Sandwiches & layer cakes: Here's a glimpse at two Kota Damansara outlets that each specialises in its own distinctive draw, starting with The Picnic Table, a cerulean-coloured cafe spearheaded by the people behind KL's Simply Sandwiches caterers.
The Picnic Table's coolest feature might be its decor, which brings the cafe's name vividly to life, but its sandwiches prove worthwhile too, bristling with the likes of flavoursome garlic butter prawns (RM12) & grilled chicken with cheese (RM11.50).
Besides the scrumptious sandwiches, there's also a satisfactory selection of fresh-tasting cakes, washed down with well-tuned cold-pressed juices by Shoots & Co (RM10 each; we like the creamy, not-too-sweet combo of banana, milk, dates & cinnamon, though the invigorating blend of pineapple, celery, carrot & ginger comes a close second) & peanut butter lattes.
Second stop: Layers The Cake, which tackles Dutch-Indonesian 'lapis legit' cakes with a twist of contemporary flavours.
Brace yourself for flavours like Lemon Demon, Matcha High, Death By Chocolate, Plummy Prune & Almond Gone Nuts.
Customers can sample convenient plates of cake slices for sharing, each coupled with ice cream flavours like fior de latte, espresso, dark choc & caramel-almond for a very reasonable RM13.50 per serving. The cakes proudly bear the hallmarks of expertise - they're dense but tender, fragrant & gently spiced, with flavours that are pleasing & not domineeringly pronounced.
The Picnic Table by Simply Sandwiches
62A-G, Jalan PJU 5/21, The Strand, Kota Damansara, Petaling Jaya, Selangor. Tues-Fri, 830am-830pm. Sat-Sun, 9am-10pm
Layers The Cake
3 Jalan PJU 5/15, Dataran Sunway, Kota Damansara, Selangor. Daily, 9am-9pm. Tel: 03-6150-3220
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