Chequers in Taman Tun Dr. Ismail was one of the first few cafes in the Klang Valley pioneering savoury waffle offerings when waffles in the Klang Valley were analogous to honey and butter or with a dollop of ice cream with some fruits. Happily enough, it’s efforts embarking into the road less traveled has shown considerable success since it opened its doors on November 2014.
Part of its success is understandably credited to its originative combinations of waffles, with one alike a burger and another with iron-rich spinach.
Sweet waffles still have its place in the menu, and of course with creative twists as well.
Their savoury dishes use a denser, pillowy waffle as the base, and you can pick from having ham, egg, cheese, seafood or even a sirloin beef patty as the main filling.
The sweet waffles offer a crispier, lighter bite that goes well with the flavour of fruits, ice cream, and chocolate.
There is a reason for the difference in batter; as the owner, Michelle explained. “The firmer waffles hold the heavy ingredients in better, and provides a substantial chew with the meat.”
I couldn’t agree more.
Each savoury waffle dish comes accompanied with sides of salad and/or waffle fries and if you ever had the notion that waffles are not “real food” but merely a snack, these waffles will change that perception forever.
For the Double Deck Croque Monsieur (RM18), freshly made waffles are blanketed with egg and layered with grilled turkey ham, tomato, gooey cheese (a Chequers’ special cheese melt), cracked egg, stacking up to be one satisfying waffle-wich (waffle sandwich).
Another meaty choice is the Moo Moo, with its highlight being the juicy sirloin beef patty, a much-improved version since I last chowed down one back in November.
For RM28+, this burger-waffle creation has 2 types of cheese; one, Chequers’ very own melted cheddar cheese sauce and another slice of Australian white cheddar.
Adding to the delicious bulk are house-made slaw, radish, crispy bacon, greens, tomatoes and copious amounts of Chequers’ unique berries barbecue sauce.
Crispy waffle fries and a salad on the side complete the meal.
Vegans or meatless connoisseurs would approve of the Shroom Fiesta (RM20), where nutrient-rich spinach peeked out within the waffles with grilled portobello mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, olives, rocket, and shredded parmesan cheese.
A Classic Caesar (RM20) with a choice of grilled chicken or beef bacon or plain (RM14) is also a sound choice for those looking at upping their greens intake.
The salad is dressed with Chequers’ house anchovy emulsion which nicely flavoured the leaves without being overly creamy or rich.
By now you would have realised that most sauces/dressings in Chequers are made in-house – the founders are strong advocates of using fresh, premium local & seasonal ingredients for all their food and drinks.
Drinks are sugar-free with no added flavourings. I had the Banana Kiwi Smoothie on my previous visit and decided to sample their Berry Berries, a mixture of raspberries, blueberries, and strawberries (RM13) this time around. Plain natural yogurt is used as the base, and only fresh fruits are added into the smoothie. The result was a satisfying thick smoothie with natural sweetness from the fruits.
Other beverages include coffee, tea, milkshakes, sodas, and fresh juices.
For non-waffle options, I would recommend the Shrimp Wrap, a plump wrap with fresh prawns, vegetables and Chequers’ ‘marie rose’ sauce which is a creamy creation using prawn stock, tomatoes, spices, mangoes.
Pastas are also available: Carbonara, Aglio Olio or the ever crowd-pleaser, Bolognese.
For the sweet waffles, the Melting Moments (RM17) incorporates an element of our local favourite snack; golden crispy banana fritters with chocolate chip waffles.
We love the intermingle of hot and cold elements of this creation, coating our hot bananas with vanilla ice cream drizzled with caramel sauce and a sprinkling of almond nibs.
Another recommended waffle for the sweet tooth is the Chocoholic (RM17) – chocolate semifreddo on waffle crust, almond brittle, oreo crumble, chocolate ice cream and diced fruits.
This probably has the least amount of waffle for it is only at the base. Chocolate fans would love this as it is rich but not overly sweet, and just decadent with its thick body of chocolate.
All in all, Chequers is definitely one of the better cafes in the Klang Valley!
Chequers @ TTDI
153, Jalan Aminuddin Baki,
Taman Tun Dr. Ismail,
60000 Kuala Lumpur