Right from the start, Mukha _ a winsome new cafe _ has nailed the formula for keeping customers content, with a thoughtfully crafted menu of well-executed fare, warm service and a spiffy setting.
The highlight is Middle Eastern-influenced food & beverages. Try the fava bean stew, addictively creamy & aromatically steeped in gentle spices. This might pair perfectly with some liver & a nice Chianti, but booze is verboten at Mukha.
Baked eggs with toast. Seems deceptively like a simple recipe, but takes 15 minutes to make. Scrape below the three yolks _ not runny but not too hard _ for hot, mushy layers of roasted tomatoes & shredded cheese that rescue the egg white from blandness.
Beef bamia with okra _ a thick, tangy Egyptian casserole. Everything feels freshly prepared, with surprisingly rich, multidimensional flavors.
Shahi Arab tea, infused with mint leaves.
Gahwa, Mukha's house-blend coffee, laced with cardamom & ginger.
A mocktail in lieu of something stronger: Virgin Mango Mojito.
Shisha is available as well for visitors who prefer to puff the night away.
Things appeared relatively quiet on this recent Friday evening; but we left early, before 7:30 p.m., so it's likely that everyone else only came in after that.
Mukha Cafe @ TTDI,
15, Lorong Rahim Kajai 13, Taman Tun Dr Ismail.