Friday, November 14, 2014

La Cafe Memoire @ TTDI & Coffeels Coffee Kitchen @ Kota Damansara

Hitting the sweet spot as the work week winds up, starting with La Cafe Memoire, a new dessert specialist in Taman Tun.

With Mandarin-language pop ballads playing in the background, La Cafe Memoire - filled with wood pallet furnishing, tucked on the first floor of the shop-house row that includes Surisit & Mukha - is a bit of an unexpected entry into this neighbourhood; it feels like something from another suburb. But it could certainly work well enough for a teatime retreat or evening's sanctuary.

 The counter here is lined with wide-ranging snacks such as cranberry cheese buns (RM5.50) & lavender panna cotta (RM8).

 These recipes might benefit from further tweaking for more natural-tasting flavours, though we like how the cafe is clearly striving to create a crowd-pleasing selection at not-too-punishing prices. Chocolate souffles (RM15), creme brulee (RM6.50), crepe suzette (RM9.60) & profiteroles (RM11) are available too.

 La Cafe Memoire secures its coffee from Klang-based roasters Seraph Awaken. There's one alcoholic concoction, the Caffe Alexander (RM15), made with a splash of Bols Cacao Brown liquor. Perhaps not quite as well-balanced as a Brandy Alexander.

 On the other side of town, here's a brief glimpse at Coffeels Coffee Kitchen, another friendly hangout in Kota Damansara.

 Magnum-topped waffles (RM15) are Coffeels' claim to fame; this photo shows one of the initial incarnations of this dessert when the cafe opened in September, but the current version might look different, since Coffeels has been working to fine-tune the presentation & flavour.

 If the snaking queues seem too long outside the new Magnum Kuala Lumpur ice cream store in Mid Valley this weekend, then Coffeels' Magnum waffles could prove a suitable substitute.

 Pumpkin cheesecakes (RM7) with a distinct flavour are among Coffeels' other interesting attractions; savoury specialities like tom yam chicken meatball spaghetti are available too.

 A cafe that's named Coffeels cares about coffee, of course. Pleasant prices; espressos clock in at RM5 & lattes at RM9.

 La Cafe Memoire
7A, First Floor, Lorong Rahim Kajai 13, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur
Open noon through 11pm. Tel: 03-7731-7574

Coffeels Coffee Kitchen
Encorp Strand Garden Office, Jalan PJU 5/1, Kota Damansara. Open noon through 11pm, except Mondays

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20 comments:

  1. Whoa, that's one high chair! 😱 The cranberry cheese buns sound lovely; wonder how it tastes like. =)

    Coffeels? That's definitely a unique name for a cafe... ^^

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    1. Waverly: heh, yeah, a good chair if you're not scared of heights ;) i think the choice of cheese could be reconsidered for the bun :) and yup, coffeels is an interesting name. i assume it's coffee + feels :)

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  2. I'm not a fan of Magnum but it would be interesting to see the Magnum cafe.
    As for the cakes... I'm still in love with Swich cos of the quirky and top ingredients used for their cakes. Somehow everyone else's is the predictable red velvet and brownies, and sorely lacking in the taste department.
    Oh i like Urbean's cakes too.

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    1. Rebecca: heh, i have forgotten my first magnum, but i guess the brand recognition remains very, very strong :) i've loved swich ever since i discovered it at menara hp, and yeah, swich ranks as one of the top role models for cake makers in kl, in terms of hard work, intelligence and creativity :D

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  3. Next time when I visit Surisit, I can drop by La Cafe Memoire too! hehe.

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    1. CK: heheh, ya, if you feel like having some coffee after your thai dinner :)

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  4. :O :O :O those chairs 0.o|||

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    1. Ken: love those chairs, ya :D

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  5. wah, nice cafe, i like magnum too~ XD

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    1. Happy walker: hope you get to check out their magnum waffle :)

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  6. Good grief!!! Shudders!!! The bar stools are so high! I've this phobia for heights. Hehehehehe!!!! The panna cotta is calling out to me... Looks good. Oh ya! Saw on Facebook they're giving out free ice cream this weekend, Magnum. Never mind! I'd rather go and buy my own...rather than join in the mob.

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    1. Suituapui: heheh, high chairs are fun if you like swinging your feet without having them touch the ground :D

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  7. The desserts look lovely =) What's with bicycles and cafes these days? They seem to be everywhere...at Ben's, Sitka, Tous Les Jours...and many more places I probably can't remember :D

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    1. Contact.ewew: heh, better bicycles than motorcycles, i guess! :D

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  8. Very nice ambiance and the desserts look delectable! :)

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    1. Linda: i'm glad you like the look of the ambiance and desserts :)

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  9. The creme brulee only selling at RM6.50? I would like to see how big is the portion then.... :P

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    1. Choi Yen: heheh, probably not very large, but perhaps fair for the price :)

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  10. I like photo No.1.
    Wahh...something about Magnum ice cream here too.

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    1. Melissa: ya, i enjoyed taking photo no. 1 too :) and yup, it is a magnum weekend for a lot of people! :D

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