Sugar-seekers, search no further than Telawi, where two outlets _ Salon Du Chocolat & Bubbles _ now supply Middle Eastern confectioneries & Taiwanese bubble tea respectively.
First up, Salon Du Chocolat, a Hong Kong-based enterprise that has made Malaysia its first Southeast Asian beachhead. Besides this Bangsar venue, another branch at Publika Shopping Gallery in Solaris Dutamas should launch soon.
Everything from rose-scented chocolate to Turkish Delights laced with apricots & pistachios is available here. Exquisitely crafted tidbits _ a study in lush, floral fragrances that we might be tempted to wear as cologne.
Dark chocolate stuffed with dried figs are an empyrean treat. Mix & match whatever you want; the selection costs slightly above RM20 per 100 grams, which comes up to roughly five pieces.
A two-minute stroll away, Bubbles at Telawi 2 is a homegrown operation that aims to challenge the likes of Chatime & Gong Cha, using fresh tea from Cameron Highlands.
Malaysian flavors are the highlight _ we tried the Milo Ais bubble tea with chewy black pearls & the Durian milk tea (!!!) with burst-in-the-mouth yogurt-filled pearls. Both are rich & refreshing enough to recommend.
Other flavors include taro, watermelon, kiwi, lychee & teh ais. Small cups start at RM4.90.
Salon Du Chocolat @ Bangsar,
Jalan Telawi 3, Bangsar Baru, Kuala Lumpur.
Bubbles @ Bangsar,
Jalan Telawi 2, Bangsar Baru, Lumpur.