Agak agak in APW caters to the trendier and more adventurous tastes but while they innovate and pushes the boundaries for a fusion excitement, this hipster space at this hippie enclave is offering its take on Asian comfort food, enriched by the embrace of western trend.
Starting with simple crispy fried chicke wings, they serve this tantalising wings with cream fraiche and a fallopian of black caviar. Simply called the Chicken and Caviar (RM 28), the combination of these two elements work well. Let the caviar finish sent the umami senses straight into overdrive with their generous amount.
Talked about usage of unique ingredients, further evidence of such excellent effort is seen in the Chili Pate Mee (RM 32) and Sapporo Wantan Mee (RM 32). The two is abandoning authenticity completely for sure. The first is obvious when incorporating chicken liver pate and kicap nitamago, and the second; red miso as the primary umami flavour for the otherwise lacking in taste wanton noodle.
The two dishes rendered far from the time-honoured flavour and the thing you’ll absolutely never get for sure is to have these combinations plugging into the definition of food memories. Such classic dishes being tempered with modern influences could turn out a fusion mess depending on how you look at it.
They are fine so long as you dismiss what they are and openly accepts it as something new. Prices are slightly on the heavier side but if you are up for some creativity and bold flavours, then why not? Take their home soup for instance. The serving of the day is my favourite Cauliflower Soup (RM 14) and they certainly spoilt their patrons when including a generous dollop of caviar into the smooth creamy soup of the day.
Desserts are more likely to earn all spotlights with my all time favourite being the Earl Grey Milk Tea Cake (RM 14). Most of the desserts are classic desserts with with creative flavours of both traditional and contemporary coming together to create that spark of happiness. Think milk tea infused grey bundt cake draped in an earl Grey tea cream cheese frosting.
Or a dense bundt cake made of local key limes for some tang sweetness. Tart and creamy, go for the Limau nipis cake (RM 14). Otherwise, the Kacang Tumbuk (RM 14) is offering yet another bundt cake made using three layers of local peanut candy, kacang tumbuk bits in, on and around it is ever ready to fill you up with all the sugar sweetness.
For something a little more solid and friendly for sharing, go for the Pengat Pisang French toast (RM 22). It serves thick slice of custard milk bread pan seared and served with a side of pengat pisang and a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Drinks menu is a single page list of some concoctions as well as some familiar taste of local palate. We tried Kopi Susu (RM 7.90) and Kopi O (RM 7)- our local ipoh coffee with and without condensed milk; and the Teh Serai + Halia (RM 10)- our local black tea with lemongrass and ginger. Everything were slightly a little sweet to my liking. And since the cakes are already devil sweet, I highly recommend requesting them to eliminate addition of sugar. Take the ginger tea without sugar. Make it a hot serving. Their perfect to pair with the cakes.
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Agak agak is located at:
29, Jalan Riong, 59100 Kuala Lumpur
Phone: +60 3-2788 3590