Monday, March 3, 2014

Roast FactorGlee @ The Club, Bandar Utama

Don't stop believin' that riveting new caffeine bars can still storm the Klang Valley: Run by a Malaysian who cultivated a passion for beans while she was working in Panama, Roast FactorGlee has the X-Factor to help it stand out amid the current cafe boom.

Tucked inside The Club compound at Persiaran Bukit Utama, Roast FactorGlee fits the definition of an oasis; head here in the afternoon & be welcomed by the buttery scent of hot scones fresh out of the oven, baked by cafe owner Shyue Chin's brother .. 

 ... & brioches paired with Roast FactorGlee's own-made jams (strawberry-tomato & banana-rhubarb are the current highlights) ...

 ... plus chocolate chip cookies studded with almonds, muffins made with virgin coconut oil & gula melaka, as well as familiar-looking slices of cakes (some supplied by Frost & Flourish: peanut-butter-&-banana & raspberry cheese).

 But what's most exciting is what awaits once Roast FactorGlee's kitchen opens later this month to serve hot food: Expect breakfasts with a twist initially, followed eventually by savoury sensations like Danish-style roast pork shoulder (inspired by Shyue Chin's Denmark-born husband).

The cafe's pride: coffee produced with beans roasted on-site; single-origin Colombian Inza is simultaneously light & luscious.

 Espressos, lattes & mochas (the current house blend is two-thirds Indonesian, one-third Colombian). 

 Beat the heat with a cold brew or Fatbaby ice cream. It's a cliche these days to say that a cafe is run with passion, since so many are, but it holds true nonetheless for Roast FactorGlee. This is a brand to watch.

Roast Factor Glee @ Bukit Utama
G06, Village Shops, The Club, Persiaran Bukit Utama, Bandar Utama, Petaling Jaya
Currently open 1pm-7pm, except Tuesdays. Starting 9am weekends. Tel: 03-7732-2893

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23 comments:

  1. Ahhh... fresh out-of-the-oven brioches, i like them with vanilla ice cream :D

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    1. Ken: that would be possible here, since ice cream is available at this cafe! :D

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  2. Finally! Breakfast with a difference! :)
    And I had thought this was at the Oasis Ribs area but it's IN the club itself! How was parking?
    It would be a lovely place to chill for sure. Green, serene, breezy :)

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    1. Rebecca: ya, it'll be interesting to see what sort of breakfast recipes exactly there'll be :D parking is OK, cos there's a lot of basement parking at the club (but have to pay RM1 after the first hour, heh). and ya, the vibe is quite relaxed here. i wouldn't mind seeing other eateries open in this area! :D

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  3. Ahh sugar overload just looking at the pictures!! I know it probably doesn't matter to a lot of people but I'm just thinking with such a competitive market in the cafe/coffee category, perhaps better coffee art would make them stand out? :)

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    1. Iamthewitch: heheh, ya, the kitchen isn't ready this week to serve savoury food yet, but soon :D and that's an interesting point. ya, i generally don't care about coffee art, but it's true that it's something to take into consideration :)

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  4. Oooo...scones!!! I like! And there's black coffee too! This is the place for me...

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    1. Suituapui: yeah, lots to pair here for a satisfactory teatime treat :)

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  5. What a cool place, Sean!

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    1. Linda: oh yes, it was a fun place to check out :)

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  6. I'm a bit excited about all of these new coffee places popping up around the city. I'd like to see a few more quality outlets in the city centre though.

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    1. The Yum List: true, a lot of these independent outlets are choosing the suburbs for various reasons. i kinda like that way, cos there's a nice neighbourhood feel to them. but you're absolutely right, we need more of these great cafes in the heart of the city too! :D

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  7. Nice cafe! I want to visit that! :D

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    1. CK: ya, i think you'll like this one! hope you'll get the chance when you come back next month :)

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  8. How are the brioches? They look pretty good - I have a weakness for them!

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    1. Baby Sumo: they're not bad ... i must admit, i'm not the biggest fan of brioches, so i'm probably not the best person to recommend them, but we still happily finished the brioche anyway :D

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  9. Sean;How was the coffee?

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    1. Raymond: the single origin was really good. delicate and very well-prepared. the espresso, latte and mocha were all decent and enjoyable, but not as memorable in the end :)

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  10. What's their operation days like? Went yesterday at 2pm but wasn't open :(

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    1. Shoak: yikes sorry to hear that. they're still finalising their operation hours but they should have been open by 2pm already (or even earlier, by 1pm). am sorry they were closed when you visited ... i guess i'd recommend calling them first if you're planning to return.

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  11. Wow~ Didn't realised that I've been featured above until someone told me about it. =D Been regularly visiting Roast FactorGlee, and it's really great talking to Shyue Chin and Karlsten during my visit every time. Loving the quiet ambience for now with different varieties of songs played.

    My personal favourite of their pastries are Brioche and Apple Pie! Brioche has a great combination with homemade strawberry-tomato jam and Clever Dripper brewed Columbian Inza; Apple pie gives a not-so-thick pie base + juicy apple slices with slight saltiness.

    For coffee wise, I personally like their single origin blend brewed with the clever dripper instead of drinking the ones brewed with espresso machine. Something special that I will never stop drinking is their 'White' Cold Brew :D

    I suggest to give a try of the same blend (Columbian Inza) at the newly open The Loaf inside The Curve. It's located right above The Curve's Starbucks.

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    1. Amuyo: love your insights, and thank you for taking the time to write all this :)

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