A Little Bit of Magic
Grace Lim 
Basket lamps create interesting shadows on the ceiling of the restaurant.

If there was a formula to creating dining establishments that work, the team behind Wizards at Tribeca have got it. After all, they are the same folk responsible for hugely successful The Red Bean Bag and Yellow Brick Road, which are synonymous with great vibes, great food and, of course, great coffee.

Wizards at Tribeca opened recently at the Tribeca Service Suites in Jalan Imbi, a stone’s throw away from the shopping hub of Bukit Bintang. The only dining outlet in the building, Wizards at Tribeca impresses with a blue and white décor that lends the space a sense of calm.

Leaves hang over the bar where baristas make cups of coffee over a clean white marble-accented countertop. Look up and you will find cage-like lamps creating interesting shadows on the ceiling and the Chevron wooden floor.

Co-founder Shaun Liew reveals that there were actually no plans to open another eatery. However, it proved too irresistible when Tribeca approached them with the opportunity.

“From the get-go, we knew we wanted to serve the type of contemporary cuisine that our head chef Ryan (Cheah) is so good at. Asian fusion ala Australia, but more refined,” Liew says.

Cheah explains: “We stick to what we know best. We do all-day brunch here, and the menu is limited to 10 choices. We want our diners to have a good time eating here, and the idea of having only brunch items sounds fun.”

Think hearty and a touch of the unexpected. For instance, the Taro Mish Mash is mashed yam on two slices of French sourdough topped with diced avocado pesto, tomato salsa, feta cheese and two silky poached eggs. For something classic with a twist, try the Buttermilk Fried Chicken Burger topped with brioche, kimchi cabbage and mango relish.

If you have a sweet tooth, you are in for a treat. The deconstructed tiramisu is made up of chocolate ladyfingers soaked in Wizards’ specialty espresso, accompanied by mascarpone cream dusted with German cocoa powder and caramelised roasted cocoa nibs. It is, needless to say, sinfully good.

If you have been to their other outlets, you know that they serve amazing coffee. Here, Malaysia’s Barista Champion 2017 Jason Loo is at the helm. Liew himself is a Brewer’s Cup Champion in 2017.

“We work with two main roasters – Artisan, which is local, and 2 Degrees North Coffee Co from Singapore. Our specialty coffee changes regularly while the beans are seasonal.”

Besides coffee, other thirst quenchers include Cascara Soda, a collaboration with Jameson Savage, the founder of Finca Deborah coffee as well as Hot Chocolate supplied by local chocolatier, Chocolate Concierge. 

“We have two types of chocolates. One is bolder in flavour with nutty notes while the other is fruity with an acidity that adds to its complexity.”

Cheah is stationed permanently at Wizards at Tribeca, while Loo and Liew alternate between this café and Yellow Brick Road.

“We cannot leave our baby alone,” Liew laughs. “One unique aspect is that our staff actually likes having us around. More importantly, we are here to make sure that our customers are happy and satisfied with what we have to offer.”

Wizards at Tribeca
Tribeca Serviced Suites,
Jalan Imbi, Bukit Bintang,
55100 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603 2715 5308

This article first appeared in Focus Malaysia Issue 277.