The caffeine czars of Solaris Dutamas' CoffeeSociete have branched out to Bandar Sunway, unveiling a spin-off that brings another slice of Melbourne-flavored cafe culture to our suburbs.
Standing out on a street of auto workshops, Garage 51 hums with positive energy & friendliness, its exterior made striking with a wall splashed with fever-dream artwork (think Hosier Lane graffiti) & its interior a hive of funky flourishes (check out the oil-drums-turned-furniture).
The menu's made for brunching; this baked egg helps to brighten up our public holiday, served with sliced (chicken) chipolata, capsicum, cream & zucchini, veering toward extra-cheesy with parmesan & mozzarella. RM22+, perhaps a pinch pricier than expected.
Smoked salmon with avocado, salsa & cream cheese, sandwiched in a fluffy bagel (RM26+), providing a pleasant half-pound or so of fresh-tasting, finely balanced nutrition.
Honey muesli with walnuts & the perfect poached pear, sweetly ripe & soft without being mushy. RM20+; portions here seem suitable for folks wary of heavy meals.
Desserts take the familiar route trodden by many a purveyor of carrot & red velvet cakes.
No complaints about the Societe house blend; the latte (RM8.90+) works well, with a nod to those of us who like our beverages a little milkier than most.
Ethiopian Yirgacheffe single-origin specialty coffee's available too this week. RM15+.
It feels petty to mention teething issues, since everything will likely be rectified soon, but for now, note that Garage 51's air-conditioning isn't robust enough to counter the afternoon heat, exacerbated by a few flies that might trouble the table.
Still, we're optimistic about this venue; it's close enough to Sunway University that it could become predominantly a college-kid hangout (though some might balk at the food prices here), but with a little fine-tuning, Garage 51 has broad-appeal potential aplenty.
51, Jalan PJS 11/9, Bandar Sunway.
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