Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Wood & Steel @ Kota Damansara & Cafe Amo @ Chinatown Kuala Lumpur

Checking out two new coffee bars with appealingly artistic bents to complement their caffeine: Wood & Steel at Kota Damansara ...

... & Coffee Amo at Chinatown's Jalan Sultan. Exceptionally different geographical locations, but both outlets are drop-dead gorgeous.

First up, Wood & Steel, a combo of a cafe & a store that sells art & furniture, including some supplied to Sri Hartamas' Podgy & The Banker.

Great Motown classics play on the speakers, ideal for a lazy Sunday afternoon.

The staff members are fairly friendly; there's a very casual, chilled-out vibe here.

The coffee? Definitely drinkable.

Cheesecake, enjoyably edible. Wood & Steel should also be serving brunches by now; we were here during the recent extended weekend, but when we asked a barista what hot food would be available, she was only willing to say, scrambled eggs.
March 2014 update: Breakfast is currently available 9am-5pm, while lunch items such as pastas & stuffed chicken are served noon through 1030pm. Wood & Steel now also has open mic sessions every Friday night; the cafe has also expanded to include a cosy first-floor level.

Next: Coffee Amo, a nice nook on the first floor of what seems like a history-laden row of shops.

Sure, the cafe looks crowded in these photos, but that's because this was a soft-launch event, with a spillover turnout from a ceremony at the Petaling Street Art House that seems to share this floor with the cafe. Cafe Amo might normally be an oasis of calm.

Cafe Amo is run by a team that _ based on first impression _ appear pretty genuine about wanting to make customers happy; there's a sense of respect here that's palpable, including respect for the city's heritage & for the art of making satisfying coffee.

Patrons can savor single-origin Panama Geisha or Jamaican Blue Mountain No. 1 coffee (RM23-RM32 for those specialty options, hand-drip & siphon) or brave the equally enticing Ocean 11 & Rose Garden coffee concoctions, one fragrant with tangerine & the other with rose (RM12-RM14).

Soft-launch snacks; Cafe Amo will serve desserts that range from Oreo mille crepes & Baileys chocolate mousse cakes to durian mochi & durian creme brulee.

P.S. Sean's away Nov. 7-14 in a mystery location 8,765 kilometers from KL where Maxis charges an unconscionable RM48 for 20MB of data roaming. Daily blog entries have been scheduled in advance & will be automatically posted, but apologies as comments can only be replied far later.

Wood & Steel Cafe & Gallery
33G, Jalan PJU 5/20E, The Strand, Kota Damansara, Petaling Jaya
Open 9am-11pm, Tues-Sun; 3pm-11pm on Fridays, closed Mondays. Kitchen opens 9am-1030pm

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Coffee Amo
First Floor, 54, Jalan Sultan, Kuala Lumpur. Park in basement of building across the road
Daily, 1030am-7pm

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34 comments:

  1. Sean, you've been blogging a lot of coffee places lately. Too bad I can't take coffee.

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    1. Baby Sumo: oh yeah, these coffee bars are springing up everywhere and every week these days! =)

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  2. Enjoy your trip and souvenir please! Hahaha.

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    1. CK: haha, maybe a fridge magnet! =)

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  3. Nice place, quite near to town, maybe can check this out if i am around the vicinity, thanks for sharing :D

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    1. Ken: hope you'd enjoy it! It's an interesting area to explore :D

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  4. happy holiday Sean! Cafe Amo... just behind my working place! :o i got to find it out tomorrow...

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    1. Thanks! Hope you enjoy cafe Amo, it seems like a nice place :D

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  5. Happy vacay! Or is it work? :P

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    1. Ulric: vacay! A very tiring one, am exhausted, with another four days to go!

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    1. Mr Lonely: heheh a bit is ok!

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  7. Ya, I can't stop drinking coffee either! I'll have mine black, please... ;)

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    1. Suituapui: heheh u can enjoy it black and oil have mine with milk :D

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  8. Wow, it's like suddenly coffee is EVERYWHERE here in KL! Not that we're complaining haha =)

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    1. Bob & Julie: heheh, true, there's always room for more outlets that serve good coffee! :D

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  9. A very interesting and unique decor here, Sean. Coffee looks awesome!

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    1. Linda: true, I love the decor and definitely like the coffee :D

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  10. Good good.. another nice place to chill out during weekend with a cup of nice coffee!

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    1. Summer kid: yeah, ideal for Saturdays and Sundays! :D

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  11. both cafes have interesting interior that I will like! thanks for sharing.. oh.. Maxis dun have the daily unlimited data roaming package?? enjoy ur trip! (i myself just came back from a trip too! XD)

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    1. Jean: yeah, the decor will attract lotsa customers here! And unfortunately am in one of the countries where there's no unlimited package, heheh =)

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  12. I like the interior of wood and steel.

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    1. Kelly: yup, good setup there!

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  13. Ahh...new cafes in town. I too like the interior of Wood & Steel.
    BTW.... happy holidays, Sean!

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    1. Melissa: thanks! Ya, I predict there'll be lotsa Instagram photos of wood & steel! :D

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  14. liking all these new "old" looking places :D

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    1. KY: heheh, ya, classic chic!

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  15. Now it's decor + coffee beans + pastries - nt just coffee for these outlets huh :)

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    1. Rebecca: strong efforts to ensure they've got the whole package perfected, heheh :D

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  16. Am looking forward to Cafe Amo! Its a far cry from the usual shoplots in Chinatown that I have stepped into!

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    1. Missyblurkit: oh yeah, i hope more cafés like Amo spring up in this neighborhood :D

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  17. Tried wood and steel. The breakfast so so only.

    Wilson

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    1. Wilson: ooo, most of the feedback i've heard so far is pretty decent ;)

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