Dig In: Alta Cafe

Here on Dig In, we give you the lowdown on great restaurants and cafes in the city worth checking out.

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The Rundown

There’s a new cafe in Bangsar, and despite their quiet opening in June, Alta Cafe’s fine cooking is proving them to be a leading contender in the area. The cafe is backed by industry veterans — we hear it’s a star-studded team with the people behind household names Sitka, Feeka, Food Foundry, and Pinch running the cafe. Alta’s menu focuses on local produce and house-made goods, and the seasoned team does their carefully sourced ingredients justice.

The Vibe

Less is more at Alta Cafe, which boasts a bright and white space. The open-air cafe concept is one we can get used to; sunny days see natural light bouncing off the bare walls for a cheerful vibe, but we imagine the space is cosier come sunset. The walls are decked out in colourful, framed European posters. Take a closer look, as hidden among the lot are posters detailing the cafe’s upcoming events — we spotted one for a dumpling party in October (so fun!). Even with a small front-of-house team, service was efficient and friendly — they were very excited to serve us early day customers.

What’s Good


Photo by Burppler Alison K

Alta Cafe is inspired by the cafe culture in France and Denmark, and it shows in their offerings, from house-made cheese and fresh bakes to breakfast eggs and granola bowls. Start with the Lamb Sausage, Eggs, Tomato Compote, Fine Herbs - Sourdough (RM36), a guaranteed tummy-filler. Topped with two juicy lamb sausages, the runny, creamy scrambled eggs are some of the best we’ve had in town. It also comes with a large slice of buttery, toasted sourdough slotted beneath. If we could say one thing about the deliciously tangy tomato compote, it’s that we wish we had more of it. Go for the bowls if you’re looking for a healthy yet sweetly satisfying meal. The Overnight Oats, Roast Pecan, Blackberry & Mulberry Compote (RM26) is a textural delight. Crunchy pecans are cushioned by soft oats, while the compote adds a nice balance of sweetness and tartness.


Photo by Burppler Alison K

The tartines and croissants see exciting pairings like Local ‘Comte’ Raw Honey & Walnuts (RM21) and Bresaola, Dijon & Comte (RM26). The team assured us that the latter, a croissant, would go excellently with the salted beef and cheese — they’re right. The buttery croissant effectively mellows down the meat’s intensely salty flavour. We’d love this as a quick lunch on the go. We saved the best for last: Alta Cafe's homemade cheese with toasted sourdough bread are absolute must-haves. If you’re looking for something light and sweet, it’s the Homemade Stracciatella, Italian Olive Oil, Raw Honey & Pumpkin Seed (RM23). The springy cheese sports a texture that we would liken to scrambled eggs, and the drizzle of honey on it makes for a match made in heaven. Cheese on bread — simple as it sounds, this is one fine dish we'd hand our money over for anytime. On drinks, you can’t go wrong with the light yet robust Long Black (RM9) or a creamy White (RM11). Wines are also available (RM30 per glass or priced by the bottle). Currently, the kitchen operates only up till 5pm, but we hear there are some after-dinner bites like hot dogs in the works. Stay tuned!

Read what the Burpple community has to say about Alta Cafe here.