Sunday, May 6, 2012

Dragonfly @ Publika

Remember Coffee in Love? That alfresco cafe set in a Hartamas plant nursery closed recently but has been reincarnated nearby in Publika, enduring a dramatic transformation into Dragonfly.
Earlier entry on Coffee In Love: Oct. 17, 2011.

The cool concept here: this java joint doubles as a tattoo parlor, melding coffee art and body art.

A peek into the torture chamber. Dragonfly Tattoo Cafe is affiliated with the well-established Dragonfly tattoo parlors at Mid Valley and 1 Utama, so professionalism is assured.

Tattoos cost north of RM100, but come with free coffee to help ease the pain.

Cleanly etched work, looking sharp. Here's hoping it heals fast.

Only espresso and piccolo latte are available for now. Both taste pretty satisfying.

Coffee is served with old-fashioned, cracker-like biscuits ...

... and in hand-crafted cups with complimentary sunflower seeds (kuaci).

Cold fresh milk is also available, brought in weekly from a farm in Johor.

Not from Dragonfly, but we buzzed over to The Bee, also at Publika, to try The Last Polka's current promotional OJ Law flavor, named after the Malaysian indie musician. It's excellent, very creamy when not overly frozen, featuring caramelized banana ice cream mixed with rich chocolate walnut cake.

Dragonfly's decor is a pastiche of quirky-kinky sensibilities; it's worth visiting this cafe simply to sit at the low tables and admire all the intricacies of the surroundings (even the ceilings!).






Dragonfly,
Level UG, Publika, Solaris Dutamas, Kuala Lumpur.
Open 10am-9pm.
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36 comments:

  1. I wonder if you took up their offer and got inked? Free coffee, dude! :P

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    1. Kenny: only free cocktails could coax me to get something semi-permanent etched on me =)

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  2. I remember their peanut butter brownie, do they still serve that?

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    1. CK: oooh, no more. no more cupcakes, no more desserts for now. but maybe later! :D

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  3. Cool wacky art decor! Did you get a tattoo?? :P

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    1. Vien: yeah, love the funky look of this place! but nopes, i'm not courageous enough to get tattooed :D

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  4. i want my salted gula melaka ice cream!

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    1. Michelle: heheh, my taste buds prefer this chocolate banana flavor! :D

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  5. they do tattoo for everyone? any design is available? :) that's cool!

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    1. Fish: oh yeah, tattoos for anybody, but the price starts at about RM100, i think. they should have quite a variety of possible designs :D

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  6. u put a real tattoo?
    last time i nearly had a tattoo while I was back in the states...

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    1. Simple Person: heheh, no, that's not my tattoo. i don't think i'll ever get a tattoo :D

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  7. Love the look of this place. Not too sure about the getting a tat bit though!

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    1. The Yum List: heee, yeah, i'd recommend this place for anyone who'd like to sit for 30 minutes and just have a cup of coffee in an interesting setting :D

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    1. Qwazymonkey: oops, nopes, that's not my tattoo. there was a stranger there who just finished getting that tattoo, and i asked if he could roll up his sleeves for me to snap a pic. he kindly obliged :D

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  9. Haha, everyone thinks u got that tattoo...including me! :P Such an interesting lil joint... all those decor stuff - quaint!

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    1. Pureglutton: heheh, i'll only get a tattoo if i'm totally drunk or being forced to by someone holding a gun to my head! :D oh ya, even the origin of the decor stuff is interesting. some of it is made out of used tattoo equipment components! :D

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  10. Ok enough people have asked about your tattoo so I won't ask again..haha. Coffee and tattoos don't seem to go together though. I imagine shots of whiskey are more appropriate to dull the pain? Just like in the movies. haha

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    1. Dropsofcontentment: heh, I agree with that! Coffee and tattoos seem as strange a match as cupcakes in a dentist's office! And yeah, a shot of whiskey in the coffee might work wonders :D

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  11. Such a cute little place. I think I'll stay at coffee, don't think Im brave enough to do a tattoo.

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    1. Smitten By Food: i share your sentiments exactly! :D

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  12. Get inked and a get a free coffee? err... no thanks. Haha I'll shiver at the thought of getting poked by needles.

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    1. Eiling: yeah, i'm definitely not a fan of needles either. all the times i've donated blood, or had medical check-ups, or gotten injected, those are my least favorite parts =)

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  13. Coffee and tattoo? I am keen! Missed Coffee In Love...am glad they finally opened in Publika though I doubt that furkids are welcomed now.

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    1. Missyblurkit: heheh, you're a brave woman! :D yeah, unfortunately, this place is all indoors now, and there's a lot of sterile tattoo equipment around, so doggies would probably not be advisable. maybe they'll open another alfresco branch in the future, hopefully =)

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  14. highly suggest u noted down all the foods and drinks price, thanks! :)

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    1. Ting: suggestion read, thanks :D

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  15. Like the way they served their coffee, so alternative! The biscuit is like I have in Childhood. Yum! Hope to visit this artistic Dragonfly cafe soon. It's run by local? Eh..you have an agent to fed you all the latest eatery info. You always ahead of us. Cheers!

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    1. River: hi huck! :D ya, this cafe seems to be run by a small group of friendly malaysian women. heh, no agent so far, but i would like to hire one if possible someday! =)

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  16. Dear Sean,

    In your opinion where is a nice/good place to have lunch in solaris? I've been to a few places there in publika/solaris, but were letdown by their service. I intend to go this weekend and was hoping to get some guidance from you, because I follow your blog and agree with most of your reviews ;)

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    1. Renaura: thanks. i'd recommend nathalie's gourmet studio for a splurge, urbano e fresco for a simple italian meal, and maybe the red beanbag if you'd like someplace younger or livelier =)

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    2. Thanks for your input Sean. Much appreciated :)

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    3. Renaura: no worries, i hope you enjoy your meal :D

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  17. Nice place! =) will come again =) how special is this place =)

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    1. Xiao: glad to hear you liked it =)

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