Tucked in leafy Kenny Hills is the eponymously named Kenny Hills Bakers and it’s sister bistro, Kenny Hills Bistro a few doors away . The bakery has been very popular with local folk. Redolent with pastry and all types of artisanal bread, you will find baked goods galore almost always popping out of the kitchen, refilling the quickly depleting shelves.
Due to its popularity, I thought we would beat the crowd and be seated by 11:30 a.m for an early lunch. I didn’t realise how lucky we were to get a tiny table in the taut space inside. The crowd never really ceases – every empty table quickly fills up as the breakfast crowd gives way to the brunchy crowd and then the lunch goers. Tables are small but it does not appear to deter anyone. If coming with very small children, I recommend sitting outside. It really does get cramped inside. The other option when it is too busy is to just do take-away. I saw quite a number of families taking this option.
Because it is so busy, the orders take time. Keep the kids busy with something – drawing or a game of cards, for example. All constraints about space is forgotten once the food arrives. The kids gave full marks for their margherita pizza which was both chewy and cheesy, we enjoyed it ourselves too. I ordered a vegetarian egg flamenco which was pure joy – baked eggs, tomato coulis and chickpeas, mopped with bread. The smoked salmon bagel which the husband ordered was layered delicately with cream cheese and capers. We managed a strawberry tart between us for dessert which was just right – fresh strawberries in a buttery encasing. We also did take away: a chicken curry puff, an eclair, banana bread and two different croissants for a rather big breakfast the next day (so yes, as you can see, we are major fans).
We popped into Kenny Hills bistro a few days later to sample the menu (but you can still order from the Bakers, they cart the goodies to and fro!). This time, we sat outside, again glad to get a table (there is a maximum number of reservations that they take). The kids went for chicken rice which was quickly polished. My duck rice was roasted to perfection and the nasi lemak was also a hit. There is so much thought and respect for ingredients – the result is food that is fresh and wholesome.
I love, love the property which harkens back to another time with its louvered windows and air bricks. There was one perfect moment, when I sat dappled in sunshine and felt like I was in a time capsule in the 80s. The focus on wholesome food and the location transported me to my childhood in small town Perak.
This is what good food is about.