Em by Tedboy is a lovely cafe hidden inside Hotel Transit, right opposite Pudu Bus Terminal. It is also the sister cafe of Tedboy Bakery in Bangsar, created with Mathilda, the owner’s second children in mind.
This quaint little cafe has captured the hearts of many travellers, as we can see from the huge polaroid collections being plastered over a huge world map canvas inside the cafe.
Apart from the usual brunch menu items, Em by Tedboy has just launched a brand new menu for lunch and dinner and we were here on a weekday night to sample of the offerings.
Big Pho Ga (Rm 18) – Vietnamese rice noodles with chicken and bean sprouts, sprinkled with spring onions, chilli, cilantro and basil; served in a hot broth.
It is a decent bowl of pho, but the flavour is a little too bland and flat for my liking.
Asian Tabbouleh (Rm 22) – couscous, fresh herbs, egg wedges, dried shrimps and salted fish dices; served on a bed of romaine lettuce.
I wouldn’t mind having a refreshing salad like this. Love the addition of dried shrimps and salted fish dices that give the salad some nice crunch texture and umami flavours.
Moroccan Lamb Tagine (Rm 26) – slow-cooked tender lamb shoulder with almonds and prunes; served with couscous and garnished with coriander.
The lamb was impeccably moist and tender and the gravy was so aromatic. It goes really well with the fluffy white rice.
Silky Carbonara (Rm 19) – classic carbonara with egg, crispy turkey ham and cheese.
It was nothing to shout about though.
Matador in Kyoto (Rm 30) – Valencian paella made with Japanese grain rice, mussels, calamari, prawns, edamame beans, tomatoes, capsicum and spices, garnished with nori strips and served with a lemon wedge. A preparation time of 20 mins is required for this dish.
It is a great fusion dish with some Japanese elements. However the rice is too mushy and sticky.
Chef’s Special – Butterfish with Grilled Mediterranean Vegetables and Red Pesto
This is an off menu item and available on certain days only.
The dish may lack in terms of presentation. However, the butterfish was perfecty done – so succulent and sweet in taste. The special home made red pesto sauce was really good too, everyone was singing praises about it.
House Pours– Red & White Wine from Chile
Crème Brulee (Rm 12) – rich vanilla custard based dessert, topped with caramelised sugar.It was too firm for my liking.
Panna Cotta (Rm 12) – a simple chilled Italian dessert of sweetened cream, topped with raspberry coulis.
The panda cotta is our favourite dessert! It was not too firm or too soft, silky and creamy with and wobbly!
There were some hits and misses but our overall verdict was good. We really enjoyed having some of the main dishes and panna cotta with dessert.
Em By Tedboy & Bar Transit
Ground Floor, Hotel Transit,
42 Jalan Pudu, Bukit Bintang,
55100 Kuala Lumpur
Tel : +603 2022 2056
Opening Hours: Mon to Sat from 10am till 10pm