Tea or coffee? The eternal dilemma; let's examine two recently opened outlets _ one steeped in cured leaves, the other brewing with roasted beans.
First up: Cameron Valley Tea is known for its tea house in Malaysia's central highlands, but this business run by Bharat Plantations now has a cozy cafe in Bangsar.
Order scones & feel like you've been whisked from Telawi to Tanah Rata? Alas, it's not that simple; these scones seem more bland than buttery, marred by a half-baked doughy strangeness.
The tea, though, is terrific; try the Masala tea ice cream float _ smoldering-hot tea, fragrant with sweet spices & topped with rich, comfortingly cold vanilla ice cream.
Cardamom tea smoothie. Its consistency is reminiscent of a milkshake instead of a smoothie, but we'll still lap up every last drop of its herbal loveliness.
The verdict: tea triumphs in terms of taste! And it boasts so many health benefits too.
Nevertheless, let's give coffee a chance _ Roasters by Plan B, inside Ben's Independent Grocer, is buzzing with caffeine-seekers taking a break from shopping at Publika.
Cappuccino, piccolo latte & ristretto, all admirably aromatic.
Cameron Valley Tea by the Bharat Group,
28, Jalan Telawi 5, Bangsar Baru, Kuala Lumpur.
Roasters by Plan B,
Ben's Independent Grocer, Publika Shopping Gallery, Solaris Dutamas, Kuala Lumpur.