Monday, September 2, 2013

CoffeeMania @ Bangsar, My Coffee @ Sri Petaling & Triways Coffee @ Taman Tun

Checking out caffeinated hangouts here & there, starting with Bangsar's new CoffeeMania, which shares a street in Telawi with Antipodean & Coffea Coffee.

There's a bit of a Mediterranean bent to the first KL branch of this would-be chain; the menu's peppered with something-for-everyone concoctions, spanning Turkish-inspired beef-stuffed 'pide' pizzas to halloumi cheese salads to plenty of pastas.

Acquired-taste Turkish coffee, served with chocolate, but alas, not with Turkish delights.


All in all, a pleasant-enough coffeehouse, but certainly one of a more commercialized nature. CoffeeMania has also opened another outlet in Danau Kota.

Moving on to Sri Petaling: this neighborhood might offer scarce surprises for drinking & dining, but My Coffee Cafe is one of them.

The menu's extensive; standouts include a slider platter with beef, lamb & chicken patties.

At RM12.90++, this clearly illustrates My Coffee Cafe's wallet-friendly policies.

Not often seen in the Klang Valley: Leggara Pizza, a crispy-crust rendition made with light Romano dough, with a distinctive hole in the middle. My Coffee Cafe serves this topped with mozzarella, marinated santos tomatoes, extra virgin olive oil, garlic & basil leaves for RM14++.

What about the coffee? Not quite what it seems here; for an Asian-themed caffeine adventure, this "Thai coffee" (RM5++) comes looking like any other ...

... but a few sips reveal sticks of lemongrass within, adding an unanticipated aroma.

The "Indian coffee" carries a clear fragrance, evocative of masala chai tea ...

... with another round of buried treasure in the form of wholesome ginger.

No shocks surface for the iced Vietnamese coffee, pretty pleasing ...

... but the final curveball: the availability of wine by both glass & bottle. The liquor menu isn't handed to customers who come at noon, but it can be requested.

Finally, Taman Tun Dr Ismail: Holiday adorers & caffeine addicts alike might like Triways Cafe, which combines a TTDI travel agency with a coffeehouse.

Big & blanketed in sunlight; even if you're not here to book a vacation, feel free to pop in for cakes & a caffe latte.

The best bet here's the Maltesers chocolate cake, delightfully creamy & delectably rich.

Everything else in the chiller looks reasonably tempting enough for a teatime treat.

Coffee's not half-bad; a little too hot when served, but worth the wait to sip.

Quite a bustling spot, though the travel agents seem to get more business than the baristas.

Coffee Mania,
Jalan Telawi 2, Bangsar Baru, Kuala Lumpur. Next to La Bodega.

My Coffee Cafe,
Ground Floor, Endah Promenade (same row as Endah Parade), Sri Petaling, Kuala Lumpur.
Open late morning through late at night.

Triways Cafe TTDI,
Jalan Tun Mohd Fuad 3, Taman Tun Dr Ismail.
Mon-Thurs, 8am-8pm; Fri-Sat, 8am-11pm
Tel: 03-7729-1044

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40 comments:

  1. The "Now Hiring" words is so catchy to me now~ XD

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    1. Mr lonely: heheh, there are a few job openings available at coffee mania =)

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  2. Life's too short to drink bad coffee ! i agree with that !

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    1. Wong: good coffee helps to contribute to a happy and productive life =)

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  3. Would have visit the one at Sri Petaling if they didn't infuse their coffee with Asian flavours. Heh.

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    1. Chong: heheh, oh, i think they have the regular types of non-asianized coffee available too here =)

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  4. Oh my oh my...I m so going to My Coffee Cafe...I m hooked just looking at the sliders and the Leggara pizza! =)

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    1. Ulric: just a two-minute walk from my apartment guardhouse actually, but i've only ended up here once. the food's decent, not amazing but quite worth the price, i feel. i enjoyed both the sliders & the pizza. of course, the bonus for me is the wine =)

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    2. Haha...it's just less than 5 mins walk from my home...I dun mind decent food as long as it's tasty...and I like the small touches to the coffees and teas =)

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    3. Ulric: wah, means i can walk to your home in 10 mins. though i'd prefer to drive, despite the current petrol price =) yeah, can't complain about the food at my coffee cafe. it's not too greasy, not too salty, and it tastes fresh & cooked to order. =) ya, all those ingredients in the coffee were interesting. rarely see lemongrass in a cup of coffee =)

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    4. Unfortunately I will only be able to visit them at the end of Sept...hehe =)

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    5. Ulric: heheh, i think they'll still be there. they seem to do OK business in the evening with the after-work crowd =)

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    6. Tats good to hear...can't wait to check out the rest of their menu =)

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    7. Ulric: can't wait to see whether sri petaling will get a wider variety of more interesting cafes in the next year or two =)

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  5. My Coffee Cafe is certainly wallet friendly!

    Triways...before I read on, I was scratching my head...why does that name in TTDI sound so familiar. Aha...its the travel agency! was there some time back to pick up my tickets.

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    1. Missyblurkit: yeah, though i dread to think about the further price increases we'll definitely see at many eateries in the next few months, heh. oooo, i hadn't heard about triways until they opened their cafe, but ya, it looks like their travel business is doing fairly well, heh :D

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  6. I love the look of the Triways Cafe!!! I have never tried Turkish coffee before, but perhaps it is best if it is an acquired taste. :)

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    1. Linda: ooo, ya, i must confess, i'm not a fan of turkish coffee in comparison to our regular coffee preparations, but perhaps i haven't learned how to appreciate it yet, heh =)

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  7. The coffees in My Coffee Cafe sound interesting, with ginger and lemongrass? Hmmm I doubt I will love that. :P

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    1. CK: heheh, it's quite strange, but maybe it's healthier this way. i also am not sure if i love it though, haha =)

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  8. I'll have one of the burgers...and coffee, black please!

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    1. Suituapui: one little burger & a pitch-black cup of coffee coming right up, sir! =)

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  9. No u made me feel like eating pizza followed by choc cake! haiiyah.. there goes the diet plan :P

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    1. Ciki: heheh, you can burn off the calories from ALL the food in this post so easily, since you exercise all the time! :D

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  10. Coffee with lemongrass inside? Okay, that's something special LOL, i've seen some with cinnamon sticks inside, but definitely not lemongrass :p

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    1. Ken: ya, i guess it kinda proves the versatility of lemongrass as a flavoring ingredient, eh. but i think if i had to choose between cinnamon and lemongrass, i'd opt for lemongrass! :D

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  11. Are those mini burgers at My Coffee Cafe? I agreed about the 'wallet-friendly policies'. But the food served still look yummy!

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    1. Melissa: yup, you're right, sliders, or mini-burgers. definitely can have a full meal here for under RM20. and a decent meal too heheh :D

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  12. My Coffee Cafe sounds like a good place to grab a bite, esp fr the Sri Petaling folks.

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    1. Baby Sumo: ya, there are a lot of eateries in sri petaling, but it often feels like quantity over quality. or maybe rather it's not the kinda food i prefer to have, heh =)

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  13. near my place there is one Coffee Mania newly open (the one in Danau Kota), haven't trid it though.. looks quite plain eh?

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    1. Jean: ya, i think it's a cheerful place to hang out, but i prefer the food and coffee at other cafes =)

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  14. the concept and deco of the Triways cafe looks like an airline company or a tour agency. Lol

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    1. Eiling: haha, yeah, i think it started out as a tour agency before it decided to venture into the coffee-&-cakes part :D

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  15. TTDI, near me! You seem to explore my neighbourhood more than I did myself!

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    1. Rebecca: heheh, TTDI is quite accessible for many of us, ya. nice neighborhood, though i prefer the parts where parking is easier! :D

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  16. I am a coffee FANATIC..where ever i know got new coffee place open, i will sure try !! So far, coffee mania "coffee" is acceptable but there is a small comment from me. As a patron and coffee lover, others then the taste and aroma of coffee, the lil drawing on the coffee is also an attraction. For coffee mania, the lil drawing is not so good. can be improved !! keep it up..

    Ohh ya..please pay more attention on the WIFI..i try to connect for more then 30 min only can get through..

    Cheers !!

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    1. Reyrie: hope the management at coffee mania takes note of your helpful suggestions =)

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  17. I really can't take too much coffee but I am still quite tempted to check them out .

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    1. Sycookies: yeah, i wanna cut down a bit on my caffeine intake too, but it's difficult with all these cafes opening, heh =)

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