Monday, April 16, 2012

LOKL Coffee Co

LOKL Coffee's main claim to fame might be a celebrity connection _ Cheryl Samad owns it _ but it isn't a hollow vanity project. This is one of 2012's nicest new cafes.

Sharing a space with the Backhome hostel on Jalan Tun H.S. Lee, this bright, roomy outlet seems tricky to spot, but it's worth the hunt _ a mercifully air-conditioned retreat amid a cluster of shops serving kuey teow soup, chapati & banana leaf rice.

Fresh salads & sandwiches are the highlight. After trying LOKL's beautifully crisp peanut slaw (RM10.90, no taxes or service charge), rippling with shredded veggies, peppers, peanuts & Parmesan cheese in a weightless mayo dressing, we may never order KFC's coleslaw again.

Lettuce, Mandarin oranges & honey-coated almond slices in a vinaigrette dressing (RM10.90). Tastes as vibrant as it looks, terrific for perking up a tired palate.

Hainanese-style meatloaf (RM12.90) _ thick, fluffy bread fried to a golden crunch, stuffed with chicken, chestnuts & prawns & served with Worcestershire sauce. A calorie-laden counterpoint to LOKL's salads, this is crazy-good; despite its pork-free nature, we enjoyed this more than, say, Yut Kee's roti babi.

LOKL makes its own gelato, creamy & well-flavored. A recent choice: Pistachio (RM6.90).

Cupcakes supplied by the Purple Cow bakers are available; this frosting-rich peanut butter chocolate rendition (RM5.90) is irresistible in its sweet-salty stickiness. Mille-crepe cakes by The Food Foundry are also sold here.

Freshly brewed hot latte (RM10.90), with marshmallows on the side (RM1.50).

Kopi susu (RM7.50) _ local coffee with condensed milk. You'll be asked while ordering whether you'd like reduced sugar in this.

Iced cappuccino (RM10.90). Even though LOKL only opened this month, no teething troubles are evident _ service is cheerfully sterling & everything listed on the menu is available.

Lychee syrup infused ice-shaken tea (RM9.50).

One complaint: LOKL (pronounced 'local,' the name isn't an acronym for anything) operates only during office hours on weekdays. But if you work around Lebuh Ampang, it's worth walking here for lunch; others can steal a couple of hours on Friday for an extended afternoon meal.

Note: LOKL is closed today & tomorrow for a last bit of renovation. Should reopen Wednesday, but call Backhome to make sure. Park at the Ming Building or on Jalan Gereja.

LOKL Coffee Co,
30, Jalan Tun H.S. Lee, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-2022-0788
Location: On the portion of Tun H.S. Lee road near St. John's & the Telekom museum.

43 comments:

  1. Ooo...something better than KFCslaw =)

    N who needs Worcestershire when d meatloaf is so packed with ingredients? ;p

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    1. Ulric: heh, though then again, a lot of salads taste better than KFC coleslaw =) the worcestershire was a nice touch that i didn't expect, since it wasn't listed on the menu :D

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  2. That meatloaf looks yummy. And must be darn good if it's better than Yut Kee (this is so famous right?)

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    1. Baby Sumo: i'd rate the meatloaf here an A-, and yut kee's roti babi a B, heh =)

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    2. Any recommendation with A+ rating meatloaf? ;)

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  3. i am trying to remember who cheryl samad is.

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    1. Michelle: heh, you're forgiven, since you've been away from malaysia for so long now! :D

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  4. if it's better than Yut Kee Nais... hope to eat u!

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    1. Edi: hope you enjoy it! :D

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  5. Nice place, nice food but what's up with the name??! It's funny cause kept reading it as LOL Coffee :D

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    1. Vien: hahah, LOL coffee would be a fun name for a cafe! :D

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  6. hey this place looks really nice and I thought LOKL stands for Look Out KL. hehe

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    1. Eiling: heheh, my friend thought it stood for Love Of KL :D

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  7. Both salads look good great and refreshing, mix with peanut or almond, always my favourite!

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    1. CK: oh yeah, the salads were really delicious, and the nuts added a nice crunch! :D

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  8. Purple Cow cupcakes and Food Foundry Mille Crepes! Too bad they make their own gelato or there will definitely be Last Polka ice-cream too. =D

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    1. Drops of Contentment: that's true! this would actually be a great place for last polka ice cream! :D

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  9. sure or not better than Yut Kee roti babi! don't simply say say! :P

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    1. Ciki: heheh, ooo, i said i enjoyed it more than yut kee's, but not that it's better. ya, different taste buds would disagree, heheh :D

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  10. Only office hours? Drats!! I wanna get my LOKL on too!

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    1. Min: we need to petition them to open on weekends at least! :D

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  11. I've never had a latte with marshmallows but I think I'd like to give it a try.

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    1. The Yum List: heheh, i think the marshmallows are supposed to go with some hot chocolate (which we ended up not ordering) :D

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  12. the Lychee syrup seems good ..
    the pictures combination in the wall seems a bit strange.....

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    1. Simple Person: it's a very refreshing fruit tea! :D heheh, the photos have a very quirky character =)

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  13. Better than Yut Kee's roti babi? That I have to try. Plus it's so near my office! :D

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    1. Bangsar-Babe: i wish it were within walking distance from my office! though it's only about a five-minute drive away (followed by a five-minute walk) :D

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  14. LOKL looks good. And I'm sure they'll start opening on weekends after the initial starting up period. Great find! :)

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    1. Kenny: yaa, this could be a great weekend hangout. and parking and traffic in this area would be less of a hassle on saturdays and sundays :D

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  15. Ahh I kept guessing what LOKL stands for, I came up with Look Of Kuala Lumpur Haha.. but it turned out not to be an acronym after all :P The meatloaf looked really good! I have never tried but Kee before so would be a nice experiment to buy both of these and try together to compare! Hehe

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    1. Iamthewitch: heheh, Laugh Out Kuala Lumpur could be a cool name also :D i think yut kee's roti babi used to be pretty good, but the last time i tried it a few years ago, i kinda felt it was a little too greasy and had not enough stuffing =)

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  16. My friend was just telling me about this place over the weekend. Now I can't wait to check it out!

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    1. Smitten By Food: hope you get the chance soon, and that you enjoy it! :D

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    1. Nikel: worth drinking, definitely :D

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  18. The meatloaf looks yummeh. And if I had not read your post, I would have thought it was a good piece of roti babi:D

    Love the pretty lettuce and mandarin orange salad. That's how I love my salads to be. Refreshing, crisp, juicy and nutty:D

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    1. Missyblurkit: oh yeah, the meatloaf's almost perfect for what it is, i think. and so are the salads, come to think of it. i guess they make sure they have fresh ingredients, and they're not stingy with it at all! :D

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  19. I adore what I see.. the SALADS!
    Not to be diggin up past events, but I must say.. your yut kee remark and the subsequent comments, hits close to home w the recent event.
    The misconstrued meaning of our written words. Innocent and no harm done if nothin comes up of it.
    But the hurt when it does......

    "'enjoy this more' vs 'better than'." Different context altogether. So easily misinterpreted.

    *an observation between u and me with no intended reference or harm to any other readers or commentators *

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    1. TNG: oh yeah, i quite love the salads here! wish the variety were wider, but i guess the kitchen here is small and modest =) and ya, i understand what you mean. and i know you've never intended any harm ever. i guess the risks are always that words and motives can always be very easily misunderstood =)

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  20. I finally found the place! LOL! I work nearby and I have been looking for the place since i read this entry. I finally found it yesterday cos i was stuck in traffic at HS Lee. Thank God for the traffic!
    Anyway, I went to LOKL for lunch today and had the pleasure of meeting Cheryl and husband, Ping. i must say the place is really not bad.. Great place for a coffee and to just chill - awesome hideout if i feel like getting out of the office!

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    1. FFhanah: thanks for the feedback; glad to hear you like the place too! i haven't managed to return since april, but it's nice to hear that they're still making many customers happy :D and oh yeah, that's a good tip, to keep our eyes open while trapped in traffic! =)

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  21. It was strange bumping to Kedai Kopi LOKL in the middle of the ancient KL. Such modern, indie decor...didn't know what to expect until I found your nice review here. Would love to sample some awesome stuff but OMG, parking would be a nightmare

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    1. Roze: that's true, since it's only open on weekdays, and closed at night and on weekends, it's quite problematic to head here unless you're working in the area. hopefully they'll extend their hours to weekends someday. and thanks for the kind comment =)

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