Saturday, August 30, 2014

103 Coffee Workshop @ Sri Petaling & Work 31 Shop @ Kepong

It's finally happened: The long-ignored neighbourhood of Sri Petaling rolls out the caffeinated carpet this month for the speciality coffee bar it's never had, welcoming 103 Coffee Workshop on a shop-house street that's better known for steamboat restaurants.

103 Coffee Workshop has the makings of an instant hit, capable of luring customers who hail from outside Sri Petaling.

The look is shrewdly slick; right off the bat, this cafe nails the cool factor. The team here works hard to serve the crowds in a fashion that's professional, polite & efficient. But 103 Coffee Workshop turns out to be more of a mass-market business where genuine human warmth & the desire to extend personal courtesies feel elusive.

Still, it's easy to fall in love with some of the food here: 103 Coffee Workshop offers Japanese-inspired creations like this excellent onigiri, which emerged in a hearty portion for RM13.90. The furikake-seasoned sticky rice proves flavoursome & perfectly prepared, stuffed with plenty of moist salmon, wrapped in fresh, crisp seaweed strips.

Accompanied by Japanese omelette & pickles, it's a platter that makes us believe everything else on the soft-launch menu may be worth sampling, especially the chicken teriyaki rice bowl with onsen egg (RM14.90).

For mindless munching: Ultra-crunchy fried pasta with house-made seasoning (RM3.90), something that many tables ordered.

103 Coffee Workshop serves everything from double-shot flat whites (RM10), made with a Brazil-Colombia-Guatemala blend by Johor's well-respected 'M' Espresso Sporting Club, to hand-brewed coffee that relies on Kenyan & Ethiopian single-origin beans.

Other temptations comprise rose-flavoured ice lattes (pleasantly subtle) & cold brews (RM12). A sweeping range of milk teas will be available soon, including Okinawan matcha milk tea with azuki beans (RM9) & Fuji apple red tea with konnyaku jelly (RM8).

Bonus stop: Here's another new cafe being billed a 'workshop' - Work 31 Shop in Kepong, the other end of the Klang Valley.

Work 31 Shop is a little less distinctive, with a something-for-everyone menu. A sliced bagel with runny fried eggs, potatoes, beef bacon & salad clocks in at a fair RM13.90; other potential orders include basic burgers, hot dogs & pastas & pancakes.

The coffee is agreeably priced too, with a hot latte topping out at RM7.90 (add a ringgit for the iced interpretation). 

103 Coffee Workshop
103 Jalan Radin Bagus, Sri Petaling, Kuala Lumpur. Next to 7-Eleven. Open Tues-Sun, 11am-11pm

Work31Shop
Jalan Metro Perdana Barat 2, Kepong

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21 comments:

  1. Oh that Onigiri looks perfectly done!

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    1. Ken: oh yeah ... if only all onigiri were like the one served here, i'd order it all the time! :D

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  2. ok I didn't expect kepong to have something to canggih, looks good!

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    1. KY: kepong might be the place to be by next year :D

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  3. Glad to have more coffee places near my neighbourhood. So far, there are two in OUG and one in Sri Petaling.

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    1. Chong: and if you're OK to drive a bit farther, there's also now The Owls Cafe at Bukit Jalil :)

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    2. Oh... Thanks for the info. :D

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    3. Chong: hope you enjoy the neighbourhood cafe-hopping :)

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  4. Tat onigiri was so darned tasty...hahahaha...mindless munching and rapid jaw action! :D

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    1. Ulric: luckily so far no one seems to have injured themselves from chewing the crispy pasta :)

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  5. Nice! That onigiri, the presentation is impressive and sounds real tempting too...but I've a weakness for runny eggs and bacon so you can guess which one I would choose.

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    1. Suituapui: i was extremely impressed by the onigiri ... i usually don't like onigiri much, heh :) and oh ya, wanted to try the onsen egg with chicken teriyaki on rice, but it turned out that the kitchen closed at 930pm even though the cafe was open till 11pm :)

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  6. It certainly does look like a hip place to hang. I'm liking the idea of Japanese food and coffee - mixing two of KL's biggest hits into one cafe.

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    1. The Yum List: yeah, this could be the hippest spot in sri petaling ... and yeah, i'm keen to see what other japanese temptations they come up with here :)

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  7. Interesting concept, and the presentations are so nice!

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    1. Linda: it could become a big hit, thanks to the concept and presentation :)

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  8. We just came back from a weekend trip, visited quite a few nice cafes in Belgium. Hehehe.

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    1. CK: ooo, ya, you've been missing for the whole weekend ... looking forward to seeing your photos on the belgian cafes, heheh :D

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  9. Interesting addition to Sri Petaling!

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    1. Missyblurkit: my neighbourhood! heheh :)

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