Checking out a trio of suburban spots that work well enough for light brunches, teatime treats & cups of coffee, beginning with Butter Up, a pretty nice-looking cafe in Seri Kembangan.
A constellation of cakes, bread & pastries lights up the counters; interesting varieties include crispy buns laced with longan fruit & raisins, plus others tinged with cream cheese & walnuts or cranberries, coconut & almond flakes.
Hot food is available too; everything from pasta with chopped lamb, carrots & thyme to pizzas with shrimp & squid. Butter Up's version of Eggs Atlantic is not too bad: Poached eggs with smoked salmon on English muffins with sabayon sauce, paired with a hearty portion of potato wedges for only RM11.
Butter Up's coffee is not quite memorable except for what comes with it: a very cute spoon-shaped butter cookie.
Next up, Brew & Bread, which has opened a second branch at One City in USJ Subang following the success of its original Kota Kemuning outlet.
This one's more urbane; it would fit in perfectly in the sleekest of malls. No wonder this cafe is packed at lunch hour.
Still, Brew & Bread's popularity can't be attributed merely to its appearance; it takes its coffee seriously too.
Final stop: Coffee Factory at Setia Walk in Puchong.
Baked eggs, nice & runny, though the slices of sausage meat inside are inferior. Good accompaniment of potatoes though.
Salted caramel lattes & Ethiopia Sidamo coffee might tempt caffeine addicts; could be fine-tuned for better-balanced flavours, but OK for what they are.
Butter Up Bakery Cafe
21, Jalan PSK 9, Pusat Perdagangan Seri Kembangan
Brew & Bread
Ground Floor, One City Mall, Jalan USJ 25/1, Subang Jaya
Level 4, Setia Walk, Puchong (inside the Grand Shanghai Food Theme Park)
Park in the basement at Zone E and take the elevator up
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