Sunday, February 23, 2014

The Soda Factory & Encore Patisserie @ Taman Bukit Desa

In 2014's most miraculous F&B coincidence so far, two invitingly distinctive cafes opened this week on the same street of Taman Bukit Desa: The Soda Factory, launched by the folks behind The Tapping Tapir sodas & The Potong artisan popsicles ...


 ... & Encore, the inceptive overseas spin-off from a Sydney-based patisserie of the same name.

 First up, The Soda Factory, where the offerings seem both thoughtfully & playfully conceptualised. Nice work, folks.

 Check out the delicious sourdough pizzas; the best bet is copiously crowned with spinach, an egg, olives, garlic, tomato sauce & parmesan cheese for only RM15. It's a terrific representation of how a pizza should taste, with toppings that complement each other beautifully & a crisply smoky, fresh-tasting base that strikes that not-too-thick, not-too-thin balance.

 The Soda Factory's sourdough waffles might prove polarising though; we like how they're discernibly dense in the vein of the Liege variation, but some patrons might prefer fluffier waffles. Enjoy with Nutella sauce, strawberries & vanilla ice cream (RM15); even though both the pizzas & waffles could be calorie bombs, they somehow feel light enough to be low-guilt pleasures.

 Floats are fun here; customers can mix & match sparkling soda flavours with a variety of ice cream. Our combo: Lemonade & lengkuas with a scoop of pistachio ice cream (RM9). No worries, not too sugary in the least.

(Former) President Bartlet's beloved beverage _ egg cream (RM9) _ is also available here: Freshly mixed milk, soda water & maple syrup work together to form the ideal beat-the-heat refreshment.


  And with that, we segue into Encore, only a thirty-second stroll away.

Encore taps the skills of Australian-based pastry chef Barry Symington to blast out sweet treats like the St Honore dessert of puff pastry with chiboust cream, as well as slices of luscious-looking mille-feuille ...

... plus almond meringue tortes loaded with hazelnut chocolate whipped cream, vanilla eclairs & rum-tinged mud cakes. The preparation & storage of these could be fine-tuned for better taste & texture; there's strong potential here, certainly.

 Many of the pastries cost RM14 each, on the higher end of expectations, though it's probable that pricey ingredients went into producing them. Savoury specialities like beef pies & mushroom quiches are also available.

 And yep, Encore serves coffee (it comes from a land Down Under). Expect to hear a happy amount about The Soda Factory & Encore in the weeks to come; both will inexorably attract curious cats & eager beavers throughout this inaugural quarter of 2014.

 The Soda Factory
15, Jalan Bukit Desa 5, Taman Desa, Kuala Lumpur.
Same row as Sanuki Udon. Seems to currently open only on weekends, 11am-10pm, but will surely change that later. Call 016-682-2221 to confirm.

Encore Patisserie Cafe
1, Jalan Bukit Desa 5, Taman Desa, Kuala Lumpur
Open 10am-10pm daily

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26 comments:

  1. wow interesting drink concoctions at soda factory! what exactly is lengkuas yeah? haha the egg cream looks way too tempting on this sweltering hot day!

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    1. Bob and Julie: yeah, you could experiment with a cool range of float recipes here ... for example, camomile-grapefruit soda with chocolate mint ice cream perhaps :D lengkuas is galangal, kinda similar to ginger ... it was one of my grandmother's favourite ingredients for curries ... and i hear you, i need a really cold drink too! :D

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  2. Would love to try all those desserts, very tempting. Sourdough pizza sounds like a decent choice too!

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    1. Ken: yeah, if you're into doughy delicacies, then this could be a double-whammy of delights right here =)

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  3. Kenny told me they open last weekend, I was waiting to see your post, hahaha.
    Actually there is another new restaurant there as well.

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    1. CK: ooo, and just after you left taman desa, all the outlets started opening! come back, come back! :D haha, ya, the old restaurant is now a new restaurant. will probably put it in one post with a lot of different ramen outlets, maybe =)

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  4. I for one will be one of the eager beavers...if work allows...hehe =)

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    1. Ulric: gosh, sorry to hear that the workload hasn't eased yet. hopefully soon, very soon! :)

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  5. Oooooo...sourdough pizza!!! Impressive!

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    1. Suituapui: tastes good too! :D

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  6. OMG! The vanilla slice looks amazing. I'd like to try one of those sourdough pizzas too.

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    1. The Yum List: ooo, you could take a nice, leisurely drive to taman desa on a sunday morning, and enjoy both these places for brunch :)

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  7. Oooo we usually go to Sanuki on a weekly basis but have not been doing so for past 2 weeks. And wow, 2 new outlets there! Would definitely visit after lunch/dinner at Sanuki ;)

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    1. Baby Sumo: ohhh, try going here on a weekend, since The Soda Factory is only open on Saturdays and Sundays for now. not sure why. hope you enjoy these places! =)

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  8. Next time I go Taman Desa have to visit several cafe/restaurant sekaligus!!! It looks very very nice, especially the dessert! ;P

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    1. 小乱: ya, this street at taman desa will definitely attract more customers in the next few months, i think! =)

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  9. Whaaaaa? Customisable spiders? WANT!

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    1. Hannah: yeah, you can have orange-&-jasmine soda topped with vanilla ice cream, pear soda topped with pistachio ice cream ... the choice of combinations is yours to customise! :D

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  10. Sourdough is a bold choice for a waffle...looks perfect for pizza though!

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    1. YouHadYourLunch: yeah, it doesn't quite scream 'sourdough' in terms of taste and texture, and customers shouldn't expect the waffle or the pizza base to taste like regular sourdough bread, but you're right, it's a very interesting choice! :)

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  11. 2 outlets - both so promising! Taman Desa - here I come! ;)

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    1. Rebecca: yeah, taman desa's just a 10-minute drive from my place, so i'm happy to head here! :)

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  12. went encore today! nice strawberry flan slice and paired with long black~ unfortunately Soda Factory is not open........

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    1. 濑粉: the strawberry flan sounds good! yeah, soda factory only opens fri-sun :)

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    1. Pei Shan: glad you like it :)

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