What is it?
A new bakery and café in Damansara Plaza, taking over the old Moon Bar corner lot on the same row as Sid’s Pub. With wooden furniture, vintage touches and grey-blue accents, the interior evokes a Parisian bakery, but the floor tiles nod to Malaysian design heritage. Over twenty types of artisan bread are baked fresh on the premises, along with pastries, cakes and a hot food menu that is a sophisticated take on classic comfort food. All the breads are sourdough variations.
Who is it?
Huckleberry Food and Fare owned and run by the same team as nearby Mediterranean bar-restaurant Mezze. Both Mezze and Huckleberry Food and Fare are helmed by Executive Chef Yves Renou while the master baker Chef Christophe Gros has over 25 years of experience.
However, the food here goes beyond Mediterranean flavours with a wider range of influences. The common thread? Good quality ingredients, often sourced locally, according to culinary director Shantini Sabapathy. She explains the name: “There is a line in the book The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn that tells our story: ‘there ain’t nothing in the world so good when it’s cooked right.'”
Breakfast. That’s right – Huckleberry opens at 7.30am and breakfast might be the only way to avoid the brunch crowds who are already flocking to the bakery. Loaves of bread are also sold separately, which means that those fasting during Ramadan can pick up a loaf for sahur or iftar.
When it comes to the food, the salted beef sandwich (inspired by that served in Selfridges, London) is a bestseller, but we were personally won over by the Chili Cheese Toast with a Fried Egg: a croque monsieur with a Malaysian twist. A thick piece of toasted bread is layered with bechamel sauce, green chilis, sambal and cheese – and topped with a fried egg. Other highlights include the duck and egg pasta, where the duck is smoked in-house for an authentic bacon effect and topped with a molten poached egg.
A coffee: the café’s house blend is a Sumatran Gayo coffee. The café owners tell us that they deal directly with plantation owners to ensure the quality of beans. If you prefer a health kick to a caffeine fix, one of the slow-pressed juices should satisfy. We recommend the Red Velvet, which includes beetroot, red apple, carrot and celery.
At the lower end of the price range, two slices of toast with house-made fruit preserve and butter costs RM5.90. Salads start from RM16.90, while main dishes and sandwiches range from RM13.90 to RM32.90 with most dishes falling in the mid twenties range.
Huckleberry Food and Fare, 2G and 4G Jalan Medan Setia 2, Plaza Damansara, Damansara Heights, 50490 Kuala Lumpur. Opening hours: Monday to Sunday, closed Tuesdays, 7.30am – 6pm.
Poskod.MY was invited by Huckleberry Food and Fare to sample the food reviewed in this article.