Tuesday, June 5, 2012

LonBay @ Paradigm Mall & Await @ Taman Desa


Two different cafes, one common purpose: Coffee, black and strong, is what keeps the crowds buzzing at both LonBay and Await.

First up, LonBay at Paradigm Mall distinguishes itself from other java joints by brewing its own exclusive brand of beans, organically cultivated at a Johor farm.

From what we understand, LonBay's 'kopi luwak' is Malaysian-produced, thanks to free-roaming civets in the peninsular's south.

A batch of three cups of civet coffee costs north of RM80. Not as expensive as what other outlets charge, but we're not enough of coffee connoisseurs to appreciate these aromas. An ideal accompaniment, nevertheless, to Cielo Dolci's awesome gelato, just a few steps away.

A cheaper choice: LonBay's Liberian-origin coal-roasted siphon-brew ice-drip coffee (about RM20 for 250ml), also grown and fermented in Johor. Lattes, cappuccinos and espressos are available at around RM10 each.

Customers seeking a more homey environment, instead of a sterile shopping mall setting, need not wait in vain, now that Await is open at Taman Desa.

It's a friendly neighborhood hangout that's suitable for leisurely Sunday afternoons, since parking might be a problem on weekdays.

Try the fairly flavorsome banana cheesecake, baked specially for Await. House-made sandwiches are also sold here, alongside breakfast sets on weekends.

Siphon house-blend, comprising Brazil Santos and Tanzanian beans.

Some like it cold: Guatemalan iced coffee.

What works well with coffee? Chocolate desserts! From Await, it's a relatively short drive to our current favorite Bangsar dining destination, Madisons at the Bangkung row.
Main entry on Madisons: June 4, 2012.

Madisons' chocolate and hazelnut dacquoise, constructed with choc mousse, hazelnut meringue and choc-coated salted caramel. Creamy and melt-in-the-mouth milky, with a flavor evocative of Ferrero Rocher.

Crema fritta, featuring fried custard cream pastry, chocolate sponge, strawberry syllabub and red wine and pepper jelly. Pretty rich, but delicious enough to devour without sharing.

Coffee lovers, take heart: there'll be even more outlets to get your fix at soon, including new branches of EspressoLab at The Gardens Mid Valley and Artisan Roast in Bangsar.



Lon Bay Coffee,
Lower Ground Floor, Paradigm Mall, Kelana Jaya.

Await Cafe (above Ceggo Boardroom),
9-1-5, Jalan 3/109F, Taman Danau Desa, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-7971-0978
Open through 8pm daily.

Madisons Restaurant,
Jalan Bangkung, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-2092-1222
Closed Sundays.
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32 comments:

  1. Await must have opened quite recently. Did not notice it when I popped over to Ceggo recently. Or perhaps I was being my own blur self.

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    1. Missyblurkit: oh yeah, i think Await opened sometime in mid-May. it's a nice little nook, run by nice folks. i hope it does well :D

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  2. i prefer geishas anytime over luwaks. btw, geisha panama is a variation of the coffee plant.

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    1. Michelle: ooh, i'm not sure i've ever tried that. will keep an eye out for it :D

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    2. The panama geisha auctions for >usd120/lb green (meaning raw) which translates to a street value of approx. Rm1000/kg...noticeable notes in the cup: bright, floral, fruity sweet, cempedak + gula Melaka, very tea-like...

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    3. Joshua: wow, cempedak isn't something i'd have expected to read in a coffee description. not my fave fruit, but this makes it even more tempting to try, tnx =)

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    4. We have some private reserves stashed away somewhere :p taking our time to introduce it, a little hesitant actually, not sure how the malaysian coffee drinkers will react to it...but will certainly inform you when we have roasted it

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    5. Joshua: ah, you're gonna get folks curious about what other treasures you've all been hoarding. but I guess that one might be something that could kinda appeal to tea lovers too =)

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  3. Free-roaming civets sound better than wild cats :) oo, Artisan Roast opening in Bangsar, I'll finally get to try the famous coffee.

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    1. Footfringe: heheh, that which we call a coffee by any other name would smell as sweet :D ya, i'm looking forward to artisan roast's bangsar branch too. it'll be closer for me as well compared to their taman tun outlet =)

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  4. We went Await few times, and tried their breakfast.
    And I just finished my Await post yesterday, thinking to release it tonight. You are fast, lol

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    1. CK: ooh, i didn't manage to try await's breakfast. i saw the shop's poster, and it looks like they have some nice egg dishes, heheh :D

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  5. I can never drink my coffee cold!! Even Starbucks coffee frap freaks me out! HAHA cold=non-caffeinated! Except.. Coke! :P

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    1. Vien: heh, i know this goes against what most coffee purists believe, but i'm not a fan of steaming-hot coffee! i hate having to be careful to not burn my tongue :D p.s. i never drink coke. i don't think i've touched a can of coke in over a decade =)

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  6. Wow I'm dessert-ified! (No that doesn't exist) I have only tried Kopi Luwak once when I was in Bali in a coffee factory. They gave us a small small cup out of a packet that costs USD150! Crazy! Well do you think it's worth the premium? :)

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    1. Iamthewitch: heheh, there's always room for a nice dessert, right :D ooh, this was only my third time trying kopi luwak. i'm not sure i'll ever try it again. i'd definitely prefer to spend the cash on a bottle of wine instead, heh =)

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  7. I'm not a fan of kopi luwak. Too mild for my liking hehe...

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    1. Bangsar-Babe: oh yeah, there was an interesting bitterness to it, but the flavor and fragrance didn't really leave a lasting impression :D

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  8. Madison's sound like a really great place judging from your last 2 posts.

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    1. Baby Sumo: it has a cozy setting, friendly and efficient staff, and satisfactory food. i could rate it a 7/10 (which is thumbs up for me) :D

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  9. await cafe is so near to my house! :) the ambiance is pretty good there

    Latest: The Pork Way to Go

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    1. Fish: hope you like Await Cafe! yeah, it's a bright, cheerful place, with some interesting furniture and interior design. quite enjoyable to visit :D

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  10. Local and organic yay!!! The civet cat coffee though I think is a huge hoax. I just imagine a bunch of islanders sitting around laughing about how stupid foreigners are and how they'll buy anything if you tell them it's exotic, coming up with the most disgusting thing they can think of and then putting the highest price on it and laughing all the way to the bank. :-)

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    1. The Yum List: oooh, that definitely sounds plausible. i know i can often be ranked among the 'gullible' sort of customer, heh. i can't discern what's really extraordinary about civet coffee either =)

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  11. Ooo only coffee? No additional grappa in the coffee? Kekeke

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    1. Simple Person: haha, i really wish there was grappa! but paradigm mall has very little alcohol :D

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  12. Can you actually buy the beans from there too?

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    1. Kelly: from lonbay, yep, they have beans for sale =)

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  13. RM80 for 3 cups isn't that expensive provided the civet cats are wild and not reared. But I guess at this price, the cats are likely not roaming in the wild.

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    1. Eiling: yeah, i guess we don't really have any way to authenticate the claims about the kopi luwak. i didn't mind paying RM80 this time for the coffee, but i don't think i'll be repeating it, heh. i can't tell the difference between kopi luwak and regular coffee =)

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  14. not bad.. Paradigm is starting to look like a mall worth going for f&b exploration.. and Madison! Good food, great desserts. Wines.
    Such a gd decision to chg over frm Four Seasons!

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    1. TNG: oh yeah, i think paradigm mall is a more attractive dining destination for me compared to, say, the curve. but hopefully there'll be more booze-serving outlets here by the end of the year :D
      i'm hoping that madisons does well. it was packed on a recent saturday nite, with everyone seemingly enjoying the pastas here =)

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