Sunday, May 15, 2016

Red Kettle, Taman Desa

I saved the best of our KL eats for the last: Red Kettle at Taman Desa. Be warned that this is an ultimately biased post because the food is so darn good and Des, one of the co-owners, is my uni buddy ;) He was the sweetest guy ever at uni and has fond memories of bumping into me carrying different shopping bags at the apartment lobby studying hard.

It's been a while since we last met up and this time around, I suggested that we could meet for dessert at Red Kettle.

"You know, we do serve mains," he pointed out.

I hesitated. Cafes in Penang are a dime a dozen and excluding the stellar ones, I find that the majority of the time, the food served are often decent though very over priced, especially those within the heritage zones. I thought of how KL Godma often had to drag me to try out new stuff and figured this time around, she'd be pleased that I was taking her to try a new place. Hah!

Tucked within a cosy neighbourhood amidst other eateries, Red Kettle doubles as a restaurant and bakery.

The aroma of freshly baked bread wafted throughout Red Kettle and the rows of crusty baked goodies beckoned invitingly.

I was further distracted by the yummy looking cakes on display. So many yummy choices, such limited tummy room :( Bubs tugged at my hand, for that moment, the both of us understood each other perfectly.

Red Kettle has a minimalist but yet cosy feel with its rustic, white washed brick walls and benches built into the sides. Red and white cushions offer a pop of colour plus making it comfy to lean back.

This was the signature pork chop and porkie rice bowl. Do note that rubbery spiders are not included in this dish and you'd have to borrow them from Bubs ;) R gave the Hainanese inspired pork chop a huge thumbs up and particularly liked the gravy. Hubs enjoyed the onsen (soft boiled) egg with its luscious, oozy yolk and crunchy sweet peas in the porkie rice bowl, which added a nice contrast of textures and tastes to elevate the humble siew bak rice.

The Cajun prawn and pork burger was the ultimate comfort food with its soft, juicy pork patty and zingy sauce. Even Hubs couldn't stop stealing bites of my burger and he usually doesn't even like prawns! I'd to admit, the food here was super yummy.

This was the aglio olio and specially substituted with angel hair for Des and his wife.

"You sure you don't want the soft serve? It's so good that customers pop by just for a cone." Des offered. I shook my head as Bubs eagerly tucked into his icy dessert.

After a while, my curiousity was piqued and I took a mouthful from Bub's ice cream. Its rich, creamy chocolaty flavour was totally unexpected in a simple soft serve.

"Maybe just add on one chocolate ice cream cone for me ..."

At the end of my week long stay in KL, we went back 3 times just for the ice cream alone :)
Do not miss out their bacon focaccia which is baked in-house daily, Bubs and I easily polished a loaf off in one sitting ;)

Red Kettle
37, Jalan Bukit Desa 5, Taman Bukit Desa,
Kuala Lumpur Tel: 03-7988 0801
Closed on Sundays

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