July 3rd, 2022
Quar/Tet at TTDI Taman Tun Dr Ismail: Restaurant Review
Music’s the food of love at Quartet, tunefully run by four friends belonging to various indie bands.
Ideal Hipster Hangout
Quartet, which opened this past weekend, will probably prove a smash hit in Taman Tun; it’s the ideal hipster hangout for this neighborhood, buzzing with positive vibes.
Personal Vinyl Collection
Check out Quartet’s vinyl collection; the playlist is a little too loud & lacking in melody for our liking, but then, music’s even more predicated on personal fancies than food. The harmonic highlight of our two hours here: The Cure’s “Friday I’m In Love,” making us wish that Quartet had found space for New Order, Depeche Mode & Erasure as well on its speakers.
The menu plays it safe with crowd-pleasing favorites; expect eggs pleasantly poached with either spinach (our choice, RM15 nett), smoked salmon or turkey ham, drenched in hollandaise sauce.
Salmon & Cream Cheese Bagel with Salad
Honest, hearty fare; the bagel stuffed with salmon & cream cheese, paired with a crisp salad (RM16), works well for brunch.
Chicken & Spinach Quiche
Nitpickers might resort to the abominable cliche that this isn’t something to “shout about,” but satiated stomachs are more desirable than hoarse throats.
The French Toast
Our Quartet favorite: The French Toast (RM12), fulfilling in its flavorful fluffiness, served in a mighty portion with syrup & berry compote. Order this one.
Cakes and Muffins
Cakes & muffins look OK. The usual suspects of chocolate, carrot, red velvet & walnut.
Quartet currently obtains its coffee blends from Artisan Roast (one of its founders formerly worked at that increasingly venerable institution; others have links to Subang SS15’s Grafa cafe).
Coffee mocktail, intriguingly named ‘Jerusalem’: Espresso, soda, syrup & ice.
La Vanilla ice-blended & Old-fashioned hot chocolate; both serve a purpose on a rainy weekend.
Quartet’s soft-opening menu remains limited, with a kitchen that closes by 6pm, but eventually, a fuller selection will be available for dinner.
Time to raid the closet for mothballed tracksuits?
All in all, Quartet’s a place with potential. It helps that the people here seem really nice.
Location and Operating Hours
21, Lorong Datuk Sulaiman 7, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur. Row behind Vin’s
Sun-Thurs, 8am-9pm. Fri-Sat, 8am-10pm
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