With so many restaurants popping up in Kuala Lumpur, one really needs to be different in order to catch people’s attention in this food capital. Wondermama is situated in Bangsar Village, and is something not to be missed if you’re in the area. Expect to find timeless favourites such as nasi lemak, maggi goreng and naan, but with some surprises here and there. Wondermama is a wonderful introduction to exciting Malaysian cuisine, with its quirky fusion food and desserts.
Asian fusion food can get a little bit tricky, but Wondermama delivers effortlessly with its myriad of offerings, each with a twist of its own. Try the popular Nasi Lemak 2.0 if you don’t know where to start – steamed fragrant rice is served with sambal sotong, hard-boiled egg, peanuts, cucumber, fried anchovies and soft shell crab, as opposed to the usual fried chicken. The crab fits surprisingly well with the rest of the dish, and provides as much meat as a chicken.
If you’re a fan of naan, then the otak-otak naan pizza is something that you need to see, and well, eat. The one-of-a-kind blend of Italian, Malay and Indian might put some off, but a bite of this pizza is such a tantalizing feast, you’ll wonder why no one had thought of this sooner. Another notable item on the menu is the spicy seafood maggi goreng – a classic Malaysian favourite, it is topped with chunks of squids, prawns and scallop, together with a fried egg and chilli peppers on top. Add in the accompanying sambal if you want it to be spicier, but beware, you might become addicted to the flavoursome condiment itself!
The dessert options get injected with interestingness, too, with bacon and ice cream taking the centre stage. Sceptics might skip this, but do give this one a go, and you’ll be amazed at how well the bacon bits complement the ice cream and marshmallows. Homemade popsicles courtesy of local brand The Potong Artisan Pops are also available; choose from flavours such as cherry root beer (A&W classic root beer, vanilla cream, maraschino cherry) and watermelon fizz (watermelon, lemonade, apple mint) to cool down in the hot sweltering weather of Kuala Lumpur.
Wondermama’s colourful but well-thought-out decor brings an ambiance like no other – stepping inside this eatery is like going back to the 70s, Malaysian-style. With retro floor tiles and little touches around the cafe like vintage paper calendars, Chinese rosette cookie moulds and kerosene lamps emit nostalgia, especially for those who grew up in the countryside.
Bangsar Village is a hip shopping mall situated alongside Jalan Telawi in the Bangsar and to get there, stop at Bangsar LRT and walk alongside Jalan Maarof. Turn left into Jalan Telawi 1, and you will see Bangsar Village on your left, right beside Saidina Abu Bakar Mosque.
Wondermama Restaurant & Cafe
- Opening Hours: Daily 08:30 - 22:30
- Address: G6, Ground Floor, Bangsar Village 1, No. 1, Jalan Telawi 1, Bangsar Baru, Kuala Lumpur
- Tel: +6 03 2284 9821