A strange foreign invasion has unfurled this month in Taman Desa: GravyBaby offers Blighty-style pies baked by a British former military club chef and inventive cocktails mixed by a French bartender who flew into KL from a stint in Buenos Aires.

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The pies have it

GravyBaby’s specialities prove pretty satisfying. We like the fish pie, comprising smoked haddock, cod, salmon and prawns, with buttery mash, minted mushy peas and London East End Parsley Liquor sauce (RM26), lamb and redcurrant hotpot pie with mash, spicy Boston baked beans and meat gravy (RM26) and pumpkin apricot tagine pie with vegetable gravy (RM20) – thick but tender crusts, sliced open to reveal tastily prepared fillings, served fresh and warm, paired with enjoyable sides.

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You’ll also find other tempting options like braised steak and ale pie or blue cheese, potato and leek pie – a credit to the team led by Gravybaby executive chef Paul Elliot, who spent the past few years helming the kitchen at London’s Army and Navy Club.

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Salads, sandwiches, and cakes

The menu is extremely extensive – expect various salads (such as black rice with quinoa, cannellini beans, edamame and ginger sesame dressing for RM18), soups (creamy spiced roasted butternut squash at RM18), sandwiches (crab meat with rarebit on rye for RM31) and cakes (white chocolate, mascarpone and raspberry sponge for RM23), each of which conveys certain merits, plus hot dogs, waffles, cheese boards, and more.

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It might all seem too much for a neighbourhood cafe in Taman Desa, though GravyBaby has franchise aspirations; a second outpost is slated to launch later this year on Jalan P. Ramlee in the city centre.

Cocktail creations

GravyBaby’s cocktails were created by mixologist Tony, who’ll be in KL for several weeks. The bar currently opens at 7am, so if you need one, you can have a drink before heading to the office.

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Our favourite is the Side Truck – Bourbon, Vermouth and hibiscus, served in a teapot with dry ice (RM36) – but others might prefer the Smoking Grass (RM36; Bourbon, ginger beer, honey, lemongrass smoke), Baby Bouquet (RM36; gin, white cacao, lemon, lavender), Meringue Colada (RM36; rum, coconut water, apricot, calamansi, topped with fluffy coconut meringue), a Gin and Tonic (RM36; Hendrick’s, cucumber, juniper berries, herbs) or even a Peanut Butter Milkshake that’s spiked with frangelico (RM31).

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Finally, cocktail culture cometh in Taman Desa!

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Location & Details


5A, Jalan Desa Jaya, Taman Desa, Kuala Lumpur.

Daily, 7am-11pm

Find: View GravyBaby’s directory here

44 Comments Leave a comment

  1. Chen Wainee May 24, 2016 Subscriber

    YeongBoon Ooi

  2. Sooby Kenooby May 24, 2016 Subscriber

    Nothing to shout about.. Daves Deli and Dome makes better pies

  3. Yune Lyn May 24, 2016 Subscriber

    Jessica Wong Audrey Tan Suchen Ng Tat Yang

  4. Nabila Az-zahra Abdul Aziz May 24, 2016 Subscriber

    Aldri Fariz

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  6. Marwina J. Edwin May 24, 2016 Subscriber

    Arleena Lim Marrilyn Salleh Pauline Lim Alvin Lim Adrian Lim new place to check out

  7. Chris Loke May 24, 2016 Subscriber

    At the Charlie nearby kwa… let’s go.. Hehe u got two chang with me. Pui Lan

    • Pui Lan May 24, 2016 Subscriber

      Wait u bring me go, but lately weekend busy. Need to work

  8. Pui Lan May 24, 2016 Subscriber

    Chris Loke, Tzu Peng near u guys?

  9. Phang Li Hua May 24, 2016 Subscriber

    PikYi Chong near near

  10. Fion Yee May 24, 2016 Subscriber

    Jasmine Chai Peichen so british like those days

  11. Hsin Ee May 24, 2016 Subscriber

    I feel like this is right up your alley Jill Low

  12. Ignatius Yee May 24, 2016 Subscriber

    Jo Siew cool

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    Kitt Limcan I?

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    Sharmine Ishak jom

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