I had breakfast at Departure Lounge last Sunday with rif and Jeen. According to Jeen, they serve pretty good sandwiches and coffee at reasonable prices. The place has a very cosy feel with a simple, lovely decor. Travel books are placed on bookshelves at a corner, so one can read them while enjoying a cup of coffee or breakfast.I went for the “Do It My Way” (available all day), with 7 items for RM12.90. I choose the grilled tomato, fried eggs, turkey bacon, hash brown, chicken sausages, sauteed mushrooms and pancake. With a cup of regular long black.The tomato was charred on the top and raw inside. A rush job, and every bit disappointing. I love sauteed fresh mushrooms but these canned ones were no where as good. For RM12.90, I cannot complain. Pancakes should be soft and fluffy. However, this was hard, rubbery and difficult to swallow despite liberal lashings of butter and honey.The sausages are the supermarket types, nothing great. I liked the hash brown; it was nice and crispy on the outside. While the turkey bacon was decent, it was no substitute for the real thing. The thought of runny yolks on toast makes me drool, so this was my favourite in the set. Maybe next time I’ll replace the tomato, mushrooms and pancake with 3 serves of fried eggs! =DJeen also had the breakfast set. But unlike greedy me, she had 5 items. She did not like the mushrooms as well, and barely ate them. According to her, the caffe latte was decent.My long black was strong and thick; just the way I like it! This is one of the few places that does good and reasonably priced coffees. rif’s Cuban Toastini came with a side of homemade salsa and nachos. This was better than my breakfast set. The toastini consists of smoked chicken, roast beef, pickles and mustard in a ciabatta. The chicken and beef added complex flavours to the warm, crusted bread. The ciabatta was more airy than I liked it to be. Probably because I’m accustomed to the denser version. The salsa was tangy, with thick chunks of tomatoes and bits of herbs. It was not spicy, but went well with the nachos. Since I like my salsa spicy, I didn’t think too highly of this. The apple juice came from the box. I don’t think I need to elaborate on this.
Departure Lounge is a nice place to meet up with friends and read up on travel books. While the food isn’t spectacular, it is “home-y” and reasonably priced. Plus, I really like the ambiance!
Food: 5.5/10 (pork-free)
Verdict: Average food, good coffees.
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