Monday, November 30, 2015

Lepaq Lepaq @ Ceylon Road, Off Changkat Bukit Bintang

Nasi lemak cakes, cotton-candy cloud coffee, a brunch version of Peking Duck, & one of KL's most massive big breakfasts: This intriguing cafe is inundated with culinary novelties, set in a curious two-storey space with a forested view of Bukit Ceylon.

To seize maximum advantage of the ambiance, seek a table upstairs at the front section of this cavernous sanctuary of calm, which is in a secretive soft-launch stage; the sole customers on a recent weekend afternoon were residents of nearby condos.

Nasi lemak cheese cake (RM15+) could become Lepaq Lepaq's best-seller, tinged with morsels of glutinous rice & peanuts, topped with cucumber gelatin, anchovies & sambal - an honourable effort at turning Malaysia's national dish into dessert, evocative of nasi lemak gelato & nasi lemak creme brulee, though the cake's flavours tip toward sweetish; the savoury & spicy components feel comparatively muted, illustrating some of the inherent constraints in making a peculiar cake taste palatable.

The cafe's social media darling is poised to be the 'Rainy Day Coffee,' with a cloud of cotton candy suspended above the steaming-hot cup - it's not wholly original (a simple online search reveals its presence at a couple of cafes in California & Shanghai), but it is pretty fun & exuberantly eye-catching. Sure, by the time the cotton candy melts, the saucer below is a sticky mess, & the coffee may not be for connoisseurs, but the experience should cheer up young-at-heart customers. RM13+.

We respect how The Crepey Duck tries to transpose a Chinese restaurant staple into a cafe setting - it's enjoyable enough, with tender roasted duck breast meat & crispy skin waiting to be folded in crepes; the traditional hoisin sauce is substituted with a kitchen-produced orange mayonnaise, which makes the sum of this recipe more mellow than punchy in flavour. RM40+.

Strictly for sharing, Lepaq Lepaq's Big Breakfast is a whopping serving of (deep breath!) truffle-scrambled eggs, toasted ciabatta, three types of sausages (foot-long chicken, cranberry lamb, & our favourite, smoked chicken with a melted cheese centre), two hash browns, turkey & chicken ham, mixed leaves, halved tomatoes, sauteed mushrooms, baked beans, kidney beans & a sweet-spicy dip - some of the elements are more effective than others. It's RM55+, but it can feed three customers. 

Our favourite order turned out to be one of the least-heralded offerings: Sliced lotus roots, deep-fried with a coating of salted egg yolk & butter (RM16+). Hot & fresh, crunchy & deliciously flavoursome; we'd happily have this again. Note though that the menu may change from day to day, so what's available on Friday might not necessarily be the same as Monday's selection.

Drinks range from non-alcoholic mocktails served in boxes to the Yarra Valley's 5.5%-ABV Innocent Bystander Moscato. Service here is welcoming, with an amiable, eager-to-please team; the place has potential, so we wish its founders well.

Lepaq Lepaq
Lot 687, Jalan Ceylon, Kuala Lumpur. Same street as Regency Tower & Lanson Place. Daily, 11am-9pm

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24 comments:

  1. Very creative and brave for them to come out with Nasi Lemak Cheese Cake but this is the type of cafe that i would love to visit :)

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    1. Ken: yeah, i'm not sure everyone will love the cake, but it's definitely worth trying! :)

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  2. Love this place, a lot of natural light and green! Want to try that nasi lemak cheese cake and the duck too.

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    1. CK: heheh, ya, i enjoyed sitting at the space facing the trees! it was fun trying the food too :)

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  3. There are lots of things I'd love to try here! The green outlook is always appealing to me too.

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    1. The Yum List: the menu is quite enticing, i agree! and yup, that green view is an outstanding feature of this place :)

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  4. I've tried nasi lemak creme brulee, not really my cup of tea I would say and this nasi lemak cheese cake doesn't ignite my interest either :P
    Quite speechless for the cotton candy coffee but other food looks good nonetheless :)

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    1. Choi Yen: heh, yeah, i was checking out some of the more unusual items here, but there are also other more 'regular' items on the menu like eggs benedict :)

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  5. This place's ID is just so cute and cool.. I have to visit!! LOL

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    1. Ciki: hope you have heaps of fun here! :D

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  6. All that greenery, one would never guess one's in the heart of the city! First time seeing that rainy coffee - I would want to order just to see how it works out. :D

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    1. Suituapui: yeah, this is not too far from the bukit nanas forest reserve, though it's not as sizeable as the reserve :) ya, i couldn't resist trying the rainy day coffee ... especially since it's raining everyday now! it's a cute order :)

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  7. This café is like one with nature....very relaxing! And that candy cloud....I would assume you don't need any sugar in your coffee then! ;D

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    1. Contact.ewew: ya, it was quite a soothing afternoon! :) heh, i usually skip the sugar for coffee! :)

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  8. Awesome place! How do I contact them though... they are not listed anywhere :(

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    1. Belinda: unfortunately i only have this email address for them - tellus@lepaqlepaq.com ... good luck!

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  9. This place is dissapointing. Went there for a late lunch today but the whole cafe is in chaos. My gosh! It's not even peak hours! A lot of customers complaint for their late servings. Some even left without eating. Their service is seriously terrible. Cakes should serve immediately but mine came after 20mins. Main course came after an hour or so and came out COLD! Seriously!? And the eggs benedict looks really pathetic! Pretty low quality food. My bill came only after the third time asking the waiter. This team of people seriously need Chef Gordon Ramsey's boot camp or something. Sorry to say but really not worth wasting time and money here! I do hope the management and staff can do a better job than this.

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  10. the food is really disappointing

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  11. Nasi Lemak cheesecake, rainbow ice cream and rainy day hot chocolate are good ideas! The ambience is great but the food really not up to standard ...we tried salmon sandwich (the salmon not fresh...a bit fishy)...chicken sausage taste so so and the Lamp chop taste flat. We love your place but please improve the food standard, thanks

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  12. Lousy and slow service. Ordered for half an hour then the waiter comes and tell us kitchen close at 1PM and that our order did not make it. And then, tada, it's served on the table.

    By 1PM, no more rainy day coffee or rainy day chocolate. The waiter is not attentive enough.
    We waited at the table without knowing what has ordered and what is not.

    The plate that they served my Nasi Lemak cheesecake still have water drops all over the plate, and I can even wipe it with the tissue.

    Total disaster, would suggest not to come here on public holidays or weekend.

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  13. Is the any parking available?

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  14. I was really disappointed with this cafe. First of all, I was shocked that the only option for parking is to pay RM6 for valet parking, no wonder there is an indian guy help me out when I was going to park my car. I was thinking the service is really good and they hired someone to help the customers with their parking until they asked RM6 from me.
    Secondly, the portion of the foods are small and the prices are really expensive! When I was reading the menu, I was shocked with the price but I thought the food would worth the price. But sadly, I feel so disappointing after I saw and tasted the food. It's not as tasty as I expected. I ordered Grilled Chicken Chop and my friend ordered BBQ Chicken Sausage. Other than that, we ordered a slice of Nasi Lemak Cheese Cake, a mushroom soup, a small bottle of milk and a rainy day chocolate and these cost us RM120 for 2 person! My jaw dropped when I saw the bill. It's too expensive and there is definitely no next time for me to go there again.
    Forget about the price and foods, but I think there's no point for them to ask RM6 from customers for the parking. I hope that person incharge could take note of this.

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  15. Have yet to try. But any place that serves Nasi Lemak Cheesecake is a no-no in my list. Even though the taste is out of the world, but innovation has it's limits. Want to be different, start serving real New York Cheesecake that's not dry or Breakfast from other parts of the world besides UK, Australia and US; too many same things and too many overpriced pretentious "innovations" in town already. Now that would be somewhere worth visiting.

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  16. Have yet to try. But any place that serves Nasi Lemak Cheesecake is a no-no in my list. Even though the taste is out of the world, but innovation has it's limits. Want to be different, start serving real New York Cheesecake that's not dry or Breakfast from other parts of the world besides UK, Australia and US; too many same things and too many overpriced pretentious "innovations" in town already. Now that would be somewhere worth visiting.

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