Rebranded Sixteen caters for a new generation of fans

Rebranded Sixteen caters for a new generation of fans

The rebranded Sixteen, formerly known as Lea Deux Garcon, has undergone a slight revision to adjust to younger inkling. There are more plants, the decor has adopted a more hipster appearance and the menu revamped to cater a working lunch crowd. Nice to know that mainstays like flaky Almond Croissant and Raisin Roll are still scrumptiously good.

Golden Harvest, two slabs of sweetcorn fritters with a rosette of smoked salmon and a poached egg, that came with pineapple salsa and chilli oil was a welcome difference the boring Big Breakfast menu. Otherwise, rice served almost pokebowl style take centrestage – red rice and basmathi rice amp up the healthy calorie quotient with Taste of Delhi, reminiscent of lamb briyani, coming up tops.

The Ayam Kesum Chilli was an interesting rendition with a Spanish rice together with tempeh, hardboiled egg, pineapple salsa, fried tofu and ulam (blanched long beans and raw local herbs) while Japanese-inspired Nippon – red rice with diced seared tuna, avocado, edamame, cucumber, Wakame, pickled ginger, spicy mayo and furikake along with mildly sweetish gyoza sauce was most likeable thanks to its play of textures. 

Pomegranate seeds, honey soya sesame dressing with red rice, fried tofu, tempeh, wakame, edamame, black beans, lettuce and mushroom in a Buddha bowl offered the vegetarian option. As you know, I’m not big on rice, but if I had to, Sixteen would make a good choice.

Prices range from RM25 to RM35, and there’s the usual all day big breakfast menu too for those who want their sausages and eggs. At night, the menu is a little different with more protein on offer.

The cafe has made a point not to compete in the saturated market of fancy cakes, and has decided on an old school take with  Scones – served with housemade Strawberry Jam and Cream, and Marble or Orange Cake. In the mad noise of KL’s cafe scene, Sixteen offers a nice change of pace and cozy respite. 

add: 16, Jalan 2/109E, Desa Business Park, Taman Desa, Kuala Lumpur. tel:  03-7980 0200