Monday, December 29, 2014

Battery Acid Club @ Damansara Utama

When is a cafe not completely a cafe? Maybe when its founders consider the coffee-selling business to be incidental to their main mission: In Battery Acid Club's case, to serve as a space where designers meet & share ideas in a creative collective.

 Battery Acid Club co-founders Aaron, Swiss & their three partners have carved out a place that they insist is not intended to target cafe lovers. Their community is meant to consist mainly of designers, though it's easy to envision that casual & curious customers will want to check out this venue, the sole F&B outlet on a shop-house row, tucked without a signboard underneath the offices of SWOT Design Group in Damansara Utama's residential section.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The venue stands in stark contrast to many Klang Valley cafes - there's a clean, clinical vibe that some will like & others won't. The aesthetics here feel polished & professional, though there seems to be a chill that's hard to shake off (perhaps because we visited on a rainy night, when the cafe was nearly empty), coloured up a little by a retail room that's like a mini-exhibition, with vintage stationery sharing shelf space with spectacle frames, socks & watches.

Make no mistake though: Battery Acid Club puts a lot of thought into the food & beverages it serves. Ling's Kitchen tarts are a terrific choice - there's one with coffee-infused dark chocolate ganache & mascarpone cheese cream, & another with layers of apple cubes, cream cheese & almond crumble. 

 
 
Cakes come from respected indie baker Petiteserie Desserts, with options like The Cendol (pandan sponge, sago gula melaka, coconut cream & jelly), Gula Melaka Banana (caramelised bananas & crushed almond brittle) & Salted Caramel Chocolate. RM13 each; these chilled cakes do need to left out for quite awhile after ordering to be properly enjoyed.

Pastries (RM3.50): apple strudels, pain au chocolat, mocha whirls, raisin cream cheese combs & cranberry custard lattices.

BAC relies on DeGayo beans; piccolos & flat whites clock in at RM11. Trivia: Aaron had a stint as a barista at Artisan Roast.

Even BAC's juices have a design quirk, as far as their labels go; where else would you find apple-grapefruit juice that's named after a Swiss-French architect who's been deceased for half a century, or orange, strawberry & pink guava juice which carries an Italian designer's surname (RM10 per bottle)? Bottled lattes, sweetened with honey (RM12), are available too.

There's a budding library here, but we knew it wasn't really our kind of reading material (Towards A New Architecture?).

 
The 'No Wi-Fi' rule is imposed on patrons at BAC too, & is explained in a more in-depth fashion than 'Talk To Each Other.'

Battery Acid Club
21 Jalan SS21/34, Damansara Utama, Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Open Tuesday-Friday, 8am-9pm; Saturday-Sunday, 9am-9pm

Check out the latest edition of Eat Drink KL: 100 Favourites, featuring 100 recommended restaurants for October-December 2014, including more than 30 new entries for this quarter. 
This eBook is available to read or download at this link: http://eatdrinkkl.cld.bz/2014D 
This link expires Dec. 31, 2014. Please check the newest blog entries after that for fresh links.

Stay up to date: The Eat Drink KL newsletter is sent by email to subscribers every Monday; it's the Klang Valley's foremost weekly round-up of new restaurant openings (even before they're featured on this blog), F&B promotions & other tasty tidbits.
Subscribe to Eat Drink KL Weekly for free via this following link: 
Note to subscribers on Gmail: The newsletter will be in the Promotions folder of your inbox.

Sausages to sambal. Muffins to marshmallows. Peanut butter to mango chutney. Cornflake ice cream to honey aloe yogurt. Lavender-laced lemonades to lychee-&-guava juices.
Eat Drink KL: Small Businesses, Huge Flavours is the first eBook to help customers navigate the diversity of independent F&B entrepreneurs who bake & boil in their own kitchens, offering some of Malaysia's finest, most fascinating food products.
This resource will be continuously updated with new listings: www.eatdrinkkl.publ.com/businesses 
Check out EAT DRINK, a new F&B website jointly run by The Expat Group (TEG) & Eat Drink KL. This website features all of our up-to-date reviews, plus exclusive weekly articles & a searchable database on restaurants in KL & Selangor: EatDrink.my

23 comments:

  1. What an artsy space! It looks like a library to me...

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Ken: it does feel like some place that might be in a university or museum, heh :)

      Delete
  2. This reminds of the Bibliotheque Cafe in Shibuya, clean, serene and artsy. But BAC has more variety of food. Bibliotheque only serves macha, tea or coffee.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. CK: heheh, ya, but bibliotheque has more books, i guess. and more comfortable couches/sofas :D

      Delete
  3. hah, i eat liao suddenly got energized since the name is so nice with battery~ XD

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Happy walker: energiser battery? heheh :)

      Delete
  4. Not a place where you can grab a bite to eat while your car battery is being fixed...like those eateries at the car wash places? Tarts, cakes and pastries all look really good! Hmmmm...if I were there, I would send over all my books - occupying shelf space at home. :(

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Suituapui: heheh, it's cool how everyone has a different perspective/interpretation about the name of this place :) hmmmm, i think they'll only accept design and architecture books here ;D

      Delete
  5. This seems like a place where designers can call their own! :)

    I'm all for the clinical look but I know it can seem unwelcoming to some people. I like the cakes that they have on offer too.

    Do they make the cakes in house? I ask coz you mentioned two different suppliers (?) Petiteserie Desserts and Ling's Kitchen so I was wondering if they were catered. Cheers! :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Suituapui: yeah, i wonder whether those of us who aren't designers might feel a bit out of place here :) the cakes are not made in-house, but the pastries supposedly are. the cakes are sourced from those two independent suppliers :)

      Delete
  6. I'm craving for some cakes and pastry at this moment, gonna grab some dessert for my lunch later!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Audrey: hope you enjoyed your lunchtime dessert! :)

      Delete
  7. The cendol cake looks so nice... *drool*

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. SC: heheh, the words 'cendol' and 'cake' together proved irresistible for us :)

      Delete
  8. It's so spick and span...that I'm afraid to eat there and dirty the place...kekeke!! That cendol cake has everything I like...pandan, sago, gula melaka, santan...

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Contact.ewew: ya, i was afraid of making too much noise here, heheh :) hopefully you'll get to try that cendol cake at some point, and i hope you enjoy it :D

      Delete
  9. A very fascinating and unique place...the decor is so clean, like a hospital. :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Linda: ya, it does feel a bit... sterile, in a way :)

      Delete
  10. Ooo the tarts and cakes look good, and the venue reminds me very much of a high-class science lab.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Baby Sumo: we couldn't help trying those tarts and cakes when we saw them ... and yeah, this place certainly doesn't fit the mould of a typical klang valley cafe :)

      Delete
  11. wow....those cakes look n sounds awesome!!
    Bottled drinks? Good idea and it will be convenient for dapao ;-)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Melissa: heheh, glad you like the look of the desserts ... and ya, the bottled drinks are decently priced for a takeaway potential :)

      Delete