Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Cafe K @ Kiaraville & The Cafe More @ The Fare MK10, Mont Kiara

Cool new Korean cafes have popped up in Mont Kiara; here's a look at two, starting with our favourite, the family-run Cafe K, hidden inside the Kiaraville condominium.

This poolside outlet is bright & cheerful, with easy access (simply inform security that you're heading to the cafe) & plenty of parking within the condo compound. Long-time readers might recall this was once the site of Fiesta Cafe, some five years ago.

Our top tip: Order Cafe K's Malaysian-influenced interpretation of bibimbap (RM17.90); it's certain to raise a smile. This is deliciously evocative of nasi lemak, with warm, flavoursome rice accompanied by peanuts, cucumbers & other crisp veggies. 

Mix everything up & enjoy this with gochujang fermented sauce; it's terrific in both taste & texture, surprisingly satisfying for a vegetarian version of bibimbap. The mom of Cafe K's family has lived in Malaysia for a long time, & she deserves to take pride in the recipes she serves here - they're hearty & heartfelt.

Also well worth the carb calories: This sesame-flavoured gimbap (RM11.90), a plump, tasty roll stuffed with egg, crab stick, cucumber & carrots that combine for a creamy-crunchy effect.

Gochujang surfaces again as the sauce base for this spicy, steaming-hot pasta tossed with parmesan cheese (RM14.90); probably should be shared, since it can turn cloying in excess - take slow bites to taste the subtler dimensions of flavour in the sauce. Other options on Cafe K's soft-launch menu include kimchi pancakes, rice cakes & stir-fried glass noodles.

Securing a liquor license is a painfully slow process, but Cafe K is working on it. For now, sip on some enlivening ginger tea (RM5.90), served hot or cold. Bonus points too for the friendly, helpful service.

Next up, moving on to The Cafe More at The Fare, another sunshine-blessed outpost in this neighbourhood, with a wide menu that includes an extensive selection of beverages (everything from pour-over coffee to Dilmah tea to fruit yoghurt smoothies). 

The Cafe More is a venue for ladies who lunch (& linger); we walked into a cafe filled with entirely estrogen-powered patrons.

We kinda like The Cafe More's unique sweet potato pizza (RM21.90); its base could use some tweaking (tastes a bit too much like supermarket pizza dough), but it's tastily topped with lots of sweet potato, olives & tomato sauce.

Cheese-&-kimchi fried rice (RM16.90)? Maybe a bit more 'guilty' than 'pleasure,' this one.

Ditto for the pasta in a bread bowl with broccoli & heaps of cream; it's different, but it's devastating for the waistline.

Stone-baked egg (RM1.50 each), pleasing enough for egg-lovers. Other options here include Shin Ramyun & bulgogi rice.

The Cafe More's coffee left scant impression for this visit, but this place could still work well for weekday lunch breaks.

Cafe K
Block B, Kiaraville, Mont Kiara, Kuala Lumpur. Open daily, 11am-10pm

The Cafe More
The Fare MK10, Jalan Kiara 1, Mont Kiara, Kuala Lumpur. 
Mon-Thurs, 730am-9pm; Fri-Sat, 730am-10pm. Tel: 03-6211-2004

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26 comments:

  1. I really get a smile out of how the "smile" was incorporated into one of the dishes. :)

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    1. Linda: it was an unexpected twist that made me smile too! quite a creative way of doing it, using two almonds, a peanut and a cashew :)

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  2. I wonder why the latter cafe has so many female clients - especially when there don't seem to be so many healthy selections on the menu. Maybe I'm just stereotyping.

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    1. The Yum List: that's a very interesting point ... it's true, there aren't many salads on the menu at the cafe more. but i think these were mostly korean ladies living nearby, so they might be attracted by the idea of a cheerful korean cafe in their neighbourhood :)

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  3. Korean? Decor sure does not look like it. Eeeee...stone baked egg? Never seen that before but then again, I dunno much of Korean cuisine. Sure would want to try. Pasta in bread bowl looks good too., never mind my waistline - gone case already. :D

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    1. Suituapui: yeah, these are a lot different from the usual korean bbq outlets. heh, the egg reminded me of the chinese tea eggs, though without a herbal flavour :) i think we didn't manage to finish the pasta and the bread bowl though.. it was too much! :)

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  4. I like the 1st place more, extra touch like putting a smiley face on the dish adds some marks :)

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    1. Ken: cafe k is a really nice place indeed, i enjoyed spending nearly an hour there :)

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    1. Happy walker: glad you enjoyed reading this post :)

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  6. Healthy and colorful bibimbap!
    Change the rice to salmon or jellyfish then can become yeeshang, hehehe.

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    1. CK: yeah, lots of fibre and fresh vitamins in this bibimbap, haha. and ooo, now you make me feel like having yee sang... four more month! :)

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  7. look at the gimbap make me think of the gimbap that i ate in korea! Looks very local and tasty!!!

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    1. 小乱: the gimbap was very satisfying! really delicious :)

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  8. hehe I just blogged abt a Korean recipe today too :P Anyway the bibimbap does look very good - I love how vibrant the whole dish looks.

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    1. Baby Sumo: yay, we're in a korean mood this week! :D ya, i love the usual bibimbap, but this was a fun change for the recipe ... and i didn't even miss having the egg in it :)

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  9. i just got to ask this... :P
    Got wifi or not??

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    1. Rebecca: good question! i always neglect to check actually .. i'm not sure in this case, but i'm betting got :D

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  10. Sean, you might want to check out Red Lobster at Intermark? Not very sure if it has totally opened. I saw their staff having lunch in Ampang Park. :)

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    1. Wen Da: thanks for that :) i think it's opening next week ... would be interesting to see whether it meets the mark :)

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  11. i thought it was a lui cha instead of bibimbap :P

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    1. Choi Yen: haha, that's a cool comparison :)

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  12. Cafe K is owned by my very good friend, I am there a couple times a week because I am one of the teachers at his music school in the same block. Thank you for your kind words! His mom is a fantastic cook for sure.

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    1. Kelly: ooo, i actually passed that music school while heading to the cafe. it's great that you have a comforting place to eat there; i'm sure the condo residents are pleased too :)

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  13. stone baked egg - I will definitely love it after a good run. thankful for so many lovely eateries in kiara now.

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    1. Missy: a bit of protein replenishment, a well-deserved reward after a run :) and yeah, i wouldn't mind living in kiara purely for the eateries in the area :)

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