Hungry Tapir: Vegan Burger, Laksa, Satay & Matcha Cake
I’ve heard lots of good things about the Hungry Tapir, a chic vegetarian restaurant that serves plenty of vegan options. I finally got to visit the café with my fellow eco-warrior, Jasmin, on the first day of September.
Read on to know my thoughts on their burger, laksa, satay and matcha cake.
Where is Hungry Tapir?
If you’re lucky, you may find a hungry tapir deep in the tropical forest of Taman Negara.
Just kidding. But not really. You can find a tapir in Taman Negara, but you wouldn’t want to be there when it’s hungry!
The Hungry Tapir café sits along Jalan Petaling in Kuala Lumpur. You can drive there but parking may be tricky. There were just a few spots of parking but I wouldn’t recommend it in case you can’t find one.
I took the LRT and stopped at Pasar Seni station on the Kelana Jaya line. From there, it’s about a 5-minute walk to the café. Go straight and turn right on Petaling Street.
I missed the entrance the first time walking along that street. I walked back and found the sign. The entrance to the café was sandwiched between two shops. It’s on the second floor so you’d have to climb up a flight of stairs.
How does the inside look like?
From the outside, you could never guess the size of the café. You could maybe guess the ambience from the pink colour of the painted walls of the entrance – light and airy.
And such it was. The walls were bricked and not painted over (except at the entrance). So it had a vintage feel to it. In the middle of the café, there was a wide glass ceiling that welcomed in the bright rays of sunlight. This made the interior space seem bigger.
There was a bar in one corner. There are about 10 tables all together. You’d have to book a table in advance to secure one.
I liked the overall interior. It felt spacious and pleasing to the eyes.
How did the food taste like?
I was so excited to try their food as some of my friends have said good things about it.
One of them recommended that I try the burger, and so I did.
PINK BOMBSHELL BURGER (RM30)
Portion: Looks medium-sized but actually very filling
Taste: The patty are made of beetroot and caramelized onion I believe with some bbq sauce and vegan cheese. Somehow I wasn’t totally satisfied with the taste itself. But if it’s eaten altogether it’s definitely a good mix of flavour. It’s just didn’t have the oomph for me. Maybe I’m too much of a mushroom person.
Value: I think it could be slightly cheaper if the taste wasn’t as fantastic. But portion-wise it’s justified.
Jasmin had the Curry Laksa and I got to taste a spoonful.
JUNGLE LAKSA (RM20)
Portion: It’s a huge bowl! Jasmin struggled to finish it. It came with a long and wide crispy Fu Chuk.
Taste: Richly-flavoured and dense. Not very spicy. Lots of veggies!
Value: I think this would be value for money for sure!
We also ordered Satay to share!
MAMA’S SATAY (RM18)
Portion: Enough for two or three people to share. There were six sticks and each was a generous portion I’d say.
Taste: YUMMY! The grilled mushroom was so juicy and the peanut sauce was just perfect.
Value: I think it’s value for money considering the taste. But I hope vegan satay in general becomes so common that the price can go down a bit.
MATCHA SOY LATTE (RM14)
Portion: Just nice. It was served with a bamboo straw!
Value: Standard café price.
We then ordered dessert! There’s always room for dessert!
MATCHA SURPRISE CAKE (RM22)
Portion: One slice was quite big. It was very filling but probably because we were mostly full from the main dishes.
Taste: HEAVENLY! Seriously it was so good. Not too sweet. The hint of matcha was just perfect. Credits to Iman of @holyshitaeke
Good Vegan Food, Nice Ambience, Worth A Try!
If you’re ever in the area, do check out Hungry Tapir. I hope to go there again to try other food on their menu!
Make sure to tag me on Instagram @diyana.eco if you go there so I could drool over your food pics hehe
Much love xx
PS; go to the back of the cafe to find this pretty wall!