Monday, September 15, 2014

Ahmad & Co. Coffee + Cigars @ Kota Damansara

This week's newest cafe attraction: Ahmad & Co, a curiosity-provoking establishment that traffics in both caffeine & cigars on one of Kota Damansara's roads less travelled.

Ahmad & Co's immediate customers might well be Instagram junkies, lured by the persuasively appealing decor here ... 

... which evokes echoes of successful suburban cafes (think Thursdvys meets Wood & Steel), weaving those influences into a refreshed setting that will henceforth be recognisably Ahmad & Co ...

... with a Marxist revolutionary keeping watch over the cigar bar section ...

.... & a Sith Lord commanding the barista's counter (the power of dark side rests in the pitch-black espressos).

We like the calm & well-cooled indoors, currently crowd-free even on weekends (though probably not for long) ...

... but the alfresco area has an irrefutable charm too that'll prove irresistible for social-media sharing.

 The coffee might seem somewhat secondary, but for what it's worth, the beans are Artisan-roasted, turned into a Ahmad & Co house blend of Colombian, Brazilian & Sumatran.

 Iced teas are available too at Ahmad & Co, which seems to be run by a small, friendly team.

 The food menu is still a work in progress, but mini corn dogs could be a fun teatime snack.

We skipped an inspection of the cigars this time, but there looks to be a reasonably well-stocked humidor here.

Ahmad & Co
11G, Jalan PJU 5/20A, The Strand, Kota Damansara, Selangor
Open 10am-11pm, closed Thursdays. Tel: 03-6143-6507

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26 comments:

  1. Looks like the cigar room is separate? I wouldn't be enticed to a cafe if I thought people would be smoking during my meal.

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    1. The Yum List: you're right! thankfully the cigar room is separate from the main cafe and coffee bar, which is a smoke-free zone :)

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  2. I know this place!

    It's very close to where I live. I've never been though but it looks like a great concept! Bringing cigars to the masses. Cool thing to do, very different approach to the single malt with cigars concept of Havana and others.

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    1. Huai Bin: heh, true, most of the cigar lounges i can recall are also whisky hangouts. i'm not a cigar buff though (or a whisky buff, come to think of it, heh) :)

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  3. Oh decor is such an important part of opening a restaurant nowadays, diners sometimes choose a place when it has got great ambiance.

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    1. Baby Sumo: that's true, sometimes the coffee at many of the cafes end up tasting fairly similar, so a more attractive decor could help them attract customers who want a nice-looking place for chilling out and chatting :)

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  4. Here in Quebec people are no longer allowed to smoke in public places, they must smoke outside. The coffee looks so nice!

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    1. Linda: that's a policy i wouldn't mind, since i don't smoke, heh :) and yeah, a good job on coffee presentation here :)

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    2. Is Ontario having a policy similar to the one in Quebec, Linda? My law lecturer in matriculation mentioned something about this, that all buildings and parks are smoke-free.

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  5. Cigar ?! Wow, that's something new to go with coffee? hahaha

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    1. Ken: heheh, i've honestly never tried pairing a cigar with a cup of coffee before, and i guess i probably never will, since i'm not a cigar person ;)

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  6. Is that an imprint of Che Guevara on the glass window? O.o

    I like the sign outside; the one that says I Love You Tenderly, Totally and Tragically? It's beautiful! =)

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    1. Waverly: i love how you noticed some of the things i liked most about this cafe :)
      yep, that's him, all right. he'd never have thought his face would be someday on a coffee shop window in southeast asia (especially one that isn't exactly known to be a big fan of his ideologies and methods, heh) :D
      and yup ... tenderly, totally and tragically ... that appeals to the romantic buried in me too :)

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    2. As my acquaintance used to say, curiosity kills the cat. =P I guess we all have a romantic side buried in us deep within us. ^^

      If what I learned from History class is still in my head, he never expected to be known as the revolutionary who fought with Fidel (or was it Raul?) Castro against the Americans during the Cuban Missile War.

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    3. Waverly: heh, the romantic gets buried deeper the older we are, generally, i think :)
      at least you learned about him properly in history classes. most of what i think i know is based on the movies about him starring gael garcia bernal and benicio del toro :)

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  7. That last pic - looks like they're in a Black Maria. LOL!!! Hmmmm...why tragically, I wonder? I'll have the coffee...you can keep the cigars. ;)

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    1. Suituapui: haha, no lah... but the mesh thingy on the doorway was cute and irresistible for photo-taking :) loving someone often ends up in tragedy (or is that just me?) :D and i want the coffee too! ;)

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  8. It is close to my office, perhaps can drop by for a coffee during lunch time ;)

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    1. Audrey: ya, i think they're closed on thursdays for now, but it could be a nice coffee retreat on weekdays. i only head to kota damansara on weekends tho, since it's too far and too traffic-clogged for me on weekdays, heh :)

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  9. Will update to you all when the food is totally tragically ready

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  10. the embiance looks nice~ thanks for share~ =D

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    1. Happy walker: glad you liked the photos of this place :)

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  11. I will have the coffee and the hubster can have his cigar. No cakes?

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    1. Missyblurkit: heh, i'll share the coffee with you :) got cakes, but i forgot to snap photos of them, heh :)

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