The Simple Joys of Table9 @ Jalan Telawi 3

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21, Jalan Telawi 3,
Bangsar Baru.
Hours: 10.30am–12am
Phone: 03 2201 1055

Text Ellfian Rahim

A session down at the pub is never going to be the healthiest of things you can do. But modern life is tough, so we’d like to humbly suggest a rather tasty buffer from the negative effects of a night on the tiles in Bangsar. And what better place to load up on this than at an eatery strategically located on the iconic (among bar regulars, at least) Telawi 3 stretch, eh?

Table9 is the latest addition on this busy piece of real estate. It is a charming cafe set to capitalise on the last-minute eating habits of the bar-going faithful. It’s great for a relaxing, leisurely brunch; turning into a very welcoming restaurant/pubgoers’ refuelling point at sunset!

This is the place for refreshingly unpretentious food from a hybrid Korean-Western-Mediterranean menu. From breakfast to salad, pizza, spaghetti, sandwiches, and risotto – a good list of fun-in-the-sun focused cuisine, with a delightful Korean touch, make Table9 a definite must try.

Yes, drinking on an empty stomach is a bad idea. You know it, pretty much anyone who’s ever had a proper job knows it. And since it was the start of the day for us, at least… a good breakfast seemed proper, and the Table9 Big Breakfast (RM25) did not disappoint. Chicken sausages, beef bacon, grilled tomato, sauteed mushrooms, hash browns, scrambled or sunny side up eggs, and toast with butter & jam will certainly put a smile on your face, and on the lady friend’s too on account of the generous portioning of grub!

And luckily for us, breakfast here is served all day. Other first-meal-of-the-day options include Omelette, French Toast, Pancake, and Orchard Salad. The Orchard Salad (RM22) certainly was a standout, with a combination of fresh mixed cut fruits – watermelon, apple, orange, blueberries, and kiwi tossed together in a tasty yogurt dressing.

And how do you run away from the staples of pizza and pasta, eh? Pizza Miele e Formaggio (RM23) has lovely Gorgonzola cheese spread over a thin, lightly crispy, honey sided pizza base. Do approach this with some care because it’s really hot when served (the way it should be, right?).

Meanwhile, the Seafood Pasta (RM28) would be the pasta of choice if you like your noodles tossed in thick, creamy, and spicy gravy. Its cream-based sauce is a fiery hot Kimchi-style affair, with a healthy helping of spaghetti. Perhaps another one to share with the girlfriend?

Another fiery pasta standout is the Picante Cream Risotto (RM28). It is a bit schizo, satisfyingly creamy and very spicy and piquant all at once! It’s manageable enough to be enjoyed by one person, but do take note that you can tell the waiter to switch from the ever-popular black squid ink risotto to the more bright orange-red variety – to suit your mood or outfit better, maybe?

What better way to end a very late breakfast then with some dessert, right? And as any K-pop devotee will attest to, you can’t go wrong with Bingsu (RM15). Composed of shaved ice with sweet toppings of chopped fruit, condensed milk, fruit syrup and red beans, it would be something very familiar to local palates – just think of the good ol’ ice kacang… with a more premium twist. Table9 offers eight types of bingsu, namely Espresso, Red Bean Mochi, Tomato, Oreo, Blueberry, Green Tea, Tiramisu, and Mango.

A snack or a meal while you are out to the pubs can do you a world of favours, trust us. Sadly, pubs don’t always offer the widest variety of options. Fortunately, eateries like Table9 easily fill this void with unpretentious yet charming simplicity, topped with the delightful flavours of the tried-and-tested served with a side of fiery ingenuity.

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