Indifferent service… high prices… but excellent food. This breakfast bistro is like the hot girl who doesn’t need to be nice.
Ra-Ft at Arcoris Plaza is a bruncher’s dream but a formatting nightmare. How am I supposed to pronounce this? Raft? Rah fit? Rah Feet?
Ambience & Amenities
This cafe definitely had lazy weekend mornings in mind at its conception; your go-to place for a catch-up brunch with the gang or the girls. The patio, while small, has almost as many tables as the indoor dining area so you can see and be seen in the trendy Arcoris Plaza. Inside is bright yet cosy with lots of wood accents and a cafe staple: the faux brick wall. The prime spot is two cherry red couches next to the floor-to-ceiling windows. I’m not sure where the bathrooms are. It may be where ever the staircase leads, but if not, it will be outside the establishment somewhere in Arcoris Plaza.
The menu has a breakfast focus, ranging from simple buttered croissants to an eye-roll-inducing kale and pea sprout vegetable medley on gluten-free bread. Those who need something a wee bit greasier have their choice of cuisines from around the world: Italian pasta, Vietnamese pho, English fish & chips and more. To drink are obviously lots of different coffees and teas to choose from, but also healthy detox juices and not-so-healthy decadent milkshakes.
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Upon entering during lunchtime, all of the waiters already looked tired. We were followed to our table by a server who did not smile and mumbled the day’s special as fast as he could. The daily special is written on a blackboard next to the coffee bar which you can go over to peek at or dare to ask your exasperated waiter to tell you what it is. At the next table, after what was probably too many mumbled repetitions, the waiter gave up and simply took a picture of the blackboard and showed it to the diners to avoid having to continue that pesky “talking” action any further.
I can confirm: this restaurant does not give a shit if it’s your birthday. I not-so-subtly mentioned it to the waiter, twice. I got no freebies, not even a happy birthday wish from him. Well, fuck you too, man.
Because the whole “extra charge for water” greed is spreading, I was pleasantly surprised to see that water here is free and bottomless. When you sit down, you will immediately have a big bottle brought to your table.
Mark got their Classic Eggs Benedict (RM28.50). Very traditional, except instead of English muffins were two slices of homemade bread. Eggs Benedict is no joke – it is immensely hard to cook the egg to perfect doneness without breaking it. I have eaten many eggs bennies over the years where the professional chef in the kitchen still manages to overcook them, but whoever is in the Ra-Ft kitchen has got the timing down to a science as these were flawless.
They were cooked just long enough to have the whites hold their shape, but the yolks are still uniformly runny. When the first gentle incision is made with the knife, a dark yolk bursts forth creating a second sauce along with the Hollandaise. It was so perfectly prepared and satisfying in an ASMR sort of way that Mark uttered a slightly carnal “ohhh yeeeeah” at the first cut and subsequent oozing yolk.
I had been lusting after the Pancakes Stuffed with Bacon and Maple Syrup (RM23) ever since I peeked at their menu days ago. If you read about the last time I ate pancakes, I need something salty for some balance. These bacon-stuffed pancakes supply everything I need in a sweet little round package without having to order a side of chips. When they arrived, they were smaller than I expected but very thick. This restaurant is non-halal so that is real bacon, people. Oh, it has been so long since I tasted thee.
I kept expecting to be conned by this restaurant. When I saw the three stubby pieces of bacon on top, I figured that was all I was getting. When I cut out my first wedge, however, I gasped in astonishment. Bacon had actually been cooked inside the pancakes – big pieces, at that. What’s better than bacon? Surprise bacon! This is a much more elegant method of consistent bacon dispersal as opposed to simply slapping a slice between the stacks. The pancakes themselves were fluffy and moist, and every bite had a bit of pork.
Although the staff’s attitude could use a tune-up and the prices are obnoxious, I begrudgingly have to admit that the food here is quite tasty. It’s what keeps this place decently busy, even at midday on a Monday with no lunch sets offered. This meal cost us over RM50 and we didn’t even get any drinks, and Mark wasn’t all that hungry and tried to get something small. If you’re a regular person who cares how much money flies out of your bank account, Ra-Ft should be reserved for an occasion and not just a whatever work lunch. And definitely make sure you are hungry, so that you’re not paying RM20 for a salad.
Price for 2 Pax: RM56.35
Pancake stuffed with Bacon and Maple Syrup: RM23.00
Classic Eggs Benedict: RM28.50
10% Service Charge: RM4.86
Unit G-16 & G-17 (next to Proof), Arcoris, Jalan Kiara, Kuala Lumpur
Alcohol Served: No