Monday, February 16, 2015

Rubberduck @ Plaza Damas, Sri Hartamas

The two women who run Rubberduck are no quacks - Kat & Lin, bolstered by a hard-working crew, have launched a new alfresco cafe that could float close to the top of Plaza Damas' best bets for freshly baked cakes & fragrantly brewed coffee.

 This open space might suffer from scarce seating, but on a weekend afternoon, it's a cool spot for watching the world walk by, with families on Saturday strolls staring curiously into Rubberduck's kitchen & sniffing out the scent of croissants & lemon tarts.

If you spy frittatas on the counter, snatch a slice; texturally terrific, warm & fluffy, made tastier with sriracha sauce & spicy aioli.

Madeleines that might have made Proust shudder in remembrance (RM3 each); we're not sure where Kat & Lin sprang from, though they seem to be long-time friends who enjoy an effortless rapport with each other & their customers. Kat might also be a daughter of the man who founded Don's Warong, just across the corridor from Rubberduck.

Everything we tasted here bore the hallmarks of experience & expertise, from the beetroot chocolate cake - RM10; rich but never cloying - to the mango & chia seed pudding - RM13; mellow & not too tangy, creamy without the curse of stodginess.

 Other intriguing temptations line the showcase: pistachio cakes (RM8), luscious-looking carrot cakes (RM9), macarons (RM5), plus some panna cotta with strawberry jelly & crumble (RM10) that can be paired with, say, chamomile tea or sparkling sodas.

 Of course, there's coffee, vibrantly robust (RM10 for cafe lattes, piccolos, cappuccinos & flat whites). If you're tempted to ask Kat & Lin why they chose the name 'Rubberduck,' it turns out there's no long story behind it. They simply thought of the name & thought it was cute. We like it too.

Rubber Duck @ Plaza Damas
K-06, Plaza Damas, Jalan Sri Hartamas 1, Kuala Lumpur. Above Hartamas Shopping Centre.
Currently open 10am-5pm, but will open earlier in the morning eventually. Closed Mondays. Tel: 03-6206-1832

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23 comments:

  1. Such a lovely place, Sean! I do love quiche. I made a post on Sunday on my blog but it didn't show up in Blogger's news feed for some reason.

    I also love the decor here, very attractive. :)

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    1. Linda: I like the rubber duck wall art ... Lovely shade and design :)

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  2. I'm disappointed they don't have a bathtub filled with rubber ducklings

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    1. KY: scared people like you will steal the ducklings to bring back home! :D

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  3. Not a fan of madeleines, i find local kai tan kou tastes better LOL

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    1. Ken: I'm a fan of both, though I think once you try the really good madeleines, you might become a fan! :D

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  4. Cute name and quiches that look dreamy!

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    1. YouHadYourLunch: the name is half the battle won! And the quiches might be the other half, heh :)

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  5. What? No rubber duckies here? @_@ haha....
    A cafe with simple setup..but the quiche look very delicious!

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    1. Melissa: heheh, I think a lot of customers might be wondering, where's the rubber duck?!? :D

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  6. Wouldn't mind some madeleines and mango pudding with chia seeds! ;)
    I'd like to take this opportunity to wish you and your family good luck, good fortune and great eats in the year ahead....eat wisely and stay healthy (easier said then done, right?) :D

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    1. Contact.ewew: I didn't expect to love the mango pudding, but it was good ... Very natural flavours and pleasing textures, well done :) thanks for your lovely wishes ... I hope you and your family have a wonderful celebration too and a beautiful year ahead :D

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  7. The quiche looks great, time to find out some recipes after CNY to bake some Yen's homemade version!

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    1. Choi Yen: heheh, I'm looking forward to seeing your delicious quiche! :D

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  8. loved those pizzza and pies~ =D

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    1. Happy walker: hope you get a chance to check out rubberduck :)

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  9. I imagine everyone sitting in bathtubs playing with theirs...their rubber ducks, I mean. LOL!!! My girl would love this place - she has a soft spot for quiches. You heard the joke about somebody who can't pronounce the word correctly? :D

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    1. Suituapui: heh, well, that's a different kind of establishment altogether! :) oh i think so ... quickie vs quiche! :)

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  10. That's an interesting name for a cafe. The quiche sure looks packed with ingredients and the desserts...mmmm :-)

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    1. The Yum List: i do have a soft spot for cafes with quirky names :) and yep, the quiche and desserts left us longing for more! :D

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  11. Cute name and lovely place. I like madeleines, but haven't had that for long long time.

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    1. CK: ya, i think this place is worth checking out in plaza damas :) i try to order madeleines whenever i see them ... the ones here were quite good :D

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