If there’s one thing that differentiates Jien and I, it would be our sense of adventure when it comes to food. While we tend to go for similar dishes, our choice of restaurants are for from the same. Wizards at Tribeca is one of them — he’s been wanting to try the food there ever since they opened while I wanted to stick to something more familiar (and often, reliable).
A sister outlet of Yellow Brick Road, Wizards takes their coffee seriously and you’ll find award-winning baristas doing their thing when you pay them a visit. Try the hand-brewed Ethiopian coffee if you want something different from the usual dark roast.
The latte and flat white is also good, I’m happy to report. Service however, isn’t as consistent as their coffees — it ranges from friendly and knowledgeable to inattentive and all over the place, depending on the time of your visit. Come earlier and it is more pleasant, I reckon.
Taro Mish Mash (RM28) comes highly recommended – a vegetarian option of yam mash on sourdough, topped with diced avocado pesto, tomato salsa, feta chees and poached eggs. A good combination, but the sourdough was hard so it was tough to chew.
I also sent this back to the kitchen as they overcooked the eggs so there wasn’t a runny centre. The taro however, was just like the description in the menu – fluffy, velvety smooth and delicious when paired with the avocado and salsa.
Melting Pot (RM26) is essentially baked eggs in tomato base, served with chicken chorizo, spinach and mushrooms. Decent enough, but nothing I would go hoo haa over. This comes with toasted sourdough, which was significantly softer than the sourdough from my taro mish mash.
Try the Eggs Royale (RM30) if you want something light yet flavour packed. You get lightly smoked salmon with poached eggs, avocado, crispy kale and Hollandaise sauce – on brioche. Possibly my favourite item from what I’ve tried on Wizards’ brunch menu so far.
The Buttermilk Chicken Burger (RM28) features lightly toasted brioche with buttermilk fried chicken, kimchi cabbage and mango relish. You can’t go wrong with a chicken burger, so I reckon this is a pretty reliable option if you don’t want to take risks. I would have preferred a bit of mayo in it because if you’re already going to indulge, you might as well go all the way.
Pizzas are available from noon till 6pm – we tried Rocket Science (RM30), a pie of beef salami, tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella and fresh rocket salad. Decent stuff, but I feel the peppery, sweet element from the rocket leaves could be stronger. I was hoping the rocket would cut through the richness of the cheese and salami, but it fell short.
Truffle Fries (RM22) seems to be a must-order at Wizards so I followed suit. This is perfect for sharing and also for the gram. I like that the fries are crispy not greasy, and there’s a good amount of truffle scent in it. One of the better truffle fries options in town, if you asked me.
Overall, Wizards is a reliable option for good coffee and hearty dishes. The interior is nicely done and I do think it’s better than Botanica + Co. in terms of coffee and service. You might have to wait for a table during peak hours on weekends so it’s best to arrive before noon. I heard Wizards recently launched their dinner menu, so I’ll probably pay them another visit to check it out. :)
Food: 6/10 (pork free)
Verdict: Try the Eggs Royale and Taro Mish Mash. Coffee is good too.
Wizards at Tribeca
215, Jalan Imbi,
Imbi, 55100 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-2715 5308
Business hours: 10am till 10pm