Last Sunday, my dear family and I had our lunch over at Marmalade, located on the first floor of Bangsar Village II in Telawi. Marmalade is a family-friendly café serving healthy and very delicious comfort food. I am little embarrassed to say; it was only my second time eating there although it’s been around for more than a decade already. Even more so hard to believe given I’m always around Bangsar Telawi! The first was when my big brother had a craving for their famous carrot cake, while I was there
to share half the cake for a cuppa coffee.
This time all of us went with our stomachs empty and absolutely looking forward to having a full meal. We started off with a big glass of 100% fresh fruit and vegetable combo juice each. Mine was the Detox Helper (kale, celery, apple, pineapple, ginger & lemon). So natural, refreshing and undiluted. I literally finished more than half of it even before the staff managed to take our food order.
There were a few sections in the menu to choose from; brunch (until 3pm), salads, mains, pastas, something for the kids, and even healthier options like smoothie bowls. Oh.. did I already mention that Marmalade also has a play area for kids? Definitely a safe and good choice for groups of friends who are planning to take their kids out.
Since I already had a big glass of juice, I figured that’s good enough for my lunch fiber intake. Hence, smoothie bowls and salads were out of the question for me. Instead, I thought they were perfect for non-meat eaters. In the end, we ordered 2 items from the brunch menu, 2 from mains and 1 pasta.
First up was the Corn & Zucchini Fritters (roasted corn and zucchini fritters topped with guacamole and a poached egg, served with lime tzatziki) which happens to be a vegetarian option in the brunch section. I love anything guacamole. The flavours were so beautiful after mixing together with tzatziki and runny egg yolk.
Next was the Crab Cake Benedict; poached egg drenched with hollandaise, on crab cakes and a potato rosti, with a side of french onion, seared tomatoes and grilled asparagus. This was my brother’s favourite. Slightly mashy, moist in texture, and goes together so well with the hollandaise sauce.
Our first main was Beef Lasagna (minced beef baked with cheesy pasta sheets and red sauce, drenched in béchamel sauce, served with a bed of rocket). This has got to be the best lasagna I’ve had in a while. It was perfectly baked – not burnt nor dry. The cheese and sauces didn’t overpower the flavours of the minced beef and the pasta sheets were soft.
I was told that Chimichurri Burger is one of the best in Marmalade (your choice of grilled beef or chicken patty topped with chimichurri sauce, melted cheddar and crispy onions, with a side of sweet potato chips). The beef patty was juicy and goes together so well with chimichurri.
My ultimate favourite out of everything we tried that day was Spicy Tom Yam pasta (fettuccine cooked with prawns in spicy fragrant lemongrass tom yam sauce). This is just a personal preference as I really enjoy sour and spicy food. Don’t worry, it’s only a slight hint of spiciness (kasih lu shiok sikit!). It was very appetizing and served with a generous amount of fresh prawns. YUM!
We ordered cakes for a sweet ending to our delightful meal. Some of the cakes available were from other suppliers, such as the Peanut Butter Snickers Cheesecake. But a must have would be their house-made Carrot Cake. I actually liked that the cream cheese frosting wasn’t too thick and there was plenty of orange zest and pumpkin seeds on top of it.
What was good about Marmalade:
- Delectable healthy comfort food (I loved the beef lasagna and tom yam pasta)
- Family-friendly (there’s even a kids play area)
- Great space for events (can fit about 120 pax)
- Good variety of food and drinks
- Prices are reasonable
- Winner of Time Out KL Best Healthy Eats (three years running)
What was bad about Marmalade:
- Crowd can get overwhelming on Sundays lunch hour and slows down service (waited quite a while for our coffee)
- Noise from kids and chatters was uproarious (better to come on a weekday if you prefer something more quiet)
MISSGETABOUT SCORE: 8.5/10
Marmalade Cafe Details:
Facebook: Marmalade Cafe
Address: Level 1 Bangsar Village 2, Jalan Telawi 2, Bangsar Baru, 59100 Kuala Lumpur
Reservation: +603 2282 8301