Lived in Sydney for three years, now back in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia!
Published March 28th 2016
A cafe based on a never before heard of character
Located around the corner from The Strand Mall in Kota Damansara, it took me awhile to notice this place. It doesn't help that the cafe is on the second floor. You get a glimpse of it just as you are turning around the corner of the road (perhaps not the best thing to be doing while driving).
The first thing I noticed upon entering the stairwell to the café were the drawings all along the walls leading to the top. They were all done by the owner of the cafe who also created the character Bmon.
The setup of the café was homey and light – perfect for hanging out or finding a quiet spot to get some work done. I love that there is a corner for everyone. Table and chairs with plug points (a bonus in my book), sofas and coffee tables for those looking to chat and relax, and even a rattan hanging chair in a corner. There is even a balcony overlooking the road for smokers.
As with most places these days, there were a couple of curio cabinets filled with eclectic odds and ends but it was the paintings and drawings that drew my curiosity. Walking about while waiting for my food, I must have looked like someone with ADHD, unable to keep still. The girl serving me seemed to be a little shy, unable to give me details about the drawings besides the fact that they were done by the owner.
I like to ask the staff for recommendations. More often than not they are helpful and friendly and more importantly, do not lead me wrong! My first recommendation was a choice between the Banana Waffle and the Hakuna Matata. The latter was tempting; I mean c'mon - it means no worries! But not tempting enough, I'm afraid. I went for the Banana Waffle and was not disappointed. Crispy and filled with bananas, it paired perfectly with the vanilla ice-cream. The slices of fresh banana and sprinkle of toasted oats helped as well.
Not a coffee person I first opted for the ice chocolate. Nowhere near the best in my books (I HAVE been spoilt by chocolate drinks in Australia), it tasted like Hershey's syrup mixed with water and crushed ice and topped with milk foam. I got through half the glass before going in search of something else.
The girl at the counter recommended the Purple Rose Tea and I went with it after being offered a sniff of the dried buds. They had a tangy, fruity smell to them.
The girl was kind enough to explain the tea-steeping contraption to me. You learn something new everyday.
I might have been a little excited over the contraption
The steeped tea had a slight rosey (duh!) smell and it was near tasteless but that might have been just me. I like my teas strong. It had the taste of a lightly flavoured fruity water but once again, it was probably my fault for not letting it steep for long enough. Some online research told me that rose teas should be steeped for at least 10 minutes - my bad.
Just as I was enjoying my tea the mister called and I couldn't stop talking about the place so he got me to send him pictures of the menu. He chose the turkey and ham sandwich and a cappuccino to-go. I do wish that they had mentioned that the sandwich was made using a croissant, though - not his favourite style of sandwiches. The cappuccino on the other hand got a thumbs up from him. Not something that happens often. Curious, I took a whiff and had to agree. The milk was a velvety pillow of foam and you got a hit of the rich coffee aroma as you brought the cup to your nose.