Anzac Pancakes

J&D Espresso, Bloody Good Coffee, Pavilion Elite, Kuala Lumpur

Words: Aisling Cullen Photos: Monica Tindall

Do you ever get café fatigue? Are you tired of hearing that another coffee house has opened up nearby with roasted beans from the hills of Indonesia? No? Neither do I! I love to see new independents bringing their inspiration to the table (literally) and offer a great alternative to Starbucks.

J&D Espressso, Pavilion Elite
J&D Espressso, Pavilion Elite

Monica and I tried out J&D Espresso, a recently opened café on the seventh floor of the new wing in Pavilion (take the escalator near COS and you can’t miss it). After a stint in Sydney, the owners of J&D took their knowledge of Australian coffee culture and opened their first outlet in Bandar Utama in 2012. Pavilion Elite is their second outlet, and there are a few gems on the menu worth checking out.

First is the coffee. J&D’s tagline is ‘Bloody Good Coffee’ and it certainly is. Using single origin beans by De Gayo, the Cappuccino (RM11) and Flat White (RM11) were both beautifully smooth and well executed. Furthermore, the fluid matte polish of the grey slate cups is a pleasure to drink out of.

J&D Espressso, Pavilion Elite
Coffee

Feeling hungry we perused the menu, which is quite heavy on pork. If you are a meat eater, there are plenty of bacon and pork options, including their signature Gourmet Pork Burger (RM25). This burger is stacked high – the juicy patty is served on a soft white bun with cheddar cheese and salad, plus a side of crunchy herbed fries. This is a bestseller at J&D.

J&D Espressso, Pavilion Elite
Gourmet Pork Burger

We also noticed their all day breakfast menu, which is served from 10am. One of my favourite dishes was the Pancake Stack (RM21). Warm fluffy pancakes are served with a sweet mixed berry compote, salted butter and Anzac crumbs. Monica explained to me that Anzac biscuits (please be sure to say ‘biscuits’ not cookies or risk offending an Aussie 😉 are famous in Australia and New Zealand, and are made from oats and golden syrup. In this dish they are broken up into crunchy pieces that are hidden under the fluffy pancakes.

J&D Espressso, Pavilion Elite
Pancake Stack

There are a few pasta options on the menu, and here we tried the Smoked Salmon Pesto Spaghetti (RM30). A rich and creamy basil sauce covers the pasta and is topped with freshly grated Parmesan and smoked salmon. This dish was deliciously more-ish and comforting.

J&D Espressso, Pavilion Elite
Smoked Salmon Pesto Spaghetti

For the crispiest deep fried batter, try the Vodka Battered Fish & Chips (RM34). I read that the alcohol in vodka evaporates fast in the fryer, cooking the batter more quickly and making the batter extra crispy. It works! The fish here has the crunchy and crispiest batter I have tried so far, and the fish stayed moist and flakey inside.

J&D Espressso, Pavilion Elite
Vodka Battered Fish & Chips

The dessert menu changes regularly, and for this review we tried an Oreo Cheesecake (RM13), which was creamy with a crunchy base. We also had a Molten Chocolate Lava Cake (RM13), a favourite of mine. J&D got the recipe for this cake just right, and delicious warm chocolate oozed out of the soft shell.

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Oreo Cheesecake
J&D Espressso, Pavilion Elite
Molten Chocolate Lava Cake

So if you are looking for a respite away from the hustle and bustle of Pavilion mall, check out J&D Espresso. It’s another good coffee house to add to your growing list.

Reasons to visit: Bloody good coffee, each dish is well executed, Pancake Stack with Anzac Crumbs, relaxing environment away from the hustle and bustle of Pavilion mall.

J&D Espresso, Pavilion Elite
LOT 7.105.00 Pavilion Elite
168, Jalan Bukit Bintang, Bukit Bintang,
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
+6 03 2110 5918
www.jnd.com.my

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15 Comments

  1. Oh my!!! Such beauties they have there! Haven’t made my own pancakes for so long, been wanting to try my hand at making some gluten-free ones but never got down to it. The spirit is willing…

  2. Love the oreo cheesecake.

  3. Always great to see new independent restaurants in the malls. Coffee does look bloody good =)

  4. The smoked salmon pesto spaghetti looks interesting, even though I am not overly fond of pasta and find it heavy. The pork burger looks delicious, as well as the fish and chips. Oreo cheesecake? Yum! 🙂

  5. Did you say bloody good coffee? Then I must surely visit. There has been quite a few new cafes opening in Pavilion lately…this, Wild Honey, Acme…yay! I’ve put them into my cafes-to-go list! ^_*

  6. I am eyeing the pancakes and the molten chocolate lava cake. Yums!

  7. Coffee and pork burger do look nice.

  8. All the desserts are so special. And the Smoked Salmon Pesto Spaghetti is very unique!

  9. All desserts are very tempting. Everything looks yummy. Looks like a great restaurant. 🙂

  10. Hello, the food looks delicious. The pancakes and coffee would be a favorite for me. I love my coffee.

  11. Hello, the food looks delicious. The pancakes and coffee would be a favorite for me. I love my coffee. Enjoy your day!

  12. Looks really interesting! Thanks for sharing)

  13. OMG look at that pesto sauce!
    So green.

  14. Oooh, a new place to get my caffeine kick in Pavilion!