Good coffee. Contemporary Kiwi menu. Pleasant setting. I’m in!
Delirium Coffee in Menara Manulife is a concept by Alun Evans, of Antipodean Coffee, and Chef Rob, who just happens to be from the same hometown in New Zealand as Alun. A focus on providing a menu based on fresh produce with a Down Under touch, along with some of the friendliest service we’ve come across in KL (here’s a shout out to Erfan, Aftab, Andy and Adrian) have proved a successful formula.
On the ground floor of Menara Manulife, Delirium Coffee has prime position in a corner lot benefitting from a double story ceiling, walls of glass allowing the day to provide natural lighting, and both indoor and semi-al fresco seating. Pretty yellow flowers add bursts of colour to the light wooden tables, which is the only adornment necessary as you’ll soon find when you see the photos of the beautiful plates used to serve the food.
I’m delighted to find an all-day brekkie menu. The extensive list includes eggs in all their forms, healthy mixes of muesli and yoghurt and the expected French toast and pancakes. We try the Apple Pancakes (RM22) as they seem a little different with a topping of mashed Medjool dates and pecans along with strawberry slices and apple strips. They’re quite contrary to the current trend of almost soufflé like pancakes, so those who are looking for something dense and hearty, these are for you.
Lunch at Delirium Coffee
Reuben on Rye (RM22) has become a menu favourite. A robust rye bun is filled with beef tenderloin, melted cheese, sauerkraut and Russian mayonnaise. Salad and chips side the sandwich turning what might have been a light lunch into a substantial meal.
A duo of Pan-fried Fish Sliders (RM25) come on Kaiser sesame buns. The buns have a good bite to them providing a contrast to the flaky fish. The plate is filled with house-made potato chips and a considerable hill of Greek salad. We do like this diversion from the usual beef padding.
Chicken Kofte (RM25), in plump cylinders on a trio of skewers, are bursting with fresh herbs. They sit atop a mound of vibrant yellow couscous, a leafy green salad and there’s aplenty tzatziki with a nice tang to add a zip to the profile.
The Orzo Risotto stands out as something interesting, but my host assures me that the Salmon Pasta (RM30) is a crowd pleaser so we go with the masses. Al dente pasta shells are bathed with a cheesy carbonara sauce. Flakes of salmon are tossed through. It’s sumptuously creamy, and we’re glad we took the recommendation. This one could easily be shared between two with a salad to break up the richness.
Other Favourites at Delirium Coffee
Pan-fried Salmon (RM30) is golden around the edges and moist within. Provencal vegetables fill up the plate making for a healthy looking recipe. It not only looks attractive but tastes delish too. There’s a sauce drizzled over it all that I’m having trouble identifying. It’s mildly sweet, has a hint of spice, as well as a mild tartness and buttery finish. Our waiter enlightens me – Hollandaise mixed with Thai chilli sauce – I never would have guessed.
The Greek Salad (RM22) is a celebration of crunchiness! Cucumber, cherry tomatoes, red onion slices – they’re all superbly crisp and fresh. There’s plenty of feta and black olives to balance out the mix and a good dob of hummus on top makes it just a little bit more special.
Made from scratch in house, the Chicken Parmesan Pizza (RM30) is a super slim base with tomato sauce topped with chicken fillets, tomato, mozzarella and rocket. I like the presentation on a wooden board and for those who want more flavour there are bowls of chilli flakes and Parmesan that accompany it.
Cakes & Cookies
From the sweets section, the two top sellers are the Red Velvet (RM10) and a classic Aussie New Zealand biscuit (not cookie thank you very much), the Anzac. Both are liberal quantities and typical recipes of each. The cake is layered with a smooth cream cheese and the Anzac is a balance between crunchy and chewy.
With “caffeinators” in the tagline of the cafe, coffee seems a must. Delirium has their own blend locally roasted just for the café. Beans from Indonesia are given a dark toasting, which produces a brew with a chocolatey, nutty finish that goes well with milk in my Skinny Double Shot Latte (RM13) and hubby’s Soy Cappuccino (RM13).
Reasons to visit: simple food in generous portions at reasonable prices; it’s almost guaranteed you won’t leave hungry; cheery setting with lots of natural light; my healthy taste buds loved the Greek Salad and, coffee gets a thumbs-up too.
Caffeinators – Café –Cuisine
6 Jalan Beringin
50490 Kuala Lumpur
Open Monday – Friday 7 am – 6 pm.