A year since opening, Nutmeg has gathered a strong following and has established itself amongst the ever growing all-day breakfast crowd in KL. Equally popular is its ‘Executive Set Lunch’ which provides business men and women with a hearty 3-course lunch for only RM28+.
Nutmeg’s interior evokes spaces of the ‘home’, with a porch spilling in to the mall, followed by a ‘living room’ space with hues of warm grey and brown and shabby-chic furnishings, such as metal tins and a wacky porcelains parrot. Behind the sparkling recycled window feature hides the ‘outdoor terrace’, concealed by potted greenery.
The open kitchen enhanced the homey feel. The smells and sounds of a buzzing kitchen over the hum of joyful tunes that resonate through the speakers.
The breakfast selection spans the Mediterranean and even takes us overseas to the deep south of America. Looking for some latino love? The Spanish frittata (RM18) with spinach, onion and intense sun-dried tomatoes is the one for you. Sweet tooth?
Try the Belgian waffles (RM14) with a choice of decadent toppings. Starving Marvin? The signature Nutmeg Big Breakfast (RM28), complete with eggs any style, confit mushrooms, roasted tomatoes spiked with garlic and a lamb sausage with hits of garlic and ginger, has you covered.
Or cross the Atlantic for a taste of the deep south with Nutmeg’s southern fried breakfast (RM26). I went for a touch of the French; their revered Gravlax “Croissant-wich” (RM26) with smoked paprika Gravlax and scrambled eggs. I had high expectation for this dish which unfortunately were left slightly unfulfilled. The eggs were smooth and buttery, however, had lost all texture/been whisked into a slimy/textureless, pale mass that spilled across the plate. The croissant, although well-flavoured, seemed a little stale. In contrast, their speciality Gravlax impressed, providing a subtle flavour of the sea, with a gentle nod to paprika which danced on the tongue. The lightly dressed side salad tasted of summer, with hints of wild berries. Not a catastrophic dish, but much too much butter. I think even for the French would wave their white flag.
Redemption was found in Nutmeg’s ‘must-try’ Classic Reuben Sandwich. Moist, pink slices of tasty roasted salt beef, with sautéed sauerkraut and hot mustard sandwiched between two bouncy slices of toasted rye bread and served with a fruity peach chutney, salad and crispy potato wedges; enjoyable and hearty.
With Malaysia’s Independence day on the horizon, don’t forget to sample Nutmeg’s papaya cake which was created for this special occasion and proved so popular that it now holds a full-time spot on the menu.
The coffee is reasonably enjoyable, although nothing to crow about. The coffee art, however, is exceptional; pretty hearts and swirls are always to be expected, but the Nutmeg baristas have gone one step further, creating cute little kittens reaching their foamy paws over the glass during the less busy café hours.
UGF-28A, Bakgsar Village II
2, Jalan Telawi 1
Open 09:30-22:00 daily.