Monday, May 5, 2014

Roast & Grind @ Section 16, Petaling Jaya

One of PJ's next hit cafes could be Roast & Grind, run by a brother-&-sister team & their partners on a backstreet where parking's still a breeze, particularly on weekends.

Roast & Grind ranks among the most casual-looking of the Klang Valley's new wave of caffeine bars, though every piece of furnishing here was meticulously hand-picked & sometimes repainted or refashioned. Its retro touches _ a refreshing break from the industrial-style trend _ make this Labour Day 2014 baby look like it has belonged in this neighbourhood for many years.

The cafe's core siblings, Shah & Hidayah, belong to a family that's been in the caffeine business since the 1950s; their grandfather started the Hang Tuah coffee brand in Penang. Roast & Grind serves both old-school Malaysian coffee as well as the speciality blends that contemporary customers demand (Shah roasts the beans on-site).

Roast & Grind's selection showcases satisfactory sandwiches in a nod to Hidayah's culinary training at the Novotel Toulouse. 'Le Boeuf' comprises chunky-tender beef tenderloin slices in BBQ sauce, topped with buffalo mozzarella, rocket leaves & dijon mustard in toasty sourdough bread (RM16.70).

'Le Poulet' (RM14.60), a wholesome-tasting mix of grilled chicken with chilli flakes, hard-boiled egg, mayo & coral salad.

Nutella lovers will go nuts for this deconstructed toastie, with panini bread, banana slices & crushed peanuts partnered with a lavish serving of the beloved hazelnut chocolate spread. RM9.50.

Some of Roast & Grind's cakes are baked by Hidayah, though our best bet was this one by one of her friends: A remarkable salted caramel cake, ravishingly moist & irreproachable in its balance of flavours. Excellent.

Kopi-O, alongside a latte made from Roast & Grind's house blend of Colombian & Sumatran beans. Both definitely drinkable, but not necessarily attention-grabbing (nor do they need to be, really).

Roast & Grind is concealed on a peaceful row off the intersection of Jalan Universiti & Jalan Dato Abu Bakar, less than a five-minute drive from other coffee hangouts like Butter + Beans & Artisan Roast. Impossible to spot from the main roads, it was still mostly empty when we visited, but expect more curious customers to flock here soon.


Roast & Grind opens Tuesdays through Sundays, 10am till fairly late at night (but sandwiches are only offered through 5pm).

Roast & Grind
6, Lorong Universiti B, Section 16, Petaling Jaya


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28 comments:

  1. Lovely friendly place with decent food, great vibe, easy parking ... definitely one of my new favourite places :)

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    1. Footfringe: haha, decent only ar. I thought the sandwiches were quite nice, and that salted caramel cake possesses the power to haunt my dreams. Let's hope that parking here remains easy :)

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    2. Salted caramel tht hunts your dreams? I must try!

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    3. haha, yes. The sandwiches were good, and the cake definitely top notch. Now, if there was nasi lemak ...

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    4. Rebecca: the salted caramel cake was a very pleasant surprise for me! :)

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    5. Footfringe: haha, well, that is that warung nearby :)

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  2. oh my, i'd love to try their sandwiches! Been looking for sourdough bread for quite some time, they are hardly seen in Penang and almost none of the cafes here use that for sandwiches :(

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    1. Ken: ooo, I think you'll find probably find sourdough more often in Penang sooner or later. It used to be rarer in KL just a couple of years ago, but now, quite a fair number of cafes use it. And it's nice! :)

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  3. I can almost smell the aroma through the computer screen.

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    1. Cquek: ooo, hope you enjoy the fragrance of fresh food and coffee, heheh :)

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  4. So far, this round I managed to visit 3 new cafes, but many more to go. :P

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    1. CK: yay! Hopefully you'll enjoy Roast & Grind if you manage to make it here this round :)

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  5. Got pork, no? Then I'd stick to chicken. Gotta be careful with beef these days, it seems. Everytime these advanced countries say recall, I always picture them dumping everything in the 3rd World Countries...
    http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/health&id=9526251

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    1. Suituapui: no pork is served here, but that point on Californian beef shouldn't be of worry, since the bulk of the beef available here is local and Australian, yeah.

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  6. The coffee looks so good!

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    1. Linda: those were our first two cups of coffee for the day :)

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  7. Some nice looking food here, especially like the look of that cake!

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    1. Baby Sumo: yeah, this cafe's selection of food is not wide, but everything we ate turned out to be pretty tasty! :)

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  8. The salted caramel cake sure looks decadent.

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    1. The Yum List: it's one of the most delicious cakes i've had in the past several weeks :)

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  9. The grilled chicken sandwich looks good~

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    1. Choi Yen: yeah, the sandwich was nicely put together, and the choice of ingredients was well thought out :)

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  10. salted caramel cake indeed look really moist!!

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    1. Melissa: ya, the baker deserves much praise for creating that! :)

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  11. OH... the cake ... and the beef sandwich! Looks like a good place for a quiet meal.

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    1. Chong: true, i think this place could be quite pleasant on a wednesday afternoon, around 2 or 3 pm after the lunch-seekers leave :)

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  12. I love their coffee cups, hehe! Don't mind that caramel cake either ;-)

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    1. Pureglutton: true, those saucers and cups are pretty cool :) and the cake is swoon-worthy :)

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