Sunday, December 14, 2014

Organica Lifestyle @ Bangsar

This new health cafe & store, hidden on a row of homes in Bangsar, marks a fresh chapter in the personal journey of Malaysian-born, Melbourne-based Shantini Ingkaran, a former practising lawyer who reinvented herself as a wellness trainer.

Organica Lifestyle is meant to be an 'urban sanctuary' that offers not only nourishment but yoga & Pilates classes. Shantini endured a health scare last year, & the experience reinvigorated her focus on promoting a wholesome lifestyle.

It's an oasis of calm, a place for people to stop & really breathe, only a five-minute drive from bustling Telawi. There's no signboard, so look for house No. 15 - limited parking is available within the compound, with the possibility of valet parking eventually if the crowds surge. The two-storey space comprises a yoga studio upstairs & a cosy-looking cafe section below with positive vibes & a private garden view.

Cold-pressed juices are sweeping KL, with new outlets popping up every week. Organica's painstakingly produced variety should meet the mark for aficionados - this one has spinach, watercress, coconut, lemon, pear, peppermint & grape seed oil.

Head here for Proud Mary coffee; Organica Lifestyle is still in a soft-launch stage, but cold brews should be available in a matter of weeks, alongside proper food - expect Paleo-friendly breakfasts, macrobiotic lunch bowls (beetroot hummus?) & gluten-free cakes (Shantini says she herself is gluten-intolerant).

Organica's store is up & running, showcasing a selection of food products by Australian entrepreneurs - organic oat beverages, nut spreads & vegan-suitable tea. Shantini expects to be based mainly in KL over the next year as Organica blossoms, & she may eventually shuttle between Malaysia & her home in Australia once operations stabilise.

Organica Lifestyle
15 Jalan Tempinis 1, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur
Generally open Tuesday, 9am-9pm; Wed, 10am-6pm; Thurs, 10am-9pm; Fri-Sun, 10am-6pm, but call 012-704-8565 to check

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20 comments:

  1. beetroot hummus sounds like an interesting dish :D

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    1. Ken: it'll be eye-catching, for certain :)

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  2. This is shocking; I recognize half of the merchandise being sold in Organica. =O My Mom's a big fan of the Melrose nut spread, lol. Plus, I'm already feeling peaceful just by looking at the picture of the yoga store. =)

    Hmm, beetroot hummus? That sounds interesting, tbh. Will keep an eye out for this place. =D

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    1. Waverly: yay, your mom can get her melrose fix here. and yup, this is a serene sanctuary indeed :) yup, i think we'll be hearing some more about organica in 2015 :)

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    2. Hopefully I'll be able to convince her to take a swing here then. =D I'm kinda hoping that more Aussie organic products will be imported (I've seen some organic brands in WA that are unavailable in the market here)...

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    3. Waverly: one of Shantini's goals is to supply a taste of Australia to expats here who miss the taste of home :)

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  3. Such a lovely place, Sean, and the juices look and sound delicious!

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    1. Linda: it's very pretty, and yes, juices are a cool trend right now :)

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  4. Cool, I love Proud Mary coffee! One of my favorite cafe in Melbourne. :D

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    1. CK: yay, hopefully you'll enjoy the proud mary coffee served here :)

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  5. It looks lovely...very aussie-inspired! I admire her for opening her home to people, not sure I could do that!

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    1. YouHadYourLunch: it does have a nice laid-back vibe to it ... ooo, it's not actually her home, but she's using it for the cafe premises :)

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  6. I like the name of the coffee - Proud Mary, keep on rollin'!!! :D

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    1. Suituapui: haha, yeah, one of my favourite tina turner tunes too :)

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  7. Yes please! More organic and healthy places please.

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    1. The Yum List: i think we'll see quite a few more in 2015! :)

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  8. I would love to get my hand on those almond spread by any chance do you know the price for it ?

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    1. June: oops, i'm sorry, i didn't check, but you can try calling or texting 012-704-8565 to enquire :)

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