Weekends are for sleeping in, and it usually takes a lot to get me out of bed before 11am. But last Sunday was different coz I was meeting up with Evelyn, a good friend of mine from college. She traveled all the way from Kluang, Johor (a five hour ride) just to visit me :’) awww I feel so touched. It’s been a whole year since we last hung out: the last time was when I was in Kluang for a holiday with my family.
I took the train to KL Sentral, which has a pretty self-explanatory name: central hub for all sorts of transportation, from the train to the bus, commuter and Light Rail Transit.
Haven’t been back here since… idk, my college days, when I still traveled all the way from home to college and back, which took four hours in total. I don’t know how I did it for four years.
Finally met up with Evelyn, yay! It was great seeing her after so long. It’s amazing how we fell right back into conversation, as if we had just seen each other yesterday.. but I guess that’s the mark of good friends – you can pick up right where you left off, even if you haven’t been in touch for years.
There’s a new mall just next to KL Sentral. We popped on over there for lunch. The place isn’t massive, but has a good selection of food, clothing and other outlets.
After reading a lot of reviews on the net, I suggested we try Melur & Thyme, which serves an eclectic mix of East and West + new and old dishes. Themed around hand sketches and ‘scribbles of a dreamy traveler’, the place has a cozy ambiance with traditional wood and dark accents coupled with modern, minimalist white, mirrors and clean lines.
Evelyn is on a lacto-octo (dairy and eggs) vegetarian diet, so we had to make sure the menu had something she could eat. I now understand the difficulties vegetarians face while dining out – if it’s not a vegetarian resto, it’s hard to find a place that serves anything without at least some meat in every one of the dishes. Luckily for us, Melur & Thyme had some meat-free salads. She opted for a Pumpkin Soup instead, which came with a few pieces of bread.
The cafe also serves all-day breakfasts. Having skipped my own, I ordered the Big Breakfast. They served it with two beverages (juice/coffee), so I shared one with Evelyn.
The hearty meal hit me with a sense of nostalgia – it reminded me of the English breakfasts served at pub-grills like Yates and Benjamin Huntsman, while I was still an exchange student in Sheffield. ;___;
M&T’s Big Breakfast comes with two slices of toast with butter, double poached eggs (they ask you beforehand how you want them; eg scrambled, overeasy, etc), half a grilled tomato, beans, three cocktail chicken sausages, beef bacon and sauteed mushrooms. The eggs were oozing yolky goodness, while the beef bacon was crispy and fatty; while the mushrooms were very well seasoned, flavourful and juicy. Overall, a very satisfying and tasty big breakfast!
Melur & Thyme has two other outlets, in KLIA 2 and KLCC, respectively.
Melur & Thyme (Nu Sentral)
L5.06 & L5.06(AL),
Level 5 NU Sentral,
Jalan Tun Sambanthan,
50470 Kuala Lumpur
Phone: 03-2276 3855
Stay tuned for what Evelyn and I were up to during her visit! :)