Thursday, 6 March 2014

Urbean, Avenue K, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Urbean, Avenue K, Kuala Lumpur, coffee, healthy, vegetarian, western
Urbean

Urbean Coffee House

Words by Araceli Barrera Arismendi
Photos by The Yum List (Monica Tindall)        

It was a gorgeous Sunday morning in Kuala Lumpur, perfect for tickling my senses and spirits with a delightful journey of aromatic coffees, soothing teas, and scrumptious café style food. Situated in the newly revamped Avenue K mall next to the KLCC LRT station, Urbean is one of those special coffee shops and kitchens that will keep visitors and locals coming back for more. 

Urbean, Avenue K, Kuala Lumpur, coffee, healthy, vegetarian, western
Lemon Poppy Seed Cake
The urban and simple café lures you in with its sweet and bitter aromas of gourmet coffees while their savory but yet healthy hot and cold dishes sizzle in the kitchen.  The Yum List team and I sat down at the back corner of the quaint coffee house, which was the perfect spot to scope out our surroundings.

Urbean, Avenue K, Kuala Lumpur, coffee, healthy, vegetarian, western
Apple Cake with Vanilla Ice Cream
Brown wooden square tables, metal chairs, checkered green tiles, eclectic pillow throws and a black accented wall with the words “All you Need is Love and More Coffee,” Urbean exhibits the perfect place in the city centre to relax, read a good book, or check your emails all while stimulating your taste buds. 

Urbean, Avenue K, Kuala Lumpur, coffee, healthy, vegetarian, western
Hot Smoked Salmon Linguine (RM22)
Ms. Ashling Cullen, the mastermind behind the menu and co-owner, along with the general manager Ms. Sher Lynn, were greeting guests, serving food and making sure that everybody felt apart of the Urbean culture.  With only five months in business, this partnership truly understands the true essence of a coffeehouse - charm and high-standard coffee as the ingredients. 

Drinks

Serving coffee by Common Man Coffee Roasters (CMCR) from Singapore, you can rest assured that your first sip screams excellent and quality coffee. Some of the best roasters in the business including Australian roaster Five Senses Coffee, Harry Grover, and the Spa Esprit Group are behind CMCR. The CMCR roasters pride themselves in creating unconventional blends that will stimulate the palates of coffee enthusiasts.

Urbean, Avenue K, Kuala Lumpur, coffee, healthy, vegetarian, western
Mocha (RM11) , Long Black (RM8.50), Cappuccino (RM10), Latte (RM10)
After sampling the first latte at Urbean, it was quite evident that this unique blend was well balanced, just the right levels of acidity with a sweet lingering after taste.  The cappuccino was made to perfection; it had an equal amount of foam, milk and espresso. Not to mention, the pretty heart shaped latte art in the center makes this hot beverage so worth the coffee experience. Also on the menu, Urbean offers a nice mocha blend for those chocolate coffee fans out there. For those of you who prefer tea leaves to the coffee bean, the green tea and spiced chai tea were our favorites.  Produced by 5 Senses Coffee, the green tea was served in a lovely white teapot with fresh green tea leaves. The tea smelled delicate and every taste loitered on after every sip.  Caning, one of the Yum List’s crew, LOVED the spiced chai latte naming this drink the best he’s had in a long time.

Urbean, Avenue K, Kuala Lumpur, coffee, healthy, vegetarian, western
Spiced Chai Latte and Green Tea

 Just as we were pleased with the beverages, we were equally impressed with the food.

Breakfast

Huevos Rancheros

Born and raised in Texas, huevos rancheros is a popular Tex-Mex breakfast dish. When I saw this option on the menu, I knew I had to have it. Served with tortillas, eggs, spicy black beans and tomato salsa, this dish had the right seasonings to bring back fond memories of my mama’s Tex-Mex cooking. I comfortably made myself a taquito (small taco) and the juices from the tomato salsa tasted so divine and the spices spot on. 

Urbean, Avenue K, Kuala Lumpur, coffee, healthy, vegetarian, western
Mexican Huevos Rancheros (RM17)
Croque Monsieur

This platter consisted of a large buttery croissant filled with creamy béchamel sauce, Gouda cheese, mushrooms and smoked turkey. Gouda cheese can compliment almost any meal and the combination with the mushrooms and smoked turkey made this plate simply delicious. Accompanied with sautéed potatoes and a salad, this is ideal for those wanting something hearty and filling.

Urbean, Avenue K, Kuala Lumpur, coffee, healthy, vegetarian, western
Croque Monsieur (RM18)
Carrot Pancakes

You never have to feel guilty again when ordering Urbean’s special carrot pancakes with pecan butter, jams and maple syrup offered on the weekends sometimes as part of a changing brunch specials menu.  This was my first time having carrot pancakes, and my stomach was blown away. The cakes were moist and fluffy and the carrots added enough sweetness that I only needed a very small amount of maple syrup. 

Urbean, Avenue K, Kuala Lumpur, coffee, healthy, vegetarian, western
Weekend Special - Carrot Pancakes with Pecan Butter, Jams and Maple Syrup (RM16)
Lunch/Dinner

Feta and Roasted Vegetable Sandwich

Described as proper European-style sandwiches, the open face sandwiches made with homemade sourdough or walnut-style bread are ideal for the days you’re in a rush and need something quick and tasty. The roasted vegetables and feta cheese on this sandwich were delectable. 

Urbean, Avenue K, Kuala Lumpur, coffee, healthy, vegetarian, western
Gourmet Open Sandwich - Feta and Roasted Vegetables (RM15)
Urbean, Avenue K, Kuala Lumpur, coffee, healthy, vegetarian, western
Gourmet Open Sandwich - Roast Chicken, Pesto Mayo and Buffalo Mozzarella (RM17)
Mediterranean Super Salad

Super food at its best! Beetroot, chickpeas, alfalfa sprouts, peas, quinoa, cherry tomatoes, olives and toasted almonds are the energy in this dish. Monica and I were in heaven. Quinoa lovers and healthy foodies, this salad provided an organic boost of nutrients that we both adored. Tossed in an olive oil and lemon juice, nothing was overpowering in this goodness. Every ingredient worked so perfectly with each other allowing the red quinoa to maintain its tasty and earthy flavors. 

Urbean, Avenue K, Kuala Lumpur, coffee, healthy, vegetarian, western
Mediterranean Superfood Salad (RM18)
Spiced Quinoa Veggie Burger

This is another super food that will blow your mind away. Forget about the fatty beefy burger and try this powerful protein dish.  Served with hummus, tomato salsa and alfalfa sprouts on gluten free bread, you will never know that your burger is 100% veggie. 

Urbean, Avenue K, Kuala Lumpur, coffee, healthy, vegetarian, western
Spiced Quinoa Veggie Burgers (RM 19)
Persian Power Chicken Soup

If you’re feeling under the weather or need something warm and wholesome, the lentil and spinach soup is the perfect choice. Full of flavor and richness, the tanginess of the broth and the spices of the lentils will rejuvenate your spirits.

Urbean, Avenue K, Kuala Lumpur, coffee, healthy, vegetarian, western
Persian Power Chicken Soup (RM19)
Pasta Puttanesca

Made fresh to order, this pasta comes with chicken, basil, capers and olives in a tomato sauce. It is spicy, tangy and succulent and will make you ask for seconds. 

Urbean, Avenue K, Kuala Lumpur, coffee, healthy, vegetarian, western
Pasta Puttanesca Linguine (RM19)
Cakes

Urbean also offers homemade cakes and pastries at the counter.  My favorite that we tried was the carrot cake. It was moist, rich and melted in your mouth.  Yum!

Urbean, Avenue K, Kuala Lumpur, coffee, healthy, vegetarian, western
Carrot Cake
Whether you are looking for a perfectly brewed coffee, a hearty meal or a super food to energize you, Urbean has something for every taste bud. The Yum List crew and I left the coffeehouse feeling invigorated, energetic and pleased that we found a wonderful place to count on in the KLCC area, where we can eat in or take away a delicious and nutritious meal.

Reasons to visit: high quality coffee; fresh and healthy food options; great place for a casual bite any time of the day

Urbean
Urban Kitchen and Coffee House
Avenue K
Jalan Ampang (opposite KLCC)
50450 Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia
www.facebook.com/urbeankl
Exit the LRT and turn right into Avenue K (or walk across from KLCC in the tunnel)
Open 7 days: 10am - 10pm


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5 comments:

  1. the quinoa burger looks absolutely fab! now that's a burger we can indulge in without any remorse at all! :D

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  2. Great to see the revival of Avenue K and the many food joints now available there, awesome when I head to KLCC head office.

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  3. quinoa burger sounds amazing! The food is very inventive and very pretty, but portions look a bit..delicate..?

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    1. Portions are more than adequate. It's good value for money. Most meals are less than RM20 and easily keep the tummy satisfied. ;-)

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