Sunday, April 6, 2014

MainMain Cafe @ Choo Cheng Khay

Toying thoughtfully with contemporary notions of what KL's most memorable cafes can be, MainMain opened recently on a backstreet row of decades-old flats, perhaps a 200-metre walk from the Maharajalela monorail station; it could transform swiftly from a hidden secret to a huge success.

MainMain seems to be run by former newspaper reporters who spent many months creating this cafe, filled with salvaged furnishing for a playfully nostalgic effect that's well bolstered by a jukebox-era soundtrack that spans 'California Dreamin'' to 'Wooden Heart,' 'Oh! Carol' to 'Save The Last Dance For Me.'

The food here is mainly Chinese fare that's meant to feel comfortingly home-cooked, like this pumpkin-laced rice (RM9.90). 

Chicken soup with Shaoxing wine (RM10.90). The menu's not wide, but there's enough for lunch here.

Desserts might also look reassuringly familiar, with the likes of pumpkin cakes ... 

... plus pistachio cakes & chilled mascarpone with rum & raisin, all brought to us by the folks behind Poco Homemade.

MainMain steers clear of coffee, concentrating instead on a selection of premium Oriental tea. This one's rose-fragrant indeed.

Lots of lovely details here; worth a stop for customers seeking a calm little hideout for an hour or two.




Main Main Cafe
Jalan Choo Cheng Khay, Off Jalan Maharajalela, Kuala Lumpur
Daily, 11am-8pm. Tel: 03-9274-1124



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26 comments:

  1. While it looks really clean, well maintained and the food and atmosphere look very appealing on the inside, I can't get over the hanging laundry in that first photo from the apartment dwellers! :)

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    1. Linda: it's definitely an interesting juxtaposition, an eye-catching one too :)

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  2. Looks like a fun place to seek out and remember the 'good old days'. ;-)

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    1. The Yum List: yeah, i actually have some vague childhood memories of this area, as it was sort of my neighbourhood when i was very, very, very young :)

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  3. din try the toufu cafe? I think I will go here because of the toufu cake only, it's too attractive for me, XD

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    1. 小乱: ooh, ya, i've had the tofu cheesecake back when it was served at poco homemade in bangsar, it's worth trying at least once :)

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    1. Rebecca: yeah, well done to the owners for their care in carving out the decor here :)

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  5. Oooo this is another Instagrammer heaven. Hehe looks of cute decor :)

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    1. Baby Sumo: yeah, you're right, i think this place will have a healthy number of photos on social media over the next few months! :)

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  6. Such a quirky cafe! I'm in love with it already! :)

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    1. Iamthewitch: yeah, it was a pleasure to spend some time here :)

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  7. Watch out for the dripping laundry when you walk in... :D

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    1. Suituapui: haha, look out above, that might be wise advice :)

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  8. so if you get dripped on, it might no be raining?

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    1. KY: haha, at least in either case, the water droplets would probably be fairly clean :)

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  9. It's so sweet, love the old-school candy in the jars. And opened by former reporters :D

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    1. Footfringe: sweet is a good way to describe this. and yeah, i didn't recognise some of the stuff in the decor, but it might make some visitors sentimental. heheh, ya, reporters from kwong wah yit poh :)

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  10. Oh my... who would have thought there's a cafe nestled within such building!

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    1. Ken: yeah, it's a very intriguing choice for the location :)

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  11. Love the concept of this cafe, and I'm amazed you found them! What an interesting choice for a location, and yet, it just makes it all the more fascinating to the bloggers, and members of the public! :-)
    Yes, it's all a package; location, food, decor...just makes it so homey~~

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    1. Christy: yeah, the choice of location has its own interesting background to it, as the cafe's owners used to work nearby :) there's a real, palpable sense of history here, since this row of buildings has so many decades behind it. and yep, it does feel homey :)

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    2. Choo Cheng Khay is the place where i grew up. have been staying there for 28years! Used to stay a few blocks away from this cafe! Looking at the interior (original design which have been more than 30 years), brings back so much memories of my family's old hse. Such great idea to have a cafe there! Must make a visit back there and try out! Thanks for posting Sean!

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  12. Familiar familiar....POCO looks alike :P

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    1. Choi Yen: got connection to poco, in terms of their desserts :D

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