Tuesday, April 1, 2014

PCLO Cafe @ Modvier, Bangsar

Bangsar's Hidden Cafes, Part III: This month, Bangsar welcomes not one, not two, but three new cafes hidden in unlikely locations, each extremely different from the others. The one that's the most secretive could be PCLO Cafe, an outdoor hangout on a Taman Bukit Pantai hill slope.

PCLO makes crafty use of a narrow space between a wall & the new Modvier hijab-&-jubah boutique, which (for extra privacy) conceals the cafe from the view of passers-by. Directions: From Maarof, driving from the Hindu temple toward Telawi, turn left on the tiny road immediately before the Petronas station. You'll see Modvier on your right.

For now, this partly shaded cafe might mainly be a one-man-show; on a recent weekend afternoon, Jeremy, an amiably chatty chap who says he's had eight years of experience in coffee distribution work, efficiently tackled everything from taking orders to making coffee & serving customers.

We liked the latte & double-shot espresso; both hit the spot for our personal preference in terms of taste, texture & temperature.

PCLO serves simple, satisfying snacks sourced from local independent F&B businesses, including no-frills shepherd's pies, well-made cakes & very pleasant brownies. 

Churros are on the menu too (RM5), crispy on the outside, soft & moist inside, with cinnamon sugar & chocolate sauce.

Preservative-free popsicles by Pops Malaya, perfect for beating the heat. Flavours include pulpy orange-&-dried-apricot & honeydew-vanilla, made with real fruits & organic sugarcane sugar.

PCLO operates in collaboration with the colourfully stocked hijab shop. Interestingly, PCLO _ a reference to the piccolo latte _ has another cafe that might be more masculine-skewing in Bangi, at the Bikers Rendezvous motorcycle merchandise store.
Bangsar's Hidden Cafes, Part I: PULP By Papa Palheta. Part II: Monkey Garage by Regal Valet.

PCLO Cafe
Modvier Boutique, 6, Jalan Riong, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur
Open Wed-Sun, noon through 9pm



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26 comments:

  1. Sean, I love that first photo, it really caught my eye. The coffee looks great, and I love frozen fruit on a stick (or iced tea) on very hot days.

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    1. Linda: thanks, linda, i enjoyed photographing this place :) the coffee was very satisfying, and it was a sunny afternoon, so the popsicle provided some cooling comfort! :D

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  2. Looks like great crema on that latte!

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    1. The Yum List: you're 100 percent correct! :)

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  3. You managed to sit outside in the afternoon without aircon? That's a first!

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    1. Footfringe: hahah, barely managed to last an hour, but luckily it wasn't actually bad in the shade :)

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  4. Oh no! Not in our tropical heat...and that sure looks hot! I'll come down with heat stroke. Can't see the filling in the shepherd pie! Pie cover looks great, nice mashed...no so fine and mushy like SR's.

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    1. Suituapui: heheh, this place operates rain or shine ... it was apparently pouring one evening, and there still customers happily enjoying their time here under the umbrellas :) and yeah, i guess shepherd's pie mash can be a matter of preference :)

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  5. I want some of them popsicles in mocha flavor pls

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    1. KY: perfect to re-energise caffeine addicts! :D

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  6. Oh i like this place, would certainly love to try those popsicles :D

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    1. Ken: those popsicles were cooling comfort indeed! helped to keep us from melting, heheh :)

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  7. I love hidden gems like these! (though they can be hard to locate, but hey, that's all part of the fun right? ;-)
    Popsicles!! They sound like such delightful treats and I love the fruity and preservative free flavors, *squeals*!

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    1. Christy: true, i like hidden places too (as long as parking is not too inconvenient, haha) :D yeah, there are lots of interesting popsicle flavours here. there's also watermelon & lychee, i think! :)

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  8. These cute places pop up in the most unexpected places!

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    1. YouHadYourLunch: yeah, this was an unexpected venue for a cute little alfresco cafe! :)

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  9. Oh looks like a great hideout! WIFI avail i assume? :)

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    1. Rebecca: yeah, a place to escape the world :) ooo, i'm not sure about wi-fi though :D

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  10. wow! :) very rustic looking cakes. interesting location too! by now i am wondering, how often do you eat the same thing twice? curious though, you seem to have such a flight of fancy style of gastronomic adventure that everyone loves to envy. always good read whenever i'm online!

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    1. Sibu Food Diva: yeah, the cakes had a home-made feel, in the best sense of the word :D ooo, i rarely eat the same thing twice. thanks for the kind words. eating out is definitely an adventure for me, you're right! :)

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  11. It really is quite hidden.... it's a real wonder how u find these places. I kinda like the concept and the location.

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    1. Baby Sumo: yeah, we'd probably have more of these alfresco cafes if only our weather weren't so hot and humid, heheh :) and ya, this cafe was a surprise to me too! :)

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  12. wow....Bangsar now having so many unique cafes.
    How much is the popsicles? I like the idea of using real fruits.

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    1. Melissa: yeah, bangsar is booming again! :D hmm, oops, sorry, i forgot how much the popsicles cost, but definitely reasonable, as our entire meal here with cakes and coffee, etc, was only about RM30-something :)

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  13. I think this one have to wait till my next trip!
    Too many cafes to visit, too little time....

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    1. CK: come back soon! or don't leave so soon! hehehe :)

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