** This blog post was originally posted at ‘Sinfully Delicious Malaysia’ blog on April 30th, 2016

Last week of February, I decided to do a 2-days birthday getaway trip to KL to just have fun while at the same time take the opportunity to review restaurants. The night before, I was at Al-Amar Lebanese Cuisine at Sunway Putra Mall KL. Since the café I was going to the next day serves all-day breakfast and light lunch, I planned to check out the place in the morning. Woke up at 9 am, rushed to get ready, and took Uber to the place.

Green Tomato Cafe is a garden-style café located inside Yayasan Seni at Jalan Ritchie which you could access via Jalan Ampang and it’s really close to Gleneagles Intan Medical Center. However, it’s quite hidden so it helps if you use Google Maps or your own GPS device if you’re not familiar with the area.

The open-air café is quite spacious. One side with sofas and the other side with rounded tables and chairs (some with umbrellas).

There’s a variety of menu for breakfast mostly, but you could also have them for light lunch, available all day long. They serve halal and healthy food, with no MSG or preservatives added, freshly made as well. Cakes and muffins are available as well as different kinds of coffee/lattes.

The cafe is large enough to cater to group booking for any event. You can check out their website (link at the end of the post) for more information. Apart from the cafe, they also have group packages for their batik workshop. I think it’s a lovely place for any kind of event.

I also love how they even decorated the table with a batik tablecloth and wrapped the utensils with batik cloth too. One thing I should note – when I was there, it was very windy. By windy, I mean very strong wind.

I love this particular part of the area in front of Green Tomato Cafe. At first glance, I thought it’s just a decoration with a bench and pots of plants or flowers. Upon closer inspection, turns out it’s actually a herb garden. How pretty.

 

There are many classes and activities that you can take part in by yourself or with your family or friends. While I was there, I saw this lady doing ‘teh tarik‘ (literally means ‘pulled tea’). Apparently, you can learn the art and techniques of teh tarik. It’s all about cultural experience. The workshops are great for anyone(especially tourists) who wants to experience Malaysian culture.

I was given the opportunity to experience their batik coloring workshop. I’ll write my experience on my other blog and once I’m done, I’ll put the link here. I planned to take their coffee latte art class but unfortunately, I didn’t have enough time.

But right now, let’s talk about food!

Egg Benedict – RM18

Eggs Benedict is an American breakfast dish, with bread topped with ham, poached eggs, and Hollandaise sauce with potato and salad on the side. The poached eggs were supposed to ooze out the yolk but somehow ours didn’t… perhaps a tad bit overdone. It still tastes great nonetheless, just without the oozing yolk effect.

According to them, the homemade Hollandaise sauce is made with Australian unsalted butter, making this dish unique.

Hearty Breakfast – RM18

I chose a hearty breakfast because before coming to Green Tomato Cafe, I’ve already looked at some of the menu photos and decided instantly that I wanted to try their hearty breakfast.

The plate consists of a piece of bread, salad, sausage, ham (chicken?), baked beans, baked potato, and scrambled egg.

I love the eggs, baked beans, and sausage but I thought the ham slice is a bit on the very thin side so it was rather dry and chewy. It would be better if there were some sauce or mayonnaise to soften it up. Also, the potato was a mouthful when only sliced in half. I would prefer if they were cut into little pieces then cooked like in their photo on their website.

I didn’t get a chance to ask for any sauce because I was pressured to eat fast. Looking at this picture now makes me want to go back to the cafe and try it again without any pressure or rushing for time.

Freshly Baked Muffin – RM5

I really love the muffin! It’s good, chocolate-y, and one wasn’t enough for me.

Orange + Carrot Juice – RM12

Pure orange and carrot juice, a healthy drink to kickstart your day. I would prefer this to have a little bit of sweetness because they’re not sweet and orange can be sour sometimes. Maybe adding in some honey would be nice.

Isn’t this pretty? I love that heart-shaped plant deco and batik printed cloth used to wrap the spoon and fork. Really pretty. The view, while you’re eating, is also soothing to the eyes and very calming. Because I went there on a weekday, the place wasn’t crowded. I’m not sure I can say the same thing for the weekend, though. I was told that’s when the place would get busy.

If you’re planning to have a quiet time for yourself, I suggest coming on weekdays. If you prefer to be with the crowd while you’re doing any of the batik workshops, then the weekend is your best choice.

Red Velvet Cake – RM10 (I think)

I really love anything red velvet so of course, I would love this cake. They have a selection of cakes freshly made every week.

Chai Latte – RM15
Hazelnut Latte – RM15

I can’t remember which drink is which. I chose earl grey tea at first but then after my friend’s recommendation, I changed my mind and ordered a chai latte instead while my friend ordered a hazelnut latte.

It was my first time having a chai latte and honestly, it didn’t agree with my taste bud. I don’t know why my mind was blank that morning and did not order caramel latte instead, which is what I usually drink. Maybe because I was too tired and still sleepy. However, I love their hazelnut latte.

Overall, I had a great time at Green Tomato Cafe & myBatik Workshop. I love the scenery, and would definitely come back when I get the chance. The place is pet-friendly – there’s a designated area for your pets, the cafe has a selection of healthy, MSG-free, and halal food and ample parking spaces inside so you don’t have to worry about where to park your car. A great place for kids to hang out and get in touch with mother nature and learn to appreciate the traditional batik art.

Half a day at the place was simply not enough. It is one of the best places to chill and relax and to just get your mind off things.

Thank you to the lovely cafe owner Emilia Tan/Green Tomato Cafe for being a lovely host and giving me the opportunity to experience the cafe and batik workshop. 🙂 It was an awesome birthday treat for me.

Stay tuned for the batik workshop review (very behind in posting blogs so please bear with me!)

GREEN TOMATO CAFE

34, Jalan Mengkuang, 55000 KL

Tel: +60122579775
Email: tmsart@tmsart.com.my

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