Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Podgy & The Banker @ Hartamas & Bricks Coffee @ Damansara Perdana

A potential household name for KL's coffee buffs, Podgy & The Banker has more to offer than merely a fun moniker; this cafe serves caffeine with a kick.

Dynamic duo Neil & Adam are the baristas behind this spacious, smartly outfitted outlet that opened this week in the perfect location: the suburban row of Hartamas shop-houses that's home to My Elephant & Fru-T-Pop.

Sumatran Mandheling Kuda Mas coffee beans form the heart of a lovable latte here.

Our macchiato looks mildly melancholy; strange, considering how cheerful this cafe seems. Though maybe it's because Lana Del Rey's playing in the background.

Sandwiches, pastries, cakes & everything else associated with a full-fledged hangout will likely be made available in the days to come.

Who's Podgy & who's The Banker? Head here & find out.

Let's keep the lattes flowing: Also worth a visit, Bricks Coffee in Damansara Perdana.

Bricks is a cozy-enough cafe; Damansara Perdana has long been a wasteland for coffee lovers, but this oasis of Colombia Supremo beans is no mirage.

 The latte's not too shabby (RM9); somewhere in the could-be-better, could-be-worse category.

 Try the affogato (RM12), with double-shot espresso & Forty Licks salted caramel ice cream.

 And the name? Lots of exposed bricks here, but Bricks might also refer to the owners' experience in both the F&B & real estate sectors. Here's hoping this tentative start, with sandwiches & other food to come soon, is sufficient foundation for Bricks' eventual success.

Podgy & The Banker,
2, Jalan Sri Hartamas 8, Kuala Lumpur.
Currently open 8am-3pm, 8pm-midnight daily during Ramadan.

 Bricks Coffee,
G8, The Place, Jalan PJU 8/5D, Damansara Perdana.
Tel: 03-7725-9885
Mon-Thurs, 10am-7pm; Fri-Sun, noon-6pm

Podgy & The Banker,
2, Jalan Sri Hartamas 8, Kuala Lumpur.
Currently open 8am-3pm, 8pm-midnight daily during Ramadan.

 Bricks Coffee,
G8, The Place, Jalan PJU 8/5D, Damansara Perdana.
Tel: 03-7725-9885
Mon-Thurs, 10am-7pm; Fri-Sun, noon-6pm

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31 comments:

  1. More quaint caffeine outlets! Gosh!

    Love the art on the macchiato...its cute!

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    1. Missyblurkit: yeah, this coffee-cafe boom just won't stop! and i'm consuming too much caffeine as a result, heh :D the macchiato art was a bit surprising, but it helped to turn our after-work frown upside-down =)

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  2. Your post reflects exactly how I felt about this place.
    macchiato - its cute. Great photos too!

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    1. Cquek: thanks! a little sunshine & a lot of coffee to perk us up, since it's still a looooong way to go till the weekend :D

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  3. Good grief! Podgy! What a name! And I wonder the significance of "banker" as well... Hmmmm...that brick looks more like a gold ingot!

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    1. Suituapui: heh, apparently 'Podgy' was a nickname for the barista when he was younger. and 'banker' refers to his investor(s) :D ooo, you're right ... a gold brick! :D

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  4. lol, the coffee was sad...

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    1. Mr Lonely: sad cos it was gonna get slurped up =)

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  5. The macchiato does look sad, doesn't it? Podgy is a very unusual name!

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    1. Linda: yeah, the first sad-faced macchiato i've seen :D and yeah, 'podgy' turned out to be a nickname, not a real name, phew =)

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  6. We thought they already open last week, so went and check on Sunday morning. lol

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    1. CK: ooo, ya, they ended up opening on monday this week instead. hope you get to check them out soon. they should be serving snacks before the end of this week =)

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  7. great post, sean! :) one of the outlets is in the neighbourhood, love to drop by for a coffee

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    1. Sibu food diva: thanks! I'm a little bleary-eyed this morning because of insomnia, so I could definitely use some coffee too! Hope u enjoy your visit =)

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  8. So cute the name! Podgy & The Banker. :)

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    1. Bangsar babe: heheh, yeah, I think they hit the jackpot with this name =)

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  9. LOL i like the unsmiley face.. makes a change! :D

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    1. Ciki: heheh, a memorable macchiato, ya :D

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    1. Melissa: i wonder if it's the barista's signature coffee art! :D

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  11. I'm not a coffee buff so tell me who's Podgy and who's the Banker? :P

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    1. Pureglutton: heh, Podgy was apparently an old nickname for Neil, one of the baristas, while The Banker refers to the cafe's investor(s) =)

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  12. WAH, so many coffee places coming up but too bad I'm not a coffee person or else I will chase after them one by one :)

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    1. Choi Yen: heheh, ya, though the good thing is that most of these cafes also serve good cakes & pastries that you can also chase! :D

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  13. Your way of expressing the surrounding and layout of the restaurant, and also the description of food are real superb! awaiting for more reviews of the upcoming restaurants u visit

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    1. Gillian: thanks for the kind words. appreciate it. hope you enjoy visiting some of these restaurants =)

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  14. coffee and burgers.. I wonder when I will get into it :P hehe

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    1. Ciki: I resisted coffee for a long time too, and even though I'm still not a major fan, the really good coffees in kl are truly enjoyable, heheh :D

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  15. i like the cheeky coffee art of the macchiato. so cute!

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    1. Eiling: heheh, ya, i guess the coffee art was intentional! :D

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  16. bad customer service. appalling attitude! never going back and wouldn't recommend to anybody with dietary requirements specifically vegetarian.

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