Funny story, I didn’t know yesterday was a public holiday until it was too late. There I was going about my usual Thursday routine, trying to get work done in the morning, preparing for meetings and etc. It wasn’t until I started getting whatsapp alert from my group of friends besically posting snapshots of them in their ‘kampung’ and lots of food that I started realising that I am missing something here, lol. Ahhh, it was the Awal Muharram public holiday and due to that, most folks took Friday off work which meant that to many, this was a long weekend. Damn lah, I could have planned something, a short getaway from KL perhaps? Haiyaaaa.
Anyways, I ended up back in GMBB for lunch. I was already in the area. Whenever I am in the mood, I usually drive down to Petaling Street and pay Beryls a visit, stock up on some chocolates. GMBB is about less than 10 minutes away and since I had time to spare, I decided to drop by to explore. It is advertized as an artsy mall/space – fashion, beauty, workshops, food and etc. As I did not have the opportunity to explore during my last visit here, now would be a good time to do so.
Parking: There is a basement carpark in the building itself. RM 3 for the first two hours. You can either pay with Touch N Go or debit/credit card.
Our first stop was Hana & Thyme, for lunch. Located on the first floor, it is a quaint little cafe located in the corner of this level. At first glance, based on the decor alone, you’d be able to tell that this is a floral/florist themed cafe. I liked that it was quiet, I could totally see myself dropping by with my laptop in hand, getting some work done while sipping on their delicious soup. Perhaps, I might even indulge in their desserts the next time.
They do literally everything – operate a cafe, provide floral arrangement services, cakes and desserts, finger food, main meals, workshops and cater to wedding, birthdays and events in general.
For a small cafe, they sure do offer a variety. I was impressed and at a loss on what to order. So, I asked for help. Everything I ended up ordering was a recommended dish.
Truffle Egg Mayo Sandwich, 10.90 ringgit + Garlic Butter Prawn Rice Bowl, 15.90 ringgit + Roasted Red Pepper and Couliflower Soup, 9.90 ringgit
The first recommended dish was the Egg Mayo with Truffle Oil Sandwich. I was a little apprehensive at first when ordering this dish because how much more spectacular can a simple egg mayo sandwich be, right? I’ve tried plenty and how different could this be? Upon trying though, I can see why this particular sandwich is popular. It was very good, delicious. It isn’t your regular ol’ sandwich, nope. It is a Tomago Sando, Japanese egg sandwich. Oooo man, very tasty. The egg and mayo combination had a texture that is smooth and buttery-like and with each bite, you’d be able to taste the truffle oil. Just thinking about it now makes me salivate. Yummm.
For the rice bowls, out of all of the available options, two in particular were crowd favorites – the Coconut Basil Chicken rice bowl and the Garlic Butter Prawn rice bowl, I went for the latter. It was yummy too. The rice bowl consisted of fried prawns with garlic butter sauce + corn + egg + rice.
If you guys are in the mood for pasta, I was told that their Cold Capellini is a crowd favorite. We gave that a miss this time, will give it a try on my next visit here.
Oooo man, I fell in love with the soup. Sooo good. It had a thick and creamy texture. The combination of roasted red pepper and couliflower was absolutely appealing. Delicious it was. I could have it everyday. Good thing they have the freezed version in their cold section, up for grabs. The next time I visit, I plan to buy and stock up. It would be a perfect meal at home if I fancy a quick, not too heavy dinner. All I have to do is heat it up in the microwave for 5 minutes and the soup is ready. Yum!
I had an awesome time here at Hana & Thyme. As I was exiting, I was told to hold onto my receipt , head over to Olfac3, which is a local parfume maker, located around the corner, to collect perfume sample.
…. and this was how I ended up checking out what else was on Level 1. There were artworks, cloths, lights, baby room decors and etc.
..and finally, the parfume shop, Olfac3.
I got my sample. 🙂🙂 Yay!!
The lady was nice enough enough to give me a short tour of sorts. She explained the scent, whether it was woody, flowery or a combination of spices. I learned something new – the more ingredients used to create a scent, the longer it tends to last on skin. I got to smell all their offerings. Some were feminine and others, masculine and I must say, I was impressed. There were three that I liked – Matahari, Lan Hua and Adonis. For the sample, I opted for Adonis. When I am in need of parfume, I’d keep Olfac3 in mind. Their 2×10 ml EDP for RM 120 sounded rather appealing.
I had a good time at Hana & Thyme as well as GMBB. I ended spending almost 3 hours. Considering it was public holiday and all, it was time well spent 😄
Address: Level 1, 37,38,39, GMBB, Jalan Robertson, Kuala Lumpur.
Opening hours: Mon, Tue, Thurs – Sun, 11 am to 6 pm. Wednesdays closed.
FB Link: https://m.facebook.com/hanaandthyme/
Contact Num.: 012 – 9257 964
GMBB Link: https://gmbb.com.my
Sihning out now, Ciao.