Sunday, April 14, 2013

Burps & Giggles, Buku Tiga Lima at Ipoh

Our little family are huge fans of Indulgence in Ipoh so when we heard that there are not one, but two cafes side by side opened by legendary chef extraordinaire, Julie Song, we made a day trip there.

It took a while to find Burps & Giggles and Buku Tiga Lima - for those not familiar with Ipoh, I'll give you a tip, it's close by a row of Indian clothing and jewelry shops. The front entrance facing the main road is nondescript and still maintains its old store signboard "specialists in ladies dress making". Look out for the curtain of trailing leaves which I thought was a nice touch.

I was torn between sitting at Burps & Giggles or Buku Tiga Lima since both offered unique sitting spots. We settled at a small table close to the counter at Burps & Giggles. The decor was whimsical and cheerful. We loved how the kitschy touches such as the fabric wrapped lamps, coloured wooden boards made the place feel cosy and inviting. The menus are literally all over the place, on wooden chalkboards all over the walls, stretching from Burps & Giggles to Buku Tiga Lima. Burps & Giggles serve a variety of burgers; Buku Tiga Lima focuses on bagels and crepes. You can order food from either cafe to be served wherever you are seated.

Bubs and I had a sticky beak around the place while Hubs enjoyed the free wifi. Every corner you turned, there was bound to be something interesting to go ooooh and ahhhh over. There's a beautiful space that we're confused if it's an open air courtyard or not. They tore off the first floor and installed transparent covers over the roof to give an airy, breezy feel. Umbrellas, yes, you read that right, and ceiling fans tumble from the rafters and trees dot the area.

Once you walk past the faux courtyard, you're now inside Buku Tiga Lima. Now do you see what I mean by it's so hard to pick where to sit? They have the coolest art installation made from coloured bangku (wooden seats) and a window seat from rolled up tilam (fabric matress)!

Bubs confirmed that the window seats were indeed as comfy as they looked. In case you were wondering why the cafe is called Buku Tiga Lima, remember those days of yore where there were no mobile phones or laptops and everyone carried a little 555 notebook in their pocket to jot down important notes? Over here, you'll find a window covered with 555 notebooks and you're welcome to write or sketch anything you want inside them.

On to the food! Bubs had the brioche with egg, mushrooms & a drizzle of truffle oil (RM14). We sneaked a few bites off his plate and fell in love with brioche, comfort food at its best with the creaminess of the egg and strong flavour of the mushrooms.

For the burgers, we choose the Greeko - lamb pattie with cheese, red peppers, onions and mint yoghurt (RM18) and the Bam Bam - wagyu pattie with egg, cheese and beetroot (RM28). The Greeko was absolutely out of this world with its robust flavour and went nicely with the yoghurt. The wagyu burger was supremely tender and the chef did a really nice job grilling that it was succulent and juicy.

It would be sacrilegious to skip dessert here and the moment I spotted churros (RM12) on the menu, I had to have it *guilty look* A friend shared with me the most apt description for churros - ang moh yau zha gwei, LOL. It was our first time trying churros and we were surprised at how light it was inside, almost like eating fried puffy wisps of clouds dusted with icing sugar and dipped into Belgium chocolate - these were polished off very quickly by the three of us :D

Since we couldn't leave without trying at least one dish from Buku Tiga Lima, we had crepes with hazelnuts, chocolate and a dollop of cream brulee. It was sinfully rich and we finished it with happy smiles on our faces.

The only complaint that we have is ... well, how could we possibly have so much tummy space to fit in all the good food? I really wished that we could have had room for the bagels ... or the portabello burger ... or the pear and Mars bar chunk crepes ...

Burps & Giggles / Buku Tiga Lima
93 & 95, Jalan Sultan Yussuf,
30000 Ipoh, Perak.
Tel: 05-242 6188
Business Hours: 8am – 8pm, closed on Tuesdays.

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