Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Exhibit Cafe @ Taman Tun

If Exhibit Cafe were a person, he'd be someone we'd want for a friend, with his guileless capacity to place us at ease, have us linger with him & leave us feeling nourished by the experience. This is one of 2013's nicest new cafes.

Malaysian-born Loo See Hin & his Japanese wife have opened a suburban purlieu that's stylish without being stuffy or showy, polished but free of vain pretensions. It's supremely peaceful here for now, but expect the crowds to come very soon.

Here's a cafe with a story, with reasons behind each piece of Mid-Century Modern furniture & a background even to the bear that sits by the window with wombat companions, pausing perhaps to ponder its trek from Brisbane to Taman Tun Dr Ismail.

 Exhibit's food represents what the cafe's owners want to eat: Wholesome fare that tastes as fresh & natural as imaginable, noticeably low in sugar & salt, exemplified by this tuna sandwich in a baguette that's par-baked in France before being finished off at Exhibit.

Sweet potato soup is on the current warm-food menu; on other occasions, folks might find broths brimming with clams & tomatoes, or maybe a vegetarian one with broccoli, celery, green peppers & lady's fingers with bay-leaves-infused extra virgin olive oil.

Preservative-free pastries, from poppy seed puffs stuffed with Japanese red bean paste, cheesecakes topped with fresh strawberries & pain au chocolat centered with Belgian chocolate ...

 ... to croissants constructed with Aussie butter & raw almond cream (RM8 nett) ...

 ... & soft-baked cookies with components like pumpkin seeds & oatmeal.

 Chemex coffeemakers to brew Exhibit's distinctive beverages for sipping slowly while savoring what sounds like Coltrane-era jazz on the cafe's speakers.

Love the Japanese Maruyama dark roast blend (RM15), richly nuanced & maybe a little nutty.

Lion Coffee, bearing the fragrance of vanilla beans & macadamia nuts, served at Exhibit with a bit of Valrhona chocolate on the saucer. RM15 nett.

Belvoir organic elderflower cordial (RM16), excellent for caffeine-averse customers.

Valrhona hot chocolate, made with the buttery Dulcey Blond variety.

Exhibit Cafe opens 11am-9pm, except Wednesdays. Its signboard should be up by week's end, but for now, look for it above Taman Tun's SMiLE CLINIC.
Note: Exhibit will be closed this Sunday, July 21, but is usually open on other Sundays.

"Hoot-bye, until we meet again," these owl figurines from Bali seem to say (in our mind's ear).

Exhibit Cafe TTDI,
86A, Jalan Burhanuddin Helmi, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-7731-3311

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46 comments:

  1. aiyoh~~~~~ i like the furnitures!!!!

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    1. 女飞侠: yeah, when the cafe owner speaks about it, we'd realize the mix of furniture is very thoughtfully chosen =)

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  2. The environment and deco look nice! I want to go! :D

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    1. CK: ya, i think you can snap some very pretty photos here! and i really liked their maruyama coffee. it's the most enjoyable coffee i've had this month! =)

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  3. This is so so close to me. And looks like I got a nice place to chill while I write :)
    No cakes? WIFI?

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    1. TNG: yeah, it's the ideal place to relax. i could spend a whole afternoon here, i think :D not sure about wi-fi, but they'll expand their menu later, so i think there'll be a few cakes for sure! =)

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  4. Tis place looks sooooo cozy...the sweet potato soup looks good...are more sandwiches available? =)

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    1. Ulric: ya, major cozy! =) the sweet potato soup tasted homemade in a lovely way. they serve different sandwiches on different weeks/days, it seems (but only one at a time). they've also served teriyaki chicken sandwiches, brie-rocket sandwiches & nicoise-salad sandwiches before :D

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    2. One at a time...tats pretty limited =)

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    3. Ulric: ya, one of the factors might be that the place seems to be run entirely and only by this couple for now =)

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    4. Oic...just like Coffee 5 Cups...except they have a service staff =)

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    5. Ulric: yup, it's becoming a fine year for couple-run coffee cafes in kl =)

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  5. It is so cool to see a rocking chair in a cafe! (referring to Exhibit Cafe). The sweet potato soup looks wonderful! I love the bright decor. I love mid century modern decor!

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    1. Linda: oh yeah, that rocking chair could be one of the prime seats in this place! :D it's a quirky-cool interior indeed. i think quite a number of customers might fall in love with this place =)

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  6. this looks and sounds AMAZING!

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    1. Cquek: it was really nice to spend an hour or so in this cafe =)

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  7. Cozy! I wanna say hello to teddy and the wombats too!

    Certainly a good spot to chill unless the crowd starts coming in and hummmmmmm:D

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    1. Missyblurkit: heheh, Teddy's adorable, I hope nobody tries to swipe him away from the cafe! =) parking on this row can be problematic on weekdays, so I think it won't be too packed on weekdays. Weekends will probably get busier, but since the cafe's open all day long, the crowd will probably be well spaced out =)

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  8. i like the surrounding of the cafe~ nice picture taken toO~

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    1. Mr lonely: thanks! Ya, this was a fun place for photo-taking :D

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  9. close to work, yay! this look like a place i can spend hours in alone. :)

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    1. Augustdiners: ya, if only this outlet offered wine too, I could imagine dropping by for dinner or just to spend a nice, quiet evening with my buddy Mr Merlot (or maybe Ms Pinot Noir) :D

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  10. Interesting assortment of chairs. Wonder if they can stand my weight. Hehehehehe!!!! Coffee looks good!!!!

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    1. Suituapui: heheh, i figure those chairs might be sturdier than they look! :D and ya, I especially liked the maruyama coffee. It's deep and has dimensions =)

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  11. What a bright colourful cheerful place! Must pop by soon since it's so near ;-)

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    1. Pureglutton: hope u enjoy it! It's definitely a pleasant, stress-free hideout, and it's clear the owners put a lot of love into creating this space =)

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  12. "Here's a cafe with a story, with reasons behind each piece of Mid-Century Modern furniture & a background even to the bear that sits by the window with wombat companions, pausing perhaps to ponder its trek from Brisbane to Taman Tun Dr Ismail." This is part of the reason why I love your site :D Keep it up!

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    1. Barry: thanks for the kind words, man. I appreciate them =)

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  13. Too bad I'm not familiar with TTDI. But I have to agree with you; judging from the simple decorations, if the cafe is a living human, it'd definitely be everyone's good friend.

    Nothing like the croissants with Aussie butter to paint a smile on my face. The cookies and hot chocolate look good, too. =)

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    1. Waverly: yeah, GPS is our best friend at TTDI :D and yep, this cafe has many qualities of a friend. it's welcoming and it's accepting =) yup, i like the croissants and other offerings here cos they're tasty but low-guilt (not as heavy compared to food & beverages at some other outlets) :D

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  14. Good wholesome food and yes, the ambiance is fantastic!

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    1. Baby Sumo: heheh, yeah, they strike a nifty balance between looking like a cafe and looking like a furniture gallery! it feels like a nice hideout cos it's concealed from the street, but at the same time, there's that long window that gives us a nice glimpse of the neighborhood outside :D

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  15. i love here!!!
    i will plan to visit some day! thanks for sharing!

    cool!

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    1. 镜框外ザ軒: great to hear that. i hope you really enjoy this place :D

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  16. All chairs is different! Cool~

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    1. Choi Yen: yeah, each chair (& table) is unique! :D

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  17. sounds like a perfect place for lawyers & judges.

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    1. KY: Exhibit Cafe is Exhibit A for the defense! :D

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  18. ...and sons and daughters of the lawyers and judges, LOL !

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    1. Wong: it's a family affair! =)

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  19. Like the decor. I like how KL is slowly becoming more 'internationalised' with well thought out menus and interior design.

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    1. Kelly: yeah, i guess with more restaurateurs having traveled and visited cafes abroad, it's great that they're bringing fresh ideas back to KL. here's looking forward to more good stuff :D

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  20. I'm in Exhibit Cafe right now on your recommendation nomming on the excellent pain au chocolat and Varlhona cake, along with an awesome cup of Maruyama coffee. Initial impressions weren't great given the limited food menu but it's quite clear that the owners have taken the best ingredients they can find and made something really yummy out of it. Wonderful pleasant Saturday afternoon late lunch, thanks for the heads-up Sean.

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    1. Jw: thank you for writing, am really glad to hear you're enjoying your time there, that's the most important thing. Yep, the menu's pretty limited, but you're right, it's quality over quantity. I totally loved that coffee too, it's fabulous =)

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  21. The interior is beautiful . I love the natural lighting. Brilliant choice of long glass panel for entrance of natural sunlight.

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    1. Sycookies: yeah, your observation is so true on all counts. i think a lot of customers will fall in love with the look of this cafe =)

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