Saturday, January 11, 2014

The Grumpy Cyclist @ Taman Tun

Riding proudly into the heart of Taman Tun, The Grumpy Cyclist began wheeling out coffee & cakes this week, putting no brakes on the breakneck spread of cafes in this neighbourhood.

The Grumpy Cyclist fails to live up to the first half of its name: The team that steers this space is cheerful, not cranky, creating a welcoming eatery where pedal-powered patrons might feel particularly at home.

Plenty of room within for folks to stow their bicycles; if rumours are to be believed, The Grumpy Cyclist even furnishes shower facilities so that sweaty riders can freshen up.

More gossip & speculation: The Grumpy Cyclist seems to be backed by a fair number of investors; one of its key operators could be the communications director of government economic unit Pemandu. And for some cafe observers, there are scintillating links to other familiar names: a Cyclist co-owner might be the brother-in-law of the founder of Lids & Finch, while a barista here is believed to be one of the pioneering men behind Podgy & The Banker's counter.

But while the tangled threads of fact & fiction make The Grumpy Cyclist's origin hopelessly murky for now, what's irrefutable is the sense of rascally humour that reigns here, from the cash-hungry message on top of the tip jar to the names for the cakes that form the only food offered here so far.

  Fresh, moist & creamy; still, we wish cafes would try to rely less on the ubiquitous tropes of red velvets & chocolate brownies.

No serious complaints about the coffee & other beverages here; based on the crowds that have started thronging this spot in recent days, The Grumpy Cyclist has heaps to be happy about. 

The Grumpy Cyclist is now open 8am-8pm; hours will be extended through 11pm by next week.

"Get a bicycle. You will certainly not regret it, if you live." - Mark Twain

 The Grumpy Cyclist TTDI
36, Jalan Datuk Sulaiman, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur. Beside Namaste

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24 comments:

  1. Ok, I'll cycle.. or no ... walk there :P

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    1. Rebecca: haha, both options would be environmentally friendly :D

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  2. Love the names of the cakes, lovely play with words and phrases. The owners must be really intellectual people. Grumpy? That's me! Cyclist, nope...that's out of the question! Muahahahahaha!!!!

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    1. Suituapui: cool names, sure, and any cake named after a beatles song is a friend of mine, heh =) it's been years since i rode a bicycle too! :D

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  3. I had to laugh at "Grumpy Cyclist", Sean. :) Nobody looks grumpy, though, but I think this is a good thing. :)

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    1. Linda: glad the name brought a shot of humor to your reading! :D and yes, i totally agree, grouches are no fun at cafes! :D

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  4. Interesting cafe, this reminds me of Rapha Cycle Club London! :D

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    1. CK: it will probably also attract a nice number of customers who enjoy cycling and enjoy coffee! :D

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  5. That first photo is cool - captured so many great moments in there!

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    1. Baby sumo: thanks! The cafe was quite lively and animated ... And was grateful the cyclist stopped for a second for me to grab that shot! :)

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  6. Hmmm... the cyclist appeared in the first photo doesn't look grumpy to me? LOL!

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    1. Ken: that's true, the grumpy cyclist remains elusive! :D

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  7. wah thanks for recommending this place! my boyfie is a cyclist and i guess he'd definitely love to check this out!

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    1. Constance: excellent! hope he enjoys the place and hanging out with other cyclists! :D

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  8. shower facilities? that's nice!

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    1. Eiling: yeah, I guess the cyclists will definitely appreciate that! :D

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  9. Doesnt seem like the place can accomodate a big amount of bikes if me and friends cycle there...?

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    1. Ken: the room for the bikes actually seems quite spacious, but ya, you you have a point. I can imagine them being swamped with cyclists on certain occasions =)

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  10. Hmmm I wonder if I can learn how to cycle after enjoying a good cup of coffee:D

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    1. Missyblurkit: you might find some enthusiastic teachers here! :D

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  11. Totally worth breaking any health resolution!

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    1. Cquek: a piece of cake! :D

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  12. Do you know how to go there by public transportation?

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