Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Fikcles @ Taman Tun & Cotton Craft @ Shah Alam

Despite protestations & definition disputes, some of the Klang Valley's recent new eateries probably deserve to be described as hipster cafes. But at the risk of sounding flippant (we use none of these terms as insults), Fikcles _ which launched this week in Taman Tun Dr Ismail _ might seem more like a makcik cafe ...

... while Cotton Craft in Shah Alam could potentially be considered a hijabista cafe. That's not a slight on both of these friendly cafes (we like them) or their customers (whom any restaurant would be fortunate to welcome), but a very superficial observation based on our brief visits here. We hope the two outlets will be kind enough to humour us. 

First up, Fikcles, which follows in the footsteps of TTDI cafes that choose to name themselves by intentionally misspelling words (we blame you, Thursdvys!). Catchy, certainly; Fikcles also features an interesting layout that we failed to capture in our photos. Service is warm (with super-pleasant vibes) but somewhat haphazard for now _ forgivable, since it's still early days for this place.

Fikcles' selection this week is limited to the likes of pasta aglio olio (RM15.90 nett; lots of prawns & nicely spicy, though perhaps a little limp & under-seasoned), but expect more excitement next week, when the restaurant is scheduled to start serving stuff like tortillas filled with squid in salted egg yolk (also RM15.90).

Congo bar (a bit dry, but we're nitpicking) with ice cream, washed down with a soda of grapefruit & chamomile. By the way, our reason for saying Fikcles seems like a makcik cafe: Many of the tables here on one weekday afternoon featured at least one or two women who were more mature than the typical KL cafe-hopper.

Coffee? For sure. Fikcles is blessed with the services of a barista who honed his talents at RAW & Plan B Roasters.


Next up, Cotton Craft, helmed by sisters Nadia & Nilda. This is a bright, beautiful cafe with thoughtful touches.


 The menu features fun twists; like Fikcles, Cotton Craft could stand to fine-tune some recipes, but this smoky chicken chop (RM17) _ labelled 'satay style' _ served with BBQ sauce, potatoes au gratin & mushroom ragout has its merits. Nice plating.


 Lamb loin linguine (RM29). Hearty & almost addictive, though the meat might be a little gamier & chewier than recommended.


 Desserts & coffee, available at Cotton Craft (also notable for how nearly each table comprises only patrons of the same gender).


Fikcles Cafe TTDI
11 Jalan Wan Kadir 2, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur
Mon-Fri, 10am-10pm; Sat, 8am-10pm; Sun, 8am-3pm


Cotton Craft
2-1-1, Presint Alami, Persiaran Akuatik, Seksyen 13, Shah Alam, Selangor
Daily, 9am-10pm


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25 comments:

  1. Aglio Olio at Rm15.9 nett... great value! I wonder how squid and salted egg yolk work ? Would definitely love to find out!

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    1. Ken: yeah, there were definitely a reasonable number of prawns in that pasta dish :) would have liked to order the salted egg yolk squid tortilla too! :)

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  2. Grapefruit and chamomile soda sounds amazing! Of course, I love lamb! And the bright, cheery colours in the decor and flowers make this place very appealing. :)

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    1. Linda: that's true, a breezy-looking decor does perk the experience up! and i liked having the flowers in the shot :)

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  3. The chicken chop is such a beauty - my girl would love that! She's more into chicken chops....and fish & ships.

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    1. ...I mean, chips! LOL!!!

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    2. Suituapui: true, true, chicken chops or fish & chips are both safe favourites. and the one here was pretty interesting :)

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    3. Suituapui: heheh, fish and ships would totally work too! :D

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  4. Great shot of that dessert with the topping oozing down the side.

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    1. The Yum List: it was a pleasure to photograph that dessert :)

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  5. Oh my...the 'satay-style' smoky chicken chop certainly sounds and looks good...flavour-wise and plating-wise =)

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    1. Ulric: yeah, i thought the meat was a bit off in flavour, not sure whether it was the freshness of the batch or something else, but it definitely looks very carefully conceived :)

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  6. Makcik cafe also makcik cafe lah.. as long as they're paying customers haha. They probably have more disposable income than the average cafe hopper too...

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    1. Agreed, And they would probably tapau food/drinks for the anak2, too. More business there!

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    2. SC: haha, that's possible. though i wonder what kind of vibe the cafe owners are aiming for, and whether the presence of the older generation of customers that we saw here might unexpectedly affect that vibe. but i'm not age-ist, i swear ... especially since i'm pretty much middle-aged myself, haha :)

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    3. JH: this week, there's steamed rice with either chicken & cashew nuts or mackerel & veggies available at fikcles to tapau :)

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    4. Haha, it's okay, I get what you meant.

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    5. SC: get those pesky kids out of my cafe, the old-timer growls :)

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  7. I like Cotton Craft's decor - it's minimalist but very cool.

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    1. Baby Sumo: yeah, soothing shades and a smart design that makes it seem more spacious than it is :)

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  8. I gotta love your blog for the newsletter and information mate! :)

    That Congo bar does look good, despite being a bit dry.

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    1. Huai Bin: thanks for reading :) and yeah, i'm always on the lookout for congo bars, they're a pretty tasty alternative to some of the more run-of-the-mill cakes :)

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  9. is the food like really good.. or just so-so?

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    1. Ciki: there is space for improvement :D

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  10. Hey Sean,

    Your comment about 'makcik cafe' really made me smile sheepishly to myself :) LOL Will try to drop by in my next trip to TTDI and check out the 'makciks'. Cheers mate!

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