Kuala Lumpur: Breakfast Thieves, Bangsar

September 23, 2016
Breakfast Thieves, Kuala Lumpur's hot new brunch spot, makes its way to Malaysia from Melbourne
Breakfast Thieves, Kuala Lumpur's hot new brunch spot, makes its way to Malaysia from Melbourne
STEALING GLANCES AND TAKING BITES AT 
BREAKFAST THIEVES, BANGSAR

There's a name for the international design language of post-social media cool - reclaimed Industrial chic juxtaposed against Calacatta marble, mason jars, and fiddle leaf figs - the hipster aesthetic of which is designed (that is, according to Kyle Chayka's piece for The Guardian) as a soothing balm for the "wealthy, mobile elite" who want their 'authentic and off the beaten track' with a side of wifi. Chayka calls it AirSpace, and bemoans this globalised style as homogenous. Personally? Hey, if it keeps my Instagram feed neat... In all seriousness though, I'm all for the world being a smaller place especially when said globalisation manifests itself in the form of delicious, delicious brunch.

And apart from the New Yorkers nobody does brunch like the 'Strayans. Cafe culture has spread like bushfire in Malaysia thanks to the country's relative proximity to the Antipodes. My second favourite* entity to arrive from Melbourne to Kuala Lumpur is the second branch of the new Bangsar café that's got all the Instagrammers and brunch hunters excited - Breakfast Thieves.

*my most favourite is arriving today. Boomchickawahwaahhh



Instagram: @BreakfastThievesKL
Instagram: @BreakfastThievesKL
Breakfast Thieves, Kuala Lumpur's hot new brunch spot, makes its way to Malaysia from Melbourne
Breakfast Thieves, Kuala Lumpur's hot new brunch spot, makes its way to Malaysia from Melbourne



In an unremarkable industrial area just off Jalan Bangsar is 'creative campus' APW - Art Printing Works. Just to the right of the guardhouse is Breakfast Thieves, the café hosted in a greenhouse packed to the rafters with an on-trend crowd of young families and cool-chasers who seek out this sleek café. Here's my mum looking adorably incongruous in the former commercial printing factory-turned Pinterest board come to life with her #BOTD - Birkin Of The Day - and her driver waiting outside.

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LEPRECHAUN (Vegetarian) 
MR. TERRY BENEDICT
Breakfast Thieves, Kuala Lumpur's hot new brunch spot, makes its way to Malaysia from Melbourne
MY FRENCH LADY - French Toast served with perfume strawberry & thyme, 55% salted dark chocolate soil, lemon curd, raspberry cream & mixed sesame shards
Lychee & rose and chocolate mint macarons
This bijou café is a welcome addition to the Kuala Lumpur brunch scene, least of all for making the 'highway side of Bangsar' a foodie destination. It'll be interesting to see how this trendy little place stands the test of time and the transient nature of the city's F&B establishments. In the meantime, Breakfast Thieves has earned a place in my stomach for the city's most decadent french toast. 

BREAKFAST THIEVES
Lot M, 29-5 Jalan Riong, Bangsar 59100 Kuala Lumpur

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