Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Jump Cafe by Sarnies @ Jump Street, Section 13, Petaling Jaya

The Singaporean invasion advances: Sarnies, a sandwich-&-coffee specialist in the southern city-state, has subtly but surely pounced into the Klang Valley this month, opening Jump Cafe _ an unexpectedly exemplary eatery in PJ's industrial territory.

Many thanks to Perng of Standing Theory for pointing us to Jump Cafe, tucked within the recently launched Jump Street Asia (Malaysia's first indoor trampoline park). The cafe, located very near Jaya One, welcomes walk-in customers; no entry fees are levied against folks who hop in to eat & drink at this exuberantly colourful venue.

Eric, one of the linchpins of Sarnies, made the leap from Singapore to KL this year; he's spent the past two months ensuring that Jump Cafe sprang to life with a top-flight team that includes reputed ladies' man Jing & other friendly baristas such as Leo.

 Conversations about Jump Cafe should catapult first toward its coffee; the baristas take special pride in meticulously selected single-origin beans roasted at Sarnies' Singaporean site & sent over to PJ. 

 We really like the coffee here; every cup ranks among the most captivating we've had this month. Deep, complex & nuanced; from start to finish, memorably satisfying in taste, texture & temperature. All this, in a trampoline park (!); the back-story is that Jump Street's founders were fans of Sarnies & urged the Singaporeans to look north.

Sandwiches & wraps are Jump Cafe's bread & butter; mercifully, they're fun & fairly priced. A combo of Cajun-spiced roast chicken, cheddar, mozzarella & guacamole clocks in at RM12.

Recommended wraps include hearty components such as falafels with creamy hummus, cucumber, tomato & greens (RM10). 

Slow-roasted lamb (meaty & pretty tasty) with harissa & feta; the balance of flavours works well, though some tweaking might be needed in how these are warmed up & served, since they're not prepared to order for now. RM13.

Desserts, exclusively made for Jump by home baker Lisa, include orange-poppyseed muffins, pandan cakes & carrot cakes. 

Our only possible regret about Jump Cafe is that it's rather warm in here, especially amid the current heatwave. Thankfully, the chilled beverages are mighty refreshing here; try the thick & tangy Banana Blast or the 'Thunder Juice,' a nutritionist's fantasy, comprising a blend of beetroot, ginger, celery, carrots, apple & more.

Sarnies' ringleaders have nefarious schemes for further infiltration, possibly launching their own roastery in the Klang Valley later this year & a few more cafes. With PULP by Singapore's Papa Palheta at Bangsar also becoming a force to be reckoned with, the gauntlet has been thrown for Malaysians.

This sandwich-&-coffee bar feeds off the energy of the jumpers here; it's one of 2014's most intriguingly distinctive cafe stories. Expect to hear more about this not-exactly-hidden, not-quite-in-plain-sight cafe in the months to come.
This post was typed to the sultry sounds of Miranda Lambert's new CD Platinum (what doesn't kill you only makes you blonder). We'd happily spend an hour at any cafe that chooses to play it.

Jump Street Cafe
Jump Street Asia, Jalan 13/6, Section 13, Petaling Jaya, Selangor. Inside the Bosch factory compound.
All day long, everyday. At least between 10am-9pm.


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28 comments:

  1. Nice place! Would love to try the sandwich with guacamole :D

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    1. Ken: yeah, I can't resist a sandwich (or practically anything) with guacamole on its ingredient list :D and yup, this is a cheerfully cool hangout :)

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  2. Love your meticulous writing, Sean. Thanks for the heads up, but the weather here.. ahem. Probably should pray for some rain before I head there then. ;P

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    1. Eunice: thanks for your kind words :) heheh, yeah, even though it's indoors, we did feel a bit warm here at first, though we got used to it after about five minutes. the cool drinks helped! :D

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  3. Nice place for young people. Wouldn't it be very noisy when there's a crowd of kids rollerblading or whatever it's called. Looks like that's what they do there?

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    1. "The Cage" sure sounds kinky. Wink! Wink! And there's that movie too with Robin Williams. :D

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    2. Suituapui: heh, there is noise but the space is big enough and it's not distracting. it adds more character and liveliness here too, heh :D the kids seem to bounce around and they can even play various sports (like dodgeball) :D

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    3. Suituapui: i was wondering which robin williams movie, and then i remembered ... the birdcage! heheh :D

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  4. Sean, "drug of the day?" Oh, my! LOL! And I must agree with suituapui, it looks like a noisy place. :)

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    1. Linda: heheh, that 'drug of the day' sign was cute :D and yeah, there's some human noise, but it's actually quite mild since the cafe is elevated away from the exercise area :D

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  5. Must say, it is a very unique cafe and the poppy seeds cakes!!

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    1. Wilson: yeah, a good place to check out if you're looking for a different sort of ambiance. the cakes were cool too :)

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  6. So colorful! Nice nice. Would like to try their single origin beans. :D

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    1. CK: ya, this one is the roast that i mentioned to you was closer to my preference, heheh :)

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  7. I would love to try that Jump Place - I need to work on my flips etc! :)

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    1. Rebecca: oh yeah, this place is perfect for a physically active and gung-ho person like you! you'll have fun! :D

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  8. I've heard this place is loads of fun!

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    1. The Yum List: we spotted quite a few expatriates here on that afternoon! :D

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  9. Ohh a Trampoline park! Sounds fun! Did you have a hand at the trampolines? Hehe.. the coffee looks good too.. yes, I wouldn't have expected good coffee/food in a theme park sort of environment. :)

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    1. Iamthewitch: heheh, nope, unfortunately we weren't dressed right for trampolines :) yeah, this was one of the most pleasant coffee surprises for June :)

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  10. Hi Sean, i have been reading your blog. With your wide andvast experience, where would you recommend for me to get a real good foie gras, ravioli and gnocchi. I have never eaten these before and would really like to taste the best. It does not necessarily have to be in one restaurant. Please and thank you!

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    1. Faded Memories: for an introduction, would probably recommend foie gras at La Vie En Rose in raja chulan, and perhaps the ravioli and gnocchi at Strato in Troika Sky Dining. cheers.

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  11. hi Sean, The falafel looked so lonely in that huge wrap! I've been dying to have a good falafel for ages.. Is it close in taste to a good jewish falafel?

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    1. Datsun120j: this is probably one of the better falafels in the klang valley, and it goes really well with the hummus in the wrap. i'm not sure we can really compare it to the more authentic versions outside malaysia, but i hope you'll enjoy it in its own way :)

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  12. I don't think the poppy seed orange cake is from home baker Lisa :0

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    1. Teenaesh: actually i just realised maybe you're right ... maybe she does the pandan and carrot cakes by the slice, but not the cupcake thingy...

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    2. Yeah bro. Anyway great post and great photos! Keep it up.

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