Thursday, October 10, 2013

Knock Knock @ Pantai Panorama & Espresso Bar @ Subang Soho

This could be a welcome trend: Caffeine-centric cafes like Knock Knock & Espresso Bar that blossom in condominiums & serviced residences.

 First up, folks who knock on the entrance of Bangsar South's Pantai Panorama apartments might be pleased to find friendly Okinawan native Megumi Matsuda within, welcoming guests to her new business with homemade cakes & fresh coffee.

Carrot cupcakes baked in the morning, available for the eating before noon. The cafe's operating hours are strange (see below), but that's when Megumi, who lives in Pantai Panorama, believes this condo's residents are most susceptible to the call of coffee.

 Whether it's a nice, hot latte that you're lusting after ...

 ... or an even hotter chocolate that you crave, Knock Knock won't leave you hanging.

Gonna make you sweat though: Pantai Panorama is plagued by slopes; visitors must park in Block 5, a nearly 10-minute walk downhill-uphill from the cafe in Block 2.

Meanwhile, on another side of town, where some customers end up parking illegally on a slope, there's Espresso Bar, a diminutive den with air-conditioned & alfresco seating at Subang Soho (near Empire Shopping Gallery, within a five-minute driving distance).

 It's a pleasantly amiable place too; simple snacks are available, but they're probably not really the reason that Espresso Bar's fans like this place.

The latte's OK, but maybe a little too scalding-hot & one-dimensional in milkiness.

 Knock Knock,
2-G-2, Pantai Panorama Condominium, Bangsar South, Kuala Lumpur.
Near the ground-floor elevator of Block 2, several steps away from the pool.
Tell the guards during visitor registration that you're heading to the cafe.
Mon-Thurs, 7am-11am, 5pm-9pm; Fri, 7am-1230pm; Sat, 6pm-11pm; Sun, 9am-5pm

Espresso Bar,
One Soho, SS19, Subang Jaya.
Daily, 7am-2am

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25 comments:

  1. The carrot cake looks good! Very moist :)

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    1. Ken: true, and it was packed with carroty goodness! :D

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  2. The carrot cupcakes look delicious, moist and warm! I also like the welcome sign.

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    1. Linda: yes, a welcoming place with nice cupcakes to make the visit worth it :D

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  3. environment looks great although i was not a coffee fans~ XD

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    1. Mr Lonely: heheh, fortunately both these places serve non-coffee drinks too :D

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  4. Knock, knock, who's there? Me!!! And a long black for me, please. Don't mind the carrot cake too!

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    1. Suituapui: heheh, i was waiting for someone to make a knock knock joke! :D

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  5. This is a new place? Never been there before but the coffee is tempting me to go there for the first time.

    Wilson

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    1. Wilson: yeah, knock knock is very new, while espresso bar is new-ish =)

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  6. The opening hour of Knock Knock is interesting, but at least they open on weekend, so we can visit! Hehehe

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    1. CK: heheh, true, and this place is very near simply mel's, so you can head for a malaccan portuguese meal before/after visiting knock knock :D

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  7. Knock knock looks like a quaint little place. :)

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    1. Baby Sumo: yeah, a simple but sweet spot =)

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  8. Ohhh I love this place!!

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    1. Cquek: the owners would be happy to hear you say that! =)

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  9. The carrot cupcake look very moist!

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    1. Melissa: it's super-fresh stuff, packed with carrots too :D

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  10. The cafe (Knock Knock) hours tells me "a biz more for passion/leisure rather than plain profits.
    The carrot cupcake looks like how I'll like mine - moist but not greasy with ample strips of carrots!

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    1. Rebecca: ooo, you can definitely feel the enthusiasm emanating from megumi here :D and ya, it's clear she pours a lot of care and consideration into those cupcakes, heh =)

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  11. I wish a coffee place will open in my condo! *wishing hard*

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    1. Missyblurkit: i hope that happens! i've given up on my condo, heheh :D

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  12. I visited Espresso Bar twice and have no plans to stop. The environment itself is quiet, casual and intimate, which is everything I need a coffee shop to be! I would say it's definitely a good place to read, chat or just chill.

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    1. THE HENNIESY: nice to hear from a fan of Espresso Bar. yeah, they've got a good vibe going on there =)

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  13. I love this area of subang soho

    http://fatinsoho.com/pince-and-pints-tempat-makan-best-kl/

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