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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