Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Cafe Clon @ Petaling Jaya & Chuckles @ Taman Tun Dr Ismail

Checking out two cafes with a Vietnamese influence in their menus, starting with Cafe Clon, an unconventionally decorated two-level hangout that opened on PJ's Jalan Kemajuan this month & offered us a warm, friendly refuge on a rainy evening.

Cafe Clon's highlight may be its Vietnamese 'pizza' (RM7), a savoury snack served hot, essentially a rice paper crepe with a spiced stuffing somewhat evocative of otak-otak - something you might spot being sold somewhere on the streets of Saigon. 

There's also banh mi (RM15), but the recipe needs tweaking, as it tastes too much like a regular egg-&-ham sandwich - note that the banh mi comes with a side helping of chunky-crispy, crowd-pleasing sweet potato & yam fries, so there's actually no need to order those separately (RM10 for a full portion) if you're having the banh mi; we kinda wish the menu mentioned that. Cafe Clon's Vietnamese coffee (RM10 for hot) is lovely, with luscious nuances; a solid variety of tea & juices is also available.

Next stop: Chuckles, which tries to foster a cheerful spirit with its colourfully artistic flourishes in Taman Tun Dr Ismail.

Vietnam is represented at Chuckles by pho with sirloin slices (RM15), though it's a muted version that doesn't quite capture the delicious dynamics of this classic favourite. Chuckles' menu is extensive, spanning both East & West, so customers can have ayam percik in turmeric sauce with rice, ulam, keropok ikan & acar mentah (RM13) as well as a rocket salad with poached egg (RM15), plus everything from beef kuey teow to bolognese spaghetti. Mocktails, juices & ginger tea form the beverage ballot.

 Cafe Clon
62, Jalan Kemajuan 12/18, Petaling Jaya, Selangor. Open Sun-Thurs, 12pm-10pm; Fri-Sat, 12pm-12am. Tel: 03-7932-2088

Chuckles TTDI
135 Jalan Aminuddin Baki, Taman Tun Dr. Ismail, Kuala Lumpur

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15 comments:

  1. A very fun place with a whimsical decor! That sandwich looks so big I would not be able to get it into my mouth! :)

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    1. Linda: heheh, you're right, we did have to slice that sandwich up into more a manageable size :)

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  2. The ambience looks cheery. Hope they can tweak their recipes a little to complete the experience.

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    1. The Yum List: ya, there's definitely solid promise and potential :)

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  3. Like otak otak? I'm sold! ASEAN cuisine, my pick...anytime!

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    1. Suituapui: i like the use of regional recipes too, ya :D

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  4. Oh i like the colorful chairs and tables!

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    1. Ken: ya, that's quite an eye-catching corner of the cafe! :)

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  5. Oooo is Vietnamese food gaining popularity in KL? I do love their cuisine.

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    1. Baby Sumo: i'd love to see more vietnamese fare at KL's cafes too - though the challenge might be getting the flavours and nuances right! :)

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  6. The tables and chairs in Cafe Clon are so colorful! And Vietnamese pizza with otak otak sounds good. :D

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    1. CK: ya, those colours are quite brilliant :) also enjoyed the viet pizza :)

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  7. Love the colour furniture at Cafe Clon!

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    1. Choi Yen: ya, that was my favourite section to photograph, i think :)

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  8. Hi Sean, we have ceased Cafe Clon operation for now and are in the look out for a new location. At the mean time we are operating a new outlet in Klang.

    https://www.facebook.com/intersectbyclon/

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