Starling Mall is a new kid in town, when it comes to suburban malls in PJ (at least at press time, judging by how many malls are sprouting up as we speak). Being new, it has a very airy, open and modern design. This look and feel has translated to the food outlets in the mall, Red Kettle being one of them.
With a very open, breezy concept with an unobstructed view of the outside of the mall (the shoplots of Uptown), it gives a laidback feel with its Scandinavian, minimalist designed furniture and fittings.
Was told that they have a very decent selection of breads and confectionary, though we did not try it. Instead, due to our hunger, we went for the heavy brunchy stuff: The Red Kettle Dutch Baby and Sourdough Bacon Cheese & Eggs.
Red Kettle Dutch Baby is its equivalent of the big breakfast, the only difference is in an additional pancake lining the hot cast-iron girdle. The pancake was nice and soft, without too much flavour but meant to soak in the drippings from the egg, homemade pork sausage and mushrooms. The mushrooms and salad were pretty standard fare, and the pork sausage was good. Chunky, flavourful and didn’t have too much of that processed meat feel. They even threw in a piece of sourdough bread to keep you full. To me, what stood out was the eggs. I chose scrambled, a style which many places unfortunately could not get right. This place does it perfect; soft, fluffy and slight wet folded in nice ribbons.
If I have one bone to pick with this dish is that there’s way too much carbs and it gets you filled up very fast. Other big breakfast combos have only 1 slice of toast or baguette or sourdough, combined with grilled vege and protein and eggs and maybe beans. This one’s addition of the at least 2 cm thick pancake lining the pan makes for way too much carbs. They should replace the sourdough with something else, say beans or maybe bacon strips, to give the meal a more balanced feel.
The Sourdough Bacon Cheese & Eggs was exactly like what it’s named, with the addition of some salad. It was good. The eggs, sunny side up, were done just right and its runny yolk was a great natural ‘sauce’ to coat the melted cheese, thick bacon slices with sourdough bread. Portioning is just right, and I am particularly impressed with the fact that they used quality bacon slices, which were leaner and thicker in cut compared to other places where the bacon tends to be mostly fat, very thin and almost crackling like in texture. This one had a good bite and not too oily.
Coffee’s good, as I went for the Vietnamese drip to accompany the meal. Very chilled and nice place to meet up, catch up with friends or just enjoy a lazy weekend brunch.
Pricing: 6/10 – It’s quite standard for a modern breakfast-bakery type place. Plus, it’s inside a mall, so it’s understandable that they need to cover costs. A brunch of 2 heavy-hitting meals with 2 drinks set us back RM70, so about 35 per pax inclusive GST.
Quality: 8.5/10 – Very good with a really homemade feel to it.
Environment: 8.5/10 – Relaxing deli feel with nice eating area inside a mall.
Service: 7/10 – Generally good and besides ordering, the rest is self-service.
Location: 8/10 – Inside a mall in Uptown, right in the heart of suburban new PJ.
Comeback Factor: Most likely place to have brunch when I’m in Starling, but since there are still so many good breakfast places in PJ, will perhaps want to try others.