Sunday, June 3, 2012

The Loaf Bakery & Bistro @ Pavilion KL

#1 The Loaf ; Mall Entrance

Have you experienced being at Pavilion Kuala Lumpur as early as 8am? Most of the shops are closed, but The Loaf is ready to serve you from 8 am onwards with an array of buns and pastries with the aroma of freshly-brewed coffee for a good start of the day!


Famed for its bread, people recognize The Loaf as a Japanese concept bakery founded by our former Prime Minister, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad.

The bakery corner at Level 3 smells so good when I walk past the storefront. It offers all kinds of bread, pastries and cakes that care the needs of all walks of life.


#2 Oyaki @ RM2.90 each

From left to right:
Top: Red Bean Coconut, Chicken Mushroom, Passion Fruit Cream Cheese, Chicken Bolognaise
Middle: Choco Banana, Red Bean Walnut, Choco Orange, Green Tea
Bottom: Mango Cream Cheese, Sausage Cheese, Tuna Mayo, Lemon Cream Cheese

Oyaki is a fermented dumpling made from fermented buckwheat dough wrapped around a stuffing of meat, paste or vegetables and then roasted on an iron pan. Believe it or not, I tried ALL the 12 flavours,  from the savory chicken to the sweet chocolate indulgence!

From the traditional red bean coconut oyaki to the creative green tea oyaki, I enjoy most of them with a light bite. I like how the green tea is fused into the bread giving it a distinct aroma.

#3 The Loaf Cranberry Cheese @ RM3.50

This soft butter rolls dough, when blended with premium dried cranberry and creamy Philadelphia cheese, it just makes me speechless. I fall in love with the melting cheese almost instantly upon the first bite!


#4 The Loaf ORIGINALS CHOCO Kiki™ @ RM3.60

With the Freshness Concept of 'à la minute' baking, I get to experience it straight from the oven. The croissants come in many flavours: Orange, Strawberry, Mocha, Peppermint and White Chocolate. The filling is so thick that I can pass it off as breakfast and not dessert.


#5 Mixed Nuts Croissant @ RM4.90
Being a pastry lover, how can I resist the caramelized nuts crowned on the flaky, tender croissant? 

#6 Strawberry Petite & Chocolate Petite @ RM2.30 each

A simple strawberry croissant can be so heavenly! The crust is so thin, layer by later, but with the added strawberry, it becomes an excellent combo.

#7 The Loaf Cube -60°C @ RM11.00

Pastries go best with coffee. It consists of Espresso cubes frozen to -60°C in a special deep freezer and hot milk. As it slowly dissolves in the milk, I taste the richness in this unique brewed coffee!

#8 Campagne Fromage @ RM20.00
This hard bread stuns me with its price tag. I just wonder how can a huge rock like this can cost so much!

#9 Interior of Campagne Fromage

But with the price you pay, you will get something worth in return. The bread is stuffed generously with dried fruits and assorted nuts, which make the bread texture so good with crunchiness!


#10 Cereal @ RM6.80 

Although I'm not a bread person, I'm truly amazed with this simple whole grain bun. The bread texture is so good that its fluffiness calls me for more!


#11 Interior of Cereal


#12 Sourdough Bread

This sourdough bread has been a history from the past centuries, but The Loaf bakers have spent more than 4 hours to ensure the perfection of this rustic bread.

#13 Marble Cookies @ from RM7.80 to RM8.80 each pack

From White Sesame, Cocoa, Coconut to Black Sesame, the cookies serve best as a snack for the family with just the right amount of sweetness!

#14 Butter Cupcakes 

#15 Homemade Confiture Jams @ RM17.80 each

From left to right:
Nodoka Confiture (Grapefruit & Rosemary)
Motoko Confiture (Raspberry & Rose)
 Sayuri Confiture (Pineapple& Lavender)
Hiroko Confiture (Orange & Lemon) 


 
#16 Best-selling Jams

Made from imported and local premium ingredients, The Loaf will never go wrong with their homemade jams. Motoko and Nodoka are amongst the bestsellers, and I prefer the latter one which reveals the natural goodness from the grapefruit along with its tangy flavour.

The picture says it all.  This restaurant is made up of two sections, the bakery (Level 3) and the bistro (Level 4). Now that I'm at the The Loaf Bistro to indulge in their western fares of finest quality.

Many of you may not know: The Loaf actually specializes in serving afternoon teas, and a full range of à la carte lunch and dinner menus in a relaxed ambiance. The interior of the restaurant has a totally warm appearance with a sitting area for diners to chit-chat over a drink.

#17 Creamy Mushroom @ RM18.00

From the excellent presentation to the rich, deep flavours, everything is just delicious! I can taste the fresh button mushroom bits and chunks with hints of truffle. It is neither too creamy nor powdery, just perfect!

#18 Leek and Potato @ RM5.00

Yes it is served in this recyclable paper cup. Although it may not look appealing to the palate, but the chef's selection of daily market-fresh ingredients is capable to produce a distinctive broth of healthy vegetable soup!


#19 Prawn Avocado Salad @ RM20.00

A delightful blend of Banana Prawns and Avocado wedges sits on the fresh green leaves. The winner of this dish is the homemade sesame dressing which tantalizes your taste buds. Firm and creamy to your bite!


#20 Field Fresh Mushrooms @ RM16.00

Sautéed button, enoki, eringi, shiitake and honshimeji mushrooms are put as one in this salad bowl. Light Balsamic dressing is drizzled onto the salad along with the parmesan cheese to add more flavours.


#21 Croquette @ RM26.00

I love this Japanese specialty fried prawn roll finished with home-made tartar sauce, served with crispy cabbage salad and zesty Japanese dressing. The croquette is crispy on the outside with juicy huge prawns on the inside.

#22 Beef Meatloaf Steak @ RM29.00

#23 Chicken Meatloaf Steak @ RM29.00

The minced chicken in a meatloaf is chewy with an excellent texture. The meat soaks up the black pepper sauce, so it gets the flavours going. Along with a sunny-side up egg, vegetables and Japanese rice, it makes a combo of filling meal!


#24 Salmon Oelek @ RM44.00

Truthfully, I shall call this the star of the night! I have to admit that I am a fish fanatic, and this Indonesian-styled Chilli Oelek Seared Salmon Fillet delights me very much with its rich sweet and spicy flavour.The aromatic Cashew Nut Rice simply completes the platter.  It is really one of a kind, the best salmon I ever have!


#25 Chilli Prawn @ RM26.00

Spice up your taste buds with a touch of local chilli in the prawns! The garlic bread should be served while crispy before it is exposed too much to the air.


#26 Mocktails & Freshly Squeezed Juice @ RM10.00 each

The Lemongrass Cooler is perfect to wash down the meal with its lime soda, lemongrass and lime cordial. Others are equally good with its distinctive flavours as thirst quenchers! 


#27 Uhuhu Cheesecakes @ from RM3.20 to RM3.60 each

From left to right:
Top: Blueberry, Lemon, Oreo, Mango 
Middle: Durian, Green Tea, Raspberry, Coffee
Bottom: ChocolateMixed Fruits, Original, Strawberry

Upon the satisfying dinner, the dessert will be The Loaf's Signature Uhuhu Cheesecake which comes in 12 unique flavours. The cheese in it is very soft and creamy, I'm now head over heels in love with its oozing texture instead of the usual melted ones. 

Again, a dessert lover like me wouldn't miss any of these petite cupcakes! The best one I've sampled would be the lemon cheese, with zesty flavours lying in the cheesiness.

#28 Fre Alcohol-removed Wine @ RM23 per glass / RM78 per bottle 
 
The menu also mentions some alcohol-removed wines, 
delivering its value of quality hand-crafted drinks. 

Credits to the two young talented chefs who bake everything in the house.

The Bistro at The Loaf earned an esteemed award as one of 2011 Malaysia's Best Restaurants, well-known for its fine quality offerings with famous faces dining there every day.

Verdict:
1. Overall, it was certainly a satisfied meal for all. A cafe with constant stream of takeaway bread, pastry and coffee buyers. Highly recommended bakery in town.
2. Recommended: Cranberry Cheese, for its creaminess, not melted cheese.
3. Cozy ambiance, good comfort food and excellent service! But that's certainly not something I can afford to eat every day.

The Loaf Bakery & Bistro
Lot 3.13.00 & 14.12.02,
Levels 3 & 4,
Pavilion Kuala Lumpur,
168, Jalan Bukit Bintang,
55100 Kuala Lumpur.

Contact: 603-2145 3036
Fax: 603-2145 3034
Website: www.theloaf.net
Facebook: fb.com/theloaf.net
Operating Hours: 8am to 10pm daily

97 comments:

  1. What a lot of food you have tried! Their variety of bread is amazing

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    1. Hello FoodieFC, yes I have to agree that their choices are so abundant there!

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  2. Breads still good after all these years!

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    1. Hi Evelyn, its quality is very well-maintained and people keep supporting without fail :)

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    2. I'm sorry for this random question, but how long has the Pavilion branch of The Loaf been there for? It sure sounds like they've been there for a long, long time.

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    3. Hi Charlotte, yes they have been operating for a good 5 years, since year 2007 :)

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  3. Would love to try the creamy mushroom - looks thick and good and love the fact that it is served in bread like that.

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    1. Hi Arthur, the mushroom soup is really a thick broth full of flavours! A must try!

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  4. oo didn't know The Loaf had fine dining too :D the fresh salads make me wana go there just for them :D

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    1. Hi Choul Yin, yes many people are not aware of that too. Perhaps you should give it a try whenever you're around Pavilion or near The Loaf Bangsar outlet

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  5. this is like a taste of heaven on earth!

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    1. Hi Genskie, it's perfect! From starter, mains to dessert!

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  6. the oyaki looks so tempting ;)

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    1. Hi Yvonne, yes it tastes good for most of the flavours. In fact, it's their signature bun and sells like hot cakes!

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  7. The green tea oyaki is always something that I'll run after if I'm ever in their Empire branch; haven't gotten round to trying the rest of the flavors. I do like their brownies, though. =D

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    1. Hi Charlotte, besides Oyaki, I suggest you to try their bestselling Uhuhu cheesecake too! Definitely a steal for cheese lovers.

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  8. ooh i love bread!! <3 gonna visit this place if go there. :D

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    1. Hi Caroline, it is available at almost every shopping mall in the city, check it out :)

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  9. I've visited The Loaf at Langkawi...I'm like you too how can a hard rock bun cost that rm$$$, maybe it's the quality of the bread flour....I heard they used Japan bread flour...imagine a lunch for 4 pax cost us around rm180. It's pricy but satisfying meal after all.

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    1. Hello there, the quality we get in return of the price is really excellent :) I'm glad that you enjoy the meal there too.

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  10. I will be lecturing in KL next week, can try the breakfast and coffee here early un the morning !

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    1. Hi Wong, yes a good place to chill early in the morning!

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  11. I very suka roti! I can ditch the rice and have just bread!

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    1. Hi Merryn, bread is a good replacement of rice for carbs, more flavourful too! ENJOY!

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  12. I love The Loaf Cranberry Cheese .....yunmmy!

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    1. Hi, it is one of the best which I enjoy too! Full of awesomeness, right?

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  13. OMG, the colorful of bread pastry was killing me!

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    1. Hi Nikel, try them all then you'll know :D

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  14. I feel like trying out the Uhuhu Cheese Cake!! =P

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    1. Hi Xue Ren, you must be a cheese lover there :) Do enjoy with your friends and family!

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  15. You find the coolest places to eat! Everything looks fantastic. I'd really like to try the coffee!

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    1. Hi Carol, it's simply awesome right? Glad that you enjoy reading, and hope you can drop by to this place soon!

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  16. My say of what I have seen
    All the dishes being so nice
    Make me want to lick the plates clean
    And go for one more bowl of rice

    By Aladdin Genie's magical power
    I make the dishes I see appear
    The tasty food I proceed to savour
    With a refreshing glass of beer

    Then I wake up to discover
    That it is all only a dream
    I must have fallen into a slumber
    Disappointed, I give out a silent scream

    I miss the adventure in dreamland
    How I wish the food would reappear
    But delicious food is close at hand
    To The Loaf Bistro I go with my most dear

    This poem is for you all young and old
    All for your reading pleasure
    Remember, wisdom is better than gold
    Your health you must always treasure

    Regards,
    Uncle Rain

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    1. Thank You Uncle Rain for the kind comment here. I bet you're somewhere near to any outlet of The Loaf, so do check it out with your beloved :)

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  17. Oh my all the nice photos...

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    1. Hi JunFook, thanks for your kind words here :)

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  18. ooo, i didn't know that the loaf opens so early in the morning! ya, i guess it's convenient then for people working in bukit bintang who want a quick snack before they head into the office :D

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    1. Hi Sean, yes it caters the needs of the working people as well as the shoppers there ;)

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  19. I LOVE The LOAF!!

    Is a must for me to visit there each time I visit KL!!

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    1. Hi Meitzeu, glad to find a great fan of The Loaf here! :) It's so delicious right?

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  20. Wahhh wish to try out the Loaf Cranberry Cheese and the Creamy Mushroom, I found it is interesting on the soup in bun. :P

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    1. Hi Lolly, yes I promise you'd love them all once you've tried!

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  21. I could certainly be happy at this place!

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    1. Hi Maureen, oh yes of course! :) It's perfect right?

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  22. Hi, everything look so delicious and tempting. All the photos look excellent too.

    Have a nice weekend.

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    1. Hi Amelia, thanks for your kind compliment here :) hope you enjoy it

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  23. I am drooling over the salmon and chilly pasta. These are my kind of food compared to the rest. Having been to this place before, I quite like the desserts though I am not into sweet goodies. I normally buy for my nephews because they love the cakes.

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    1. Hi Nava, I know that you love spicy foodstuff and yes the pasta is the best way to go :)

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  24. look very yummy!! :D I have yet try some of them but not all yet. haha

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    1. Hi EV, have you tried their signature Uhuhu and Cranberry Cheese? :) Perhaps some dining there would do good for you and mates

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  25. That's a lot of food! Will definitely try their breads since it's quite affordable.

    Food Review: Belanga Cafe @ Empire Shopping Gallery

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    1. Hi Charmaine, oh yes of course :) Enjoy yourself there!

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  26. The cheesecakes look tempting! :D

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    1. Hi Angeline, yes have you tried? Hope you enjoy reading here!

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  27. The Loaf had been receiving a lot of good reviews. Almost every article about the Loaf had been a positive (those that I've read lah). So guess it's a must-try eh. :)

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    1. Hi Vince, oh yes of course, their quality is really good, no joke, must try! hahah

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  28. oh gee, i am drooling here, they all look yummy, would be so confused which bread to bring home and feast on :)

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    1. Hi Betchai, for the first try, I think you can just pick on some signature cranberry cheese, Uhuhu cheesecake as well as Oyaki to savour on :)

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  29. Wow. All that bread looks so tempting! I could have a dozen right now.

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    1. Hi there, bet you're a bread lover. Try them out!

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  30. oh I just love the pastries from The Loaf, simply delicious!!! haven't tried their meals yet though.. :)

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    1. Hi SK, they offer an equally good full-course meal :) promise that it wouldnt disappoint you!

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  31. Wow! That's bread & pastry feast! I love them too! Lucky me, there is one outlet in Empire Gallery :D

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    1. Hi Joey, the one at Empire serves as much variety as here too :) You can always get some for your family!

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  32. OMG, the Oyaki look really good! I want them all!!

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    1. Hi Shirley, oh yes they use premium imported ingredients and Japanese recipe. Definitely must try~

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  33. I like their bread! But they are quite expensive... =_=

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    1. Hi Melissa, I believe the quality in return of the price paid is definitely worth it :)

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  34. yes.. their breads are really good.. I was eating that before working in Pavilion, and now after working here... I don't go there.. :p

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    1. Hi Cyn, why not? It is so convenient for you now, do drop by for their latest creation :)

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  35. I love their Oyaki bun and Uhuhu cheese cake!

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    1. Hi Audrey, both are their signatures! :)

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  36. I am in love with Asian styled bakeries - swooon...

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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    1. Hi Uru, good to hear that! :) Hope you enjoy them all!

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  37. I was at Pavilion last weekend...Aiyahh..I never came across of The Loaf else I surely go for their pastries.

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    1. Hi Yee Ling, it's located at the entrance, very near to the fountain. Must visit next round :)

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    1. Hi Didin, which one? The cheese? Hope you enjoy it!

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  39. Great post! and love these Oyaki!

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    1. Hi Oon Gui, then you must really try :) Definitely won't disappoint you!

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  41. All the food looks so nice! Passed by The Loaf many times but never really bought anything there, coz it's pretty expensive. >_<

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    1. Hi Laura, some bun is quite reasonably priced or you can get their member card to get more than 50% off for certain items each month :)

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  42. omggg. so yummy. why u always eat nice food? haha

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    1. Hi Camy, hope you enjoy it :) It's invited food review by the way.

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  43. looks like decent expensive food lol. the breads look a little rotten though haha Prometheus - movie review

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    1. Hi Tony, they're all fresh and of high quality. Try it out and you'll know :)

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  44. omg feel like tasting it >.<

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    1. Hi Caro, The Loaf is available in many places like Langkawi, Pavillion, Paradigm Mall, IOI Mall, Bangsar Village II, Empire Shopping Gallery, The Mines, Great Eastern Mall, and more to come! Hope you can visit them soon!

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    1. Hi Mr Lonely, hope you enjoy it. Bon Appetit!

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  46. feel like eating all the shroom and pasta lmao

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