Sunday, June 16, 2013

15 Sheets @ Bangsar & Artisan Roast HQ @ PJ Section 13

Jonesing for java? Our city's need for caffeine has morphed into a full-blown addiction, with two more openings this month that might become notorious dens for joe junkies.

First up, 15 Sheets, a cheerfully friendly Bangsar men's boutique that doubles as a latte-loving cafe, making the streets of Telawi increasingly unsafe for coffee evaders.

Buy a colorfully checkered, American-made shirt, sock or tie ... 

... then sip a painstakingly perfected Americano; it's all in an afternoon's work for KL's highly strung urban male.

Complimentary coffee? That's what 15 Sheets is serving, for these few days. Yays!

15 Sheets is a new name, but our next stop marks an established brand that we've tracked since its earliest incarnation in Ampang's Persiaran Ritchie: Artisan Roast.

Artisan abandoned its original outlet, but every branch it's since launched has successfully carved fresh niches, in the TTDI indie-hipster scene, Bangsar Village's sparkling-mall setting, & now, most impressively, a cavernous cafe in Petaling Jaya.

Artisan Roast PJ opened this weekend, a work in progress with renovation forging ahead, but serving coffee & cakes nevertheless. This looks to be Artisan's flagship hangout, spearheaded by a bevy of the best baristas that passion can produce.

Try the filtered Rwandan or Kenyan. It might change your mind about what coffee can be.

The Last Polka's latest flavors are available here: A wondrous Wonderland of butterscotch & black pepper (one of The Last Polka's greatest hits, absolutely amazing) & Green Eggs & Ham (peppermint with choc fudge).

(Kita) Punya Colada, a remarkable riff on the Pina Colada, a tropical fruit trinity of coconut, pineapple & even jackfruit (!), plus an effervescent Root Beer ice cream.

Nice news: Hot breakfasts should be offered here starting next month. Artisan Roast PJ is nestled in a warehouse-like space somewhere behind Jaya 33.

Pictorial progression, the comprehensive chart of Artisan from the beginning to the present.
Entry on Artisan Roast @ Ampang: March 6, 2011. TTDI: Feb. 6, 2012 & Feb. 10, 2012. Bangsar Village: August 13, 2012.

15Sheets @ Telawi,
9, Jalan Telawi 2, Bangsar Baru, Kuala Lumpur.
Open daily, 11am-9pm.
Artisan Roast HQ @ Petaling Jaya,
19, Jalan 13/2, Section 13, Petaling Jaya.
Open daily, morning through late.

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24 comments:

  1. Gimme the Punya Colada...I'll gladly polish off 2 - 3! :3

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    1. Ulric: y'know, i actually don't like nangka/jackfruit on its own at all, but this Punya Colada (nice name, huh) by The Last Polka is not bad! it might actually go great with Swich Cafe's cempedak cafe, heh :D

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    2. Ooo...nice idea! Coconut, pineapple, jackfruit n cempedak all-in-one =)

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    3. Ulric: fruity fun! though my next dessert dream would come true if the last polka someday makes a mangosteen ice cream, one that's as delicious as swich's mangosteen cake :D

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  2. Yay! This time your post showed on Blogger. :) I love the name "Artisan Roast!" It sounds very artistic...and scrumptious. I love the checkered shirts...and the ambiance looks nice.

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    1. Linda: yays! am glad i'm back on the list :D and yep, the folks who came up with the name 'artisan roast' certainly hit the jackpot :D i was very tempted to buy one of the shirts at 15 Sheets. maybe next time. and yes, i loved the amiable ambiance at both these cafes =)

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  3. I don't think they have my size. Hehehehehe!!!! Hmmmm...artisan breads don't come cheap, I wonder about the coffee.

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    1. Suituapui: oooh, but you can still buy a nice tie at 15 sheets, heheh :D yeah, these single-origin coffees can seem pricey. though they're definitely worth trying =)

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  4. Rwandan and Kenyan coffee may really change my idea about coffee! I bet its acquired taste!

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    1. Wong: quite complex, but really enjoyable at Artisan :D

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    1. Waverly: perfect to perk us up after we woke way too early for a weekend :D

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  6. Green Peas and Ham, ah it's just a name, thought they really made a savoury ice cream :P

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    1. Baby Sumo: oh yeah, that's definitely what most folks would imagine if they heard that name for the first time! :D

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  7. Woah! That area (behind jaya 33) is a fabulous location. Loads of factory workers dying for new food/hangout/choice

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    1. TNG: yaaa, and parking seems to be quite easy and free on weekends. i think it'll become a popular PJ brunch/coffee/teatime hangout once word of mouth spreads =)

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  8. Besides the environment is pretty cosy & cooling there. Plenty of shade and green (kinda) I believe

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    1. TNG: true, it definitely feels more pleasantly secluded compared to Taman Tun and Bangsar Village. whoever thought of this location deserves a nice pat on the back, i think :D

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  9. Just went to Artisan this morning, the new machine was in, hehehehe.

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    1. CK: oh yes, they still seem to be bringing in some more equipment and cleaning up the place properly these few days. should look better by next week, maybe :D

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  10. Great ambience and I am sold for tea time!

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    1. Sycookies: yeah, yay for cafes that remain open in between lunchtime and dinnertime! :D

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  11. Coffee and shopping! Yay for the guys:D

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    1. Missyblurkit: heh, yes, thank goodness for a boutique that caters to the not-so-fairer sex. looking forward to seeing how 15 sheets evolves. i hope it does well with both the shopping and the coffee crowds =)

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