Friday, September 18, 2015

Koosh Koffeez @ Solaris Dutamas

Conjuring up notes of razzle-dazzle in its decor & dishes, Koosh Koffeez is an eccentrically colourful venue, exuberant with plush chairs & playful hip-hop caricatures, that takes an adventurous approach to everything from pastas to waffles & coffee.

The menu jumps across genres & boundaries - our favourite recipe here is the Mediterranean Meal (RM21), comprising a flavourful mince of sauteed spiced lamb partnered with Turkish pide flat-bread, hummus, sun-dried tomatoes, garlic aioli, shimeiji & white button mushrooms, salsa & sour cream - an ensemble that's easy to enjoy, with earthy, meaty dimensions.

Lamb features prominently in Koosh Koffeez's repertoire - you can order it in its full, fleshy glory by trying the tender shank basted in a stew of coffee, carrots & onions, drizzled with an espresso glaze & heaped on mashed potatoes (RM45; note that the nuances of coffee prove very subtle) or have it on the Kasablanca pizza, minced & fried with cumin, piled with capsicum, onions, jalapenos & sour cream on a crunchy base of tomato-infused dough (RM25; Koosh's prices seem pretty reasonable).

Pastas are infused with a twist or two too - the Bolognese (chicken or lamb) comes with hints of cinnamon & nutmeg (RM23), while the Karbonara is creamy with an onsen egg & duck bacon (RM23). Other options for comfort food include roasted pumpkin soup with poached cheese ravioli (RM13) & baked escargots with garlic confit & sharp parmesan sauce (RM13).

Koosh takes pride in its unique waffles - hearty ones (RM17-RM20 each), including thoughtfully crafted signatures like James' Brownie (a chocolate waffle laced with brownie pieces, topped with toasted marshmallows, almonds, chocolate-covered strawberries, choc syrup, whipped cream & vanilla ice cream) & Seattle Siren (espresso-infused waffle with torched meringue, frosted walnuts, almonds, whipped cream, vanilla ice cream, salted caramel).

Koosh Koffeez's coffee creations are distinctive as well - the cafe's founders also helm Arabica Estate, a Malaysian company that handles coffee roasting, trading, education (including barista courses), business consultation, equipment & resources (it distributes La San Marco & Bezzera espresso machines among others).

Customers can have fun putting the final touches on the Baller Koffee (RM16), which combines a 'double-dribble' of espresso poured over a whiskey ball, complemented with a choice of creamer or soda (each transforms the mixture into a very different drink). For a photogenic coffee, the Romeo (RM12) might win hearts by presenting a mocha adorned with rose petals. Alcohol is not available, but the virgin Mojito will do. Many thanks to Koosh Koffeez for having us here.

Koosh Koffeez
D5-G3-03 Solaris Dutamas, Kuala Lumpur. Open weekdays 830am-1030pm, weekends 930am-1130pm. Tel: 03-6211-1586

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13 comments:

  1. I was on a plane and saw a magazine that featured Malaysia's restaurants and remembered your blog. It's like reading it on a print.

    I guess KL is a haven for food enthusiast.

    This restaurant especially looks like something people would love to visit. The food and the interior all look inviting.

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    1. Lux: heh, hope you enjoyed reading the article on malaysian restaurants ... and maybe you'll be able to visit someday! :) yup, koosh koffeez has managed to amass quite a few fans already :)

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  2. Oooo...Turkish delights!!! Love the presentation of the lamb shank, standing upright in all its glory! LOL!!! ;) Pizza and pasta look good and ooo...the egg! Just perfect!

    It seems this is the current trend in the presentation of desserts - I see it everywhere, even at those upscale coffee places here. I must be slightly autistic as I get put off by all that mess. :P

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    1. Suituapui: heh, yeah, that lamb shank is no pushover :D yup, we liked how that creamy yolk spilled over onto the pasta! :) yup, you're right - dessert platings are getting moe and more elaborate :D

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  3. The decor is not really to my taste, but the food and presentations are fantastic!

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    1. Linda: glad you like the look of the food! :)

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  4. Not really a fan of presentation as food quality is more important to me. But I do admit that food with good presentation looks more tempting.
    Yup.. Another coffee place to check out

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    1. Leo: yeah, i figure presentation is really valuable these days because of FB & instagram, but in the end, ya, longevity might be determined on whether the food tastes satisfying ;)

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  5. Love their food, especially the pasta!

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    1. Choi Yen: pasta pleasure! :)

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  6. Coffee with soda sounds interesting to me, the pasta looks good too.

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    1. CK: ya, the coffee beverages tasted pretty decent, i think, and the pasta dishes should satisfy a fair number of customers :)

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  7. One of the rare places that do not accept credit card.. Very inconvenient!

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