Patissez Malaysia rolls into Bangsar this week, becoming the Australian bakery-cafe's first franchise branch outside Canberra, outpacing a Patissez Singapore that's poised to launch imminently. The name may sound familiar: Patissez Down Under surged to fame nearly one year ago as the progenitors of the epic Freakshakes phenomenon - monster-sized milkshakes heaped high with out-of-control toppings - that sparked a slew of sincerest-form-of-flattery reconstructions across the globe.
So here's what to know about Telawi's outpost: You'll find four types of Freakshakes here (versus five in Canberra), each priced at RM23+ (cheaper, conversion-wise, than the AUD13.90 in the birthplace of these shakes). Our favourite by a country mile is the Pretzella, a behemoth of a Nutella milkshake, draped with lashings of Nutella & Nutella-dunked pretzels, crowned with salty crushed pretzels & whipped vanilla mousse. If you adore milkshakes & you worship Nutella, this one's irresistible.
The Muddy Pat may work similarly well if you dream constantly about chocolate - it's a choc fudge shake with choc fudge lashings, a choc fudge brownie & a torched house-made marshmallow that melts in the mouth. We have mixed sentiments though about Like A Velvet, a red velvet shake with red velvet cake discs, cream cheese & raspberry gel - on the bright side, like all of Patissez's shakes, the beverage is enjoyably textured (just thick enough, pretty smooth & easy to sip) & not cloying or excessively sugary. But on the other hand, this shake shines a spotlight on how artificial-tasting red velvet flavours can be; plus, the slabs of cake seem perfunctory, falling short of being a really satisfying red velvet. But we're probably hypercriticising.
Patissez Bangsar boasts one made-in-Malaysia invention; no shocker, it's all about durian. The DurianFreak is blended with real fruit, bolstered with salted caramel & a durian semifreddo popsicle dipped in white chocolate & crunchy honeycomb. Just like the fruit, this could be a love-it-or-loathe-it proposition; the dynamics of durian are mellow but unmistakable. Based on these four shakes, it's certainly worth trying one if you're curious (especially since the Canberra original sometimes has a two-hour wait list for its shakes, while Bangsar is blissfully queue-free), but sharing may be prudent to ease the strain on the wallet.
It's not solely about shakes: Patissez is a full-fledged cafe, serving the sort of Aussie all-day-brunch selection - poached eggs, pulled meat & avocados - that has seduced many Malaysians into opening their own eateries throughout KL in recent years. There's a sprinkling of interesting elements to Patissez's very capably executed dishes - beef cheeks with a baked egg, black-eyed beans, shaved parmigiano & sourdough slices (RM35+), toast with turkey bacon jam, 18-hour-braised shredded beef & scrambled eggs (RM29+), sweet corn & zucchini fritters with kale pesto, roasted capsicum sauce, eggs, smashed avo & confit cherry tomatoes (RM23+) & our fave, a big burger with succulent medium-rare beef patties, smoked chicken bacon, chicken bacon jam, American cheddar, house-made BBQ sauce & shoestring fries (RM38+). Service is enthusiastic & efficient.
Patissez Kuala Lumpur
42 Jalan Telawi, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur. Daily, 8am-11pm. Tel: 03-2202-2999
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