Thursday, December 12, 2013

Ecole P @ Damansara Uptown

One of December's most delightful discoveries, this Damansara Utama cafe shoots straight to the top of the class with a back-to-school vibe that's colorfully charming & whimsically evocative.

The owners of Ecole P have done their homework, flooding this space with detail-crammed chalkboards, tables & stools that might remind many Malaysians of their primary school years.

Ecole P marks a collaboration by Steven Heng & Ilrene Tee, both alumni of Taylor's University's hospitality courses who've sought to create a cafe where the carefree innocence & imagination of childhood spring stirringly back to life.

The counter here is chock-full of snacks, sweets & assorted junk food, equipped exactly like the best school cafeteria, while the shelves are well-stocked with writing utensils, revision booklets & even tiny trophies (highest achievement in mathematics?).

A salad comes served with savory-sugary haw flakes, plus a Spongebob backpack & a case that opens to reveal cutlery instead of color pencils.

Ecole P's soft-launch menu remains limited, but top marks must be handed to the fried rice with salted egg yolk crumble, green peas & deliciously juicy chicken chop. Prices are fair; the salad & rice constitute a set lunch that costs RM18.80 nett.

Love the presentation for the beverages; this peanut butter smoothie, mixed with ice cream & tiramisu lady fingers for a textural grit, proves worth its many calories.

Penang's Lighthouse Coffee forms the foundation for Ecole P's lattes.

Our report card for Ecole P ('Ecole' is French for school; the 'P' stands for primary): A distinctive effort with thoughtfully prepared food. Keep up the very nice work.







Ecole P
First Floor, 19, Jalan SS21/37, Damansara Utama, Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Open 11am-10pm, except Thursdays. Tel: 03-7732-9711

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26 comments:

  1. This is a very fascinating place, Sean! Thank you so much for sharing.

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    1. Linda: thanks for reading! yeah, it's deliciously distinctive :D

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  2. I like the deco! Will go and visit after our trip for sure. :D

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    1. CK: yay! i think you might be able to shoot some very nice photos here =)

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  3. Oh no....save the plastic bags...and the environment. Very creative, sure adds that special old school kopitiam touch, but quite unnecessary. They've opened a Back to School place here too but I haven't gone to check it out...

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    1. Suituapui: heheh, visiting this place did give me unexpected flashbacks of my younger years! :D

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  4. this brought me back to primary school days, funny thing is I just met some primary school friends last night!

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    1. KY: maybe the next time u have a classmates' reunion, you could organize it here! :D

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  5. Oh my.... the owners are so creative! Yes! It does bring bek lotsa childhood memories. Especially those snacks! HAHA....

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    1. Melissa: heheh, if i were 30 years younger, i'd want to gobble up all those snacks! and ya, i love the creativity here too =)

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  6. Cute concept, unless you hated primary school for some reason or another... or traumatised from it :P I certainly know a few people

    I remember seeing it from afar as I was driving around looking for parking recently..

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    1. Lifeasacynic: heheh, i think i have both good and bad memories from both primary and secondary school. i know i wouldn't wanna go back to exam days :D and yeah, i had to circle this area twice to find parking, heh =)

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  7. well, really got those olden days feeling, i miss the sweet biscuit~ XD

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    1. Mr Lonely: ya, got a nice nostalgic vibe here :D

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  8. I like the way they serve the drinks, how interesting. But for some reasons, i don't like those cute little colorful biscuits even since young... i don't like the artificial flavoring and too sweet :x but i like the choki choki chocolate though hahahaha!

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    1. Ken: yeah, the drinks presentation was a pleasant surprise ... i never quite had much of the choki2 and colorful biscuits when i was a kid though ... my addiction was those crunchy mamee packets with the blue monster on the packaging :D

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  9. I see choki choki! And many of my other fav childhood snacks ;)

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    1. Baby Sumo: yeah, this could actually be a fun cafe to visit with children! :D

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  10. Ahh those childhood memories~ lovely ambiance! Would love to try peanut butter smoothie and fried rice!!

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    1. Irene: ya, the fried rice impressed me as much as the peanut butter smoothie ... and they also have a peanut butter french toast on the menu here, i think =)

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  11. i wonder if they have the ice pops sticks in a long plastic tube! :D

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    1. Hi Rebecca,

      We do offer ice pop sticks in a long plastic tube. it come in different flavors as well. :)

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  12. Sean, Thank you so much for your review.
    Hope to see you again :)

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    1. Ecole P: thank you for replying to rebecca's question ... and yes, i hope to see you both again too! =)

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    1. Jason: no pork served here :)

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