Over the last couple of months, we have seen dozens of cafes popping up across the country, especially in the Klang Valley. It seems that café owners in Malaysia hope to bring their experience abroad in coffee-loving countries like Australia home with good coffee and picture-perfect egg benedicts. We recently made our way to Podgy and the Banker, a café with a huge and welcoming space tucked away at the end of Jalan Sri Hartamas 8, where My Elephant already has a presence.
It is a new venture by the same folks behind Butter + Beans at Seventeen, Wood and Steel Café and Feeka @ Jalan Mesui. I like the clean and airy space here, with large windows that let in plenty of sunlight. It has a good feel to it. The decor is minimalist-industrial with wood furniture and lots of potted plants that give the cafe a welcoming air.
The menu features mainly egg dishes and sandwiches, complemented by desserts from Lids and Finch, Accidental Bakers and Fat Baby Ice Cream.
Our order of flat white and mocha (RM10 each) hit the spot, with its well-rounded, full and rich taste.
Our breakfast items were egg-cellent. We ordered all the egg dishes available on the menu – poached eggs on toast (RM10), omelette (RM14), bruschetta with ham and eggs (RM12) and scrambled eggs (RM8). We were quite happy with the omelette as it was well flavoured with a slightly runny middle. Perfect poached eggs are one of life’s simple pleasures and I was so glad that the chef did a perfect rendition of it here.
The scrambled eggs were a creamy pile of golden deliciousness, but the bruschetta with ham and eggs was nothing to shout about.
The French toast with Nutella and banana (RM10) combines three of my favourite ingredients so I might be biased. I shall try replicating this at home as it is very hard to go wrong with.
Podgy & The Banker is definitely worth a stop for breakfast and brunch. I like my breakfast simple and wholesome, and the café does it right. They implement a self-service concept here, so all prices are actually nett prices, making it pretty reasonable for average salary earners like us.
Podgy & The Banker
Address: Podgy & The Banker, 2 Jalan Sri Hartamas 8, Kuala Lumpur
Opening hours: Wed – Mon, 9am – 12am
GPS Coordinates: 3.157413,101.650805