I headed to this 4/5 year old cafe in Kota Kemuning, Shah Alam today. It is another one of those cafes that is not commercialized or as popular as some of the other cafes around Bangsar and Damansara/Petaling Jaya, which is great because it is highly likely that – due to their “low profile”, more effort will be put into excelling in their customer service, environment and food. So, what was the verdict? Was I disappointed? Nope, not at all. Loved every single bit of my experience there.
The cafe is easily identified from the outside, it is the only black building among the whites. Inside, while it may seem a little small horizontally, it makes up for that shortcoming by expanding vertically. As soon as you enter, you will see this relatively large island top (as showcased in the 2nd image above) that pretty much takes up most of the space in the front section of this cafe. The island top operates as workspace for the cafe peeps – where they make their drinks. Around the island top, there are seats at the corners (as displayed in image 3). The mid part is made up of some seats and a coffee production?/distribution? area (as displayed in image 4) and the back part of the cafe is made up of more tables and chairs for customers. It was pretty spacious and as weird as the arrangements seemed, it allowed excellent customer service. Environment was refreshing as sunlight comes in from the front and the back – brightly lit. If your seated at the front part of the cafe, do not expect privacy if you are there during peak hours, it is bound to be noisy. I loved it though, rather than it being a pain and an irritant, it was rather lively.
Fried Chicken Pancake, 19 ringgit
Oooo man, this was some goooood stuff. At first, I was kindda skeptical about this dish and only decided to order it anyways because it was one of their popular/recommended dish and I do not regret it one bit. It was basically pancakes with fried chicken. The pancakes were special though, it was fully wholemeal. For me, it felt like I was eating a thinly sliced,flat wholemeal bread. Why? because as I was slicing into it, it keeps breaking apart like bread crumbs do. However, fret not – it does not break apart in the annoying kindda way, into small bits that irritates the hell out of you – nope, it breaks apart into relatively large pieces, the kind that saves you the need to cut/slice them yourself. Awesome, no? The chicken came in a crispy fillet form, cut into small pieces. Tangerine sauce which provided the sweetness element was sprinkled all over it + nuts. Overall, I was very satisfied. I loved this dish. It was sweet, crunchy and different. It felt like I was eating pancake, except I wasn’t – does that make sense? Do give this a try. It tasted really good.
Tuna Melt Sandwich, 12 ringgit
First of all – do you see how the sandwich was served? It does not come in the usual, traditional way of serving ( in a plate with salad on the side). Instead, it comes in a stand of some sort. I have not come across any cafes locally that served their sandwiches using this method. Fascinating. This was a simple sandwich. If you fancy yourself some tuna sandwich, then that is what you get with the Tuna Melt.Nothing on the side though – no chips, no salad. If you fancy some chips and the whole works, then do not order the Tuna Melt. Ciabatta bread was used and the filling is made of gourmet tuna, roma tomatoes and onions. Eating it by its own was good enough, but me being the Malaysian that I am – there had to be chili sauce in it, lol. So, I got myself some and it tasted even better with the sauce. Would I order this again? While I like tuna, I do not lovee it – So, nope. Perhaps I will give their chicken sandwich a try next.
Would I head here again?
It is located quite a distance away from where I am located currently, so I wont be able to head there as much as I would like. However, during the days when I feel like taking a drive away from the usual cafe scene in Kuala Lumpur, I would certainly head here again.
Address: No. 10, Jalan Anggerik Vanilla M 31/M, Kota Kemuning, Shah Alam, Selangor
Opening hours: Mondays – Wednesdays & Fridays – Sundays, 8 am – 7 pm
Signing out now, Ciao.