Sunday, November 22, 2015

M-Ti-Cup Studio @ Centrio Pantai Hillpark, Bangsar South

A Taiwanese-inspired cross between a private kitchen & a coffee bar? Malaysian couple Damien Chong & River Ho have created a singular space in a SoHo suite in Bangsar South, open four afternoons a week - it's a calm, intimate hideout where the welcoming husband-&-wife team can genuinely interact with guests, serving a compact selection of home-cooked fare & freshly brewed beverages made with Taiwanese-roasted blends. Chill out indoors while Blossom Dearie's jazzy voice wafts out of the speakers, or grab one of M-Ti-Cup's books on Van Gogh to browse outside on the sunny sixth-floor balcony.

Damien & River prepare only a couple of hot dishes per day, which may include a wrap with chicken, egg & buttered mushrooms, or pesto pasta with thyme-grilled chicken breast (the food averages out at about RM20 a portion), cooked in the tiny kitchen with heart & care, resulting in a satisfactory lunch. Finish up with creamy-soft tiramisu, tinged with rum & kahlua.

Coffee is thoughtfully crafted too, from the mellow Sumatra Gayo ice drip coffee to the smooth Ethiopian Yirgacheffe pour-over. Housekeeping notes: M-Ti-Cup can comfortably seat fewer that two dozen people, so call in advance to make a booking.

M-Ti-Cup Studio
A-6-3A, Block A, Centrio Pantai Hillpark, Bangsar South, Kuala Lumpur. Tel: 03-27421947
Open Thurs-Sun, 12pm-6pm. Register at Block B lobby security first. Closed for one day on Nov. 22, 2015. 


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18 comments:

  1. Good grief! There are so many of these over there, must be really a struggle to survive. Would need to be extra special, a head above the rest.

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    1. Suituapui: m-ti-cup's uniqueness lies in how it's located inside a residential-style apartment and not an actual retail shop-lot :)

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    1. Linda: it was a comfy two hours spent here! :)

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  3. So they turn a SoHo unit into a coffee place? Cool :) but Pantai Hillpark is a bit offbeat from my usual places. Remember going there once when my wife was staying in this area though

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    1. Leo: this was my first time visiting Centrio/Pantai Hillpark ... but luckily it was quite easy to go through security and get to the coffee place :)

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  4. I am back! Hehehe.
    Nice place, the food looks good too, and they serve pour over coffee! :D

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    1. CK: yay! at last! feels like berbulan-bulan already, heheh :D ya, the coffee here is really good! :)

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  5. That menu looks refreshing. Seems there a quite a few places worth checking out in this area.

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    1. The Yum List: yup, it's worth exploring Bangsar South, definitely :)

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  6. I'd love to have my breakfast at the balcony! But it shall be early morning, it seems a little sunny there

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    1. Ken: oh yeah, we retreated into the air-conditioning indoors - it was about 12pm-2pm when we were here :)

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  7. Nice pun of 'Empty Cup'...do we really need to make a reservation for a visit? =)

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    1. Ulric: i think it's safest to call them in advance ... cos since they're quite informal and ad hoc, they're sometimes not open if they're attending an event or if they're away ... they recently were closed for a week cos they went to taiwan ... but otherwise, they'll still happily welcome you in without a reservation :)

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  8. I love those plates!
    Sorry wrong focus, haha!

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    1. Choi Yen: it's the right focus - i also like those plates! :D

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