Friday, June 6, 2014

Kaffeine @ Plaza Damas 3, Sri Hartamas

It's a loss for our city that barista extraordinaire J.H. Yee has shut Top Brew Coffee Bar & headed to Johor Bahru & Singapore (though he'll be a guest barista at Empire Damansara's Sevencups on Sat, June 7). Thankfully, some of Yee's friends have taken over his Plaza Damas cafe, renaming it Kaffeine & putting their own stamp on KL's suburban coffee experiences.


June 16 Update: Kaffeine is starting to showcase Instagram-ready murals (still a work in progress) & feels wonderfully cosy.

Kaffeine is run by the friendly team of Andrew & Jeff, who keep things pleasantly fuss-free & fun here. The Belgian waffles menu is noteworthy: Try this savoury one, tinged with kimchi for a Korean twist. RM13.90.

Bits of fermented veggies add an interesting edge to these well-prepared waffles; could work even better with a bit of bulgogi on the side. House-made dessert waffles are available as well (peanut butter, or maple syrup & butter, or ice cream with banana). 

Kaffeine's baked eggs (RM13.90) could be fine-tuned though; the cafe is generous with the chicken ham, but maybe a mix with beef bacon might provide more satisfying texture & flavour. Kaffeine also serves sandwiches & something else we're hearing nice things about: baked portobello mushroom stuffed with beef bacon & served with poached eggs.

 Come for coffee; Kaffeine currently banks on Australia's 5 Senses to create enjoyable ristrettos with a nutty-chocolaty finish.

For now, the soy latte needs tweaking though; the not-exactly-tasty soy component is overpowering.

Dilmah tea is offered too (our best bet's acai berry with pomegranate & vanilla).

 Cakes? Yep. Lemon poppyseed, blueberry cheesecake, red velvet & more.

Kaffeine
C-0-7, Plaza Damas 3, Jalan Sri Hartamas 1, Kuala Lumpur
Business hours a bit uncertain, but could be Mon-Sun, 9am-6pm. Call 03-6206-3062 to check.

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20 comments:

  1. That's a quirky waffle but i guess i'll stick to maple syrup LOL

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    1. Ken: that could be a nice safe choice :D

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  2. I have never been a fan of waffles, but Sean, the coffee looks so good! Chocolate? Yes, please. :) I love the series of photos you are sharing here.

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    1. Linda: oh yes, the essential coffee here was enjoyable indeed :) thanks for the kind words :)

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  3. Waffles with Kimchi in it? That's... something new!

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    1. Chong: must praise the cafe owners for choosing to offer this creation :)

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  4. The place sure looks clean, clinically clean. Nice! Nothing savoury on the menu? Pies and puffs?

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    1. Suituapui: yeah, ideal for lovers of hygiene, heh :) there are egg mayo sandwiches that might appeal to you :D

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  5. You wanna try Marshall's in uptown, du? Its some burger joint.

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    1. Wen Da: would like to ... It originated from Penang... They're spreading in the klang valley, with another outlet recently opened in subang :)

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    2. Yeah, non-halal. Was too stuffed to walk in yesterday when I passed by (DU outlet) after lunch. I shal await your review :)

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    3. Wen Da: thanks. Might take a few weeks though, heh :)

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  6. Woooo another cafe, more to go! :)

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    1. CK: and this cafe is in a familiar location for you! :)

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    2. Haha, ya, the deco too! :P

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    3. CK: heheh, ya, the new owners say they plan to add some artwork to one side of the walls. but so far, not many changes to the appearance of the place :)

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    4. @Drew, Sean, thanks so much for your write up, it's been a great pleasure to have you and your friends at our cafe. We feel so bad that things was still a bit messy and unorganized

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    5. Andrew: no worries, good luck with everything, and thank you for putting a lot of effort into our waffle, baked eggs and coffee. didn't realise it was messy or disorganised at all actually. it was fine, we enjoyed our visit. cheers :)

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  7. Can we extend our invitation to you and your friends on the second weeks of July for our pre opening run down? Will get in touch with you once we have finalize the date, once again, thanks so much for your time to drop by Kaffeine, yours write up is gonna give us a hugs morale boost and motivation to do better, Drew & Jeff

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    1. Andrew & Jeff: thanks for the invite. might not be able to make it, but will try to drop by again after july. love your enthusiasm, and look forward to hearing some more good things about kaffeine in the months to come :)

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