Frisson Coffee Bar (Damansara Uptown)

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Popped by one of Damansara Uptown’s latest breakfast/brunch openings for lunch yesterday. Bread and eggs seem to be the main focus of their offerings.

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Attended by friendly staffs that introduced us to the menu. Price was slightly on the steep price at first glance, we were honestly hoping that the taste would make it up. So, our journey begins.

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Scrambled on Oversized Bruschetta (RM18.90). This is one comfort food at its best, absolutely love how the fluffy eggs complimented the bread so well. The bread is a real stand out here.

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Croissant Ala Fusion Chicken (RM 24.90) – one of their best seller to date. Spiced chicken prepared along scrambled eggs and tomatoes on Croissant Bread. A unique twist that brought about a wonderful burst of flavours, absolutely love how each ingredient complimented each other so well. I can eat this again.

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Cheezy Parmo Omelette (RM18.90) – scrambled eggs with ham alongside toasted bread.

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Baked Breakfast in a Pot (RM25.90) – Baked eggs with vegetables, potatoes, carrots, capsicums and brinjals mixed well with tomato sauce and topped with cheese. Like how the overall offering did not come over as overly sour.

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Coffee is offered here as well, slightly too burnt for my liking (just a personal preference).

All in all, food is great here 🙂 Top picks will go to Croissant Ala Fusion Chicken, Scrambled on Oversized Bruschetta and Baked Breakfast in a Pot.

Address: 71-G, Jalan SS21/1A, 47400 Petaling Jaya.

Thirdwave Cafe (Nexus Bangsar South, Kuala Lumpur)

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The coffee from Thirdwave have been widely touted by as being one of the best in KL. They decided to shake the F&B scene a little by introducing an interesting fusion of distinctive ingredients in their offerings – comfortably plotting their spot as one of the must-visit independent eateries in KL for the year.

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The roses complimented the bright and spacious space wonderfully. Let’s not forget the nice use of ornaments that gave patrons a nice nudge that Christmas is near 🙂

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Big Brekky (RM26) came in the form of two sunny side-up eggs, chicken bratwursts, homemade hash brown, mushrooms, rustic baked beans with tomato salsa.

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Darling’s Egg 63 Celsius Eggs (RM22) came in the form of chicken salami, crispy polenta (corn), eggs that were poached at 63 Celsius. The dish was wonderfully complimented with their  house made tomato and french rose sauce, I was definitely not disappointed.

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Retro Scotch Egg (RM26) – The runny yolk was wrapped in chicken mince, accompanied by shredded beets, carrots and alfalfa sprouts on a bed of creamy cauliflower.

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If you are interested to explore food that strives to push the envelope from the usual brunch offerings, this would be a great place to start. And yes, the coffee is good here 🙂

 

Thirdwave
Unit 1-11, Level 1, Nexus, Bangsar South, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

 

Strangers at 47 (Section 17, Petaling Jaya)

 

 

 

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I have never been a fan of crepes, but I might have a change of heart with the offerings from Strangers at 47.

Located on the same row of shop lots with Kanna Curry House & The Humble Pie, the journey begin with this phrase 🙂

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An interesting observation how the crowd started to flock in after 2pm, no waiting time for us when we arrived at 12.30pm (we might be lucky).

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Offering both sweet and savoury crepes, we decided to head for the latter route. BBC Crepe (RM23) came in the form of a wholemeal crepe accompanied with chicken chorizo (sausage), smoked chicken ham, Portobello mushrooms, hashbrown, sunny side up egg and baked beans. An interesting twist to a Big Breakfast set.

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Miss Dory Crepe (RM20) consisted of a breaded fish fillet, battered squid, potato mash, cherry tomatoes and citrus cucumber salad, drizzled with their house-made mayo sauce.

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My personal favourite would be their Shore To Please Crepe (RM21.50). Came along in the form of flavourful Cajun tiger prawns, battered squid, salted egg yolk,  spinach, cherry tomatoes and caramelized onions. I love prawns, and the fact that the prawns were all peeled was a double winner for me (yes, we all love to be pampered once in a while *winks*).

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Behind every food picture on Instagram, let’s not forget the length of effort needed to capture the perfect shot 😉

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Strangers at 47
47, Jalan 17/45, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia.

Toby’s Estate CafĂ© & Kith CafĂ© (Robertson Quay, Singapore)

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Had a short getaway to our neighbouring country – Singapore. I am pretty sure Marina Bay came to mind 😉 The view is a real sight to behold overlooking the waterfront promenade, my personal favourite will be during the fall of dusk.

However, the place that I was staying in – Robertson Quay, has a personal charm on its own.

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Located along Singapore River and a quay away from bustling Clarke Quay, this residential estate falls no short of restaurants and cafés.

As we took a slow stroll along Robertson Quay, Toby’s Estate Café  was the first cafĂ©  we stumbled upon.

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A franchise from an Australian coffee chain, it was a pretty good place to catch up with an old friend as it was relatively quiet during the late afternoon.

Flat White ($5)

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Mocha ($6)

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Toby’s Estate
8 Rodyk Street #01-03/04 (Robertson Quay), Singapore 238216.

 

Breakfast this morning was at Kith CafĂ©, and it was a really satisfying one 🙂

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During my strolls along the riverside, I kept seeing people walking past me with this particular  takeaway coffee cup. It definitely perk my  curiosity on the coffee, and I was glad I finally found out which café it belonged to.

Bacon Sandwich ($16) came in the form of poached eggs, pork bacon and avocado on toast.

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Pork Bacon & Cheese Toast ($6)

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Flat White ($4)

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In comparison to the other cafes that I have visited during my trip here, the food and coffee here is pretty reasonably priced. The coffee here was the best among the others that we have tried.  Reviews have shown that Common Man Coffee Roasters serves up one of the best coffee in the area (another 5 minutes away from Kith), hopefully the next round 🙂

Another interesting observation was that the cafĂ©s here  open their doors early in the morning for breakfast (7am) and closes in the late afternoon (6pm). Now if only this happens in motherland, that would make morning birds like us really happy *hint* 🙂

 

Kith Café
7 Rodyk Street, Watermark @ Robertson Quay #01-33, Singapore 238215

 

Metal Box Cafe & Cat In The Box Cafe (Empire Damansara, Petaling Jaya)

 

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Been some time since I’ve last stepped into Empire Damansara,and it was interesting to see the number of cafes that has been established since my last visit.

The much talk about Metal Box was on our brunch list today. Luck was on our side as we managed to snag seats before the lunch crowd came in. The line was absolutely crazy when we left. From the menu:

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We had their “The Red Benedict” (RM18.90). Perfectly poached eggs on croissant and turkey ham topped off with an interesting combination of hollandaise sauce and red wine glaze.

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“Hemmingway” (RM 17.90) – Paired with smoked salmon, wilted baby spinach with Japanese – influenced okaka (dried fermented tuna) topped with hollandaise sauce.

Service was pretty commendable, our food arrived 10 minutes after our order were placed.

 

Address: Lot 12 (Ground Floor) Empire Damansara, Jalan PJU 8/8, Damansara Perdana, Petaling Jaya.

Next up was Cat In The Box Cafe (a level up on Heritage Lane) – definitely a perfect spot to chill out after a hectic week.

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Plenty of natural light coming in from their window panels – a nice complement against their woody interior.

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Definitely a perfect spot to have a proper conversation over coffee, friendly staffs to boot! 🙂

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Flat White is priced at RM 10 and Affogato at RM 14. Business related publications are readily available on the counters if you need to clock in some reading time.

 

Address: Lot 111 Heritage Lane, Empire Damansara (Second Floor), Jalan PJU 8/8, Damansara Perdana, Petaling Jaya.

Kaffeinette Cafe (SS15, Subang Jaya)

Taking advantage of the lighter traffic in ss15 on a public holiday (if only this was an everyday scene), our food trail took us to one of the latest cafe invasion in ss15. If Nasi Lemak hits a soft spot, and Village Park in Damansara Uptown seems like a hassle to wait; this place would be a good option to explore.

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Definitely loving the pop of colours that comes with the interior.

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Bread takes center stage with this interesting piece of display, and I just can’t get my eyes off it.

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The star – Nasi Lemak Ayam (RM 9.50). Fragrant rice cooked in coconut milk with Ayam Berempah (Malay spiced Fried Chicken), delectably crunchy. Hands down a real satisfying meal.

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Fusing local and western cuisine, bagels are on the menu as well (yay for bagel lovers!). This came in the form of chicken ham topped off with cheddar cheese and scrambled eggs (RM 12).

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Flat White goes at RM10. Personal preference would prefer one of higher acidity 🙂

But all in all, if you’re looking for a quiet place to chill over a plate of Malaysian goodness, this is it. There you go! Another place to check out or tick off when you’re in the area 🙂

p/s: Cakes are available too!

Address: 25G, Jalan SS15/8B, Subang Jaya

(same street as Brewyard, Cosan Coffee and the market)

LewisGene (Solaris, Mont Kiara)

September is definitely a month of birthday celebrations for our group, which also spells for more exploration of food (and cafes).  Tucked in Solaris of Mont Kiara (approximatley 5 minutes drive from Publika Shopping Gallery), here we are today at LewisGene to try their brunch offering.

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Price for coffee is on the steep end. On a personal preference, coffee here was pretty dissapointing (rather low level of acidity).

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Cafe Mocha (RM 12.90)

The Mocha was a saving grace. Apart from the pretty impressive visual, the chocolate was pretty flavourful.

Food wise, pretty mediocre for our preference. All platter were served with a side of salad.

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Breakfast Platter (RM 17.90)

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Pancake Platter (RM 18.90)

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Croissant Breakfast (RM 14.90)

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Chicken Panini (RM 24.90)

On a side note, credits have to be given to the serving crew for their attentiveness in their service level  🙂

Address: Lot 2-1(first floor) , Jalan Solaris 3, Solaris Mont Kiara, Kuala Lumpur.