Monday, December 30, 2013

Jam & Kaya Cafe @ PJ Palms Sports Center

Jam & Kaya brings the Klang Valley's best year yet for independent cafes to a triumphant close; visiting this winsome venue is a potent reminder to value the people who pour their hearts into creating these places. Dismissing these cafes without knowing their stories is blatant disrespect.

Jam & Kaya represents the friendship of Janice & Karen, who studied in Melbourne this past decade & left with the dream of running the kind of cafe they cherished there. Janice's subsequent stint learning the art of pastry-making at Le Cordon Bleu Paris supplied the culinary foundation for the two to open Jam & Kaya this month by the pool of PJ Palms Sports Center.

Brunches are a treat here; the Eggs Royale (RM21) feature irresistibly delicious poached eggs, resting atop thick slices of smoked salmon & crisp leaves in a croissant.

Available through 5pm, so late risers like us can mercifully still have breakfast for lunch.

The menu remains a work in progress, but it's excellent to see these baked eggs that borrow inspiration from the Tunisian-origin recipe of 'shakshouka' ... 

 ... creamy with a thick, tomato-rich base that conceals soft chunks of eggplant. RM18.90. Dinner specials include chicken ballotine, beef stew with potatoes & salmon with couscous.

 Pancakes are a pleasure here: try the one with salted caramel & macadamia nuts (RM16.50). Other varieties come with caramelized bananas & yes, even jam & kaya.

Save space for dessert; these babies are a star attraction in their own right.

Praline cheesecake, very rich, sumptuously smooth. Gotta try the tarts next time.

Coffee's constructed with Colombian beans; not a bad latte, definitely.

Love the hot chocolate here, mixed with tiny, crispy chocolate balls for extra enjoyment.

One of Jam & Kaya's charms: It isn't trying to be cool. Its musical selection of Peabo Bryson & All-4-One might send hipsters screaming out the exit.

All in all, Jam & Kaya has the potential to become a firm favorite, surmounting its relatively hidden location & avoidance of advance publicity. It's our top cafe recommendation for December (followed extremely closely by Damansara Uptown's Ecole P).


Jam & Kaya Cafe
PJ Palms Sports Center, Lorong Sultan, Petaling Jaya
Open 10am-10pm, Tues-Thurs, 8am-11pm, Fri-Sun

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38 comments:

  1. Yay...going to pay them a visit on the first day of 2014...hopefully they are open...hehe *crossed fingers* =)

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    1. Ulric: yay! i hope you enjoy your new year brunch/lunch/tea/dinner, heheh :D

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  2. arghhh when these cafes coming to Malacca. i have almost done with cafe hopping here T_____________T

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    1. Constance: here's hoping a lot of good cafes will open in malacca in 2014! =)

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  3. Nice! I had once dreamt of opening Melbourne like cafes in KL too but looks like many beat me to it. I guess I have to change my direction. Hehe. The egg Royale looks much better than the Norwegian at TGB.

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    1. Kelly: that's a good dream! but yeah, it's interesting how life takes us toward unexpected paths. hopefully it all works out for the best =) i sighed with satisfaction after having the eggs royale here =)

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  4. wow...the breakfast and cakes here looks attractive and yummy!
    *beautiful poached egg* ;-)

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    1. Melissa: yeah, i enjoyed photographing as well as eating them! :D

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  5. Woot.... very close to my house. Can just walk over !!

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    1. Adam: wow, that's super-convenient! hope you enjoy this place =)

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  6. dayumm, cheese looks delicious~ hehe

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    1. Mr Lonely: cheesecake? worth trying! :D

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  7. I thought I can find smtg related to Kaya or Jam food here, XD

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    1. 小乱: heh, they do have a couple of dishes with jam & kaya here, but didn't order those =)

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  8. with that name I was expecting a bit more old school local stuff tho, still a good selection.

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    1. KY: yeah, it's an interesting name ... i thought the cafe would feature a lot of jam & kaya, but it turns out that jam = janice & kaya = karen, sort of :D

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  9. I'm a late riser too! Good for people like us, we can enjoy the brunch set throughout the day :D

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    1. Ken: exactly! i wouldn't mind still having eggs benedict at 9pm, long after the sun has set :D

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  10. Eggs-cellent selection of food at this cafe, I see :D

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    1. Baby Sumo: yeah, it's been an eggs-cellent year overall for egg-lovers! :D

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  11. Wow, the food looks yummy! Ok, another cafe to go. :D

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    1. CK: yeah, the owners and chef do seem to put a nice amount of effort into the food preparation :D

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  12. Wishing you the very best this Holiday Season and a Happy New Year!

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    1. Cquek: thank you, and to you too! =)

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  13. went there before....thumbs up!!!!support!!!

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    1. Gary: yay, glad to hear you liked this place too! =)

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  14. Congras to my friend, Karen.
    Nice write up XD

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    1. Applefish: congrats to karen and janice! and thank you for the kind words =)

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  15. Happy New Year! Wishing you a great 2014. :-)

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    1. The Yum List: thank you monica! wishing you and caning an excellent new year too! =)

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  16. Love the hot chocolate with choco balls~ <3

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    1. Janet: glad to hear you enjoyed it! =)

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  17. Pancakes look good...and interesting flavours too!

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    1. Missyblurkit: ya, it's good to have a place that's serious about pancakes! :D

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  18. sean, the add is located at Lorong Sultan, not Jalan Sultan, PJ.. :D

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    1. Whoisnell: haha, thanks, have fixed that! :D

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  19. I've been looking for cafe like this! love the environment here. any suggestion on similar cafes in Klang Valley? =D

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  20. Hello :) is this cafe serve halal food ?

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