Thursday, July 31, 2014

Doiffee @ Taman Desa

Taman Desa this week bids a warm welcome to Doiffee, a cosy new cafe that feels like the sort of neighbourhood retreat where folks can come to escape, unwind & linger for an hour or two to refresh their spirits.

Doiffee is helmed by 23-year-old Lionel, a former finance student who has embarked on F&B entrepreneurship, like many others around his age. This cafe is not only a labour of love but also a family affair; Lionel's father, a construction sector veteran, crafted Doiffee's homey setting, complete with a fireplace & other touches that'll evolve in the weeks ahead.

Doiffee is in its soft-launch stage, so the kitchen isn't dishing out hot food yet. For now, customers can try this coffee-&-milk jelly (RM4 nett); it's usually served on its own, but if you're lucky, Lionel might have his mom's home-made koi fish jelly to accompany this light, chilled treat. Pre-packed salads & sandwiches are now available, plus a basic selection of independently baked cakes; once the kitchen starts running later in August, expect all-day brunch fare with potentially intriguing twists.

Doiffee barista Sing Thong might be a familiar face in the Klang Valley's coffee circle; here, he works with a blend of Brazilian, Colombian, Ethiopian & Sumatran, with both medium-roast & dark-roast available. The coffee is rightly priced for the suburbs, with espressos costing RM7 nett & flat whites at RM9 nett.

Light-tasting hot chocolate (RM10), not cloying at all, is available, as well as affogato featuring New Zealand's Kapiti ice cream.

All in all, Doiffee seems like a nice addition to an area that's burgeoning with distinctive cafes, from Await to Le Lapin to Encore. The vibe is positive, the food is wholesome & the coffee is worth sipping. And for customers who might be wondering, the cafe's name is inspired by the Thai word 'doi,' or mountain. 

Doiffee
10A, Jalan Desa Jaya, Taman Desa, Kuala Lumpur
Currently daily, 12pm-1030pm. Same street as Maruhi Sakaba

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24 comments:

  1. Really like their comforting decor...will visit for coffee n cakes...but really interested in their hot food...hopefully something special will appear =)

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    1. Ulric: yeah, it was really nice walking into this outlet ... it was almost like being transported out of taman desa as we stepped through the door :) i'm optimistic about their food too. it's supposed to be something that would appeal to fans of places like the red beanbag and antipodean, where there are fun twists to the dishes :)

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  2. Jelly sounds good for me. So this place will be serving some Thai-influenced dishes ?

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    1. Ken: yeah, the jelly was nice and refreshing, not sugary at all :) actually it appears that the cafe will might have a chef with swiss links ... no thai dishes, but western dishes :)

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  3. Another cafe near our house, yay!
    But I just arrive in Assen, have to wait till I go back next round. :P

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    1. CK: ya, the next time you head to maruhi sakaba, you can easily visit this cafe, a few doors away, heheh :D

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  4. Oh, a fireplace. I thought that was a pizza oven.

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    1. Suituapui: heheh, it's theoretically a functional fireplace that could be used if the owners ever want to :)

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  5. Great!!!! finally something new in taman desa!!!!

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    1. 小乱: taman desa is quite a good place for food (and coffee now) :D

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  6. Wow. Seems KLites are now spoilt for choice for coffee options.

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    1. The Yum List: it can be quite dizzying, the choices at different locations :)

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  7. Nice! I like Kapiti ice cream - BIG in Publika stocks them, but I've never had it in an affogato before.

    It looks very promising, I like labors of love like this one, local F&B entrepreneurship is something I support. It's also something I hope to do someday but I don't think I have the cooking skills to really start a kitchen and I have no experience in this sector at all.

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    1. Huai Bin: oh yeah, only a few places do kapiti affogatos ... feeka at jalan mesui is another one :) i empathise with your perspective ... for me, i think the very long hours and hard work of running a cafe would tire me out very quickly. so i'm thankful to the people who do open cafes :)

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  8. I really like the exposed brick, the lighting and the ambiance!

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    1. Linda: yeah, it all adds up to a very welcoming feeling :)

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  9. Yes, nice layout and interior in this place :)

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    1. Baby Sumo: lionel's dad did a great job with the decor, yeah :D

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  10. Another coffee gem in my playground. Spotted it this morning when I ran. Wanted to check it out but hahaha...its too early at 5am.

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    1. Missyblurkit: haha, yeah, it'd be cool to have a coffee bar that's open at 5am for the very early birds like yourself :D

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  11. Their red velvet cake is delicious, i just been there yesterday with my friends. the owner is friendly and he asked me about the cakes n coffee. he's also good looking n charming. my ideal type. heheheheh~

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    1. Anonymous: glad to hear you enjoyed this place :)

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  12. Any public transport nearby? I wanna visit

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    1. Ali: am so sorry, am not very familiar with the public transport situation in taman desa, so I can't help there.

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