Sunday, March 31, 2013

Touche @ Section 17 & Crave @ Ara Damansara

Cruising into a couple of cafes that opened in the suburbs this year: Touche Pastries at PJ's Section 17 & Crave at Oasis Ara Damansara. 

Touche, a reasonably welcoming hangout, operates on the now-crowded row that also houses The Gastro Project & Little Heritage House.

Warm meals here include sandwiches like a smoked duck one with cucumber & hoisin sauce, evocative of Peking Duck in flavor. 

Scones, croissants, danishes & other archetypal bakery fare are available. Won't revolutionize the industry, but should satisfy the stomach.

The coffee's fair; Butter + Beans nearby is still our current cafe recommendation for Section 17, but Touche's worth a visit too.

Meanwhile, Oasis Ara Damansara's also becoming a should-visit destination; here we shine the spotlight on Crave, a spacious, couch-filled stop for lazy afternoons.

Crave's highlight seems to be the beetroot-blessed beef-&-egg burger. Not bad at all.

Cakes are supplied by Cake Tella's Eddie Tan. Love the Nutella mille crepe, soft & sumptuous.

Crave's own house-made lemon drizzle cupcake is OK, though maybe not memorable.

And of course, caffeine. Crave serves Australia's Toby's Estate coffee.

Touche Pastries & More,
7, Jalan 17/56, Petaling Jaya.
Tel: 03-7932-1121. Mon-Sun, 8am-9pm (or so their FB page says)
Crave @ BG-03, Oasis Square, Ara Damansara, Petaling Jaya.
Tel: 03-7734-3192. Mon-Sat, 830am-630pm
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30 comments:

  1. looks like Section 17 is housing some pretty good eats these days. The decor seems similar to The Bread Shop though...

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    1. Missyblurkit: yeah, section 17 is definitely becoming a hub for some interesting cafes and restaurants. true, touche does have the BIG-meets-bread-shop kind of vibe, i guess that's the 'in look' now, heh =)

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  2. Looks amazing, Sean. I absolutely love the exposed brick!

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    1. Linda: oh yeah, that gives out quite a warm, welcoming look! :D

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  3. Nutella mille crepe? Ooooo...sure would love to try that!

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    1. Suituapui: it's definitely one of the top 10 mille crepes i've ever had :D

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  4. Oh, was at Decanter not long ago and was studying the brick exterior of Touche that just said Coffee, Bread. We were wondering when it would open. Love how that whole row is slowly becoming a row of food! That nutella crepe looks reaaaally good though - anywhere else we can get a piece of Cake Tella's cakes without getting a whole cake?

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    1. Drops Of Contentment: yeah, i like this little strip of section 17 too! the only problem is that parking is extremely scarce during weekdays for lunch =) ooh, cake tella's mille crepes and chocolate marshmallow cakes are currently also available at tedboy bakery in telawi bangsar :D

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  5. Both neighbourhood cafes look cosy and chic! glad that operators are now looking after the suburban areas!! yay!

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    1. AugustDiners: oh yeah, let's hope that every neighborhood gets at least one or two good cafes! so far, there's not a really nice coffee cafe at my area of sri petaling, i think =)

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  6. We have visited the Toby's Estate at Singapore, quite enjoy the place and coffee. Hmm maybe can drop by Crave to try their coffee.

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    1. CK: ooh, ya, i think this was the only cafe in malaysia so far where i've tried Toby's Estate coffee. it's not bad, ya :D

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  7. smoked duck sandwich looks pretty good. More like a fusion style with addition of hoisin sauce ;-)

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    1. Melissa: yeah, an oriental-influenced sandwich, heheh :D

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  8. I like exposed walls facade in restaurants. Think I would like a slice of that Nutella mille crepe too. Though it must be really good for us to venture all the way to PJ for!

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    1. Baby Sumo: yeah, that's a very nice look for these kinds of cafes :D oooh, the nutella mille crepe from this supplier is also sometimes available at tedboy bakery in bangsar. ya, ara damansara is quite an inconvenient location for many of us =)

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  9. a bit far from my place, but will put this is my visit list. =p
    addicted to coffee place with nice environment, can spend whole afternoon/evening in a place like this, best if come with good wifi connection.

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    1. Jean: heheh, ya, maybe can try visiting on a saturday afternoon, when it's quiet and there's not much traffic :D

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  10. Both places are well named. Must get out more over to that side of the city.

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    1. The Yum List: yeah, catchy one-word names for both outlets =) i like heading to PJ and the suburbs on weekends, when traffic is light =)

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  11. i think i prefer Crave. i was at Toby Estate during my last visit. coffee's good, food fair.

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    1. TNG: ya, if u're in ara damansara, it might be worth a quick stop for tea :D

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  12. What kind of food to be provided during lunch hour? Today I plan to bring my colleague enjoy lunch over there.

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    1. Calista: oops, sorry for the late response. i hope you had a good lunch. i think they do sandwiches and pastries =)

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  13. Just found out about this cafe being open and serving loads of pastries and food. So ashamed to tell people I live in Section 17 >.< Will definitely drop by to check it out soon!

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    1. Media major: hope you enjoy it! section 17 is a nice neighborhood for cafes, ya :D

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    1. Ciki: ya, you could walk here and reach in under 10 mins! :D

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  15. Great place, reasonable pricing. Almost a usually weekend brunch hangout.

    Best part, it is dog friendly... If you happen to see a Rottweiler quietly laying down outside, don't be scared. She is just still a puppy.

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    1. N Keong: thanks for the info about the canine-friendliness, that's a cool touch! :D

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