanied by distinct earthy tones with a delicate aroma. After a sip of my latte, I ordered the smashed avocado on toast, another personal go-to brunch meal and of course, a glass of the house white wine. 

The food and wine arrived about 10 minutes later, and as previously mentioned – Antipodean does not skimp its presentation, ever. My smashed avocados on bread came with grilled pork bacon (I was given the option to choose between pork or beef bacon) and a generous portion of roasted tomatoes. 


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I have no qualms whatsoever regarding the food and wine – the portion was appropriate for a brunch-time meal, enough to fuel me for the remainder of the afternoon. I am fully aware of the fact that it is definitely difficult to obtain high quality avocados in Malaysia, hence I was not putting my hopes too high, taste-wise. However, I was pleasantly satisfied that the dish turned out well. The avocados were however slightly on the unripened end,  but the garnish and salt masked it very well. 

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The grilled pork bacon and tomatoes complemented the avocados very well. They did not overpowered the taste of the avocado, which can easily happen when you add a grilled, cured meat to vegetables. The acidity from the tomatoes helped to balance out the heavy earthy flavors coming from the pork bacon, avocados and bread – a winning combination. 

It would not be complete without a huge glass of red sangria wine to ease everything down. Plus, it was a hot and humid day in Bangsar on Sunday so the chilled sangria really helped.

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Overall, my experience in Antipodean, Bangsar was pleasant – just like the many times I have been to the restaurant before. The food was satisfying, the ambiance was relaxing, and the staff were helpful and friendly. One of the main reasons why I keep coming back to Antipodean is due to their excellent customer service. 

I will definitely be coming back in the future. 

Stay hydrated,
Peter.

All photos taken on iPhone X.

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