Monday, September 9, 2013

Fuel @ Damansara Uptown & Photo Crafts @ Kota Damansara

Checking out a couple of indie cafes with cool looks: Fuel at Damansara Uptown ...

... & Photo Crafts at Kota Damansara (alas, both areas suffer from severe parking woes).

Fuel, which opened this past month, exudes a cozy quirkiness that helps it stand out a bit amid Damansara Uptown's ocean of eateries.

The menu's mainly Asian with modern twists; these "Beijing noodles" (RM7.90 before taxes), served chilled with pork, carrots & cucumbers, represent the recipe with the most traditional feel.

Macau-inspired grilled pork chop bun (RM9.90). Fuel's food tastes fine enough, particularly considering these lower-than-expected prices. No complaints.

Bonsai coffee (RM10.90), a peculiar beverage with chocolate cookie bits or something to create a miniature-plant-in-soil resemblance that could become Fuel's calling card.

Other offerings here: paper-wrapped chicken & roasted pork feet (not available on Mondays).

Moving on to Photo Crafts, a venue that considers itself an "analogue lifestyle store."

Vintage cameras, books on Lomography & other artsy accessories explain this place's name.

Photo Crafts has been operating for awhile now, but it only embarked on serving food in recent months; this signature beef burger is surprisingly worthwhile, with a beautifully seasoned patty complemented by fresh, well-executed accompaniments.

Yam cake, creamy but not cloying, pleasantly sweet without being punishingly saccharine.

Coffee, 100 percent Arabica, fair enough, easy enough to polish off.

Photo Crafts Cafe (near Sunway Giza),
26-2, First Floor, PJU 5/15, Dataran Sunway, Kota Damansara.
Tel: 03-6140-5527
Open noon through at least 10pm, except Mondays.

Fuel Cafe,
111G, Jalan 21/37, Damansara Uptown, Petaling Jaya.
Tel: 017-969-9950

Photo Crafts Cafe (near Sunway Giza),
26-2, First Floor, PJU 5/15, Dataran Sunway, Kota Damansara.
Tel: 03-6140-5527
Open noon through at least 10pm, except Mondays.

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31 comments:

  1. Looks like both cafes are worth a visit...but the creativity prize goes to Fuel for their bonsai coffee...hehe =)

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    1. Ulric: yeah, i like the artistic touches at these cafes. and i've never seen 'bonsai' coffee before, heh :D

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  2. They look very interesting, Sean! Great review, as always!

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    1. Linda: thanks! yeah, i appreciated how these two places try to be distinctive =)

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  3. Bonsei coffee! What will they come up with next?

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    1. The Yum List: heheh, let's hope there's no limit to the imagination of these cafes! =)

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  4. Nice deco in both cafe. I think I will visit Fuel cafe first, since it is nearer to us. :D

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    1. CK: ya, maybe there are some interesting photos to take of these two cafes. hope you can find a good parking space outside fuel! :D

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  5. I like indie cafes. yay!

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    1. Ciki: and indie cafes like ciki, i bet! heheh :D

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  6. I like the deco in Photo Crafts... and the yam cake looks yummy!

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    1. Baby Sumo: ya, can see the owner's very passionate about photography. and i'm glad we tried the yam cake =)

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  7. My God, I'm feeling hungry just by looking at all the delicious pictures! =O

    Bonsai coffee's a must-try. =D

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    1. Waverly: hope you managed to curb your hunger with something tasty, ya :D and yeah, when i saw bonsai coffee on the menu, i knew we had to try it, even though we weren't sure what it was, heh =)

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  8. I wouldn't mind sitting in both the cafes for a whole day :D Great deco!

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    1. MokuB: yeah, we could use more of these cafes for chilling out! and it's fun to explore these outlets and see what little items they feature =)

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  9. enjoyed the surrounding pic again~ definitely a place to chill~ =D

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    1. Mr Lonely: yeah, i can imagine they both have customers who like hanging out here :D

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  10. What are those orange strips in the noodles dish? So thick like fries. No, thank you...pass me the burger, please.

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    1. Suituapui: hahah, ok, i don't mind my carrots sliced thickly like that. but sure, one burger coming up instead! :D

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  11. Bonsai coffee looks very pretty. Sigh to the parking woes in that area. Quite a turn off to visit that area unless we have a few errants or meeting around there to sort out in one go.

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    1. Missyblurkit: yeah, feels like quite a bit of effort went into creating that bonsai coffee. and ya, i do dread driving over to damansara uptown too! =)

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  12. Good to know that they serve food, or else I have no reason to pay a visit except for the decors :P

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    1. Choi Yen: heheh, yeah, the food at both these places are quite decent. and not too expensive either :D

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  13. Love the decor but then Uptown is such a horrendous place where parking is concerned...very susah la :P

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    1. Pureglutton: ya, i guess there's no immediate solution to settle uptown's parking problems, but maybe can come here on weekends during non-peak hours, heh =)

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  14. There's plenty of parking at Uptown 7 - the multi level parking for only RM1 for god knows how many hours. then take the shuttle (comes by every 15 mins or less) which will drop you at points around Uptown.
    I usually do that on weekdays. Of cos it can't beat the convenience or parking the car on the side/front of the shops, but hell, the DBKL here is very efficient. Never never try your luck. LOL

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    1. Rebecca: oh, i usually park at one of the office building basements (there's enough visitor parking at a few of them). but ya, maybe someday i'll try the uptown 7 route! :D

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  15. I am attracted to the decor for sure.And the parking is horrible at this area, that is so true. Especially at night and for solo ladies..

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    1. Sycookies: yeah, the decor is alluring, i agree =) hope something can be done about the parking eventually, but ya, do try to stay safe in the meantime =)

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  16. Is the Fuel Cafe Damansara from Brighton, US? I spotted similar logo with Fuel America.

    http://www.fuelamerica.us/

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