Sunday, June 29, 2014

TBC Cafe & Le Rozell French Creperie @ Kota Kemuning, Shah Alam

Two engaging new cafes have opened in Kota Kemuning this month, both worth the drive to this leafy neighbourhood, little more than a 10-minute trip from Subang via the Kesas highway & 20 minutes from Bukit Jalil.

 Let's start with TBC, a niftily designed hangout opened by three church buddies, Nat, Daniel & Julian. The cafe's name is meant to be an acronym that's left open to interpretation; it could mean anything from 'The Brunch Company' to "Truly Brilliant Coffee.'

The menu's now in its soft-launch stage; come for the well-prepared Big Breakfast (RM18), a bountiful platter of both streaky & back bacon, smoky Hungarian sausage, sourdough toast, tomato, mushrooms & scrambled eggs. The pork's the highlight here; wonderfully flavourful & juicy. Basic pastas & sandwiches are also available.

 TBC obtains its coffee beans from PULP by Papa Palheta; the current blend is the Brazilian-Indonesian Throwback.

Cakes come from the Suchan bakery (expect everything from pavlovas to mille-crepes), plus chocolate brownies by a home baker. All in all, TBC feels like a friendly place that's keen to please; it's a nice addition not only to Kota Kemuning but to the Klang Valley in general. Customers who enjoy supporting independent cafes will probably like TBC.

 Also well worth a visit: Le Rozell, a charming spot with scrumptious surprises that opened in Kota Kemuning in recent weeks. The restaurant's name is a clue to what it serves: 'Rozell' is a batter ladle for preparing crepes.

 A creperie run by a true-blue Frenchwoman in Kota Kemuning? Maryam lived in Brittany, the region most linked to crepes, for part of her life, so she knows these traditional thin pancakes well. She's very hands-on in the kitchen but also takes the time to chat with customers, making sure they enjoy the crepes.

Savoury crepes are made here with buckwheat flour imported from France; we loved taste & texture of this one, simultaneously crisp, light & fluffy. Fully loaded with a warm, creamy stuffing of shredded duck confit, pan-seared mushrooms & honey. RM24. 

Other options include crepes with egg, ratatouille, smoked salmon, goat's cheese & more (mostly costing RM21-RM28). The lunch & dinner selections are different, with slightly wider choices in the evening.

 Don't skip the sweet, wheat-flour crepes: This one, topped & stuffed with warm, luscious chestnut cream (RM12.50), is addicting, with beautifully fresh flavours. Might not look like much, but it tastes marvellous. Dessert crepes cost a more affordable RM11-RM14.

Le Rozell is a cafe that serves more than crepes: there's the traditional 'king cake' (puff pastry filled with frangipane), meringue tarts, baguettes, croissants, fruit preserves & more.

 TBC Cafe
. 2-39-1, Persiaran Anggerik Vanilla Sinaran Kota 1, Kota Kemuning, Shah Alam
Monday-Saturday, 11am-10pm

Le Rozell French Cafe Creperie
35-1, 8 Jalan Anggerik Vanilla BE, 31/BE Kota Kemuning, Shah Alam
Wednesday-Monday, lunch & dinner

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21 comments:

  1. I want to try those crepes, both the sweet and savory one! :D

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    1. CK: heheh, try heading to kota kemuning on your next weekend in kl :D

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  2. I'd like to have some savory crepes for sure, i hope some cafes in Penang are able to offer that soon :D

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    1. Ken: yeah, i kinda prefer most savoury crepes to sweet ones :D

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  3. The egg breakfast looks quite good, as does the coffee, and I like the sunny yellow colour on the wall, and the clock.

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    1. Linda: i liked the Big Breakfast set, it was a good way to kick off the day. the coffee was enjoyable too, and the decor was very nicely done :)

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  4. i like the sausage and ham~ XD

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    1. Happy walker: haha, yeah, those were my two favourite parts of the plate :)

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  5. Oooo...what I'd do for that Big Breakfast!!! Slurpssss!!!!!

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    1. Suituapui: i think you'd enjoy it very much :D

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  6. I wouldn't mind a buckwheat crepe with duck, mushroom and honey for my lunch..yum!

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    1. YouHadYourLunch: i'd happily have it for brekkie, lunch or dinner, heheh :D

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  7. I'm thinkin a "Kota kemuning food hunt day" is overdue! :P

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    1. Rebecca: ya, i like the feel of this neighbourhood, but unfortunately alcohol is very much restricted here, heh :)

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  8. I see that Kota Kemuning has quite a number of nice cafe!

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    1. Wendy: yeah, let's hope that number will continue to grow :)

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  9. LeRozelle wasnt open by a french woman. Just pretending to be, because de owners are two old couple(Arabian) , (wife wearing whole black clothing). This is why we went off after reading menus. They arent waiter or waitress. Did you realise there is no pork serve in menu? Meat such as pork is most general meat in french cuisine. Thank you,

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  10. Plus, it was the first day of opening. Wad do you think? We wont patronise them. It wasnt only my decison. It was all of our decison.

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  11. Recommend TBC as it is open by "local" and chinese folks.. please do not bring up racist issue.

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  12. Rachel: there are more than 200,000 muslims living in brittany, where the owner of le rozell says she is from. the muslims in brittany do not consume pork, but they are still of french nationality. in any case, i'm happy to support the right to serve good food and the ability to serve good food by anyone, whether they're malaysians, french or middle eastern.

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