Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Coffee Societe

If Solaris Dutamas is ever hit by floods, it might be awash in torrents of coffee, not rainwater, thanks to the overflowing number of java joints opening here.

Of course, an outlet like Coffee Societe won't be caught trafficking solely in caffeine; what pairs better with a cappuccino after all than cakes? Certainly not Chinese cabbage.

Coffee Societe's dark chocolate & red velvet slices, sourced from the proprietor's baking buddy, won't revolutionize the industry, but every bite of these creamy cakes is still worth nibbling. Nevertheless, the focus here is on the coffee; what else would we expect from a place where the managing director's business card lists his title as "Coffee Lover."

Try the macarons too. Ordinarily, we're not fans of fruity flavors, but the lychee & tangerine ones here are something special, with (SPOILER ALERT!) tiny bits of preserved pulp embedded in the ganache for a chewy surprise.

Cafe latte & iced hazelnut chocolate. Not bad, but we've really sipped too much coffee recently. Time to step away from the barista, put the latte down & kick it over to the police officer.

Coffee Societe's savories sound a little uninspired (spaghetti bolognese, sausages & lamb chops), which offers us the opportunity to return to The Red Beanbag, also at Solaris Dutamas.
Earlier entries on The Red Beanbag: December 12 & December 20.

The Red Beanbag has conjured creative names for its recipes. This seaweed risotto _ an Asian-flavored rice platter, wet with gravy & topped with seared scallops, prawns & clams _ is called "Don Scallopino," a moniker that tickles the Godfather fan in us.

"Skyscraper" _ not made of glass, not made of paper. Perhaps the fluffiest pancakes in KL now (we counted six or seven in this stack), boosted with bananas, strawberries & maple syrup.

Was "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds" taken? The Red Beanbag's fizzy thirst quenchers include Yellow Submarine (fresh lemonade) & Ob-la-di Ob-la-da (soda, cucumber juice, mint).

CoffeeSociete @ Solaris Dutamas,
D4-G3-3A, Solaris Dutamas, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-6211-5523
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32 comments:

  1. Coffex coffee? That's the coffee we use in the office and it doesn't taste that good.

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    1. Smitten: my office has Nescafé 3-in-1, I think. Which I've never touched =)

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  2. Looks like more and more places opening up at Solaris Dutamas.

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    1. Baby sumo: yeah, but I do hope there'll be enough demand to keep the outlets at dutamas alive for the long run. It could get tough for some of them...

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  3. Very nice cakes!! I was at Solaris Dutamas a couple of weeks back around 8+pm.. looks like the place was really quiet at night! Most of the retail shops were closed. I wonder what's their opening hours there?

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    1. Iamthewitch: ya, u're right, a lot of retail stores inside publika seem to shut by 9pm, while others, like Ben's independent grocer, go on till 10pm. And a few of the Solaris F&B outlets, like The Red Beanbag and Marmalade Cafe close even earlier in the evening (though Beanbag plans to start operating for dinner soon). It all makes it tricky for customers =)

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  4. I'm back!! need food! the desserts look a little too bright for me:P

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    1. Ciki: sweets for a sweet gal? very suitable! heheh :D

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  5. I have to say the Ob-la-di Ob-la-da was rather nice. And one can't go wrong with the Skyscraper. It's become an at-least-once-a-week-visit kinda place.

    Jom pegi The Red Beanbag lagi? :D

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    1. Kenny: jom, ya! still got two more fizzy beatles drinks to try _ Strawberry Fields Forever (soda infused with blended peaches & strawberries) & Golden Slumbers (fresh pineapple juice with soda & real passion fruit). while typing those ingredients, one wonders why we didn't order those instead (peaches are peachy!). and i hope that when the red beanbag revamps its menu, they'll name their drinks after justin bieber songs next :D

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    2. Justin Bieber drinks? Then I guess Bieber's "Baby, Baby, Baby" drink is a glass of full-cream milk? :P

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    3. Kenny: that's actually a genius idea for the "Baby" beverage! and to tempt the Devil, they could even make it a full-cream milk & peanut butter smoothie. all the protein that growing boys need :D

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    4. Ah, adding the peanut butter - now that's a stroke of genius. Devil and I "chup" that drink, can? :P

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    5. Kenny: actually I think that drink already exists, right under Devil's cute lil nose! There's a milkshake kiosk at Pavilion called Sno, which serves customized milkshakes. You can blend your shakes with Reese's peanut butter cups. I've tried it, and it has my milk mustache smile of approval! =)

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    6. Yes, but I bet that milkshake isn't called "Baby, Baby, Baby", is it? :P

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    7. Really? I want to try that Reese's peanut butter cups blend, which floor?

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    8. CK: it's on the basement food court level. Try it tomorrow for lunch :D Kenny: hmmm, I think the milkshake has no name, so u can call it whatever you like. Including 'Baby' :D

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  6. i c the pancakes is really fluffy ...
    do they add some cinnamon?

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    1. Simple Person: oh, no cinnamon, i think. or if there was, it wasn't very noticeable. maybe can request some, heheh :D

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  7. is that a black charcoal cake or a chocolate cake that is black? haha

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    1. Eiling: heheh, that's a very, very dark chocolate cake! with a nice cocoa bittersweet flavor =)

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  8. Too. Many. New. Places. To. Try!!! But there are lots of cafes/restaurants with the same genre opening up in Solaris Dutamas! I love coffee and desserts but this place needs a really good (probably mid-range to high-end) chinese restaurant!!!!

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    1. Vien: you're absolutely right, there's a glut of cafes at solaris that are competing for the same set of customers. we do need a proper chinese restaurant here, and more outlets that cater to dinner crowds :D

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  9. I'm not a big fan of coffee for the caffeine but I don't actually mind eating or tasting those cakes!!!
    I have seen a lot of macarons in blogs... I haven't actually tasted any. They look like small burgers

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    1. Rad: i'm not really a lover of coffee either, since drinking coffee distracts me from drinking wine & cocktails, heheh :D oooh, there's been a macaron craze in KL for the 18 months. every other cafe here is selling macarons nowadays. sooner or later, you'll definitely get a chance to taste them, and i hope you enjoy them. some people feel they're too sugary =)

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    2. You know I have a sweet tooth hehe. I am also a salt freak when it comes to snacks.
      I certainly look forward to tasting macarons. Or, I actually should some of the new cafes as they might have them already hehehe

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    3. Rad: ooo, maybe they do. Some folks in kl even make macarons at home and sell them online. It seems to be a thriving business, even though good macarons are actually difficult to make :D

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  10. More coffee in Solaris Dutamas - this spot has new places opening every week! Looks like RBB has expanded their menu too. While I love a great macaron there are unfortunately too many places doing them rather poorly and only a couple of fab spots around - Mandarin Oriental and Natahlie's Gourmet have to be my pick to get a macaron fix.

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    1. The Yum List: yeah, I do wonder how many outlets at solaris will be able to survive through the end of 2012 though. But maybe once more offices open in this area, the number of customers will rise :D oooh, I think I'd add two more places in bangsar _ hummingbirds and les deux garçons _ to the list of marvelous macaron-makers! :D

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  11. Looks like there's quite a number of coffee places at Solaris Dutamas these days. Nice to be spoilt with choices:D Though i reckon its quite a headache deciding which one to try:P Can't exactly flip a coin and decide where to eat or drink.

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    1. Missyblurkit: heh, yeah, too many choices also can be a bad thing, you're right :D

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  12. i tried the Skyscraper last weekend olala meltz

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