Antipodean Café is sure to please anyone who loves a long, leisurely breakfast, whether you are a fan of a hearty burrito wrap or healthy avocado on toast. Quaint yet hip, this compact café got a lot of locals talking about its all-day breakfast menu when it first emerged on the city’s foodie scene.
Before it came about, breakfast bars were not particularly rampant in the city – largely because Malaysians patronised kopitiams (coffee shops), which serve local food, more for their morning meal. With the emergence of Antipodean Café, the city’s food scene changed dramatically, with more and more young, trendy urbanites frequenting them.
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Antipodean Café looks like a charming Spanish bistro, with large rust-orange tiles, glossy black wood furniture and Tuscan red walls. When it comes to seating arrangements, there are only two sections: beside the windows are booths perfect for families, while the centre of the restaurant has intimate tables for two.
The menu is extensive and a real winner, scribbled with colourful chalk on one blackboard-style wall – the only downside to this ‘central menu’ is that it feels a little weird to be staring at a spot somewhere above your neighbour’s elbow, while looking for the breakfast specials! Towards the back of the restaurant is the kitchen, separated from diners by a row of glass cabinets, topped with glass canisters of cookies, housing cakes and all manner of desserts.
Food-wise, Antipodean Café mostly focuses on western fare and though it is not just a breakfast restaurant, most people opt for the kitchen’s brekky offerings. We are big fans of the milky and robust café latte (RM8) at Antipodean Café; plus, with the RM18 classic all-day breakfast (a slice of toast, sausages, baked beans, scrambled eggs and grilled tomatoes) to go with it, it makes for an incredibly satisfying way to nurse a hangover. However, if you are the adventurous sort, do try the sweet, savoury pumpkin and sweet corn fritters, topped with streaky bacon – it is quite a delight to the taste buds.
Whether you head here for a long-overdue gossip session with some girlfriends, or just because the morning meal is the most important of the day, we have to say Antipodean Café ticks all the right boxes. Since it does not take bookings, there can be a wait for a table on weekends. In fact, it is so popular that there is a second newly-opened branch in Menara Tan & Tan, along Jalan Tun Razak in Kuala Lumpur.
- Opening Hours: Sun – Thu 08:00 – 22:00, Fri – Sat 08:00 – 23:00
- Address: 20 Jalan Telawi 2, Bangsar Baru, Kuala Lumpur
- Tel: +603 2282 0411