The Sunny Side of Life At Sunbather Coffee
Attention all dedicated foodies! It seems that there may be a highly underrated establishment that may have fallen under your radar. Tucked in the rather posh retail-business strip of Bangsar South (though, personally, I’d still refer to that area as Kerinchi) is Sunbather Coffee.
Brought to you by the same genius restaurateurs behind the hit Japanese shaved ice cream dessert chain in Klang Valley, Kakigōri, Sunbather Cafe is the kind of eatery where you take your time enjoying your order with its comfy communal ambience and aesthetically-pleasing interiors. The cafe takes pride in its Yoshuku fare (basically Japanese food that originated from Western dishes), and it’s no secret that the decor is influenced by the Japandi movement, where Japanese and Scandinavian design elements are combined.
Dreamy sunlight floods the interior making it brightly lit, but never blinding. There’s a feature wall with trailing green shrubs, lending an air of lightness and ease to the overall ambience. Of course, hints of Japanese elements are present throughout. One example is the tatami room-style eating area that is just adorable, and perfect for lounging on a lazy Sunday afternoon.
But enough about the interior at Sunbather Coffee – though one could easily be forgiven for thinking they had somehow walked into an Ikea showroom – let’s talk about their menu.
I’ve been here multiple times before, most of the time just to sit down and do some work over dessert. However, this was my first round of sampling something other than their artisan ice-cream and delectable range of madeleines.
My friend and I had come to the decision to share the Sunbather Big Breakie. And boy, am I glad we did. The portion is huge and there was no way I could have finished it all by myself.
This hearty meal is a tad different from your usual Western breakfast. Forget about ye olde sunny-side ups and sausages – Sunbather’s Big Breakie (RM32.00) is an impressive presentation of quintessential Japanese gastronomical delights.
The plate consists of mouthwatering shōyu sausage onigiri with torched cheese, tangy teriyaki chicken meatballs, and the fluffiest tamagoyaki (rolled omelette) I’ve ever had. This came with minestrone soup on the side, too. Every bite of this dish will bring unbridled joy your tummy.
The main course for me would be the Japanese Beef Kuro Curry (RM29). The striking, velvety black curry with shimeji mushroom is served on a bed of steaming hot rice and you have the option to add an omelette, which I did. Despite the dark colour, the dish is really on the mild side, though, and not at all overbearingly spicy. I love that the beef chunks are tender enough to just melt away in your mouth.
Another dish that we ordered for the main course is the Lemon Mentaiko Linguine (RM29). For those of you wondering, mentaiko is marinated eggs of the cod fish – not to be confused with caviar. Granted that I’m not really big on sea produce, I’d say that the overall dish was okay. Stole a bite or two from my friend’s plate and, frankly speaking, the tanginess of the lemon and the brined roe complement each other perfectly. This was something foreign, albeit a pleasant surprise for my palate. I honestly can’t recommend this dish enough to all the pescatarians out there.
Now, let’s talk dessert. I wanted to have another go at their Deconstructed Feta Cheesecake (RM20). However, much to my displeasure, it was sold out that evening. I’d describe this dessert as something akin to gallivanting somewhere in the warm countryside of France – it’s refreshing and restorative. It’s a decadent combo of feta and cream cheese, topped with crisp phyllo pastry with a sprinkle of crunchy salted almond with one divine dollop of honey rose pistachio ice cream – need I say more?
I ended up sampling their Grapefruit Jelly with Panna Cotta (RM15), served with fragrant Earl Grey tea syrup by the side. It’s not too tooth-achingly sweet, so bonus points for that but I think it would be better if they somehow added a twist to this as I feel that its far too similar to panna cottas I’ve had before. For my drink, I settled for my go-to Kopi Kola (RM11) because I wanted something on the lighter side. As implied by the name, it’s a clever concoction of carbonated cola infused with coffee. It’s zesty and has the right amount of caffeine for my liking.
With more and more third wave cafes popping up nowadays, it’s completely understandable if you have a hard time finding one that fits the bill for you. At Sunbather Coffee, there is a certain kind of charm here in that I have yet to experience anywhere else. The service is pleasant, too – there’s no doubt about that.
And if there’s one thing that Sunbather Coffee has proven, it’s that we really eat with our eyes. The food presentation is simply elegant, and it ties in really well with the whole concept of the cafe.
Do drop by here when the current Movement Control Order (MCO) ends. I promise you that it’s worth every sen. For the time being, they’re available for takeouts only. They also deliver via Beepit and Grabfood, too!
UG-12 Upper Ground The Sphere,
8, Jalan Kerinchi, Bangsar South,
59200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Izzat is your regular 20-something, currently trying to navigate his way through the murky waters that is adulting. When he’s not hunched in front of the computer trying to catch deadlines, you’ll find him buried under the sheets watching films, or doing what he does best, which is sleeping.