Photo by Syahir Ashri.
Photo by Syahir Ashri.

What is it?

Rimba & Rusa is the latest entry in Wondermilk’s portfolio. It’s one of the few occupied shoplots located in the neighbourhood shopping mall Sunway Nexis in Kota Damansara. From Malay, Rimba & Rusa translates to ‘jungle and deer’ in English. The restaurant’s interior is hung with an illuminated sign that reads “Everyday is Sunday” – and this pretty much sums up the relaxed vibe, replete with pastel colours, wooden furniture and plants.

Soft shell crab tempura with couscous.
Soft shell crab tempura with couscous.

Who is it?

Wondermilk was originally a graphic design team established in 2000 that slowly made its way into the F&B industry through their now-renowned Cuppacakes and self-titled cafés. The team consisting of Ifzan Ibrahim, Yati Dzulkhaini, Dzurina Dzulkhaini, Ena Hadzir, Haliza Halim and Nurul Hanis, originally just wanted to provide a fresh take on cupcakes for a friend’s wedding. They’ve now branched out further from their dessert-focused beginnings without forgetting about the design background. Rimba & Rusa combines elements of the trendy café and brunch scene with their own fusion-style approach to food to create a full-fledged restaurant.

Rimba and Rusa's Sir Benedict
Sir Benedict. Photo: Syahir Ashri.

Go for

The Sir Benedict for brunch: the restaurant’s own take on eggs benedict, served with beef bacon, two types of mushrooms and spinach. For dinner, we gave their spiced lamb cutlets with smoked aubergine a try: the spices and peppers are pleasantly tangy when coupled with the aubergine and lamb. For a lighter option, go for the tempura soft shell crab with pomelo and couscous, a light but satisfying combination of sweet and salty flavors that can be an alternative to the standard salad. The raspberry panna cotta we also had is proof that you can’t really go wrong with dessert when you have a team that started out with only sweet treats.

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Spiced Lamb with Smoked Aubergine. Photo: Syahir Ashri.

Eat with

Both family and friends. It’s light-heartedly decorated with a comfy and cozy atmosphere. It’s homey vibe makes it a casual and relaxed kickback spot to just grab some good grub. Not to mention that it’s spacious enough for large groups with an outer area and a second floor. Kids are welcome too with a specialized menu and a designated play area upstairs.

Price

You’re looking to spend anywhere between RM20 for most breakfast and light bite options to RM70 for full meals.

D-GF-01, Sunway Nexis, Kota Damansara, 47810 PJ. Opens Tuesday to Sunday from 8am to 11pm except on Fridays, when it opens from 4pm to 11pm. Find out more about Rimba & Rusa here.

Syahir Ashri