Review: ABC Bistro Cafe, Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur

Now I don’t know about you, but K and I have very particular morning routines when we go travelling. We either like to have breakfast in our accommodation (e.g. breakfast included with a hotel booking or a DIY breakfast in an apartment with a kitchenette), or have breakfast very close to where we are staying, so that we can go back to our room and digest a little bit before we head out for the day.


On our first morning in Kuala Lumpur, we found Restoran ABC Bistro Cafe, located around the corner from our hotel right near the new Nu Sentral shopping centre. ABC stands for “Always Best Choice” – a big claim! It’s the type of cafe that does a bit of everything. Run by Indians, ABC Bistro Cafe provides everything from tosai to roti, or kaya toast to ‘Western meals’. They’re open nearly around the clock as well – from 7am when we went for breakfast, to 11pm the night before when we walked past on the way back to our hotel.

Tosai Pisang (RM2.60)
Tosai Pisang (RM2.60)

I ordered the Tosai Pisang (banana dosai – or Indian-style banana crepes for those unfamiliar with dosai/tosai!) as I felt like something a little bit sweeter. Given that my experience with tosai pisang has always been as more of a dessert dish, imagine my surprise when it was served up with a range of curries! It actually worked surprisingly well, with the cooked caramelised sugar bananas working well with the spicier and more savoury curries.

Roti Chanai Biasu (RM1.30) and Roti Boom (RM2.10)
Roti Chanai Biasu (RM1.30) and Roti Boom (RM2.10)

I also ordered the Roti Boom, another sweet roti served with butter and sugar inside. It was supremely buttery and more-ish, and definitely was more of a dessert than the tosai pisang! Overall though, I feel like the tosai was tastier than the roti.

K ordered the Roti Chanai Biasu, a standard roti served with the usual two curries. Again, the roti was nice, but not quite up to scratch. When you can get better roti in Sydney (Mamak!), it’s a pretty good sign that the roti isn’t the house specialty.

Egg Float Toasted Bread (RM5 in a set with a kopi)
Egg Float Toasted Bread (RM5 in a set with a kopi)Bistr

Feeling the need for a coffee after a long flight the day before, K ordered an Egg Float Toast Set – two poached eggs on buttered toast with a coffee. The yolks on these eggs were super runny, and when drizzled with soy sauce and sprinkled with salt in the Malaysian way, are absolutely delicious when soaked up with thick cut white bread.

ABC Bistro Cafe is nothing special, and not something I would specifically seek out the next time I’m in Kuala Lumpur. What it is though, is a great example of simple Malaysian-style food, served up quickly at a cheap price. There are cafes like this all around the country, and they offer small bite-sized snacks of roti and tosai at all hours of the day. The next time I want a roti boom at 7am, 2pm, 9pm, 11pm – no matter where in Malaysia I am, I’ll find a place similar to ABC Bistro Cafe to satisfy my craving.

ABC Bistro Cafe is located at KL Sentral Monorail Station (NU Sentral), Kuala Lumpur, Brickfields, 50470.

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