Saturday, March 21, 2015

2015 Revisits: Seven Cups @ Empire Damansara & The Owls Cafe @ Bukit Jalil

It's been nearly 18 months since we first visited Seven Cups in October 2013, back when Empire Damansara was empty, before this complex became a bustling building of cafes & boat noodles. Seven Cups itself has changed somewhat since then (Margaret Keane would now feel at home here), but it remains an inspiringly restorative haven with an authentic appeal.

Seven Cups maintains a clear-eyed commitment to coffee - you'll find a carefully curated selection of beans sourced from time to time from roasters such as The Coffee Collective of Copenhagen & Monk Bodhi Dharma of Melbourne, though the mainstay is Singapore's Nylon Coffee Roasters, carving out a compelling exploration of the bright & bold world of coffee.

If you're seeking spirited beverages to beat the heat, Seven Cups' aged cold brew (RM12) & iced lime black brew (RM13) both hit some lively notes that may strike a chord with coffee enthusiasts who prefer their caffeine challengingly vibrant & untamed.

A similar sense of vitality & vivaciousness buoys Seven Cups' recently introduced waffle selection, which partners the ubiquitous dessert with rich complements like Belgian semi-sweet choc mousse & strawberries macerated in balsamic vinegar (RM17), house-made lavender-infused blueberry compote (RM15), bananas with toasted almond flakes & fresh-ground coffee (RM16), or Ceylon cinnamon-infused sugar glaze with salted caramel ice cream (RM14).

We like the texture of these waffles - relatively fluffy, crisp but not crunchy, as natural-tasting as a waffle gets. In the months ahead, Seven Cups also plans to launch an intriguing customisable affogato menu, partnering coffee & Inside Scoop ice cream (in flavours like chocolate cookie dough & strawberry cheesecake, now all available here) with choices of sprinklings.

We're really happy to have Sevencups as a featured outlet on the Eat Drink KL mobile app. Customers can use the app to enjoy a 6 percent discount off their receipt at Sevencups, everyday, all day long. For every transaction made through the app, EDKL will channel 20 sen contributed by Sevencups to a charity of the month (the Dignity For Children foundation in March).

 Also worth a second stop this year, The Owls Cafe, which we previously explored in October 2014. Since then, this has become a cheerful neighbourhood favourite, thanks to its welcoming setting & even more welcoming crew.

The Owls Cafe recently introduced a brunch menu that includes interesting items like this eye-catching fluffy egg white omelette, made flavoursome with hollandaise sauce & earthy with mushrooms & roasted sesame dressing (RM18) ...

... & a sliced muffin with smoked salmon, mascarpone cream cheese, tomato salsa, dragonfruit puree & balsamic reduction ...

... plus cinnamon toast coated with cheese & maple syrup, served with fruit compote (RM12) & a croissant stuffed with beef cold cuts & smothered with cheddar sauce & mayo (RM18). Acceptable execution, considering how swamped the kitchen gets.

The Owls' claim to photographic fame is its waffles - Milo Dinosaur (RM15) comes with dark choc ice cream, marshmallows & coco crunch; the Queen (RM21) with macarons & ice cream; David (RM18) with bananas, peanut butter & chocolate; & so on.

Order the coffee: from flat whites to filters to pretzel-adorned affogatos (RM10), The Owl does give a hoot about its caffeine.

Seven Cups
G-25, Empire Damansara, Damansara Perdana. Mon & Wed-Sat, 11am-11pm. Sun, 11am-8pm

The Owls Cafe
12-1, First Floor, Block 5, Jalil Link, Jalan Jalil Jaya 6, Bukit Jalil. Sun & Tues-Thurs, 10am-7pm; Fri-Sat, 10am-7pm

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  1. Awwwww!!!! I love you more than coffee...but please don't make me prove it? What a letdown! LOL!!!

    1. Suituapui: haha, which is stronger, love or coffee :D

  2. Presenting food prettily makes all the difference, and the owl cafe have it down to an art! Not sure I could go for cheese and maple syrup on a croissant though..but that's me!

    1. YouHadYourLunch: true, i think the croissant was over-dressed, but other than that, strong marks for presentation! :)

  3. I have never been a waffle or pretzel fan, but the presentations are lovely, Sean. :)

    1. Linda: thanks for appreciating the effort that went into the presentations :)

  4. Fab selection of waffles, one scoop of ice cream is never enough for me :D

    1. Ken: heh, yeah, two scoops would always be better than one! :D

  5. I love Coffee Collective and I like their beans very very much. :D

    1. CK: ooo, you can try Coffee Collective's beans this month at Sevencups :D

  6. I only had coffee, tea and cake on my last visit to Sevencups~ Their waffle looks sinfully delicious, how yo keep slim with such "devilish" food around us? >_<

    1. Choi Yen: heheh, the temptation of sevencups' waffles is too much for all of us! :)