Friday, October 4, 2013

Sevencups @ Empire Damansara

You know those scenes where a thirsty deer approaches the edge of a pond & drinks the water, content & completely at peace? That's how we felt after hoofing it to Seven Cups, a sanctuary that deserves to draw herds of doe-eyed, coffee-desirous devotees.

It's tempting to be blasé about the cafes that keep cropping up on multiple corners every week, but Seven Cups underscores how they're not all cookie-cutter. The location helps: This one's set in the new Empire Damansara building with those exposed brick walls & leafy walkways that sometimes seem like shorthand for suburban soulfulness. But the charm here feels authentic.


The cafe itself is deliberately spare & distraction-free, serving (for us, at least) as a reminder to remove both the physical & emotional clutter from our lives. It feels fresh & familiar all at once; Seven Cups' sole dubious decision is putting Lana Del Rey's 'Born To Die' on its playlist, much to our sunset-time sadness. 

 If Seven Cups' innate cheeriness isn't sufficient to sweeten your day, its pineapple cheesecake & lemon slice should. Seven Cups is meant to be a coffee-&-cakes cafe; while a quiche could make the occasional cameo appearance, holding our breath for Eggs Benedict might prove futile.

 Psst, here's a secret: Cafe co-owner Eve Von & her team sometimes conceal stashes of cake behind the counter for their personal consumption. If no carrot cake or red velvets seem visible, thick-skinned customers could attempt to very gently coax them out.

 The coffee's a choice one; Seven Cups currently uses Singapore-based Nylon Coffee roaster's Four Chairs seasonal espresso blend, showcasing the labor of farms in Nicaragua & El Salvador.

 Plus, light, easy-drinking Five Senses coffee, brewed with a Clever Coffee Dripper.

 Eve Von was initially lukewarm about having affogato on the menu, but we're grateful that cooler heads prevailed. On the other end of the thermometer, hot chocolate's also available, constructed with cocoa from Bangsar's Dip N Dip.

And what to make of the cafe's name? Eve Von, a refugee from the advertising industry, says her lucky number is seven, though it could also be construed as a mathematical certainty, that a cup of coffee a day results in seven each week.

 Expect to hear more about Seven Cups soon, as well as the rest of Damansara Perdana's Empire Damansara; Porcelene, billed as Malaysia's first "acid jazz restaurant & bar," will likely also be tuning up in this complex this month.

Look for the saxophone-playing, ermmm, chicken? Pigeon? No?

Seven Cups @ Empire Damansara,
G-25, Empire Damansara, Jalan PJU 8/8, Damansara Perdana.
Daily, 10:30am-8:30pm for now. But closed Oct. 6-7 for maintenance.

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40 comments:

  1. The colourful umbrellas...a nice touch! =)

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    1. Ulric: yeah, they're gonna be on a lot of instagram photos over the next months! :D

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  2. the umbrellas are so jolly and quirky! A happy touch to the place!

    Love the term "refugee from the advertising industry".

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    1. Missyblurkit: whoever decided to put those brollies up is a genius! :D heheh, tnx, it did kinda sound like she has escaped to a better place =)

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  3. Beautiful! Love those umbrellas too. Would be quite a task if it's cleaning time.

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    1. Suituapui: gorgeous, rite. let's hope they stay glossy! :D

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  4. I love the umbrellas!!! The cakes look so good!

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    1. Linda: oh yes, the cakes were enjoyable for a late evening treat! :D

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  5. I want that ceiling of umbrellas!

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    1. The Yum List: i want the green, blue and yellow ones! :D

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  6. The umbrelllas! They are so creative. Would love to go this place one day!


    Wilson

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    1. Wilson: hope you get the chance to check this place out soon. i think you'll be able to get a lot of good photos taken here! :D

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  7. Everyone is talking about umbrellas. . The rain will clean it, we dont hv to worry.

    I love the vibe here... another place for coffee and cakes, yay!!!!!!!!

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    1. Eunice: heh, especially with all the rain we've been getting this past week, huh :D and yeah, i think you would like this place too! =)

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  8. Use both Five Senses and Nylon Coffee? Interesting! Would like to try that.

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    1. CK: ya, they're quite thoughtful about the coffee they serve. it looks like Nylon is becoming quite respected in KL now too =)

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  9. Both the interior and exterior are impressive, i like the umbrella concept, very eye-catching

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    1. Ken: yeah, a lot of good vibes at this place! :D

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  10. Haha you are must be very good in coaxing ppl... sweet talker? ;)

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    1. Baby Sumo: haha, no lah. in this case, eve von voluntarily brought out her secret cake stash for us, heheh :D

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  11. Parking here is not too bad I hope. So near my place and would be nice to run here for some refuge at times. :)

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    1. Rebecca: oh yeah, parking here is free & very easy for now. but i think once more outlets open here and people realize this building exists, parking could become significantly more crowded. head here for refuge soon! =)

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    1. Wong: heheh, it's super eye-catching! :D

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  13. nice place especially the umbrealla up on top...

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    1. Cquek: yeah, that's one of the best parts of this building =)

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  14. This place looks nice....esp. pic. No. 2!

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    1. Melissa: hope you get a chance to visit this year! =)

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  15. Oh~ That's where the colourful umbrellas are!
    Pardon the lack of visits there.
    Cafe looks welcoming, might drop by soon.

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    1. Spicy Sharon: yeah, it's a nice cafe for just hanging out and relaxing. hope you enjoy your visit there, ya =)

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  16. Is a nice and cozy place to hang out with a heritage feels. I am Gary Yow an agent for the retail lots there. Call me for appointment if u intend to open your biz there. Units are moving fast now. 0172447787

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  17. Hi Sean, do you have any idea how can i get the contact number/email address to reach Sevencups?

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    1. Khailing: sure, it's 03-4065 0037

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  18. This is a lovely place for me to visit , as a comic blogger~ I would draw some awesomeness there! Thanks for sharing, m heading there now~

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    1. Kendrick: I hope you had a great and productive time there!

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  19. how the taste of the cake? Is it expensive?

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    1. Fardd: it tastes fresh. not priced above RM10, if i recall correctly

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  20. I've seen at some websites saying that you need a 'permit' to take photos there, is it correct?

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    1. Az Mon: have not heard of any restrictions so far, not that i'm aware of :)

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