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Monday, May 23, 2011

Food: Bread Basket @ Bangsar South

Often times people wonder if we always just have good things to say about the places we go to. I don't blame them; with the ever-rising number of food bloggers out there where some are paid for their reviews, it's not often one will come across a review that more dislikes than likes. This time though, we managed to find a place that we can safely and categorically say was an utter bad experience.

We ventured to Bread Basket after we bought discount vouchers from MilkADeal. The deal entitled us to a choice of 2 pastries, a sandwich, and a hot drink. It sounded like something good to have on a Saturday afternoon, so we went for it. Little did we know what was in store for us!!

The Unassuming Shop Exterior

Bread Basket is located in Bangsar South. For those who are unfamiliar and think it should be nearby Bangsar, be aware that Bangsar South is actually quite a distance from the more familiar places associated with Bangsar (think: Bangsar Village, Bangsar Shopping Centre). If you know where S'mores is or have been before, then Bread Basket is in the same building as that.

The inside of the shop is small and simple, even smaller than what I was expecting. I think the kitchen at the back is bigger than the store front, but I can't confirm that. What you see in the picture is basically all the display shelves in the shop; not a lot I know. To the left of the guy in the picture is a small side table that holds an instant coffee maker. 

For our drinks, Wendy had a cup of tea and I went for a Milo. The weather that day was REALLY hot, and we were hoping for some ice cool drinks to bring down the temperature. But unfortunately, Bread Basket only serves hot drinks. If you're looking for something cold, then sorry sir, you'll have to go somewhere else. They didn't even have any ice for us to add into our hot drinks! So we were both stuck with 2 steaming cups of hot drinks on a sweltering hot day. Great.

Bread Basket also has no indoor seating. The shop interior only holds the pastry displays without any tables or chairs for customers (except for a couple of chairs for waiting people). If you come to Bread Basket, be prepared to sit outside. Like I said earlier, the weather that Saturday afternoon was just terrifyingly hot, and to find out we had to sit outside with only a little floor fan for company felt ridiculous. We took a picture of the "main table" that is just outside the front door. It looks like a very glamorous place to sit with a few girlfriends and gossip. Unfortunately unless your girlfriends are made of ice, they won't want to sit out there in the sweltering heat for too long. 

So after those 2 quick rants about drinks and seats, its on to the food!

From L-R: Butter Croissant, Mini Chicken Mushroom Pie, Mushroom Strudel and Hazelnut Bar

The pastry came first so I'll review that first. Since we each got to pick 2 pastries, we had 4 in total. Wendy went for the strudel and hazelnut bar while I chose the croissant and chicken pie.

First up is the Hazelnut Bar (RM 3.45). Sugar glazed and coated on the outside and sweet hazelnut on the inside, this was one of the acceptable pastries. It was a bit dry and tough, but the hazelnut flavour was present and noticeable so I pass this off as acceptable. Wendy was a bit more disappointed than I was, because she was expecting more of a nutella flavour to it. But for me, as a sweet pastry this one was edible.

Next up we have the Mushroom Strudel (RM 4.75). As you can see from the picture on the right, there wasn't much filling to the pastry. The filling tasted okay, accompanied with the smoky flavour of the sesame seeds, but this was also was slightly drier and tougher than we'd expected.

The Butter Croissant (RM 3.10) was no better. Although there was the croissant flavour and it did taste a bit buttery, the pastry felt like it had been on display since yesterday. Imagine us sitting around this tiny little glass coffee table, 4 pieces of pastry served in a small basket, and 2 of us using a cake fork and a regular knife (because they don't have proper cutlery either!) to saw through it. All that while sweat was running down the back of our necks. It was hardly a refined or polished sight.

Usually people save the best for last, but in this case we save the worst pastry for last. This was supposed to be a Mini Chicken Mushroom Pie (RM 2.10) that I picked out. Instead it was more like a Everything-That-Can-Go-Wrong-Just-Did Pie. Where do I start? The pastry was dry and hard; I was cutting through it like as if I was sawing wood. The filling inside, if you could even call it filling, was minuscule, and if there was any chicken in there it would take a few archeologists some time to find it.

Tomb Raider, anyone?
In a nutshell, it was just terrible. Of course, it might have just been our luck that on a Saturday afternoon at 2pm we happened to get all the last pieces of pastry. If I was optimistic then I would think that way.

And last but not in any way better than those mentioned above, are the sandwiches. These sandwiches had to be worth their wait in gold, because we certainly waited very very long for them! it took the kitchen about half an hour just to make 2 sandwiches, and there weren't even any other customers besides the both of us.

Out of 4 types of sandwiches, at first the counter girl said there was only 1 available, which was the tuna. Although that kind of cheesed me off, there was nothing we could do about it (on a side note, I hate when the things listed in a deal are not available. Makes me feel cheated.. -_-), But after half an hour when the sandwiches were finally ready, a ham sandwich miraculously appeared. So much for being out of everything else..=/

So was that 30 minute wait worth it for 2 sandwiches? Not. At. All. In fact I would have canceled it had I known it would turn out like this and if I could get my money back. Think I'm exaggerating? Take a look for yourself. Either one thin slice of chicken ham or a bit of tuna spread, HALF a slice of cheese, HALF a slice of tomato, and a thin piece of lettuce to cover up the tuna / ham, all between two pieces of rye bread. 

The bread was the most unique part, since it's not common to find places that use rye for their sandwiches. The crust was really hard but the inside was soft, but I guess this is a healthy alternative to white bread? But as for the rest of it..well..let's just say there isn't much else worth mentioning in this review. The tuna had a slightly spicy taste that actually tasted like it came from one of those Ayam Brand tins of tuna. Basically just don't order any sandwiches there. It will save you a lot of money and heartache. I'm just thankful we got all this off a discount voucher, so the damage to our pockets was much less. =/

So to conclude, are we going to come back here again? Not if we can help it. I think it's worth mentioning though that there are other reviews who paint this place in a good light, so don't just take our word for it. Do try it for yourselves and let us know what you think. =)

Bread Basket | Site
Unit G11, Ground Floor, The Sphere,
No.1 , Avenue 1, Bangsar South,
No.8 Jalan Kerinchi,
59200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Tel: +603 2241 3800
Opening Hours: Mon - Sat, 8am - 10pm, closed on Sundays

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