Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Acme Bar and Coffee, Fall Menu, Troika, Kuala Lumpur

Acme Bar and Coffee, Fall Menu, Kuala Lumpur
Acme Bar and Coffee

Acme Bar and Coffee, New Fall Menu

Words by Shaun Humphries
Photos by The Yum List (Monica Tindall)

The moment I stepped into Acme Bar and Coffee on a hazy Saturday afternoon, I instantly felt myself relax. While I wouldn’t say it felt like home (it’s way too nice to be my house), the wall-to-wall windows, casual décor and enticing aromas put you at ease and let your brain know that you’re in for a treat. 

Acme Bar and Coffee, Fall Menu, Kuala Lumpur
Acme Bar and Coffee

Before I sat down with Monica, a quick glance at our neighbouring diners – a couple clearly enjoying their detoxing smoothies after a long night out and a group of giddy young ladies celebrating a wedding shower – brought Acme’s appeal into clear focus: a place to socialize, celebrate or simply escape over good food, fine wines and fun friends.

In 30 seconds, I had seen it all. Now it was time to taste the food and drinks for myself.

The purpose of our visit was to sample offerings from Acme’s new fall menu – Prelude, which features some very traditional and not-so traditional autumnal ingredients.

We began the experience with an Espresso (RM9) and Flat White (RM15). Both are freshly made and provide a great starting point for any meal – let alone one filled with hearty fall fare. 

Acme Bar and Coffee, Fall Menu, Kuala Lumpur
Flat White
Acme Bar and Coffee, Fall Menu, Kuala Lumpur
Espresso

From the coffees, we quickly (and smartly) jumped to a glass of wine. Acme’s recommended vino for the fall is Windy Peak (Sauvignon Blanc Semillon), Yarra Valley, Australia 2013 (RM27 / RM139). Carrying a very light and easy taste, it’s a great choice for any type of afternoon indulgence.

Acme Bar and Coffee, Fall Menu, Kuala Lumpur
Windy Peak Sauvignon Blanc Semillon

As soon as the wine arrived, so did Acme co-founder and owner Andrew, whose passion for creating great food and experiences is evident the moment you meet him. In chatting with him for the next couple hours, I got the sense that Andrew (and co-founder/owner Brian) are in a constant state of exploration and are never satisfied with the status quo. Great qualities in any restaurant owners. 

After seeing Andrew’s excitement for his work, I really couldn’t turn down his offer of a Bloody Good Mary (RM35) – even with a full glass of wine sitting beside me. Served in a tall glass, the Bloody Good Mary is chalked full of deliciousness – vodka, tomato juice, hot sauce, cracked pepper, salt, celery sticks, cucumbers and olives. It’s almost a meal in itself, but not quite.

Acme Bar and Coffee, Fall Menu, Kuala Lumpur
Bloody Good Mary

With our drinks and conversation in full swing, it was time to sample the fruits of Andrew’s creative spirit.

The first dish to arrive was the Apple Fall Salad (RM25), which was made up of grapefruit, cherry tomatoes, apples (of course), fennel with walnuts and topped with an apple goma vinaigrette dressing. The fresh, varied ingredients made you think directly about the fall harvest and all the wonderful things that nature produces. 

Acme Bar and Coffee, Fall Menu, Kuala Lumpur
Apple Fall Salad 

Directly contrasting the salad’s lightness, we were served Stuffed Baby Eggplant (RM25) made with Moroccan minced lamb, pine nuts, pomegranate and a garlic puree. Packed with a full, rich taste, the eggplant offered a perfect complement to the lightness of the salad.

Acme Bar and Coffee, Fall Menu, Kuala Lumpur
Stuffed Baby Eggplant 

After the appetizers quickly disappeared and a few more sips of wine, we were ready for the Chicken Lasagna (RM29) featuring pumpkin (a signature fall ingredient) with mozzarella cheese and tomato vinaigrette. In my opinion, this was the crown jewel of Acme’s fall menu. The chicken and mozza mixed perfectly with the pumpkin to produce a taste that created mental images of falling brown leaves and crisp, cool air.

Acme Bar and Coffee, Fall Menu, Kuala Lumpur
Chicken Lasagna

To make sure we were completely satiated, the final main served was a Lobster Roll (RM79) consisting of creamy lobster meat and artichoke on own-baked Hainan roll and chips – a very satisfying dish for a late afternoon snack.

Acme Bar and Coffee, Fall Menu, Kuala Lumpur
Lobster Roll 

Like any good meal, we finished it off with some cake. The Orange Lava Cake (RM15) is a soft, orange lava melt coupled with meringue, chocolate sauce and flakes. This oozy treat offers a nice mix of sweet and soft, and is definitely big enough to share (but not too big to keep all to yourself if you’d like).

Acme Bar and Coffee, Fall Menu, Kuala Lumpur
Orange Lava Cake 

By the time I licked off the dessert plate (sorry about that Monica) and downed the last bit of my bloody Mary, three hours had whizzed by and it was time to go. Strolling out full and happy into the now evening haze, I realized my initial impressions had been confirmed – if you’re looking for a casual, fun place to eat tasty food prepared in a creative way, then Acme Bar and Coffee needs to be on your list.

Reasons to visit: Diverse menu for all tastes, ages and occasions; open, friendly and creative atmosphere that will make you want to stay long and come back often; the breakfast menu (served until 5 p.m.) is huge and offers an excuse to stay up late the night before; the chicken lasagna featuring the ‘fall favourite’ pumpkin is a must-try from the new menu. (And don’t wait to try the fall menu, as it will “blow away” in late November.)


Acme Bar and Coffee
Ground Floor, The Troika, Persiaran KLCC
Wilayah Persekutuan
50450 Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia
+6 03 2162 2288

16 comments:

  1. New menu for autumn? That means they change every three months - that is good. Most places will serve the same ol' things day in day out till eternity.

    Lasagna looks perfect. I had an orange lava cake from a bakery here the other day, obviously they do not know how to do it well - I did not like it, tasted like mostly orange essence and kind of sourish. Prefer the regular chocolate one here.

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    1. It's a great way to keep things fresh.

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  2. Wonderful review, and I love your descriptions, Shaun! Monica, your photos are tantalizing. The chicken lasagna looks absolutely amazing and something I would definitely want to try! The ambiance looks relaxed and friendly, and there is something about round tables that I really love! To me they seem 'friendlier' than the square or triangular tables. Maybe this is because people seem to sit closer to one another at a round table as opposed to the other shaped ones...not sure why I like the round tables, but this could be the reason. :) I love the design on the flat white coffee! :)

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    1. Oh yeah, chicken lasagna was our pick. We loved the sweet pumpkin mixed in. I hadn't thought about round tables before, but now that you mention it I think I agree. ;-)

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  3. What? Autumn menu in Malaysia?
    He he.. This really cracked me up. :)
    Oh yeah, we do have Mid Autumn Festival there though!

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    1. Mid Autumn Festival, summer holidays... we have it all in Malaysia. ;-)

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  4. That Orange Lava Cake looks sooo yummy....Monica I am a big fan of your photos ;'))))

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    1. Well I could have guessed your sweet tooth might enjoy the lava cake ;-)

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  5. Wonderful presentations. The bloody mary is awesome. I think I'll order the chicken lasagna.

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    1. Bloody Mary and Chicken Lasagna - great choices. :-)

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  6. The apple salad look delicious.
    It's great when you enter a restaurant and feel at home...

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    1. This is certainly one of the more enjoyable environments in the city centre. The owners are experts in design.

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  7. I think I'd like to try an orange lava cake instead of the usual chocolate ones.

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    1. We tried a green tea one a few months back too. They're fun twists on the traditional chocolate.

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  8. Oh wow, the food and drinks just look delicious. I wish I lived close by! Great review, thanks for sharing.

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    1. It's a favourite hangout in the city centre. :-)

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