Friday, March 23, 2012

The Carpenter's Daughter

Bakery-cafes are a dime a dozen in most neighborhoods now, but it's still encouraging to encounter a cheerful one that takes the craft of baking seriously, offering bread made daily with ingredients like organic flour, rock salt & olive oil.

The dine-in menu is limited, but this club sandwich _ sourdough bread with turkey ham, cheese & egg (RM14.90, no service charge!) _ showcases something simple but satisfying. Customers can also choose focaccia, panini or batard for their sandwiches.

Shepherd's pie, potato-hearty & meat-flavorsome. The Carpenter's Daughter also offers a breakfast menu that features French toast, omelets & more, but that's only available through 11:30am. The early bird gets the Eggs Benedict.

Pasta has a prominent place on the menu, though the options are unadventurous. Nevertheless, we can't really complain about the spaghetti vongole (RM17.90) ...

... or the beef bolognese (RM15.90), which boasts kitchen-made tomato sauce.

Cupcakes in paper cups, very cute. The Red Velvet (RM4.50) contains real beetroot, cocoa powder, free-range eggs, brown sugar & premium butter, though the result might not be as decadent-tasting as some customers prefer.

Dark Belgian chocolate brownie (RM8.90), a dense one served warm. Relatively healthy, not as cloyingly sugary as versions elsewhere. Other desserts here include brioche puddings, apple pies & lemon meringues.

Plenty of bread & pastries are available. That's what we should aim for next time.

All in all, we'd probably recommend this cozy hangout, but be patient with the staff _ they might operate a little slower than expected. Also note that some items such as scones run out by the evening, since they're produced fresh everyday.

The Carpenter's Daughter,
46G, Jalan USJ 10/1E, Taipan, Subang Jaya.
Open daily, 9am through at least 9:30pm.
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40 comments:

  1. I like the name.. it's quirky.

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    1. Baby Sumo: i forgot to ask them for the explanation for the name! :D

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    2. Maybe the owner's really a carpenter's daughter? Or her family name's Carpenter? :D

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    3. Kenny: or maybe the owners had registered their business as a furniture shop at first, but then changed their minds at the last minute and opened a cafe instead :D

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    4. She is really a carpenter's daughter. My favorite café.

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  2. for a moment i thought of Karen Carpenter...

    the pastas look kinda homely and comforting especially the bolognese. i certainly wouldn't mind such homely servings.

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    1. Missyblurkit: heh, the name definitely provokes speculation. I dunno, maybe a logical explanation is that the owner of this cafe might really be the daughter of a carpenter =) Ya, the food here is straightforward, no surprises, no twists, but just reassuringly pleasant =)

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  3. the vongole looks watery.. is it meant to be like this?

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    1. Michelle: it's definitely more of the soupy sort than we're used to. some might like it, some definitely won't, heheh =)

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  4. The red velvet cupcake sounds too healthy! ;P And too little frosting! I like mine loaded with frosting!!

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    1. Vien: right on! i actually love my frosting more than my cake! :D

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  5. How about the drink there? Good coffee?

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    1. CK: oops. got coffee, but i didn't order. heheh =)

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  6. Taipan!
    Well, at least it's not the area oversaturated with such cafes like Bangsar, Solaris.
    It will do well in taipan.
    An actual, original Red Velvet! I must make time to try this..

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    1. Thenomadgourmand: it's a bit of a drier red velvet though. taste-wise, i think i prefer the more sinful red velvet cakes, like the one at the daily grind in bangsar village :D

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  7. Subang has many hidden affordable gems!! thanks for finding another one! :)

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    1. Ciki: subang is the place to eat! if only it were closer to the city, heheh =)

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  8. Cute place! The only thing about Taipan is the parking...

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    1. Smitten by Food: true! even at night, after office hours, parking on the busier roads can still be a slight hassle :D

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  9. Ohh...its at Taipan...yeah..it will be convenient to me. I shall try it someday. ;-)

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    1. Melissa: hope you enjoy it! :D

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  10. "Why do birds, suddenly appear..." I found myself breaking into song when I first read the title to this post. Heheh! Taipan is close enough to the significant other's house, but parking is horrendous at best :(

    But will definitely give their vongole a go. Seafood swimming in sauce with plate full of pasta. Yummy!

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    1. Unkaleong: heh, that might be my favorite carpenters song too =) i think i've eaten at taipan fewer than 10 times in the past three years. but i'd love to explore the area more sometime :D

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  11. Hi Sean!

    I'm quite familiar with Taipan, but are there any landmarks on the same row? Must be a new shop, I guess, and could it be that the owner's a huge fan of The Carpenters? =D

    I must try their Red Velvet cupcakes since there's real beets inside. I've a question, though. Is the Dark Belgian brownie exceptionally oily?

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    1. Waverly: oh, it's on the row that's behind las carretas restaurant. hope that helps. i didn't really look out for landmarks =) if you do check it out, remember to help us ask for the explanation behind the name, heh :D and no, the brownie's not oily at all. in fact, some might consider both the brownie and the red velvet here a little drier than expected =)

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    2. Hey again, Sean, I think I now know where the restaurant is after making a trip there. Do you know if the restaurant has any rest day? Cause I don't want to go there only to find that that day is their rest day.

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    3. Waverly: they say they're open everyday =)

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  12. Hey,

    It is a lovely surprise to see our cafe being blogged, :) My name is Jin, the owner of the cafe & yes, literally I am a carpenter's daughter :D. We started as an organic bakery @ earthfood, Ampang Hilir & relocated since last Aug (we are behind Papparich, Taipan).

    @Vien: our coffee is 100% Arabica & a blend from Ethiopia, Brazil & Sumatra. More items will be featured in weeks to come including our home-made gelato! So, do check us out if you are in the neighborhood. Cheers.

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    1. Jin: thank you for clearing up the mystery! ooh, i think i did manage to try some of the bread you guys offered back at ovenrun in ampang. interesting move, from ampang to taipan. all the best to you in the time ahead =)

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    2. I think I've a clue where PappaRich is and I must say thank you, Jin, for baking much healthier versions of the Red Velvet and the brownie.

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    3. @Sean, thanks for remembering my Ovenrun bakery in Ampang. In fact I still supply breads to Heaven Cafe :) Yeah, it has been an interesting journey thus far. Hope to see you around. Cheers.

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  13. I like the theme colour, a play of green and beige. What Carpenter's daughter? Did you ask?

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    1. Eiling: ya, that wall with its paintings & decorations is quite lovely :D and ya, Jin, the owner, replied above. she is a carpenter's daughter =)

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  14. the interior looks pleasant, and im surprised that they have no service charge there

    Latest: Anything IS Food!

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    1. Fish: heheh yeah very welcoming place =) I think there's a jar by the counter for voluntary tips =)

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  15. the sandwich is so tempting..perhap will drop by one day!!

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    1. Cindy: hope you enjoy your meal here! :D

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    2. I'll do a review after my visit.....

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  16. So near my house ! Shall try, thanks !

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    1. Wong: hope you enjoy it! :D

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