My second attempt to dine at Sunbather Coffee at The Sphere in Bangsar South required effort. We had a good experience at the café first time around and wanted to return to check out more of what they have to offer.
Alas, there was an issue with electricity and they couldn’t serve customers when we got there. So we adjourned to another restaurant nearby only to find out Sunbather Coffee reopened and is ready to serve. Right after my friends and I placed our order for food at the former.
The backup plan was to adjourn to Sunbather Coffee for dessert after our meal which we did but they were out of a lot of items – ones I wanted to try. I reckon it just wasn’t my day as our first visit was really pretty leisurely and straightforward.
Service is friendly and I like how polite the staff are. On our first visit, I liked the Sunbather Big Brekkie (RM32); a sizeable plate of Japanese potato & egg salad, teriyaki chicken meatballs, sausage onigiri with torched cheese, tamagoyaki, corn salsa, minestrone and smoked salmon.
Everything is properly compartmentalised – like a Japanese bento but on a white plate. The chicken meatballs are nicely seasoned with enough flavour from the teriyaki sauce, while the potato & egg salad makes an interesting twist to the ordinary sautéed potato option in a regular Big Breakfast.
What makes it unique is how it doesn’t feel “heavy” despite the portion as the ingredients are healthy on top being hearty. If you get what I mean.
Jien’s Italian Baked Egg (RM32) is also quite good – a melting pot of gratinated miso bechamel, onsen egg, burnt leek, smoked salmon and broccoli. This comes with a side of house-baked sourdough to mop up all the delicious sauce at the bottom.
I’ve eaten my fair share of baked eggs and none of them tasted like Sunbather’s version of baked eggs. Smoky, sweet and full of umami; this is ideal for sharing if you’re planning to go for dessert after. We were both rather full after polishing off our food on top of their specialty drinks.
My Iced Latte with Hojicha Kanten (RM14) features silky, glide-down-your throat hojicha jelly and aromatic milk coffee. I like how it’s not sweet and the aroma and flavours of the roasted tea and jelly stands out.
Jien’s cold brew is also quite good – more straightforward compared to my drink but packs a wallop in terms of caffeine content. I also like how smooth and easy to drink it is.
On our second visit, we ordered the Iced Chocolate which is one of the thickest version of iced chocolate I’ve tried in KL. You get that bittersweet flavour and a slightly smoky finish towards the end of each sip so it doesn’t get too cloying.
That said, I did find it difficult to finish as it was quite thick and creamy. Despite being open for slightly over an hour after their electricity boo-boo, Sunbather Coffee ran out of Japanese roll cake – both the matcha and hojicha (RM10 each), which I was looking forward to try.
Instead, we settled for the Black Forest Japanese Roll (RM15), a combination of Belgian chocolate sponge, elderberry whipped cream, Belgian chocolate Chantilly and dark pitted cherries. Delicious in its own right, but not my cup of tea. I was looking for something lighter in flavour and texture. Jien however, really enjoyed it.
The Grapefruit Jelly with Panna Cotta (RM15) comes with earl grey tea syrup on the side to offset the richness of the custard and jelly. A tad sweet for my liking but if you’re a fan of panna cotta, you might enjoy this dessert.
Sunbather Coffee is also known for their luxe sandwiches – the Ajitsuke Tamago Sando (RM20) is a crowd favourite. I ordered one to try and it is pretty good stuff. This sandwich is a hearty assemblage of ramen egg, tomato, cheese, furikake and wasabi mayo in dark rye bread.
Rich, flavour-packed and full of bite from the cabbage and bread slice; this is no ordinary sandwich. I wouldn’t mind having this again and again.
I asked for a scoop of Hojicha ice cream (RM7) in place of the Japanese cake roll – not bad but nothing particularly memorable. They have pretty exciting flavours on the display so do ask them for a sample before deciding. I wanted something tea-based, hence my pick.
All in, I like the vibe at Sunbather Coffee. From the colour scheme and the wood finish to the potted greens on the side – pleasant on the eyes. Food is hearty without being greasy, which I appreciate because you’d want to feel good even after the meal.
Food: 8/10 (pork-free)
Verdict: The tamago sando, big brekkie and baked eggs are worth checking out.
UG-12 Upper Ground The Sphere,
8, Jalan Kerinchi,
59200 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-2242 3118
Business hours: 8am till 10pm (Monday till Friday), 10am till 10pm (Weekends)