From the same team who brought you Departure Lounge comes Wanderlust – a brand new dining concept that maintains their passion for travel, great coffee, creative food menu complete with a clean and cosy dining ambiance.
For those who frequent Departure Lounge’s branch at Solaris Mont Kiara, you should probably know by now that it has been replaced by Wanderlust.
Faced with a limited budget, the restaurant’s interior and ambiance is minimalist and casual with an open coffee bar. Playing with the theme of travel, the menu and cutlery are cleverly designed with paper planes and terms associated with flying.
Once you step into the restaurant, the hanging glass bottle chandelier (albeit slightly cliché by today’s standards) catches your attention immediately.
Since the meal was prepared exclusively for the media, the dishes you see were actually downsized for tasting purposes. Rest assured the actual portions are bigger than what is being shown here. Anyway, there’s no particular genre of food being served here. So expect some interesting marriages of different cuisines prepared with a display of flair and creativity.
Although I am not a salad fan I have to admit that the Baby Spinach (RM24) was delicious. All the ingredients (green apple, raisins, goji, deep fried poached free-range egg, beets and orange vinaigrette) come together harmoniously with a refreshing texture and the light and citrusy dressing is just perfect.
Spiced watermelon sounds a bit far fetched but I was surprised how well it turned out. What delighted me even more was how great the wings were. They weren’t kidding when they named this Flaming Wings (RM23), as the hot sauce really packed a spicy kick.
Personally, I like it when the food tastes exactly like how it was described in the menu. I’d be disappointed if it wasn’t hot at all. Highly recommended stuff.
Nothing to complain about the Frittata with Grilled Salmon and Tomato Chutney (RM28). The quiche-like Frittata was fluffy and fragrant while the salmon and tomato chutney were well-prepared.
I like the crispness of the fried bun in the Gua Bao (RM22, actual portion: 2 fried + 1 steamed bun) but overall the filling felt a tad dry because I expected the chicken thigh to be moist and tender.
Nonetheless the concept is good. They used a curry-like spice to flavour the chicken so it was pretty much like having chicken curry bun – and it’s a very good one.
Lastly for dessert, Sago (RM18) with hazelnut brittle, double espresso and hot cream. This was the only thing I did not agree with throughout the meal. I just felt that sago and coffee are not the best combination. Well, that’s just me.
As for the coffee, it was undoubtedly smooth and rich as anticipated from the people behind Departure Lounge. And with the help of their new toy – a custom hand-made white Synesso espresso machine, dubbed the “Ferrari of coffee machines”, you are assured of quality in every cuppa. This machine is said to be the first in Malaysia too so it was cool to be able to see it in action.
10, Jalan Solaris 4,
Solaris Mont Kiara, 50480 KL
Tel: 03-6203 0362
Business hours: 11am to 10pm (Mon to Fri), 9am to 10pm (Weekends), Closed on Tuesdays