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1. Watercolour

If we had to paint a mental picture of Watercolour, it’s one of those cafes that flies under the radar, quietly churning out good sandwiches and pastries for its fans.

Not your standard sandwiches

Watercolour isn’t content to serve the same old stuff available anywhere. Its Beef Burger Gipfel (RM19) features an Aussie meat patty stuffed with fresh veggies in between croissant-like flakiness. A fun change from ordinary burgers (tastes healthier too, like a real balanced meal).Watercolour Uneed_2

European bread recipes do feature prominently on the menu: Watercolour’s hot dog takes a chicken mushroom sausage and jams it into a laugen lye roll, topped with mustard, mayo, olives, onions and gherkins. With potato crisps on the side, it’s a fair bargain for RM14.Watercolour Uneed_3

Much more available, from baguettes, bagels, pain au chocolate, sourdough and rye bread …Watercolour Uneed_4

Cakes and Pastries

… to cupcakes, cookies, doughnuts and muffins. It’s a smorgasbord of starch; note that air-conditioned seating is limited here, so most customers will have to take a table outdoors. On the bright side, parking is a breeze; plenty of visitors’ space inside the Mont Kiara Meridin building.Watercolour Uneed_5

Watercolour’s coffee is OK, though not the memorable highlight of this cafe.Watercolour Uneed_6 Watercolour Uneed_10

Location and Contact Details:

Watercolour Gourmet Bakery & Cafe.
G2A, Mont Kiara Meridin, Jalan Duta Kiara, Mont Kiara, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel:  03-6207-8942
Open daily, Mon-Fri 730am-8pm, Sat-Sun through 6pm

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2. Uneed

Less than a five-minute drive from Watercolour, there’s Uneed, another low-profile cafe, this one tucked away at the back of Solaris Dutamas, behind the primary stomping grounds of Publika.

The menu’s eclectic

Caesar salad with oak-smoked salmon, nasi kerabu and burgers of Arab bread filled with beef, chicken or even ikan bilis. But we skipped the savories and tried only dessert: This thick, doughy creation with strawberries, mascarpone cheese, cranberry sauce and almonds seemed interesting but tasted a bit too tart. Maybe the savories would fare better.Watercolour Uneed_8


No real complaints about the affogato or the latte. Wouldn’t remember what they taste like the next morning, but wouldn’t hate ourselves for ordering them either.Watercolour Uneed_9 Watercolour Uneed_11


Location and Contact Details:

Uneed Cafe
D5-G3-1, Solaris Dutamas, Kuala Lumpur
Open Mon-Sat, morning through nighttime.
Tel: 03-6206-1640
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