Friday, December 27, 2013

Chaiwalla & Co Container Cafe @ The Curve

Ideal for this Instagram age, Chaiwalla & Co could be the Klang Valley's first "container cafe" _ an eye-catching construct of converted cargo containers, plopped into The Curve & unwrapped this Christmas week.

If the name sounds familiar, it might be because Chaiwalla originally launched in Johor Baru earlier this year, reportedly conceived by two Malaysian childhood friends, one a former seafarer.

'Honest tea' is Chaiwalla's catchphrase, though 'hipster tea' seems equally apt; customers can choose a beverage base of tea, milk tea, coffee or fresh milk, add flavors (caramel, winter melon, vanilla & more) & fillings (including basil seeds & nata de coco), plus select a sweetness level.

Saffron-&-rose-flavored milk tea with yogurt pops & zero added sugar (RM5.80 nett). Enjoyably mild-tasting, without the curse of cloying artifice, & sufficiently thick, though filled with a bit more ice than expected. 

Coffee with honey & coffee jelly. Ultimately satisfying for a refreshment on a hot afternoon; worth the price. Service is fast & fairly friendly.

 Pastries & brownies are also available; expect to see more photos of Chaiwalla pepper KL's social media networks for months to come.

Need more drinks? Coffea Coffee has opened its latest branch at The Curve too, adding to its outlets at Bangsar, Sunway Pyramid & Subang. Note: Chaiwalla is on The Curve's relatively placid end, outside RadioShack & Borders; Coffea is amid the restaurant-packed Piazza zone.

Chaiwalla & Co Container Cafe
Ground Floor (outdoors), The Curve, Mutiara Damansara
Daily, 10am-10pm

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36 comments:

  1. Does the container move around, or is it a permanent structure on site? It's cute

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    1. Footfringe: ooo it seems to be weighted down at that spot. I figure it's intended to remain exactly there until the day it ceases operations =)

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  2. Been wondering when the KL Chaiwalla's gonna open - I missed it by a week. Will try to go and get more stamps on the loyalty card from JB, haha.

    Thanks for the heads up :)

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    1. Lifeasacynic: glad to hear from a chaiwalla fan! They seem to have created a fair amount of buzz in Johor baru, let's hope they manage to do likewise in KL =)

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    2. My bro (who's based in JB at the moment) doesn't hate the place, but hates paying parking because the one in JB is on a private parking lot :P

      I hope they do well in KL..

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    3. Lifeasacynic: hey, now I remember!! You had written about Chaiwalla in Johor Baru when they opened there this year! No wonder this triggered some déjà vu for me. It's been years since I've been to JB, maybe I should make a trip in 2014 and see what's up there =)

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    4. Ya, I did write about the JB one :)

      Perhaps you should haha..

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    5. Lifeasacynic: okie, keep the Johor posts coming after this, and maybe I can use them as a guide, since I'm clueless about cafes in JB, heh =)

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    6. I'll do what I can, but it'll be a very short list since I'm not there long enough to know which cafes are good, haha.

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    7. Lifeasacynic: no worries, I assume the indie cafe scene in Johor is still in the early stages of evolution =)

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    1. Suituapui: some fresh-looking pies were available here :D

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  4. Photo No.1...I thought its in overseas :-p
    Wahh...the toppings; yogurt pops and coffee jelly sounds nice!
    How's the pie? Did you try?

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    1. Melissa: ya, the owners might have gotten inspiration from container cafes that have been opened in New Zealand. Ya, the yogurt pops had a nice flavor and the coffee jelly went perfectly with the coffee. Haven't tried the pies, maybe next time :D

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  5. Wow, i thought this will only be seen out of Malaysia! They are so creative by using a container to build a cafe, it sure creates some "noise" to the public

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    1. Ken: yeah, if sounds like it might be a relatively pricey set-up (upward of RM100k per venue maybe), but it's a cool hook to attract customers. And the beverages taste decent too, so i think it's worth recommending =)

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  6. We are back! Just finished the last around of cafe hopping for 2013. So tired. :P

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    1. CK: yay, welcome back! But there's still four more days left in 2013, so you can still hop some more! =)

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  7. The first photo doesn't look like it's in Malaysia, love the cafe design!! But....... why are all the nice cafes always so far away from my area? T.T

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    1. Irene: yeah, high marks for the look of this little place! =) ooo, hopefully in 2014, there'll be good cafes opening in your neighborhood! =)

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  8. Coffee Coffea is apparently really near to my campus. Just too lazy to walk. =P

    Bah, I can't believe that I'm missing out on a lot back home... =/

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    1. Waverly: oh ya, whenever i do drive past the subang branch of coffea coffee, there's never any parking space, heh :D come back soon and catch up! =)

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  9. Nice concept!
    I believe it will do well, no coffee cafes as yet in that area (other than the newly opened Coffea Coffee that is).
    Anyhw I'm bored of Coffea already so I'll like to try something new!

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    1. Rebecca: ya, i can sort of imagine one or two more Chaiwallas opening in the klang valley in the next year. it's a fun alternative to most of the beverage outlets around. and i did finish the tea and coffee happily, heh =)

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  10. cute name... hmm.. which reminds me, I have not had good pastry in ages!! :D

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    1. Ciki: yeah, catchy name, fun to say out loud ... and come to think of it, i can't remember the last good pastry i had either! =)

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  11. Saffron & rose? now that's something interesting, I tried to chew on a rose once and it didn't taste quite as good raw.

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    1. KY: haha, i feel you. i tried chewing on a chrysanthemum a long time ago :D

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  12. i've been eyeing for this coffee/tea shop for a while. never had a chance to drop by at their outlet in JB. Luckily they open 1 in KV. grateful. going to try their awesome drink(s) soon. Thanks for writing about this. Your review on eateries are inspiring, especially for a foodie..keep writing bro.. =)

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    1. Fara: oh yeah, it'll be interesting to see how many more branches sprout up in kl ... hope you enjoy the drinks here, and thank you for the kind words =)

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  13. Gonna be there later... craving for the brownies...

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    1. Daniel: hope you enjoy the brownies!

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  14. Bought 3 large Vietnam coffee at the JB outlet this afternoon. Need to enhance quality control because it does not taste as good as before. Back then even if the ice had melted the coffee will still taste good. Today taste like 3+1 coffee.

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