Tuesday, 26 February 2013

The Daily Habit at Chi Fitness, Bangsar, Malaysia

The Daily Habit, Chi Fitness Centre, Bangsar Shopping Centre, Healthy
The Daily Habit, Chi Fitness
The Daily Habit, Chi Fitness Centre, Bangsar Shopping Centre, Healthy
Fresh Juices and Smoothies - That's Amore RM16: banana, strawberries, pineapple, coconut milk and soy milk; Fountain of Youth RM18: apples, strawberries, raspberries and wolfberries; Agua Fresca RM10: celery, cucumber, apple, lime and mint; Clean Red RM12: beetroot, carrot, apple and ginger; Cappuccino RM10
The Daily Habit, Chi Fitness Centre, Bangsar Shopping Centre, Healthy
Home made jams and chutneys, snack pack of nuts, home made yoghurt, wholemeal scones
The Daily Habit, Chi Fitness Centre, Bangsar Shopping Centre, Healthy
Chicken Wrap - grilled chicken and avocado wrapped in a multi-grain tortilla RM18
The Daily Habit, Chi Fitness Centre, Bangsar Shopping Centre, Healthy

Freshly Baked Salmon Fillet with fennel and veg in a parcel served with wholemeal fusilli aglio olio RM25
The Daily Habit, Chi Fitness Centre, Bangsar Shopping Centre, Healthy
Quinoa Salad RM16 - a complete protein power food salad - quinoa, pear, toasted walnuts, rocket & pomegranate - heavenly!
The Daily Habit, Chi Fitness Centre, Bangsar Shopping Centre, Healthy
Power Pack RM16 - quinoa, fresh and stewed fruits and, granola topped with crumbled feta - if I lived nearby I would have a running order of this glass of deliciousness everyday.
The Daily Habit, Chi Fitness Centre, Bangsar Shopping Centre, Healthy
Stuffed Capsicum with tomato, greens, anchovies and bread crumb topping - who knew baked veges could be sooooo tasty!
The Daily Habit, Chi Fitness Centre, Bangsar Shopping Centre, Healthy
Moroccan Lean Lamb Shank, apricots, chickpeas & almonds served with brown basmati, RM32 - another dish that packs a powerful flavour punch
The Daily Habit, Chi Fitness Centre, Bangsar Shopping Centre, Healthy
Portobello Mushroom with spinach, tofu, pine nuts and house made pesto
The Daily Habit, Chi Fitness Centre, Bangsar Shopping Centre, Healthy
The Daily Habit Cafe - cozy spots for grabbing a nibble or a sip

The Daily Habit, Chi Fitness, Bangsar Shopping Centre Office Tower

“Healthy Eating, Worth Repeating”


“Mon, you have to come try this place in Bangsar. I’m eating there everyday and have tried the entire menu. You won’t believe how good it is! It’s absolutely delicious and healthy too. You will LOVE it!” The text message read. My foodie friend Nik has been a reliable spy of good restaurants and strong critic of bad ones for years. So I knew, The Daily Habit had to be found.

If you’re in the Bangsar area, The Daily Habit certainly is worth nosing out. Located in Chi Fitness Centre, it is often missed by many as it looks as though the café is part of the gymnasium. Others confuse it with the café directly outside the gym, House and Co. Whether arriving via the third floor of Bangsar Shopping Centre or through the first floor of the adjoining BRDB Office Tower, you need to walk through the sliding doors to the reception of Chi Fitness and continue past the desk to the right. It’s then you’ll see a naturally lit room with floor to ceiling windows, comfy lounges upholstered with a mish mash of patterns and, a mingling of low coffee tables, high benches and drawn out dining tables perfect for sharing a meal with a small group.

Light boppy music extends the cheerfulness and two passionate ladies, Elisa and Jacquie, greet customers as personal guests. The Daily Habit exudes relaxed neighbourhood café charm. The location might conjure harrowing images of super fit gym bunnies brandishing their pecs and six packs in figure hugging Lycra – but it’s just not the case. On our visit we saw an older grander gentleman with a couple of kids enjoying wraps and juices, a teen polishing off a smoothie, some foreigners and some locals in groups and on their own, and yes a couple of gym goers breezed in and out, but they just made eye candy for the rest of us.  The crowd is from all walks of life, having only one thing in common – the desire for good food, reasonable prices and pleasant surrounds.

Made-on-the-spot sandwiches, light fare, vegetarian options, some heartier meals and superb juices and smoothies have already earned the Daily Habit a reputation for tasty, wholesome meals. Minimum processing, a shunning of anything artificial and, food assembled or cooked upon order, ensures freshness and flavour.

The trick to ordering here is to check out the menu of staples, look at the Daily Special’s board and, drool over the chiller display to see what grabs your fancy. Everything they make with quinoa merits a place on your table. Starting with The Power Pack, no foreplay is needed for this mouthful of deliciousness as instant orgasms crescendo with the first spoon. Chewy granola is sweetened with fresh and dried fruit (cranberries, pears, wolfberries, pomegranate) and crunched up with a sprinkling of granola. Ricotta cheese is crumbled on top or, alternatively, you can make yours into a parfait by adding home made yoghurt instead. The Quinoa Salad provides equal satisfaction. Aided by pear, toasted walnuts, rocket, pomegranate, macadamia and grape seed oils and, pomegranate vinegar, this satiating salad might be the source of never ending bliss.

The list of mouthwatering healthy delights goes on: Mango, Apple and Chickpea Salad is served with a curry and yoghurt dressing, atop a colourful base of crisp greens and shredded purple cabbage; the Portobello Mushroom is baked with pine nuts, home made pesto, tofu and spinach; a Chicken Wrap on a multigrain tortilla is also packed with avocado and crisp lettuce; the Baked Red Capsicum is more than tasty with tomato, spinach, lettuce and a crumbled topping of anchovies and bread crumbs; Baked Salmon provides a heartier meal with capers, broccoli, carrots, zucchini, finely sliced lemon, fennel and cherry tomatoes wrapped in baking paper sided with pasta spirals and; another no-to-be-missed meal, the Lean Lamb Shank is flanked with brown basmati rice and streams of a thick chick pea, apricot and almond stew.

Drinks are equally good. No sugar, only fresh natural ingredients are the secret. Nicknamed by regular clients as Designer Juices and Smoothies, these tall vases of colour are worthy of the label. Easily predicted, hubby fell for the smoothness and creaminess of That’s Amore, while I loved the refreshing tang and sweetness of the Fountain of Youth. 16 ounce servings are filling stimulations, but if you’d like to turn your juice into a meal, ground almonds, protein powder and wheat grass can all be added in.

For now The Daily Habit is open Monday to Friday 8am – 5pm and Saturday 9am – 4pm. As they grow they hope to extend service hours providing all day and evening nourishment, so do check their website for updates.

Map to the Daily Habit
Reason to visit: designer juices, delicious guilt free breakfasts, lunches and snacks, Quinoa Salad, Power Punch, Baked Salmon

The Daily Habit
Chi Fitness Centre
Lot 1-02 BRDB Tower
285 Jalan Maarof, Bangsar
59000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
+6 03 2202 3219
ask@thedailyhabit.com.my


14 comments:

  1. Wholesome and healthy! Its something that I should be doing more! will certainly check them since their opening hours are around the time that I finish my runs!

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    1. I agree, wholesome and healthy more often wouldn't do me any harm either. ;-)

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  2. Looks excellent, thanks for sharing! Love how everything is so healthy, yet it doesn't seem like they compromise on flavours. The KL food scene is surely getting more interesting by day.

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    1. True - there is no compromise on flavours. People often have a misunderstanding that healthy food is tasteless. It's quite the opposite really - start with good quality fresh ingredients and you can't go wrong.

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  3. quinoa in all its complete glory! and pesto and pine nuts too. plenty of my favorite (healthy) ingredients! :D

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    1. Ha, ha... my favourite healthy ingredients too.

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  4. The chicken wrap looks great!

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  5. Oh that sounds like my heaven! And just down the hill from workies...how convenient!

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  6. Totally accurate review and awesome photos of equally awesome meals! Happy I introduced you to a winner :) One small but important correction: The entrance to Chi Fitness (in which lies The Daily Habit) is on the FIRST floor, whether you go via Bangsar Shopping Centre or via BRDB Tower office building.

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  7. Such a healthy indulgence, my dear!

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    1. I could eat there everyday and be happy. :-)

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