|The entrance into the big bad wolf's den... from Village Grocer.|
I still remember the days when Bangsar Village was just Bangsar Village (without the 1 and 2), there was this little restaurant tucked in the corner which was accessible from the grocery store called Delicious. Now after what seems like just a blink of an eye, Delicious has become a household name, and a new place called Three Little Pigs & the Big Bad Wolf (or TLP for short) has taken it's place!
Though the name is rather long (and obviously taken from the well-known children tale), there is actually a purpose for it, as the afternoon session, 8 am - 6 pm has a slightly different menu compared to the after hours session from 6 pm - 11:30 pm. We like this amusing play on the names; it's the first time we've seen a restaurant actually make an effort to distinguish between their day & evening menus. =)
Although TLP appears to have quite a big lot from the outside of Bangsar Village, on a weekend you'd be hard pressed to get a seat, especially during those busy brunch hours! But if you're like us with just a party of 2, your chances of getting lucky are higher. =D
A hearty American breakfast seems to be all the rage these days, and customers seem to be more and more discerning in the quality of food as more outlets aim to please. Just the other day we were at Plan B where I had their big breakfast set, and although there was nothing wrong with it, it just lacked that little bit of extra 'oomph' that other places have. Couldn't quite place my finger on it. But anyway, back to TLP...
On the other hand, breakfast at TLP was a little better, though a little on the pricey side. One thing you'll notice about their I'm So Hungry I could Eat A Wolf! platter (RM 28), is you don't have to choose between a sausage or bacon strips - you get both! If there's one thing I can't stand about most big breakfasts around town, it's the lack of protein. I know bread and baked beans and eggs and mushrooms are all cheap, but would it really hurt to give an extra sausage? Or a bit more bacon?
The other items on the plate were also nice. The eggs were done perfectly sunny side up with a very runny yolk while the mushrooms are very juicy and succulent. The sausage looked run-of-the-mill, but we were pleasantly surprised with its juiciness when we bit into it. My favourite routine? Break the runny egg yolk over the rye bread, take a bit of sausage, bacon, and mushroom, put it all on a fork and swallow in one mouthful! Breakfast at its best. =D Wendy still prefers the signature breakfast at Red Beanbag though.
As with all other non-halal restaurants, the ability to serve pork is an advantage that must exploited to its fullest! While there's nothing wrong with a spaghetti carbonara with turkey ham and chicken, it just isn't complete without the saltiness of pork bacon to enhance the flavour and balance the cheesy taste.
Understanding this, TLP unabashedly ensures that they pack The Wolf's Favourite (RM 27) full of bacon strips and button mushrooms with the crowning glory of a poached egg for added effect. The combination of bacon & egg was great and we loved that they didn't scrimp on bacon. This is one of the best carbonaras we've had so far this year, on par with the one we get at Ante Kitchen & Bar on a good day.
But if you think TLP only knows what to do with a pig, think again! Their cake range on display that day had Wendy intrigued (who had been craving cake... again). Thankfully, we were very impressed with our choice - this Pandan & Gula Melaka Cheesecake (RM 14), which layered yummy pandan sponge cake in between the cheese unlike traditional cheesecakes with a thick cheese centre and a minor biscuit bottom. The sponge was very well done, not dry at all, and we liked the light cheese tinged with gula melaka. Pandan and cheese don't sound like a good combo, but we did enjoy this for its light and fluffy texture. (On a side note, is it just us, or are cakes getting terribly pricey everywhere?)
Don't hope for much from the coffee art though. Perhaps, they were just extra busy that afternoon. Either way, we paid more attention to the coffee itself - the Caramel Latte (RM 11) may not have been the best in town, but was just right by my standards, milky and not too sweet.
TLP is definitely the kind of place that's here to stay. I've tried a little bit from the Wolf's dinner menu, and I can safely say it's just as good. Seems like TLP takes the advice from the three little pigs' mother very seriously; "The way to get along in the world is to do things as well as you can!"
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(accessible via entrance in Village Grocer)
Lot G1A, Ground Floor,
Bangsar Village, No. 1,
Jalan Telawi Satu, Bangsar Baru,
59100 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +6 03 2283 2270
Opening Hours: Daily, 8am-11:30pm