Oui Oui A Delicious Bakery: Levain Boulangerie
A French inspired bakery in KL.
I had read about Levain Boulangerie & Patisserie a tad too many times and salivated over the photos that Nigel had posted in Food n’ Frame. Everytime we wanted to go there, something would come up except for this day. There were no plans, we were hungry and we drove all the way down here for breakfast. The cafe cum bakery lies in this private road which opens up to a row of small buildings and a colonial style bungalow with a stone oven popping out in the front.
Here’s the thing. How is it that this place reminded me so much of the cafes in Paris? The interior, the deco, the way the bread & pastries were arranged near the cash register. I did a quick inspection around the island examining the many types of food which I would give a 10+ (if it was an actual inspection of course). They would bake the bread fresh from the oven and put them out on the counter before it’s arranged neatly in the woven baskets. It does smell wonderfully good. Is it possible to get full just by sniffing the scent?
After inspection we chose our food and queued up at the counter only to find out that there is a procedure in eating in this little quaint place. One needs to enter, find a suitable table that suits oneself, put a ‘Occupied’ sign on it, remember the table number, and then only choose ones’ food. Although we managed to skip all that, we still got our table quickly, and gave the cashier our number before paying. Woah. It is not as cheap as we thought but it was as good as we thought it would be. At first I only saw the bread spread until I walked over to the other side to see a glass covered shelf with colourful desserts from macaroons to cakes. It was just so tempting yet sinful. I had already 2 trays of bread with me and adding desserts would prove to be chaotic for the tummy so I passed.
So many choices of pastries!
We ordered salmon salad, meatball bread, sandwiches, Hawaiian pizza and curry chicken bread. All of it I must say tasted so different from one another and had it’s own flavour & texture. The coffee was amazing and probably cheaper than some of the breads there. We at outside, at the side of the cafe which led to a nice cosy garden area at the back. People had occupied there and were busy chit-chatting and playing catch-up. There was an independent station beside us which had a microwave (to heat the food), utensils, pepper, chilli sauce, sugar, stirrer and such for people like me who love to have a little extra on top of the extra that is already on the bread.
At the end of the meal we were both satisfied and I couldn’t move a muscle. This is just from eating bread ya. They do have pasta and other items on the menu but their main specialty is still the bread, pastries & desserts. If you have a big group you could also head on upstairs where another room is located. If I had friends from overseas visiting me in KL, this would definitely be one of the places where I’d bring them to.
Where : Levain Boulangerie & Patisserie. No. 7, Jalan Delima, 55100 Kuala Lumpur.
When : 7:30am – 9:00pm (Monday – Sunday)
URL : www.levain.com.my
For a list of wonderful hotels in Kuala Lumpur which are nearby the restaurants, you can view it here.
About Yafieda Jamil
A Malaysian girl currently working abroad in Phnom Penh city. I love a good road trip, hot cappuccinos, spicy food and staring at old buildings. My mission is to inspire people to see the world differently before we all get any older. Oh and giraffes are the most beautiful creatures on earth.