This cafe was suggested to me by my dearest sister and her friend (have to give her some credit for her suggestion or I will never hear the end of it lol – Yes, Your Highness – if you are reading this – your hard work is kindly appreciated, thank you yawww, me loveeee youuuuu – okay, the end, bye). Since it is located in Old Klang Road, an area I rarely venture into, I thought – why not? So, this is how I found myself here, looking around for this cafe on a warm and windy lazy Tuesday afternoon. It is located within a row of shops nestled among the houses of Taman Bukit Desa. I depended solely on Waze to get here and I experienced no glitch whatsoever, so do get on Waze if you are not familiar with the area.
- I apologize for not being able to provide a picture of the cafe’s front, lets just say my phone and I were occupied. Will certainly get a snapshot of it the next time I head there.
As you can probably see, the cafe has a cozy and relaxed feel to it. The arrangements is such that while this cafe offers indoor seating, no outdoor seating available -you can opt to sit in the inner part of the cafe, which provides more privacy or at the front, if you would like a little sunlight and wind and the chatters of patrons. All sorts of people frequent this eatery – the oldies, the middle ages and the youngsters. This is not a surprise as Charlie’s offer a wide selection of dishes catered to all age groups. For instance, the chicken chop and durian softserve which is mostly fancied by youngsters and for the older crowd – nasi lemak, sarawak laksa.
They do not have a proper menu, by proper I mean a paper or poster that provides collective information in regards to the food and drinks available. Instead they have individual posters of each/similar dishes, which includes a picture, price and the name of the dish/dishes. So – sorry guys, I can’t provide you a picture of their menu as that would entail me to snap each and every picture, which would be weird because it is located at the counter and with people going in and out – it would just seem real weird. So yea, You take a pick on the dishes that tickles you taste buds and place your order at the counter.
Nasi Lemak Serai Wangi with Ayam Goreng, 10.90 ringgit
This dish comprised of a huge piece of chicken breast, an egg, pickled vegetables (cucumber and carrot), peanuts, sambal and potato chips. It was yummmy! As oppose to the usual santan packed rice used in nasi lemak, the rice here has just a dash of it – just enough to be able to smell and taste it. This was great because the nasi lemak packs on calories like no body’s business, rice will still be rice, but reducing the santan usage would certainly reduce the calories, even if it’s just a bit. It was nevertheless still soft and moist, just the way nasi lemak rice should be. The chicken kind of tasted like Ayam Berempah, which basically means chicken packed with spices. It was flavorful and delicious. The sambal provided was a little sweetish and spicy. So imagine the combination of every single element in this dish. It was soooooo good. Yum! Me love it.
Chicken Chop : Cheesy Sarawak Pepper Shitake Chop, 17.90 ringgit
This dish was voted #1 on FoodAdvisor’s Best Chicken Chops in KL. So, would it be weird to say that I was not a fan? The presentation and effort put into this dish was great, it was well executed but let’s just say I am not a fan of excessive coating of flour onto chicken pieces. This would explain why I am also not a fan of those chicken pieces from Kentucky Fried Chicken. While I like my chicken chop all skin and meat, a little flour is cool, but an overuse of it isn’t appealing to me. By overuse I mean the kind whereby with every cut into the chicken mean, huge chunks of crunchy flour drops onto the plate. It was just too overpowering for me. So, I did what I usually would do with these sort of dishes – to remove all the flour manually. Once that was done and over with, the chicken was delicious. Sometimes you would find oil gathered in some parts of the chicken as a result of being fried, it was not the case here. The chicken tasted good by itself and with the additional spices gathered from the flour and the black pepper sauce, it was delicious.
This dish came with a side of of some greens, coleslaw and bits of fried potatoes. I had no issue with the sides, the coleslaw and salad tasted as it should be. The bits of potatoes were fried lightly and seasoned well.
This is of course my personal opinion. This chicken chop was voted by people to be one of the best chicken chops in KL, so, naturally I am not speaking for the majority. I just happened to fancy a chicken chop with less flour, like the one I discovered at 123 Cafe Gasing (Cafe 123 Gasing – Awesome Hipster Cafe ).
Durian Softserve, 7.80 ringgit
If you are not a fan of durian – it would do you good to stay away from this dessert. However, if you are a fan, just like me – this is da bomb! I have not come across a durian ice cream/softserve that is this tasteful. I literally had a mouth-gasm right there as soon as I took my first spoon. The smell of durian hits you even before you ingest it, that is how you know that it is the real deal right here. It was thick and creamy and milky, with bits of the durian D24 scattered around. Ooooo man, just thinking about it makes my mouth water. This is one dessert I will order on repeat every time I visit this cafe.
Would I head there again?
Oooo yea, I most certainly would. If not for anything, definitely for the durian softserve.
Address: 29, Jalan Bukit Desa 5, Taman Bukit Desa, 58100 Kuala Lumpur.
Opening hours: Mondays to Saturdays, 10 am to 9.30 pm
Signing out now, Ciao.