Monday, 31 March 2014

Coffee 5 Cups, Plaza Damas 3

After a lovely meal & coffee at The Brew Culture, being our first time here, Guan Ren & I decided to explore around Plaza Damas & Hartamas Shopping Centre. We were looking for another cafe to chill around, as we felt that it'd be a waste if we don't try out antother cafe, having travelled so far during our trials week :P

This cosy place with a quirky name caught our attention so we decided to go for it...
Coffee 5 Cups, a little coffee shop tucked at the far end corner of Plaza Damas, is managed by a husband & wife team. Heard that the wife is a Japanese lady hence explains the cutesy theme of this cafe.

The full menu is available on their website (link). You can see that the choices of food served are pretty much Japanese-fusion, with yakiniku, salmon & teriyaki chicken dominating the menu.
A paranomic view at the balcony of the cafe. The weather was fairly good so Guan Ren & I decided to have our tea time over there. Gentle breeze blowing against us, peaceful sound of birds chirping, soft music playing in the background, and also lots of privacy- the balcony seating is one of the best dating spot one could ever ask for :P

Forgotten to snap some photos of the interior because we were seated outdoors whoops.
Various proverbs of coffee were seen on their glass walls.
The cakes served at Coffee 5 Cups are baked fresh daily by the owners, using their home made recipe. The choices of cakes served daily is pretty limited though, to maintain their QC, I suppose?
Yes, the name of the cafe is "Coffee 5 Cups" but we decided to try out their Hokkaido Cheese Cake & Japanese Tea instead of their coffee because we're feeling Japanese.
Hokkaido Souffle Cheese Cake RM7.50 
Dense in texture, rich in taste. The Hokkaido Souffle cheese cake has a rich & sharp cheese taste that sets to arouse your taste buds. A must-try for those who prefer food with a rich & heavy taste. :) Not the best cheese cake I've ever tasted but good enough to satisfy my cravings.

Iced Mugi Cha RM4.50
Japanese Roasted Barley Tea.
The mugicha was a delight! It has a distinctive aromatic smoked taste that was really enjoyable. A cooling & refreshing drink to be enjoyed at the balcony.

And of course, a breathtaking view calls for a photo together :) 
Coffee 5 Cups is definitely the place where you'd want to sit back & relax, & clear your mind. So peaceful & quaint, I'd love to sit by the balcony the whole day, while sipping on tea. Oh and service was really pleasant too :) 

Coffee 5 Cups
No B-0-17,
Plaza Damas 3,
Jalan Sri Hartamas 1
50480 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Business Hours:
Tuesday – Friday 11am – 7pm
Saturday – Sunday 11am – 9pm
Closed on Mondays

Contact Number: +603 6206 5451

Sunday, 30 March 2014

The Brew Culture, Plaza Damas 3

Hi all sorry for the long hiatus! I am finally done with my trials *cues celebratory music!* I have a few cafes/restaurants in my draft that I am so eager to post out but let's take one cafe at a time, shall we? :)

My monthsary coincidentally falls on one of the weekend of our trials. Feeling all stressed out, I dragged Guan Ren out for a mini-celebration x study date at this quaint little cafe..
The Brew Culture Cafe, Plaza Damas 3

Ahh yes, it's been a while since I visited Hartamas area, ever since Valentines I think. Hartamas is my favourite cafe hunting spot but it's quite a distant away from the place I stay so I rarely drop by that place. So I figure we should go exploring around that area last week!
It's a little hard to locate the entrance of Brew Culture. You can The Brew Culture's sign clearly if you're inside Hartamas Shopping Centre. Cross the bridge over to Plaza Damas and that'll be the confusing part. Guan Ren and I walked rounds and rounds and we finally found the stairway up to the Brew Culure phew! 

Direction: Take the bridge from Hartamas Shopping Centre to Plaza Damas. Turn left as soon as you reach the end on the bridge and walk straight till you find this stairway with cute murals on it :) 
Push open the glass door that is decorated with cute stickers...
Leads you to a cosy & quaint cafe, decorated with cutesy & retro furnitures! 
It was evident that The Brew Culture stresses on the 3Rs. Just take a look around, and you'll see many recycled knick-knacks being put into good use.
Milk boxes being recycled & transformed into a DIY Lamp! Hand painted with the cutest drawings ever! 
Colourful children chair, that reminds me of my kindergarten days...
Toilet Sign! 
It was love at first sight. Everything about this cafe just made my heart melt- from the DIY mismatched furnitures, cute stickers, lighting, friendly staffs...EVERYTHING :D
There's even a handmade painting of coffees composition for those who are interested :D
And all sort of milk, or COW JUICE , how they call it in the Brew Culture.
The Brew Culture is a self service cafe so one is required to order at the counter :)
The food menu. I always have that perception that Hartamas is another high end area serving over-priced food but The Brew Culture proved me wrong! A Ham & Cheese Croissant only cost RM9.90 here!
The drinks & dessert menu. With coffee stain dripped over the paper (on purpose) that was mounted on a wooden board.
Favoured Latte - Irish Cream (non-alcoholic) RM12
Guan Ren's order. The latte was smooth and aromatic. This drink tasted unique because of the non-alcoholic Irish Cream added into it. My first time trying a non-alcoholic Irish Cream Latte & I am definitely loving it!
Mocha RM12
My standard drink whenever exams are around the corner. The mocha had a sweetness that was just right. Love the balance between the rich chocolate-y taste & the coffee. Cocoa powder was used instead on chocolate syrup I think.
Complementary drinking water- even the bottle is so irresistible- with a cute little ribbon on its neck

After we ordered the food, I went to the counter and told the boss to write "Happy Monthsary" on Guan Ren's food. And this was served to us :")
Tuna & Cheese Croissant RM9.90
Ham & Cheese Croissant RM9.90
So thoughtful of them :") They even made a heart out of cheese! Hehe surprise success! (For the very first time LOL!)  Yeah, The Brew Culture serve your croissant with handwritten mayo words on it!

Taste wise? IT WAS AWESOME! The bread was toasted till perfection, along with the creamy egg and savoury tuna filling, the combination couldn't get any better. And yes, it only cost us RM9.90! The croissant was worth every cent we paid :) Portion wise was just nice to cure our hunger pangs too!
Couldn't help but to take a photo with the cute mural behind us
And the elephant! 

So did you have your coffee? :)
Looking forward to return to this cosy place! The Brew Culture is the perfect spot for one to sit back & relax, or read a book, or hang out with friends, while sipping a nice cuppa or savour some delightful croissant.

The Brew Culture
B-01-06 Plaza Damas 3,
Jalan Sri Hartamas 1,
50480 Kuala Lumpur.

Business hours:
Mon - Thu: 09:00 - 19:00
Sat - Sun: 09:00 - 19:00

Contact Number: 03-2857 0181

Friday, 28 March 2014

La Cocina, Taipan Business Centre (Second Visit)

Moved to new address! Scroll below for new address :)

Two weeks ago, I received an e-mail from Mr Jega, the owner of La Cocina Spanish restaurant claiming that he has a surprise for me. I opened the e-mail, stared at the screen with a blank expression for about 10 second. "A complementary Paella Set for 2..." I pinched myself to make sure I wasn't dreaming (I just woke up when I saw that e-mail)

It took me a while to digest that. About another 10 seconds later, I was jumping in joy, or somewhere in cloud ten (cloud nine is an understatement). La Cocina has always been my family's favourite place to dine in for any special occasion. We have been patronizing that place for 9 years and still counting. Apparently, Mr Jega read my blog post of my previous visit to La Cocina so he's offering me a complementary Paella Set as a token of appreciation!
So I (happily) replied Mr Jega, and made a reservation for a dinner for four with my family on a Sunday night.
Upon entering La Cocina, we were greeted warmly by their waiters. The interior of La Cocina was almost the same as it was years ago, with a few touch-up and add-ons, of course. But what I loved about that place still remains the same- the lovely Spanish Vibes in the restaurant. One couldn't help but to fall in love with this charming little restaurant.
Once we were seated, the friendly waiter lit the candle, creating a romantic ambiance.
Time to time La Cocina will feature a new/special item on their blackboard :) Their full menu is available on their Facebook page! (Link)
Fresh Lemon & Ginger Soda RM7.50
A mixture of soda & fresh ginger puree. It was my very first time trying this kind of drink and it hit the spot. Who knew that Ginger and soda could go so well together?
Sangria RM17
Classic Spanish Red Wine Cocktail with Citrus
Dad's favourite. He never fail to order this whenever we patronize La Cocina
Soup of the Day- Cream of Pumpkin RM6.90
The kid in me couldn't resist pumpkin soup so here I go again! The soup was creamy, and packed with wholesome pumpkin taste. The soup was further topped with some croutons to give it some crunch. Mum wanted to order another bowl of pumpkin soup but she was stopped by my brother in fear of not being able to finish all the food. Glad to say that the pumpkin soup improved a lot from my previous visit!
Best of all, the price remains reasonable ;)
After that came our tapas! In the same unique porcelain dish.
Deep Fried Soft Shell Crab
Crunchy on the outside, soft & tender in the inside. I couldn't get enough of this dish! It's really addictive, especially when paired up with the sweet & tangy garlic mayonaise dipping sauce!
Lamb Meatballs
Spanish Lamb Meatball served in tomato herb sauce
Forget fast-food restaurants/frozen meatballs. Once you tried La Cocina's lamb meatball you wouldn't think about "instant" meatballs anymore. The meatballs were so tender & soft- it was such a delight! The meatballs did not have any unpleasant "lamb" smell too which some people dislike.
Gratinated Eggplants
Gratinated eggplants with garlic tomato sauce, herbs & sprinkled with parmesan cheese
A delight for all eggplant lovers out there! Eggplants cooked till tender, served garlic tomato sauce which packed a punch of flavours.
Garlic Shrimps
Pan fried shrimps with lots of garlic, dried chilli & tomato sauce
I really love the tomato sauce served with the prawns! Bursting with aromatic garlic-y taste, the sauce lingers in my taste buds, leaving a really memorable taste. I'd really love to see a pasta dish with this tomato sauce as its base one day :D
Fresh Button Mushroom
Mushroom sauteed with Olive Oil, garlic & herbs
Probably my favourite tapas among all we ordered. The mushroom was sauteed till tender. As a took a bite off the mushroom,
Chickpea & Cheese Croquette
Mashed Chickpeas with vegetables, herbs & spice, encased with a coat of crispy panko deep fried into perfection. Served with their homemade chili sauce
Despite being deep fried, the croquette did not taste greasy at all. The croquette was soft & fluffy inside, with a prominent taste of curry powder. I couldn't really taste the cheese but it was still an enjoyable dish.
Fried Calamares
Crunchy & addictive - the two words I'd used to describe this dish. The dipping sauce served alongside with the calamaris was the same as the one served with the deep fried soft shell crab.
And one of the most important element of starters (at least to me)- the bread basket.
The bread was served warm, fresh & fluffy. It is also refillable without any additional charge. My family loved it so much we refilled our basket of bread twice. Perfect for dipping with the tapas sauce or served with the tapas.
And here comes the star of the night...the PAELLAS!
On the right- Paella Fidella Mariscos ; On the left- Paella Cordero
Paella Fidella Mariscos RM59 for 2 pax
A new dish in La Cocina, featuring angle hair pasta cooked with a generous amount of seafood & saffron.
The unique orange-yellow colour of this dish is produced by saffron- one of the world's most expensive herbs,
When this dish was served to us, a blank expression swept through our faces. Angel hair pasta...? This...?
Look closely..and you'll realize that it really is angle hair pasta. The angle hair pasta was sliced into short strands of noodles that resembles long grain rice! Isn't it unique? :D
The angle hair pasta was softer compared to the rice version. Each strand of noodles was absolutely flavourful, as throughout the cooking process, the "juice" from the seafood was absorbed by the noodles. It's a delight digging into this dish, as the amount of seafood given was really generous so I don't have to worry if my brother decided to hog all the meat :D
Paella Cordero RM70 for 2 pax
Spanish rice cooked with herbs and tender chunks of Lamb meat, marinated to perfection
We wanted to order our favourite Paella Negres but sadly, it was out of stock :( One must order the Paella Negres a few days in advance as La Cocina serves limited amount of Paella Negres every day to ensure the freshness of ingredients used. It was a blessing in disguise, as we get to try out another mouth-watering delight of La Cocina.
This dish has a similar taste to Paella Fidella Mariscos , except this one has lamb chunks (generous amount, I must add) in it and the texture of the rice differs from the angle hair pasta. The rice texture is slightly fluffier compared to the angel hair pasta. The rice version of Paella has a slightly crisp texture which I really enjoy.

I couldn't decide which one I like better as both dishes has their own unique taste & textures. Can I haz both ?
Crepe served with Orange Cream Cheese & Hazelnut Cream 
Crepe folded with orange cream cheese & hazelnut cream, served on a bed of vanilla sauce
I was bloated when the dessert was served but I decided to give it a try anyways. I took a bite, and another, and another, and before I knew it, I ate more than half of the crepe. The warm & soft crepe, wrapped with the oh-so-creamy cream cheese with a tinge of orange taste, served in a pool of vanilla custard, was the bomb! Each ingredients complements each other so perfectly. A must-try!
Oh and La Cocina also offers special set lunch on weekdays, 12-3pm at a very affordable price (RM10.90-RM13.90!) Each set comes with a drink and soup of the day, would really like to check it out soon :P

Once again, I'd really like to thank Mr Jega & his team for their warm hospitality & generosity. I really enjoyed all the dishes served on that night, and of course, would be returning again :)

La Cocina Spanish Bar & Restaurant (New address)
1, Jalan USJ 10/1e, Taipan Business Centre, 47620 Subang Jaya, Selangor

Business Hours:
11am-3 pm
6pm -12 am

Wine bar
Monday-Thursday: 5pm-1am
Friday-Saturday: 5pm-2am

Contact Number : 0380232395 / 012-2096573
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