Thursday, 31 July 2014

Coffee Amo, Jalan Sultan @ Petaling Street (Second Visit)

"Last time the coffee shop you went with Guan Ren at China Town, the one with 3D coffee ah, let's go this afternoon! I want to try," mum suggested enthusiastically last Saturday.

You can read about my first visit to Coffee Amo HERE!
It was a long weekend & the traffic was smooth so dad agreed to drive us there! Parked our car at a building located directly opposite of Coffee Amo which rates are RM3.50 per hour

We walked up the steep stairways and pushed the heavy glass door open, to be overwhelmed by the loud crowd. Coffee Amo was really packed! The absence of music playing in the cafe somehow amplified the chatters of the patrons. We managed to find a seat at the corner of the cafe with only one chair, so we had to ask for extra chairs table by table.
The menu remained the same so I'm reusing the photos from my previous visit, pardon my laziness :P

However, the 3D coffee is not applicable for regular white coffee (Latte, Cappuccino etc.) anymore :( One will have to order their Signature Flavoured Coffee that is Sweet 16 (Hazelnut Flavoured Coffee), Ocean 11 (Tangerine Flavoured Coffee) or Rose Garden (Rose Flavoured Coffee) that is priced at RM13 each, which is still acceptable as most cafe tends to overcharge their 3D coffee.
I left our seat for a while to make our order and as soon as we're done, our seat was taken up by a couple who was in front of us while ordering. Sigh, the crowd. A kind man saw what happened and he took his bag away from one of the tall chair facing the window, giving us a space suffice for three. Thank you, kind person :)
Signature Coffee: Sweet 16 & Ocean 11 RM13 each
Cuter things taste better, no? :P
Ocean 11 is worth trying, especially for those who have a more adventurous taste buds. I enjoyed the tinge of sweet & sour taste in my coffee, but mum thought otherwise. She preferred Sweet 16 more, as it is rich in nutty taste and has a sweetness that was just nice.
Nutella Moist Chocolate Cake RM10
The frosting was lovely and the cake had just the right amount of sweetness. However, it was tad dry for my liking.

Coffee Amo
1st Floor, 54, Jalan Sultan,
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Business Hours:
10am-9pm Daily

Contact Number: 03-2857 2677

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Map's Cafe, Bandar Sunway | That Latte Place, Persiaran Ritchie, KL


Anyone here remembers That Latte Place, a instagram & pintrest worthy place for brunch? Rings a bell?

That Latte Place was a lovely breakfast & brunch cafe located along Persiaran Ritchie, surrounded by the lush greens of Yayasan Seni which is located about a 10 minutes drive from KLCC. It has since moved out on the 28th of April 2014 (replaced by a new cafe called Green Tomato Cafe) & finally after 3 months, That Latte Place finally made a comeback at a new location with a new name, MAP'S at Bandar Sunway
I couldn't contain my excitement as I drove my brunch buddy out to try out this place. I loved That Latte Place a lot and now it is back with a new concept at a place closer to my house! Like That Latte Place, Map's was a little tricky to locate. The end point on Waze was wrong and we had to manually key in the address on our own.

Just go straight from Sunway Pyramid (from KL direction) and turn left before the colourful 3C Complex. You'll see a row of shoplots on the left and you'll spot Map's with it's sleek black signboard! Good news, as parking there was a breeze, and also free of exorbitant "valet parking services".
We pushed the tinted glass door open, to be greeted warmly & enthusiastically by their staffs.
Map's was having a busy afternoon so we resort to a seat at the far end corner where the lighting was less satisfactory. El Fresco seating is available behind the cafe but the weather was too unbearable for us to sit outside.
The interior of Map's feature a mixture of industrial look & DIY decorations. A side of the walls were painted greyish silver, with quirky drawings of food item and the other side of the wall was painted bright orange, with a beautifully, hand-painted cherry blossom tree which gave this place a cherry & vibrant atmosphere.

Every tiny details of the decoration at Map's was just lovely. Do remember to pay a visit to their toilet too, as much effort has been put to decoration & uplift the atmosphere of the toilet *laughs* 

Map's menu. The menu had a complete facelift from That Latte Place. The crowd-pleaser Egg Benedict's and Big Breakfast set was retained, with a little twist added into it. And the best part? Map's has been pork-ified.
We had a hard time picking out what to order because everything seems so good! In the end we decided to just settle for the Egg Benny & Map's Porkballs, which was swiftly served to us after a short 10 minute wait despite the lunch crowd.
Egg Benny RM19
Poached Eggs, Bacon Strip, Ham, Sauteed Button Mushroom on a homemade brioche bread, topped with Hollandaise Sauce & served with a side of salad and sweet corn with bacon.
Heavenly. Map's Egg Benny tasted heavenly. Eggs Benedict's is a simple, but hard to master dish. Map's definitely nailed this dish perfectly. Perfectly poached eggs, creamy hollandaise sauce, fluffy brioche bun, finger-licking good bacon & ham, juicy sauteed mushroom. They all just came together so perfectly.

Map's Porkball RM15
Homemade pork meatballs with slow-cooked herb brown gravy, served with perfectly roasted potatoes and side salad.
Gosh, by far the BEST MEATBALLS I have ever tried. It was love at first bite. So tender, flavourful, and finger-licking good. No unpleasant smell or rubbery texture that I feared. Just pure enjoyment. The roasted potatoes too, were perfectly done, at the right amount of tenderness, not overly mushy nor undercooked. Just perfect.
The desserts available at Map's. Would really love to try em out but our stomach was too stuffed for it. Next visit, I promise! Wait for me cakes....!

Map's have definitely won my heart as my personal favourite breakfast spot in Subang Jaya. The staffs were really friendly, asked for feedbacks and were really attentive. FOC drinking water was served as soon as we were seated, and a new bottle was promptly brought to us after we finished our first bottle, without us asking!

Would definitely return for more!

No.9, Jalan PJS 11/2,
Bandar Sunway
46150 Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

Business Hours: 8.30am-6pm Daily

Contact Number: 010-219 3882

And here's a snippet of That Latte Place. Dad brought my family & I there for my birthday celebration one week before they stop their operation but I didn't had the time to blog about this place due to my A-Levels trials, and it is such a waste for these beautiful place's photo to just sit in my folder. So enjoy the photos!

Monday, 28 July 2014

Marufuku Udon, Jaya One

Now when it comes to Japanese Food, what is the first thing that cross your mind? Sushi? Sashimi? Ramen? Udon? Tenpura? Or is it, EXPENSIVE? No doubt that Japanese Food has been deemed expensive by us Malaysians, as an average Japanese meal with a cup of Ocha would range from RM20...and above, depending on what you order.

So I was delighted to find an Udon shop selling really reasonably priced Udon at Jaya One. Marufuku Udon
Marufuku Udon is the sister company of the famous Sanuki Udon at Taman Desa & Kota Kemuning which is famous for their super cheap Udon (price of a bowl of Udon is as low as RM5! No kidding!). Guan Ren & I paid a visit before to Taman Desa's Sanuki Udon once but I did not blog about it as my camera was out of battery, hence the lack of decent photos.

When I stumbled upon this deal on Groupon for Marufuku Udon, I purchased it without thinking twice.
Obtained from Marufuku Udon's Facebook Page
Obtained from Marufuku Udon's Facebook Page
It was a delight, scanning through Marufuku Udon's menu. The most expensive bowl of Udon or Don costs only RM13! And you only need to top-up RM1 for a drink (Green Tea, Lime Green Tea or Lemon Tea) for each main ordered. No joke! Plus, I purchased two of Marufuku Udon's RM20 voucher so my bill was 40% cheaper! *Cheapskate mode activated* 

Here's what me & my family had for the night
Spicy Squid RM5
Crunchy on the outside & juicy on the inside. A sinful delight which leave me coming back for more. Would have been better if a dipping sauce was provided though cause it felt a little too dry eating it on its own.
Salt & Pepper Octopus RM5
Delightful crackling sound echoed through the restaurant as I chewed the juicy octopus tentacles. Oops. Where else can you get such a delightful treat for just RM5?

House Salad with Sesame Dressing RM5
Shredded White Cabbage, Carrot and Cucumber, garnished with chopped shallots served with a bowl of goma (Sesame) dressing.
I was expecting them to serve us a small bowl of salad as it is only RM5 but boy, I was wrong! This big bowl was suffice for 3 of us to share, and could even serve as a main for the health-conscious.  
Gyuniku Udon RM12
Thinly sliced beef, onsen tamago on a bed of springy, slippery, bouncy & chewy udon that was simply irresistible. The best homemade udon I've ever tasted. The thinly sliced beef were perfectly marinated, mix it up with the creamy egg, and boom, an everlasting pleasant memory at my taste buds. Simply the perfect bowl of udon.
Gyuniku Nabe RM13
Thin Beef Slice, Egg & Udon served with soy sauce broth in a hot stone pot.
The broth was flavourful, with each sip packed with a subtle yet well-balanced sweetness from the soy sauce. I enjoyed the broth till the last sip, along side with the springy noodles and flavourful & tender beef slice.
Kare Omu Rice RM9
Japanese Rice topped with a soft & fluffy omelette, served with a side of Japanese curry.
The creamy & fluffy blankets the fluffy (overusing the word fluffy, I know) rice perfectly. The savoury & thick japanese curry, that was rich & aromatic & packed with carrots & potatoes bits complements the fluffy rice and creamy omelette perfectly. Ahhh, comfort food.

I was so satisfied with my dinner, I dragged Guan Ren to try out Marufuku Udon with me again last Friday. For the price paid & quality of food served, I am really contented with Marufuku Udon. Only qualm was the place gets a little too crowded during peak hour and the service was a little slow.

Marufuku Udon
Block L, Unit 18, Level G,
Phase 1, Jaya One
No 72-A, Jalan Universiti,
46000 Petaling Jaya

Contact Number: 603- 7957 6368

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Coffee Cottage, SS15 Subang Jaya

With so many new cafes mushrooming in every nook and cranny of Klang Valley, cafe owners has been squeezing their brain juice & putting their innovative ideas & creativity into good use in order to make their cafe stand out. Coffee Cottage in SS15 Subang Jaya too, has something that would make animal lovers delight...
Located at the first floor at the busy street of SS15 (facing the market, same row as Flat White Cafe), Coffee Cottage, like any other cafes, has a cosy interior with its unfinished cement floor, brick red walls, black wooden furnitures and comfy sofa combination.
& like any other cafe, Coffee Cottage has a healthy range of caffeinated beverages..
as well as yummy, mouth-watering sweet treats...
 Creme Brulee RM7 & Picollo Latte RM8
Cappuccino RM10

Soooo, that's it? 

Read on! 

At the end of the cafe, there's another room separated with glass walls & a double door, where customers who have ordered one (1) cup of coffee & sanitized their hand with the hand sanitizer is allowed to enter...

 With bean bags laying around, shelving units, scratching post, teasers, soft toys...wait what?
Coffee Cottage is currently homing 8 adorable cats in its premises, with each of them having a unique name.
 You can feel free to pat them, and play with them using the teasers/toys. But let me assure you, you'll be the one entertaining them instead of them entertaining you...
*Continues sleeping anyway*
Cat caught red-handed scratching its bottoms. Whoops. Someone looks grumpy.

 *scratch scratch scratch*
 "Jeezz...if you didn't want to scratch my skin for an hour then don't scratch it at all!"
*Falls asleep grumpily*
Still my favourite cat heheh
Yes, you are allowed to bring your coffee into the cat zone. Just inform the friendly barista and they will serve it to you inside the cat zone. Be careful not to let the cats to take a sip out of your coffee though! Therefore it is compulsory for each customers to sanitize their hand before and after entering the cat zone to ensure cleanliness. The cafe was really clean and does not reek at all! All cats are toilet-trained, and have clean & smooth fur.

We arrived at Coffee Cottage at 5pm and spent almost 2 hours there entertaining the cats. The cats seems to be more lively when the clock struck 7pm, as expected of a nocturnal animal. From 5-7 most of them were just sleeping, or are too lazy to even play with the teaser. So I'd really recommend one to visit at night.
And I shall end this post with CSI: Cat Scene Investigation :)

Coffee Cottage
1-1, Jalan SS15/8A,
47500 Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

Business Hours:
Wednesdays to Mondays 2pm-12am
Closed on Tuesdays

Contact Number: 03-5613 0078

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