Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Glasshouse @ Mahsa + The Owl And The Pussycat @ Universiti Malaya

Don't call 'em cafeterias; here's a peek at two new college-based cafes that could very nearly be considered hipster hangouts, beginning with the sunshine-blessed Glasshouse at Petaling Jaya's Mahsa University campus.

Tell security that you're heading to this cafe & there should be no trouble with access (though parking on the street outside the campus could be problematic). Glasshouse is worth a stop; its interesting set-up is ideal for seeing-&-being-seen motivations ... 

... & the leafy perspectives beyond these tall windows could encourage calm contemplation if the cafe's not too crowded.

Glasshouse this week started serving wraps & sandwiches; pastries & cakes were offered when we visited earlier this month.

Naturally, there's coffee, which starts at RM5 for a long black & RM7 for lattes.

Glasshouse has the goods to lure not merely Mahsa's students but visitors from the outside world too. Let's wish them luck.

Only a few minutes' drive from Glasshouse, there's The Owl And The Pussycat Cafe, a more spacious destination inside Universiti Malaya.

Cute & colourful, The Owl And The Pussycat Cafe seems to be run by the management of PJ's Kokopelli Bistro. 

We tried visiting on a weekend afternoon, since parking's breezier, but The Owl And The Pussycat Cafe operates only a skeleton crew then with limited food offerings. Best to head here on weekdays for lunch if possible. 

 The Owl And The Pussycat Cafe's menu is a mishmash of everything, with something for everyone (hopefully) at relatively affordable rates. Prawn pasta salads (RM4.50), beef pizza (RM3 per slice), roast chicken sandwich (RM3.50), nasi lemak (RM3), pasta aglio olio (RM6), beef burgers (RM5) & more.

Glasshouse Cafe
Mahsa University, Jalan Elmu, Off Jalan Universiti, Petaling Jaya
Mon-Fri, 8am-6pm

The Owl And The Pussycat Cafe
Universiti Malaya, Petaling Jaya

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23 comments:

  1. Oh, I love this glasshouse!!! The views are fantastic and it looks very cozy. :)

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    1. Linda: that's true, it could be comfy on a not-too-crowded day and i like the shady-leafy exterior :)

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  2. Food seems pretty standard-average at both places but the ambiance and interior designs are pretty cool!

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    1. Ken: the designers do deserve praise at both outlets! :D

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  3. Sean, what a gorgeous shot you captured with the purple flowers and coffee!

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    1. The Yum List: thank you! i enjoyed taking that shot :)

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  4. "People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones,' That sure is a lovely place, I must say...very very nice...and the pussy place too. These uni students sure have it so good these days - dining in style, no more of those miserable canteens and cafeterias in the past.

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    1. Suituapui: heheh, i didn't quite have these sort of cafes when i was studying in usm penang either :)

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  5. I love the look of the glass house! Very pretty and trendy! I'm sure it will be a hit with students or non-students like us. LOL!

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    1. Iamthewitch: heheh, yeah, i think we'll see more of such cafes opening in other malaysian campuses :D

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  6. Beautiful garden/park setting, good idea for the glasshouse set-up. Food is secondary, I guess.

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    1. Pureglutton: they definitely had a good idea with creating the cafe here! :D

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  7. This dish looks absolutely mouth-watering.

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    1. Cquek: glad you like it

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  8. Glasshouse Cafe is prettier and with a lot of green, I like that. Hehehe.

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    1. CK: ya, the scenery is quite nice and the layout is cool :)

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  9. If only UM was as hip as this during my uni years! But then again, we may only have been able to gaze from afar ... there were many days we could barely afford a thosai

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    1. Footfringe: heheh, eating at this UM cafe all semester could cost more than the actual tuition fees :)

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  10. Oooo I like the Glasshouse.... so much natural lighting and the setting is lovely.

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    1. Baby Sumo: yeah, it's quite ideal for those sunshiny afternoons, ya :)

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  11. Everyone likes the glasshouse and I'm no exception. Wonder if it does have the glasshouse effect though? :P

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    1. Rebecca: haha, nice thought :D yeah, i'd have liked a bigger glasshouse, but i guess it's not really up to them, since the campus isn't large :)

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  12. What a cool Cafe Place, A house that is made of glass, Yeah, that's a great idea, the food seems clear and artistic even it is in inside the glass, That's cool, well all you need is a GLASS SUPPLIER . ...

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