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A 4095 meter tall mountain

A 4095 meter tall mountain

Mount Kinabalu is the tallest mountain in Malaysia and the 20th tallest in the World. Mainly because of the biological diversity the mountain is listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site. Climbing the mountain is not an easy feat for the untrained; though it will absolutely be one of the best experiences ever. Watching the sun rise in the early morning will definitely make you forget all the hardships you had to endure during the hike up.

Sepilok Orangutan sanctuary

Sepilok Orangutan sanctuary

Sepilok rehabilitation centre is one of the biggest and most well known orangutan sanctuaries in Malaysia. The sanctuary is located nearby Sandakan; the total site is over 43 square kilometer in size. Around 75 orangutans roam free within the forest reserve. During their rehabilitation the animals rely heavy on the help of the people that work at the centre; and also on the donations from tourists. Tourist can snap precious pictures during daily feeding time.

Kinabatangan river cruise

Kinabatangan river cruise

One of the most popular destinations in Sabah is the Kinabatangan River. This river has a length of 560 kilometers and stretches through half of Eastern Sabah. Alongside the riverbanks there is an abundance of wildlife. During a river cruise you will have a chance to spot the rare orangutan, the pygmy elephant, proboscis monkeys and saltwater crocodiles. During night cruises you might spot the leopard cat, numerous sleeping birds, wild boars, snakes and many crocodiles.

Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park

Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park

TAR Marine Park is the perfect place to enjoy scuba diving, snorkeling and light jungle treks. The marine park is made up of five small islands: Gaya, Manukan, Sapi, Sulug and Mamutik. The best beaches and probably also the best corals can be found around Gaya island; the biggest of the five islands. The marine park is only a 20 minute boat trip away from the city of Kota Kinabalu.

Mulu National Park

Mulu National Park

Mulu National Park is the biggest national park in Sarawak. The park is best known for the amazing caves. The Sarawak Chamber is the world's biggest cave chamber. It is said that 40 Boeing 747 aircraft's fit in the cave. Clearwater cave is the world's longest cave with a length of over 110 kilometers. The caves aren't the only highlights at Mulu NP. The amazing pinnacles at Mount Api are absolutely stunning to witness. A visit to Mulu NP will bring your holiday in Malaysia to new heights!

The Bread Shop Bukit Damansara

The Bread Shop is a very nice bakery in the Bukit Damansara area. It is only a 5 minute drive from Jalan Maarof in Bangsar. Once you know where to find the place it is easy to get to, though the first time might be tricky for those that do not know the city outskirts that well. When we visited the place for the first time we were positively amazed by the wonderful selection of fresh breads. Contrary to many other bakeries they even have two slicing machines, one that does big slices and one for the small sliced bread (you can choose which thickness you want, thin slices resembles European bread).

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Their selection of bread consists of white bread, square white bread, organic whole meal, cranberry walnut, wholegrain, sourdough and French loaf. Most breads are only available from around 11.30am, so keep this in mind when you off to do some bread shopping (and ask for their baking schedule for next visits). I personally love their regular white bread and their organic whole meal. Both breads are really fresh, even after defrosting it still has that taste of freshly baked bread.

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Those that love small bites could try their nice scones, cinnamon swirl, chocolate Danish, apple Danish, custard almond, garlic toast, sausage cheese roll and many other nice snacks.

Their lunch menu is very nice. We especially liked the Roast Beef with Ciabatta (RM14.80), Beef Burger (RM16.80) and the Smoked chicken (with basil tomato salsa, RM14.80).

Let’s immediately start off with the negatives.

The negatives

There are not that much negatives to report about the Bread Shop. The only things that bothered us a bit during our visits is that we found out that the ‘Pure Orange Juice’ actually is Sunkist (so from a carton).

The quality of each sandwich differs from time to time. One day you get way more sauce then the other day; we would like it better if every sandwich is made the same way.
There is no white sugar available and not everybody likes brown sugar in their coffee.
It was also rather disappointing to find out that the bread shop is not opened on Sundays, though this is the perfect day for a nice lunch with friends. During weekdays it can get quite crowded, this means long lines and sometimes you have to wait before a table becomes available (there are only 4 tables that offers four seats per table, besides the small outside terrace and the bar chairs at both sides of the shop.

The positives

The bread is absolutely fantastic. I don’t know any other place that sells bread this delicious. They have a nice lunch menu; so far every time we tried a different dish we were amazed by home much we liked it. The coffee at the Bread Shop is very nice, but their cappuccino is not always that great. If you come in the morning; the scones with jam and cream are very nice.
Staff is very pleasant and their service is great. They have a good eye for detail and work pretty smoothly together. When I bring along my bag (that I always do to avoid bringing home numerous plastic bags, the Bread Shop uses paper bags) I can just drop it and they fill it up with sliced bread during my lunch. They do not charge service tax on the bread, although I pay for it together with my lunch. They even warned me to keep all the bags open at one point because the bread was still cooling off.

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Verdict

I must admit I found my favorite bakery in Kuala Lumpur. Before the Bread Shop I bought bread at the supermarkets, usually Cold Storage or Mercato below Pavilion KL. The quality of the bread at the Bread Shop is much better than elsewhere in KL. If you know ‘better’ places, do let me know. I think European expats will especially love the bread they sell over here (most know of the place already judging by the big lines on Saturday).

If you are looking for oven fresh bread, go visit The Bread Shop. If you are looking for very nice western lunch dishes, go visit the Bread Shop.

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Contact details

The Bread Shop (halal)
11, Jalan Setiakasih 5
Damansara Heights
50490 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-20938734
Opening hours: from Monday to Fridays (8am-7.30pm) and Saturday (8am-5pm). Closed on Sundays.

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Note: Reviews are subjective in nature. What we find fantastic others may find atrocious. Some don’t mind waiting for a few minutes, others would have left by then. Some don’t care about a minor mishap in service; others don’t visit the place ever again. Try to read through the subjective parts and decide for yourself whether you do or do not want to visit the place!

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8 comments on The Bread Shop Bukit Damansara

  1. Maya
    7 years ago
    October 23, 2012 at 6:09 am

    Try out Levain.. http://www.levain.com.my/
    It’s a French Bakery and Pastries shop.

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  2. Ilya
    7 years ago
    October 23, 2012 at 6:14 am

    Tried it numerous time, and though it is a nice place with a nice atmosphere; it also is very crowded (too crowded) during weekends + focus lies too much on the sweet stuff. But yes, it is a nice place indeed…

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    • b.pacey
      6 years ago
      March 29, 2013 at 3:24 am

      Yesterday i ordered hot cross buns. I informed them that i would collect them today at around 9.00. When i arrived to collect them. I was told they had sold them to some one else. ..!! They had sold out at 9.15. And were not baking any more until mid day. What a dissapointment. And bad management. I will not be going there again. I previously visited regularly.

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  3. grossed-out customer
    6 years ago
    June 19, 2013 at 6:11 am

    Found a hair inside my bun. Instead of apologising, they suggested that I could have possibly placed my own hair inside the bun and refused to refund my money. This isn’t the first time too. A couple of months ago, my friends and I found bugs in the glasses of water they served us. Completely unacceptable. Extremely poor hygiene standards and customer service

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  4. syareeza
    6 years ago
    January 9, 2014 at 3:17 am

    Hi there,

    I agree with your reviews. I have a very great breakfast there too (waiting for a meeting at GDP).
    If you want to have something different may be you might wanna try the Breadties at Taman Melawati. It is open on Sunday (everyday 8.30am – 930pm).

    For further info : http://bread-ties.com/

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    • Ilya
      6 years ago
      January 9, 2014 at 7:58 am

      Will check that out next time. Seems like an interesting place. Thanks for the tip.

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  5. JoJo
    5 years ago
    October 26, 2014 at 2:54 am

    I don’t think its that special and I certainly wouldn’t call it the best bakery in KL. Perhaps we simply don’t have that many great bakeries so the above average outlets seem outstanding. The croissants are baked too dry. You can’t peel it apart. It just crumbles. And while I live nearby and its very convenient, its quite expensive. Very sorry to read about the poor hygiene standards and bad service though. That took me by surprise.

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    • Ilya
      5 years ago
      November 11, 2014 at 5:06 am

      I agree, but when we first visited the place over 4 years ago the quality was much better. Visited the Bread Shop not so long ago, and I noticed it is definitely not the best bakery anymore. Remind you that when we first visited the place, not many alternatives were there yet. Not it is different, there is great bread to be found at many places :).

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