Capital Cafe is pretty famous. It is often mentioned in numerous lists when it comes to popular kopitiams in downtown KL. Which part specifically? Less than 5 minutes away from Sogo, nestled within the popular row of shops that also houses Gulatis Silk Store.
What I like about this particular kopitiam besides the fact that it is kindda ancient and old is how ‘1 Malaysia’ it is, lol. Most kopitiams are visited by predominantly one race – the Chinese, Malays and/or Indians. This one however ‘semua ada’. It sure is a sight because while the kopitiam looks like a typical ol’ school Chinese kopitiam, you’d see many Muslims visiting ito, which let’s be honest … is a rare occurence.
I arrived at this eatery around lunch time, 12.30 pm and it was pretty much fully occupied. What I observed on my in was that almost every table had a plate of fried rice and rojak mamak on it. So, I ordered the same thing because it was obvious what are the popular dishes here.
Ordering the Rojak Mamak was a breeze. We ordered and despite how busy it was, my rojak arrived with 7,8 minutes at a cost of 6 ringgit a plate. The rojak was tasty and flavorful, I can see why many customers love it. The ‘kuah’ was slightly sweetish with plenty of nuttiness.
The Fried Rice, 7 ringgit ringgit was even more in demand than the rojak. When I placed my order, I was told that there was a waiting list with 10 people ahead of me. It took approximately 15 minutes for my dish to arrive. The choice of meat here are chicken, prawns and beef. If you visit during peak hours, best to simply take the fried rice as it is because trying to get a word in is almost impossible. I wanted to request for additional meat as well as an egg – bullseye but that was near impossible when the chefs is sooo focused on his cooking that all he says is ‘ya ya ya ya ya ya’ for literally everything you say. Even before you complete your sentence, he starts ya ya ya ya ya-ing, lol. He was never rude though, perhaps he simply was too busy to entertain requests, understandably. So yea. The fried rice was simple but yummy. You wouldn’t see it filled with numerous items, no but it sure did taste good, homemade. Would I rate it the best fried rice out there – nope but there is something appealing about the dish. I cant say what exactly but once you had your own taste, you’ll figure it out. After all, as mentioned earlier, literally every table had a plate of fried rice on them, it if a crowd favorite.
Would I head back here?
Now that I’ve been here, I’ve had a taste of the food they offer … I most probably wont be back anytime soon. It is perhaps one of those spots I’d visit on a holiday. Having to go through the traffic congestion, difficulties in getting a proper parking spot, it simply is not worth the hassle to me.
Address: 213, Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman, City Centre.
Opening hours: Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays, 10 am – 8 pm, Wednesdays & Thursdays, 10 am – 7 pm. Saturdays, 10.30 am – 9 pm.
Signing out now, Ciao.