Monday, August 12, 2013

Le Lapin Cafe @ Taman Desa

Fellow cottontails born in the Year of the Rabbit, here's one cafe that cottons to us completely.

 Le Lapin (The Rabbit) is a homey hideout, not a hipster hangout; it's the kind of unassuming locale that'll likely never be considered cool, but its supporters will nonetheless cherish it for the everyone's-welcome, come-as-you-are burrow that it is.

 Coffee here comes in multiple forms & temperatures: Try the Arabica heart-shaped ice cubes with cold milk (RM12), the caffeine addict's antidote to a sweltering afternoon.

 Suck & savor slowly. Le Lapin has a no-hurry vibe; its radio transmits Lite FM. Did you ever know that you're my hero? What can I do to make you love me? Where do broken hearts go? Inquisitive divas badger us persistently throughout our hour here.

 Hot Irish coffee (RM12), mixed with a knockout infusion of whiskey & topped with deliriously thick cream. This puts numerous bars in KL that serve feebler-but-pricier Irish coffee to shame.

 Americano crowned with ice cream (RM10), an alternative to affogatos. Le Lapin uses an Italian Musetti blend, so phrases like 'single-origin coffee' & 'Sumatran Mandheling' won't be heard here.

 Need food? Le Lapin's scones (RM5), beautifully baked by cafe owner Eliza, should satisfy.

 Substantial in size, served warm & boasting a buttery fluffiness, this proved even more enjoyable for us than scones sampled at a Cameron Highlands resort's high tea.

 Fresh cupcakes are also a treat here, lighter than they look & fairly far from sugary.

 Also an unexpected pleasure: Le Lapin exhibits the swagger-free humility of its animal namesake. The owner won't gracelessly brag about her cafe & seems genuinely encouraged by thoughtful compliments. And when someone makes a positive remark about Le Lapin's logo, she acknowledges freely that it was something they simply stumbled upon online.

 The selection of savory meals is compact: breakfasts of croissants, muesli & egg sandwiches that start from RM5 to pasta & pie lunches that stay south of RM15.

 Chinese-language books line Le Lapin's shelf, including a translated 'Who Moved My Cheese?'

 Le Lapin's on one of the least-busy streets of Taman Desa's Plaza Danau 2 commercial center; even on a weekday, there were enough parking spaces within a ten-second stroll of the cafe. But it's near-impossible to spot casually, since there's no signboard; instead, look out for the above.

 Cafe 'hopping'? That's what rabbits are built for, that's one of the things they do best.

Le Lapin Cafe,
31-1, First Floor, Plaza Danau 2, Jalan 109F, Taman Danau Desa, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-7497-0407
Open 8am-5pm weekdays, closed Tuesdays. Weekends 9am-5pm.

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46 comments:

  1. How cute, Sean! I love the name of this place. Of course, being fluent in French I knew (even without seeing the rabbits) that 'lapin' is French for rabbit. Looks like a fascinating place.

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    1. Linda: i'm definitely drawn to this place too! rabbits are among my all-time favorite animals (though i confess, i enjoy not only petting & cuddling these furry creatures, but also gobbling them down. they're delicious!) :D

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    2. I have to admit that I have never tried rabbit. I have held them and petted them but never eaten one.

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    3. Linda: oh, the truth is, they do taste somewhat reminiscent of chicken. And they usually taste best braised in a stew, like in some French & Italian recipes...

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  2. well, just can say Malaysia really food of heaven , what country de food also got~ haha~

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    1. Mr Lonely: it's a good country to explore for food. hopefully we'll have even more variety as the years go on =)

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  3. Ooh my bunny salt and pepper shaker will fit perfectly at this place. Hehe

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    1. Kelly: haha, i just googled 'bunny salt and pepper shaker,' and there are a lot of cute ones available online :D

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  4. New café in Tmn Desa? Will go and check out soon!

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    1. CK: i think it's only a five-minute drive from your apartment! but must go on weekends, cannot go on working days, since it closes at 5pm =)

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  5. Heart shaped ice cube is very clever....and most importantly, me loves the rabbits!! Definitely checking this one out. :D

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    1. Sycookies: heheh, ya, the visual appeal of the 'lovely' ice cubes is very high! :D and yay, we can form a mini-club of rabbit fans. i can be an honorary member since i'm born in the year of the rabbit, heh =)

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  6. with such operating hours and location.. will the biz sustain itself in the long run, u think?

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    1. Rebecca: they'll need word-of-mouth to help attract more customers here. i think there's potential, and i believe the owner also doubles in cupcake-making services, which might help somewhat, heh =)

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  7. My hopes for breakfast tomorrow morning is dashed! Guess I have to wait till Wedneday.

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    1. Missyblurkit: ooo, that's true, Le Lapin is closed on Tuesdays, unfortunately! But a wholegrain egg-&-tomato sandwich awaits you here on Wednesday morning! =)

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  8. Ooyah! Gotta try the Arabica ice cubes with cold milk...recently am crazy about coffee ice-cubes...I blame Coffee 5 Cups! :P

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    1. Ulric: yaaa, coffee ice cubes are a great way to beat the heat & perk us up at the same time, heh. p.s. happy to see you've landed safely in colombo and have remained connected! :D

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  9. Ooooo....love those songs on the radio!!! :)

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    1. Suituapui: easy-listening numbers, the perfect sonic backdrop for this cafe :D

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  10. Ya, saw this somewhere - serve coffee with coffee ice cubes so the drink will not get diluted when the ice melts.

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    1. Suituapui: and in the case here, serve milk with coffee ice cubes so the milk gets diluted with coffee when the ice melts! :D

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  11. Ooh, can't wait to try that ice coffee.

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    1. The Yum List: they're pretty generous with the coffee ice cubes too! also enjoyed the ice cream coffe :D

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  12. Wah looks like a cosy spot! :)

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    1. Bangsar Babe: it's a great place to spend an hour or two, just escaping the world outside =)

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  13. Nice cafe....got rabbits! :-D
    heart-shaped ice cubes with cold milk sounds nice. Feels like trying it at home lar! Should be easy I guess ;-)

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    1. Melissa: ya, the rabbits are a nice and distinctive touch to this cafe :D i hope your ice cubes turn out to be successful! good luck! =)

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  14. new cafe in taman desa! i like the idea they served the Arabica heart-shaped ice cubes with cold milk! and of course, the price sounds good! ^^

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    1. 女飞侠: ya, this place is a good reason to visit taman desa now :D and yup, it's good to have coffee that costs less than RM10. the ice cube & milk combination is good, though maybe i think they should use warm or hot milk instead, to help the cubes melt faster! :D

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  15. this is different from affogato kan?

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    1. KY: ya, instead of the affogato method of ice cream with hot coffee, this one is ice cream with cold coffee =)

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  16. I can almost hear you humming that tune!

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    1. Wong: heheh, I'll sing those songs while driving in the car =)

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  17. i love less busy streets like danau desa area :) good for a cup of coffee and breakfast set without having trouble to find parking / traffic jam etc. plus, it is near to my house too!

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    1. Fish: ya, some parts of danau desa are quite nightmarish for parking, but not this one, fortunately =) ooo, I hope you manage to drop by here for some relaxation and coffee =)

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  18. "Suck & savor slowly. Le Lapin has a no-hurry vibe; its radio transmits Lite FM. Did you ever know that you're my hero? What can I do to make you love me? Where do broken hearts go? Inquisitive divas badger us persistently throughout our hour here." LOL!

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    1. Barry: sometimes the universe aligns to give us exactly the kind of music that makes us smile =)

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  19. i like i like i like!!! such a small world, eliza happened to be my lecturer's cousin
    sean, u had 3 different coffee in a sitting n finished them all?? how did u do that and still able to keep your sanity in check n review so beautifully???
    oh btw, the heart shaped cube coffee is priced at RM12 instead of RM8.. i think there's a typo in your review..
    this is definitely my fav in my neighbourhood so far and i don't think i'll be doing any hopping in tmn desa for a while :)

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    1. Whoisnell: wow, that's a nice coincidence. see, cafes bring people together! heheh :D
      heh, caffeine doesn't really make me edgy. not even three or four or five cups. thanks for the kind words tho =)
      ooo, lemme correct the price then. i must have gotten it wrong somehow, hmmmm. still worthwhile for RM12, i guess, since the milk was good and the cubes were plentiful, heh =)
      wow, it looks like a lot of you live in taman desa! here's hoping some more great cafes pop up in the area (and let me know if they do!) :D

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  20. Nice to know Taman Desa has so many new places popping up. I just worry about the parking situation. What if we become as congested as Happy Garden? *Gulps*

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    1. Happyeverafter Bride: ooo, ya, you're right, parking could become a problem on these streets, and the residents of taman desa could become frustrated =)

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  21. It's great to see these nice cafes opening in Taman Desa. We often go to that area for lunch.

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    1. Baby sumo: hey that's great, maybe we'll bump into each other sometime in taman desa! It's only a 15-min drive from my home too, heh =)

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  22. The heart shape coffee ice cubes definitely gain the brownie point!

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    1. Choi Yen: true, there are a few other cafes in kl that also serve coffee ice cubes, but this is the first one i've noticed with heart-shaped coffee cubes, heh =)

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