Le Bread Days is a brilliant neighbourhood bakery-cum-café tucked along a residential road in the KL suburbs. Run by a local Malay lady, it makes delicious buttery pastries, pillowy soft brioche and artisan baguettes, and you won’t find a friendlier welcome elsewhere. The café has a loyal band of regulars, including my father. Local residents often swing by to purchase freshly baked breads or to sit for a coffee and an afternoon snack – in Malaysia, viennoiseries are more a treat than a breakfast item.
Le Bread Days’ signature molten salted egg yolk croissant has made Instagram fame. People travel from far and wide to snap a shot of its sweet and creamy bright yellow filling flowing from within golden layers of buttery pastry.
While a little softer and sweeter than a true French croissant, perhaps to suit the local palette, the croissant is not too far removed from the original and still has a satisfying flaky skin. The custard filling balances salty and sweet and is oh-so indulgent.
The coffee here has quite a kick – great for those who like a strong cup, but certainly not something to drink too late in the day – you’ll be buzzing for hours. I could have sat here all afternoon, watching people come and go, but I couldn’t quite bring myself to sit through another West End musical number. The playlist – which comprised only a handful of songs set on a loop – wasn’t for me.
Final word: Visit Le Bread Days for French bakes with a Malaysian twist. The perfect spot to relax with a good book, or catch up on some work. But the music could be better!
The croissant: 7/10
Le Bread Days
68, Jalan SS 2/72,
46300 Petaling Jaya,
T: +60 3-7932 0868
Open 8:30 – 20:00 daily