Nutmeg, All Day Breakfast and Brunch, Bangsar Village II
Photos by The Yum List
Words by Kirsten Durward
Nutmeg is a very versatile spice, used in both Western and Eastern cookery, enhancing savoury and sweet dishes alike. The eclectic menu at the spice’s namesake restaurant in Bangsar Village II echoes this versatility. The ‘All Day Breakfast’ section features daybreak options from around the world; Lunch and Dinner packs a punch with generous homestyle bistro dishes, and for the lighter eater a delectable range of sandwiches and salads are offered.
Nutmeg FurnitureRecycled wood tables; warm browns with cool greys manage to transform a basic mall setting into something welcoming and chic. Colourful boards promote the food temptations while light glitters through a beautiful recycled window feature from an indoor ‘terrace’ that gives a casual swing to the place. Magazines are scattered around and people are happily hanging out, reading and surfing the web with their coffee and food.
NutmegCo-owner William tells us that his concept is ‘home’ and he makes as much as possible himself to control the textures and flavours. ‘I’m a home cook and I like to eat it,’ he says. ‘If I don’t like to eat it then it does not go on the menu.’ Fair enough! We haven’t tasted anything yet but William’s described the whole menu so well that we are practically salivating; Monica at the thought of Salted Beef (silverside) which she usually has to bring back from Oz in a suitcase, and me at finding a restaurant here that makes its own Gravlax!
The signature dish is the Nutmeg Big Breakfast but William suggests that we just try parts of it because we’ve so much on our plate tee hee. It’s a good job we are hungry, as items start to arrive thick and fast. First ‘proper’ potato hash browns, don’t expect a grated deep fried waffle potato here. Crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside, our fingers quickly whip back for more. What I think are fried cheese cubes turn out to be deep fried mac ‘n ‘ cheese with a sweet chilli relish… Crunchy and squidgy! We imagine these a child’s favourite. ‘ Can you get any more decadent?’ asks Mon. Hashed Potatoes RM6++, Fried Mac and Cheese RM6 ++
Nutmeg Big Breakfast Items – Lamb Sausages, Deep Fried Mac and Cheese Balls, Hash PotatoesApparently you can, in the form of Nutmeg’s signature ‘Croissantwich.’ Incredibly light and creamy scrambled egg is heaped onto moist smooth and smoky gravlax atop a buttery croissant. The sweet dressing on the shiny, herby salad gives a fresh contrast to this insane combination. I have to stop eating it, however, as my attention is drawn by homemade lamb sausages and their accompanying spicy mint chutney. The sausage is rustic and chunky as we break it open we can see, smell and taste all the fresh ingredients. Yummy. Nutmeg Gravlax Croissant-wich RM26 ++, Spicy Lamb Sausages RM9 ++
Nutmeg Gravlax Croissant-wichButterscotch Brioche Banana French toast is from the sweeter side of the breakfast menu. Can I just say, unless you are starving darling, this giant portion will serve as a sharing dish. It’s dense and buttery homemade brioche with a beautifully crunchy caramalised outer. Stop me eating more, please! Brioche French Toast RM16++
French ToastLuckily I have a fruity Nutmeg Cold Tea Punch to refresh my greedy mouth. It’s not very tea-ish but I love the refreshing mixed fruit with orange segments throughout. Nutmeg Mixed Fruit Tea RM 9++
Monica’s home comfort food has arrived, a great slab of New Zealand Beef having been cured in a spice blend for ten days then cooked sous vide for ten hours at low temperature, proves to be meltingly tender. Any Aussie will be trekking across town for this plate. It slips down a trickling treat with the homemade sauerkraut and more-ish mango chutney. In fact we mop up the chutney with so much gusto that brings back a taster plate, which we eagerly dive into, vying for tastes. Rich fig, dense walnut and pear, sourish rosella, soft smooth peach, a lightly spiced mango and pineapple and our favourite; spicy paprika slices. We demand that these are bottled and sold for take home, just chuckles. Salted Beef and Cabbage RM25 ++
Salted BeefChutneysThe tasting plate of Gravlax is twinkling and tempting me to dive my fork right into it’s glistening layers. I think this is the only place in KL to do Gravlax so I am eager to taste. First mouthful is the ‘Original’, smoothly marinaded in rosemary oil for a clean smooth fish with an under-note of hot mustard. An instant yum for me! Next comes smoked paprika, designed for those who like a smoked salmon flavor. And then the most creative slice; slightly pinkish in hue. Beetroot gives the colour, sweetness and slightly earthy tones, while lemon grass refreshes and lightens so you hardly taste the fish at all. ‘Wow!’ breathes Mon. Gravlax Sampler Platter RM28++
Gravalax Sample PlatterCaning’s eyes are popping at the huge portion of lasagna that oozes lusciously in front of us. I promise you most people would need to take half home but after Mon and I finish tasting Caning happily scoffs the lot. I promise you he would have …read more
Food Blog by: Nutmeg, Bangsar Village II, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia