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.

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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.

 

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.

B.A.D Cafe by Wood & Steel (Desa Sri Hartamas,KL)

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A spin off from Word & Steel Cafe in Kota Damansara, we paid a visit to BAD Cafe in Glomac Galleria, Desa Sri Hartamas this morning for our brunch session.

Staying true to their wood & steel concept, the 2-floor space was tastefully decorated with wooden chairs and tables, while throwing in the steel element to play with its interior.

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An aerial view from the second floor, definitely photo worthy with the interior and space.

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In comparison to Wood & Steel Cafe, there was abundance of space with more seats and tables available; as well as cakes selection.

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Flat White (RM10)

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Egg Benedicts (RM12) is made up of perfectly poached eggs topped with hollandaise sauce on toast with sauteed mushrooms and chicken ham. Just a note that the original offering comes in beef, so do request to opt for ham if you do not eat beef (like I do). Portion might also be slightly small for those with a heartier appetite.

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Big Breakfast (RM18) comes in a generous portion of ham, sausage, toast, egg, sauteed mushrooms & tomatoes and baked beans.

If I have to choose my ultimate peanut butter cake, it would be “The King” from VCR Cafe. So it was a very exciting moment for me when I spotted it in the cake display.

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“The King” (RM12) comes in the form of a banana cake layered with peanut butter frosting (naturally) with bananas and chocolate. Weekend guilty pleasure indeed! 🙂

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A pleasant spin to a localised cake would be this fluffy Pandan cake layered with agar-agar like filling (occasionally seen in cendol) topped with gula melaka (coconut palm sugar). Definitely an interesting combination while being light on the tastebud.

We enjoyed how this place was less crowded as compared to more popular cafes, definitely prefect for some serious catch up. Meanwhile if you’re looking for some alone time, this place would be a good alternative 🙂

 

Address: B-G-10, Galleria Hartamas (Jalan 26/70A), 50480 Desa Sri Hartamas, Kuala Lumpur.