I have been here only once before – Aether Cafe @ TTDI – A good place to chill . It was during the rainy season, few months back, I dropped by because it was almost impossible to be driving at that point, visual range was limited. I had my tea break here, ordered drinks and scones. From what I can recall, I had an awesome time here – the scones were yummy and I enjoyed myself there. Towards the end of my review, I did mention that I would love to head back to Aether’s and give their main meals a try – well, I did.
As you can see – literally greens everywhere, both inside and outside the cafe. It has this ‘hidden’ effect, which was how I first came about knowing the existence of this eatery. It was listed as TTDI’s Hidden Cafe and that piqued my interest. It is located in the Tuanku Bainun building, which I did not know existed until I came upon this cafe. Considering the number of times I’ve visited TTDI – many, many times, this building somehow was never in my TTDI radar. Perhaps because I never venture beyond the Taman Rimba Kiara. Yup, there is the Indian Temple nearby and directly opposite the temple is where this building is located. Seeing greens everywhere, it sure does wonders to calm your rather busy and stressful day. I enjoyed myself taking it all in.
Customer service … hmmmm,sucks. There was about 2 guys manning the counter, the guy with the glasses was friendly but the other was – lets just say if I was the boss, I would have smacked some sense into him. I dont know if he was simply lazy? or thinks his problems are the world’s biggest problems? Ignorant? Intentionally rude? My only crime was asking him what’s popular there at the counter and requesting for some chilli flakes once food has arrived. He was rolling his eyes, shaking his head .. what on earth was his problem? Why be in the FnB business if you are soooo miserable? Bleh.
Banana Fritters, 11 ringgit
I started of with some yummy banana fritters. This was yummy. Crispy and crunchy on the outside and soft, moist on the inside. It had just the right amount of sweetness. Loved it. It certainly would make an awesome dish for tea time.
Salted Egg Fried Rice, 18 ringgit
I decided on this particular item off their menu, in my attempt to give their main dishes a try. I was curious – Salted Egg Fried Rice made me curious. Verdict? Once was enough. There was no salted egg, barely there salt and a whole lots of eggs. I am one of those who simply cant enjoy the overwhelming aftertaste of eggs. The kind that literally hits you as soon as you start chewing and it stays, lingers throughout. Yup, the one I got was soo overwhelmingly overpowering that I just ate a quarter of the dish. I tried adding in some chilli flakes, in hopes that the hotness will overpower the lingering egg taste but nope, what it did was make the dish a whole lot more hotter, which made the egg taste more obvious. Does that make sense? Nope, never ordering this again.
Charcoal Toast, 3 ringgit + Egg, 2.50 ringgit
My friend joined me later and ordered herself this dish. She wanted something light and decided to give this a go. For 5.50 ringgit, you’s get 3 slices of toasted charcoal bread + an egg + butter. It tasted exactly as it looked – simple and nothing over the top, no less yummy.
Would I head here again?
I would. It definitely is a good place to hang out and ‘lepak’ and drinks, banana fritters, scones were yummy. I certainly would not give their Salted Egg Fried Rice a try, once was enough but I do not mind giving their main meals another try.
Address: Unit G-1, Office Block, Pusat Kreatif Kanak-Kanak Tuanku Bainun 48, Jalan Tun Mohd Fuad, TTDI.
Opening hours: Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Sundays, 10 am – 7 pm. Fridays & Saturdays, 10 am – 8 pm.
Signing out now, Ciao.