Ristretto** has only been open about 6 months, and has already become a firm favourite lazy weekend brunch spot for my friends Jackham and Nini.
(** It is actually named after a particular coffee serving style/recipe)
I can totally understand why.
First of all, they love coffee, and the coffee here tastes nice. :)
(The owner/ chief barista has many years of experience in this field, and has brought all he learnt when he was in Sydney and applied it here)
Also, it is conveninently located at the base of the 10 Mont Kiara (10 MK) condo and the ambience is simple but feels very cosy and comfortable - lots of natural lighting streaming in though the ceiling to floor glass panels but it did not feel warm.
On top of that, they have a decent range of light eats and some Asian food there which tastes pretty good and is reasonably priced.
Oh, and lastly, the parking is free (Yay).
I had a really enjoyable lunch there, and I can see how it's also gonna quickly become one of my favourite places to hang out when I want a dose of delicious caffeine.
Review on the Food and Coffee:
- Potato with Ham Salad (RM 9+)
A mix of moist potato cubes, pickles, olives and chicken ham tossed in a creamy (but not too heavy) dressing - simple but tasted nice.
- Homemade Chicken Balls (RM 10+)
Tender and moist texture but flavourwise, these were just ok.. Loved that they tasted freshly made though.
- Mexican Cottage Pie, choice of chicken or beef (RM 15+)
I was expecting the Cottage Pie to be spicy (as described in the menu) but it wasn't. Otherwise, the mix of moist meat and vegetables with the smooth mash potato and melted cheese was quite nice.
- Beef Burger (RM 18+)
Delicious but so messy to eat. The patty was fairly tender and went well with the juicy slices of mushroom and slightly piquant BBQ/ Worchestershire(?) sauce. Also, the french fries at the side were too addictive - crunchy on the outside yet moist on the inside, just the way I like it.
- Apple Pie with Ice Cream (RM 8+)
I liked that the lovingly stewed slices of apple were moist and with a slight sour edge (vs. some other apple pie fillings which are just too sweet) and topped with crisp puff pastry.
(Some may find it the apples too soft though - depends on how you like it)
- Latte Macchiato (RM 5+)
- Flat White (RM 5+)
I liked both coffees, as they were smooth and flavourful without being too bitter. It was also really nice how they served it at just the right temperature - you can drink it straight away without worrying about burning your tongue and throat.
So it's: Casual cosy ambience, friendly service, nice coffee, decent range of light eats and a few Asian dishes for reasonable prices, free parking! BUT nothing bad really, just don't expect the food to knock your socks off - tastes good but it won't change your life......
Ristretto @ 10 Mont Kiara, KL
S-B5-3A, The Fare @ 10 Mont Kiara, Jalan Kiara 1, Mont Kiara, 50480 Kuala Lumpur
Ambience : 6
Service : 7
Price** : RM 35+ per person
** Approximation - 3 course meal, excluding drinks
Telephone No.: 03-6211 1183
Opening Hours: Everyday, including public holidays, 8.30am to 11.30pm
Official Website: CLICK HERE
NO PORK SERVED
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