Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Real And Wholesome

A full-blown coffee revolution is brewing in KL, with no fewer than half-a-dozen caffeine specialists having opened in recent weeks. Macchiatos are this year's macarons!

R.A.W. sets itself apart by going vegetarian. Its food menu is limited so far to simple sandwiches and side salads, such as this mushroom & tomato on toast. Well-prepared and not the slightest bit bland _ ideal for a light lunch.

Here's a sun-dried tomato & eggplant sandwich for the road. R.A.W. is scheduled to unveil a full restaurant within a few months, providing an alternative to other vegetarian businesses that often only serve variations of Chinese food.

Cappuccino, macchiato (double espresso with milk microfoam) & piccolo (double espresso with textured milk). Satisfying slurps, roasted on site.

Our solitary complaint: the cafe's opening hours are inconvenient, since it closes at around 6 p.m., but that might change after the formal restaurant is launched.

Real And Wholesome (R.A.W. Cafe),
Wisma Equity, Jalan Ampang.
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27 comments:

  1. Good tasty vegetarian?? yums!
    Damn this gastric..I cant take coffee at all...

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  2. tng: aiks ... i'm not really a fan of coffee, and i'm not even sure what the exact definition of a cappuccino is, but kl will be swept by a wave of gourmet coffee businesses really soon!

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  3. OMG I have bunch of vegetarian colleagues who find KL such a tough place for Vegetarians!! Kudos for this one =9

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  4. Those sandwiches look really good (despite non-meat factor)! :D
    (Will check this out if I'm in the area... Have to balance out for all the pigging out during CNY + Xmas)

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  5. i'd love for a few handsome barristas and a perfect looking cuppa coffee to start off my day :D

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  6. Must bring my parents here while I'm still around. They love their coffee. :)

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  7. If they're bona fide vegetarian, does this mean I'll finally get a decent serving of soy latte?! Lactose-intolerants, rejoice!!

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  8. simple but effective! nice view of the twin towers eh?

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  9. i LOVE vegetarian food!! <3 <3 <3

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  10. jubulicious: heheh, hopefully they work in the city center; otherwise, they'd have to battle the terrible traffic on jalan ampang to get here!
    j: looks like we all need to detox! but it's so difficult! thank goodness there are no more major holidays coming up in the next few months :D
    augustdiners: i'm not a major fan of coffee, but i wouldn't mind waking up with a barrista in my bed either! =)
    michelle: hope they enjoy it! u can watch them roast their beans on something called a '5kg Diedrich roaster' there too! :D
    min: oh yeah, you can ask them to add bonsoy organic soy milk to their coffees. and buy eco-friendly, bpa-free takeaway plastic cups apparently =)
    ciki: ya, it's nice to just relax and look at all the cars and people drift by on this bustling road. watching the world go by, heheh :D
    lemongrass: bluff wan! you have pork, chicken, beef, lamb, fish or prawns in all your meals (including the salads you make!) :D

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  11. I dun bluff wannnn. Let's do a vegetarian challenge! We'll go vegetarian for a month. ok ok....for you, a week! (eggs allowed)

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  12. lemongrass: i have a better idea! i'll keep eating what i usually eat, and i'll pass you the salads, veggies and bread that accompany the main courses :D

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  13. But you do that already! As soon as I turn away, all the kerang disappears!

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  14. lemongrass: i might not have been the cockle culprit! after all, there were other people at the table at that point who had every opportunity to sneak away the see hum. heheh :D

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  15. This looks like a nice place for vegetarian food! You're right, when I think of vegetarian, I only think of Chinese food. Boring! This however, would be something I really wanna try! ;)

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  16. Iamthewitch: you hit the nail right on the head! I'm a meat-lover, but I can't wait for this place to open its full-fledged restaurant! I'm expecting a menu that will be both healthy AND delicious! :D

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  17. Hi everyone... thanks for the review!

    the food shots look great! we're actually not serving food for this week (due to DBKL being slow on their license granting... as usual), so it's just coffee for now. We're slowly getting everything together - new furniture, new cups but the coffee will stay the same.

    The restaurant is in the process of being complete. We're just looking for the right team (and a new head chef) so that we can produce a great alternative to vegetarians and health-conscious out there.

    Follow our progress on the facebook page and for updates as to when the sandwiches will be up and running again. (www.facebook.com/realandwholesome)

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  18. jaui: many thanks for the update! really looking forward to returning when the restaurant opens. all the best, and hopefully all the problems with DBKL, etc will be worked out soon with minimum pain =)

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  19. i can see that the building is quite close to KLCC no?

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  20. eiling: yep, just across the road. a few steps down jln ampang from avenue k :D

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  21. why no number one....i wanna contact them

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  22. hui wen: hmmm, not too sure they have a phone here so far

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  23. Sean! Even though the restaurant isn't open, we're adding some new things to the menu (and we've replaced furniture and cups)... so come back in the next couple of weeks to check us out again.
    (just saw the la vie en rose review and i'm hungry now. dang)...

    also... the restaurant might be opening sometime this year if things go according to plan!

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    1. Jaui: sounds great! gosh, didn't realize it's been nearly a year already since you guys opened. and you've become a respected name among coffee lovers in kl already. good luck with the next few months, and hopefully will see you all very soon :D

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  24. Here's an update... We've added stuff to the menu and we'll also be revamping the menu (we're sorting out the full kitchen and planning the restaurant... opening late August!!). Will keep you updated as to when we fully revamp the cafe menu AND when the restaurant opens. Had a sampling of the food our new chef made the other night and it's amazing vegan food (filled me up something major).

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    1. Jaui: exciting news! looks like i definitely need to plan a couple of visits before the end of august. thanks for the info :D

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