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 ūüôā 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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Flingstones Cafe (SS15, Subang Jaya)

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Looking set to differentiate themselves in the cafe scene in Subang with their artsy details (read: pretty tiles and interior) is new entrant Flingstones Cafe.

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Located strategically in front of Taylor’s College, it will not be long before it becomes a regular hangout for students in that area. Again it may be a double-edged sword, everyone knows about the infamous jam in that overly congested area. Weekends may be a good idea for cafe-hoppers.

Coming back to the interior, the pretty abstract tiles will be a sure Instagram worthy hit.

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Details that would perk your interest.

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Solitude time with art is readily available with their high tables.

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At the moment, only drinks (coffee and non-coffee) and cakes (ie: gula melaka cake) are available. A pretty decent cup of latte goes at (RM 10).

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Address: Jalan SS15/8, 47500 Subang Jaya.

Travel Eats (Laos)

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I had the opportunity to travel to Laos for a week recently (pardon the slight hiatus), and it was definitely one of the most fascinating¬†trip that I have ever been on. It is really hard not to be won over by the many breathtaking scenery¬†that Laos has¬†to offer –¬†from the boat ride along the Mekong River (you may see elephants if you’re lucky) to Kuang Si Waterfall in Luang Prabang (no surprises why Luang Prabang was named one of UNESCO’s Heritage Site.

Vientiane – the main capital of Laos still maintained a heavily influenced French culture, a legacy of the colonial period. It was a pleasant surprise to see the legacy surviving well – from the street signage to the wide availability of freshly baked baguettes on the streets.

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Coffee is the fifth largest export of Laos Рnamely Arabica & Robusta. Robusta is mainly used for regular coffee which is usually sweeten with condensed milk. Coffee stalls are a common sight on the streets, a cup of hot coffee goes for 5,000 kip (USD 0.60) and an iced coffee would go for 10,000 kip (USD 1.20).

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This is the size of their iced coffee, pretty standard across the city and it is usually really sweet (a tad too sweet for my liking). Hence you might need to request for less condensed milk to be added on. Putting that aside, their local coffee is definitely one of the best coffee that I have ever tried.

Wondering around the city by foot was a food happy hunt. Street food usually ranges from (10,000 kip to 25,000 kip; USD1.20 РUSD 3.10). We discovered awesome Banh Mi (baguette with grilled pork) that we just had to go back again, even if it means waiting outside the shop at 6.45am before our flight home.

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Cafes are widely available along the streets of Vientiane – Le Trio Coffee is one of them.

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To give you a little glimpse of the scenery in Vientiane, this is one of the many postcard worthy moments taken on top of Phousi Hill.

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We then flew to Luang Prabang (north of central Laos), and time stopped at this beautiful place – Kuang Si Waterfall.

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A night out at the night market, we stumbled across a little lane and discovered their street food (BBQ meat)

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Thank you Laos for pleasantly surprising me. Hopefully this post would give you a little insight of this¬†beautiful country, definitely a hidden gem ūüôā

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 ūüôā

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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 ūüôā

 

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 ūüôā

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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 ūüėČ

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

Toby’s Estate Caf√© & Kith Caf√© (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 ūüėČ 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¬†Caf√©¬†¬†was the first caf√© ¬†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.

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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 Caf√©,¬†and it was a really satisfying one ūüôā

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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 ūüôā

Another interesting observation was that the¬†caf√©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* ūüôā

 

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 Рa 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! ūüôā

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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.