Monday, March 31, 2014

Monkey Garage @ Regal Valet, Bangsar

Bangsar's Hidden Cafes, Part II: This month, Bangsar welcomes not one, not two, but three new cafes hidden in unlikely locations, each extremely different from the others. This one, Monkey Garage, is fuelled by both the passion & the playfulness of its co-founder Farah Janis & her two partners, all of them born in the Year of the Monkey.
January 2015 Update: Monkey Garage has been revamped & is now a gastropub that serves pork. See here for details.

Thousands of motorists drive past Maarof's Regal Valet auto specialist centre everyday, but few might peer deep within & realise that something surprising has stirred here.

Monkey Garage, yet another very friendly cafe, is partly inspired by Farah's travels _ specifically her visit to a cafe behind a train station in Zurich that served Swiss fare in a setting that seemed like a sanctuary for locals.

The cafe serves daily specials _ come on Tuesdays, when a lip-smacking Laksa Johor is available, the straight-from-the-south recipe with spaghetti & creamy fish-&-coconut gravy (RM13.90). 


On Wednesdays, there's a supremely hearty nasi tomato & ayam masak merah (RM16), while Fridays are currently reserved for nasi lemak & rendang.

Sandwiches are offered too, everything from butter gipfel stuffed with scrambled eggs (RM7) to pumpkin wholegrain ciabatta with hot beef salami & baguette with chicken & cheese. Note that not everything is always available; Monkey Garage is not operating at full capacity so far.

And of course, desserts. The speciality seems to be the Congo Bar (RM5), basically a nutty blondie with chocolate chips ...


... though naturally, there's also a monkeys-love-bananas theme of a light, smooth cheesecake with bananas & peanut butter & a lovely caramel banana tart ...

... as well as milk chocolate cake with marshmallows, banana cakes & other confections to tempt the sweet tooth.

Italian coffee, definitely drinkable. Lattes cost RM8 here, edging slightly toward the lower side of Bangsar's prices.


Hot chocolate hits the spot on a rainy afternoon.

All in all, we spent a very pleasant couple of hours here. It's a nice place, certainly worth a visit for folks in this neighbourhood.

Part I of Bangsar's Hidden Cafes: PULP By Papa Palheta.
Part III: Coming up tomorrow.

Monkey Garage Cafe
Regal Valet, Jalan Maarof, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur
Weekdays, 930am-7pm; weekends, 930am-5pm
Tel: 03-2282-1282


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25 comments:

  1. This has to be one of the most unique places I have ever seen! Funny, I have never really been a sandwich person. We have many Subway restaurants in Montreal and since I don't like sandwiches too much I don't go there. I do love main dishes, soups and salads, though! :)

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    1. Linda: oh yes, the setting is super-cool :) i empathise, i'm not really a sandwich lover either, since i'm not a fan of the white bread or the heavily processed supermarket meat that are used to make generic sandwiches elsewhere. i'd definitely prefer a hearty main course :)

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    1. SC: really like this one (even though i'm not a car person, heheh) :)

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  3. Oooo...lovely looking sandwiches. They've a cafe in a car wash in Kuching - had one in Sibu a long time ago but I don't think it's still in business. Too many coffee shops all around, nicer and cheaper.

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    1. Suituapui: ooo, a cafe in a car wash would be convenient too for customers waiting for their vehicles to get clean, heheh :)

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  4. Another cool cafe! Haven't had time to visit any new cafe yet, sad sad.

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    1. CK: aiyo, i guess you have to settle all your work first ... hopefully by thursday or friday you'll be free to visit all these new places! :)

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  5. I love the name of this cafe! So catchy....
    Have to do a one day cafe hopping list in Bangsar.. Thanks for sharing, Sean! ^^

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    1. Eunice: haha, ya, monkeys are cute :) i think if you're free on a weekday, you can try the bangsar cafe-hopping, as these places might get extra-crowded on weekends. thanks for reading! :)

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  6. I like the oriental touch in such cafes, the johor laksa sure looks inviting

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    1. Ken: yeah, i can't turn down a good johor laksa, and the one here is tasty! :)

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  7. Monkey Garage looks like the perfect place to park my monkey:D

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    1. Missy: a friend of mine mentioned it almost seems like an aquarium of a cafe! really nice hideout for a peaceful weekday afternoon :)

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  8. Ohh im just waiting for today for your new 100 List! :)

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    1. Rebecca: haha, yeah, i procrastinated finishing it till the last minute! :)

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  9. I loooooveeeeee laksa Johor... would love to come here n try! :)

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    1. Baby Sumo: ooo, today (tuesday) is laksa johor day!!! (they don't serve it on other days, as it's a fixed daily special) :D

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  10. Waaa....so long din drop by edi... How are you?
    This place look special. Something different from the rest. I see their cakes look good! ;-)

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    1. Melissa: ooo, you're back! hope everything has been well with you. i'm good too, thanks :) and ya, there's a uniqueness about this cafe, and i enjoyed the desserts, they were well-prepared :)

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  11. Thanks Sean! The cafe and the food looks great!

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    1. Kate: hope you enjoy this one, and thanks for reading :)

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  12. Now what is a gipfel?? Never heard of that before!

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    1. YouHadYourLunch: ooo, it's basically a swiss croissant :D

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  13. Thousands of motorists drive past Maarof's Regal Valet auto ... regalmittueren.blogspot.de

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