Saturday, August 29, 2015

Saturday Brunch at Merchant's Lane

Recently met up for brunch with Neh, Xhawu, and Bob at Merchant's Lane, KL. People have been talking about this place for quite a bit and we figured it's about time to check it out. Convince me that it's insta-worthy and I'll be there hahahaha Fresh didn't join though because reasons, boo, whatever #theonethatgotaway lol photo spam taime! 

Merchant's Lane
150 Jalan Petaling
59000 Kuala Lumpur

It won't be an easy place to find for a first-timer. The signboard is literally just that small, discreet, traditional signage above the small entrance doors leading upstairs. Basically, just make sure that the ATC (Advance Tertiary College) building is in front of you, and these teal doors will be directly on the right of it, on the corner of a separate building that seems to have been there forever. If you're driving you might want to squint a little to look out for it. If you're driving, once you can see the signboard for Kiat Leong Stationery & Trading, start looking for parking because you found it. Hope this helps lolol good luck!

Neh and I got there earlier and so began the photo-frenzy!  

We arrived just a little before 12.30pm, and already the place was filling up. Mind, Merchant's Lane opens daily from 12.00pm till 8.00pm, so it must have gotten pretty known for people to come in so early during operations. But hor! We were incredibly lucky to have arrived that time, about half hour later the crowd really poured in until there was actually a waiting line on the stairs. Yay for us! Upon arrival we were given a choice of indoor / outdoor seats, I had to insist on the indoor. Air cond bruh. Luckily a table next to the stairs just cleared up. Service was friendly. 

To order, sendiri grab a menu displayed in wooden frames from the teal display area. You can take it with you to the seats to slowly strategize the meal. Help yourself to some plain water there as well. Once decided, sendiri order at the counter and put the menu back okay jangan bawak balik. 

My brunch - Rose Honey Milk + "Eat Die Me"

Eat Die Me - RM26 for chicken / beef, RM27 for lamb.
Mushrooms, tomatoes, creamed corn, multigrain bread, crispy hash, sausages (chicken / beef / lamb) and eggs (scrambled / poached / sunny side up). Basically, a big breakfast hahaha I chose the beef sausages and loved it, real deal sausages packed with meat meat meat. I liked the crispy hash too. Sadly, the poached eggs were a little overdone and the others were forgettable. No joke, really eat die me I was super full by the time I was done.

Rose Honey Milk - RM12
I do really like it, especially when it came in a charming little old school porcelain cup. But I feel that it isn't worth the price. The warm milk had a sweet hint of honey, which tasted exactly like how I used to do it at home with the microwave as a kid. This one has delicate rose petals on top though, which makes it much more photo-worthy and lends a fragrant touch, but still, RM12. Maybe it has other subtle qualities and/or flavor depth that my unrefined palate can't detect, who knows lol don't take me so seriously!

Neh's brunch - Jasmine Black Coffee + Hongkie Beef Stew

Apparently the Hongkie Beef Stew (RM19) has been slow-cooked for 12 hours in cantonese style for maximum satisfaction. I love it, the beef so deliciously tender and the bed of mash, mmm, who can resist creamy, smooth, mashed potatoes. Really good comfort food, perfect on rainy days hehe I'd totally go back for it again. Neh said the Jasmine Black Coffee (RM11) is good too, infused with the fragrance of jasmine tea leaves. Comes with complimentary tea leaf fortune telling once you're done. Kidding duh hahahaha

Crazy eyes tell no lies 

After we were almost done, Xhawu and Bob finally arrived hahaha the line of waiting customers by the stairs must have had their hopes high when Neh and I were almost done mana tau still got people join us and the cycle of deciding, ordering, waiting, eating, drinking, starts again lolol Bob also had the "Eat Die Me" while Xhawu decided to try the Itadakimasu Pancake (RM20). It was...interesting, a really light, crunchy, dish. She said there wasn't enough heavy-duty meat in there to make it a real satisfying meal though.  

While they were having their meals, Neh and I went to check out the outdoor area. 

When Xhawu and Bob were almost done with their meal and the stairs people had their hopes high again, until we decided to order dessert hahahaha eff their lives #sorrynotsorry no pictures but we had the orange poppy seed cake. Visually it looks simple and plain, but I like it, fresh and light. Perfect ending to the meal. High chance that I'll come back here again, for the atmosphere and amazing lighting for photos, mostly hahaha! 

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