Saturday, July 19, 2014

Doors Cafe @ Taman OUG & Map's @ Bandar Sunway

Two thoughtfully crafted new cafes have burst into the suburban spotlight this weekend, both worth hunting out on a leisurely Sunday afternoon: Doors, the handiwork of Joavnne & Cody at Overseas Union Garden ...

... & Map's, helmed by Mark & Pris at Bandar Sunway (if Mark, not pictured here, looks familiar to visitors, we'll explain why).

First up: Doors, which marks the maiden sighting of a contemporary coffee bar in the OUG neighbourhood (expect another, a new branch of Butter + Beans, to follow nearby within weeks). Doors Kuala Lumpur is linked (through family ties) to Doors Music + Tapas in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, though this outpost will focus on coffee, art & music.

The coffee factor's self-explanatory (Doors' house blend, the result of weeks of experimentation, currently comprises El Salvador & Colombian beans; filter coffee will be available later). The art might allude to murals conceived by local talents, while music by Malaysian indie acts can eventually be enjoyed at a 'headphone' counter that'll be set up here.

Doors is still a work in progress; the kitchen will only start serving hot food next month, so most customers will have to settle for beverages such as this sticky-toffee smoothie for now (refreshing enough for a scorching Saturday). But it's a hideout with plenty of promise & positive vibes (Joavnne is very friendly).

Home-baked cakes are nonetheless available; we recommend the matcha azuki cheesecake (RM10), a creamy slice with finely balanced flavours of green tea & red bean.

Next up: Map's, where the main man is Mark Chong, formerly of That Latte Place, which had to leave its Persiaran Ritchie venue in Ampang this year (tenancy issues). Mark's team has resettled at Map's (a company name) on a Sunway shop-house street & plans to reopen That Latte Place at Cheras' Ikon Connaught later this year.

Map's is a cosy, cheerful place run by a welcoming crew, serving good food at fair prices. Pork enthusiasts will be especially ecstatic here: The menu is practically devoted to porcine pleasures, from a savoury, slow-braised pulled pork sandwich (Grandma's recipe, reputedly) with lightly fried peanuts, fluffy house-made bread, cheese & lovely, rustic roast potatoes (RM18) ...

... to pancakes layered with pork bacon strips, more roasted potatoes & a sunny-side-up, paired with maple syrup (RM15). Comfort cooking; it lifted our spirits a little, & we're thankful enough for that.

Only one cake available here this weekend, but it's a memorably distinctive one, made in-house: Japanese cotton cheesecake, textured with dessicated coconut, topped with gula melaka (but not saccharine).

Even the affogato rises above the run-of-the-mill, thanks to Map's own-made vanilla bean ice cream, more flavoursome than expected. Map's takes the extra effort to make a lot of ingredients in its own kitchen, including pork burger patties, meatballs & brioche buns.

Coffee, a distinctive Guatemalan-Brazilian blend. Ultimately this place deserves a spot on our increasingly crowded cafe map.

Check out the board that dominates one of Map's walls; the owners here have a warmly inspiring passion & sense of humour.

 Doors Cafe
51, Jalan Hujan, Overseas Union Garden, Kuala Lumpur.
Currently 10am-10pm daily, but will determine a day to close each week eventually

 Butter + Beans At OUG
53, Jalan Hujan Rahmat 3, Taman OUG, Kuala Lumpur
Opening next month, maybe 

Map's Cook Bake Froth
9, Jalan PJS 11/2, Bandar Sunway, Subang, Petaling Jaya (whichever. same street as Sunway Pyramid; pass the mall & make a left turn less than 100 metres later into a shop-house row)
Open weekdays, 10am-5pm, weekends 9am-6pm. Closed Tuesdays

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24 comments:

  1. Rather surprised to see coffee bars in OUG, a vicinity dominated by hawker stalls. That said, it's closer for me now for a cup instead of driving far and wide. Hehe.

    Maps looks good too especially the pancakes with bacons and eggs.

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    1. Chong: yeah, i'm happy to see cafes sprouting at OUG, since i'm just 10 minutes away in sri petaling, heh (i must admit, i've never really tried the hawker outlets in OUG, though i know i should) :D
      and yeah, map's was a pleasant surprise too. if we had more stomach space, we'd have tried map's kitchen-made pork meatballs with "slow cooked brown-stock herb gravy" :D

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    2. Woah! Pork meatballs? Count me in! Lol

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    3. Rebecca: ya, i have faith that the kitchen-made pork meatballs here should be of a good quality :D

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  2. How unique, Sean! I love the art on the walls, too!

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    1. Linda: yeah, the wall art at both places was very, very cool :D

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  3. this cafe looks great to me~ XD

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    1. Happy walker: hope you manage to visit if you're nearby :)

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  4. The atmosphere looks fairly friendly.

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    1. The Yum List: heh, and so are the people :D

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  5. Japanese cotton cheese cake with gula melaka sounds interesting to me, very creative i must say.

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    1. Ken: true, i sometimes skip the cakes at cafes these days since there are just too many red velvets everywhere now, but this was something the cafe took the effort to specially create :)

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  6. Pancake with bacon. I miss that! The one here has changed its concept, no longer serving that. :(

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    1. Suituapui: ooo, maybe it's a recipe you could try experimenting with at your kitchen, it could be fun :D

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  7. Looks like the food at Maps is certainly worth checking out. I wonder if there's any part of Klang valley that has not been invaded by the coffee cafe - Klang perhaps?

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    1. Rebecca: ya, i was pleasantly surprised by the care and effort that went into creating map's recipes ... heheh, actually there seem to be nearly a dozen cafes and coffee bars now in klang, but it's a bit too far for me :D

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  8. I love pork! Pulled pork sandwich & pancakes with pork bacon sounds attractive, hehehe.

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    1. CK: ya, that was a really nice pancake. the layers of potatoes, bacon and egg were delicious :D

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  9. yeaaaaa!!! finally can have coffee without driving out of OUG

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    1. Michael: next up, i hope a good coffee bar opens in Sri Petaling :D

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  10. Hi Sean, is the Maps located near to Garage 51? :D According to your direction, it seems to be

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    1. Fish: oh, it's not in the same rows of shophouses at Garage 51. it actually faces the main road on the same side of the street as Sunway Pyramid, heading toward Subang :D

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  11. interesting. might check out maps soon. if only the pricing would be a little more cheaper... :/

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    1. Jessy: ooo I thought the pricing for map's was not too bad for what they serve, though maybe you're right, could still be lower ;)

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