Thursday, December 24, 2015

Flaming Melt, Coffee O'Clock, Courtyard Cafe, Houze Coffee & No 11 @ Kota Damansara

Bidding farewell to four cafes that have ceased operations in crowded Kota Damansara before we managed to write about them: First up, Flaming Melt was an American diner-style joint that specialised in distinctive grilled cheese sandwiches, both savoury & sweet. We munched on fun combos like BBQ pulled chicken with mac-&-cheese, apple with anchovies & sriracha sauce (!), veggies with house-made pesto sauce, arugula & mozzarella cheese, & s'mores-inspired marshmallows with Nutella & strawberry compote, each capably executed, with solid flavours & satisfactory textures. Flaming Melt was gone too soon, but thankfully, its inventive founders have remained in F&B, resiliently launching the KotakLunch meals delivery service.

Time has also run out for Coffee O'Clock, whose customers nibbled on the signature Mouse Trap (an NZ-inspired open sandwich loaded with melted cheese) & sipped coffee in a setting where nearly everything on the wall seemed to be ticking.

Courtyard Cafe was a casual, fuss-free spot for inexpensive brunches of eggs with sourdough bread (RM5.90), linguine with grilled chicken & kitchen-made pesto sauce (RM13.90) & Nestum-cloaked crunchy French toast with maple syrup (RM5.90).

Houze Coffee welcomed visitors with the likes of Eggs Atlantic & chai lattes - its fans can take heart though, since the cafe's founders recently opened another cafe called The Shotlist in Sri Petaling, which is fast becoming another hub for coffee bars.

Still, it's not all doom in Kota Damansara & its surrounding neighbourhoods; our visit here was way back in its early weeks, but EspressoLab's "No. 11" factory-lot address in Sunway Damansara should still be a place for pasta & pool, coffee & craft beer.

Flaming Melt, Coffee O' Clock, Courtyard, Houze Coffee & No 11 Espressolab at Kota Damansara & Sunway Damansara

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12 comments:

  1. Good grief! So many at one go!!! I think I've been to espressolab at Gardens/Mid Valley before. Really spoilt for choice, you all there - so many to pick from.

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    1. Sean: heh, yeah, sometimes it does feel like we have a bit too many places to choose from over here! :)

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  2. I wonder if the owners ever did thorough research lol. Location, price, marketing, menu etc.

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    1. Rebecca: so many factors to consider, yeah ... and even then, the risks are astronomical ...

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  3. Lovely place, the dishes look so good and I love all the clocks!!! :)

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    1. Linda: i wonder what happened to those clocks ... my favourite might be the finding nemo clock!

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  4. I wonder how many places did close this year in KL? There were certainly a lot of new openings and I do wonder how they can all survive.

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    1. The Yum List: the number of openings still exceeded the number of closings, i think, but there were still dozens of closings that i know of, and many more closings that i probably don't know of ...

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  5. Merry Christmas Mr. Rabbit!
    F&B really not easy. We will only open a cafe when we strike toto, just doing it for fun type, hehehe.

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    1. CK: heheh, merry christmas to you too, mr devil! hope it's a happy day for you :) yeah, i would not be brave enough to open a cafe also. if i opened a cafe, i think mine would close in less than a year, and i'd be very tired during that year :)

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  6. There is a new Espresso Lab at my area, hopefully they serve food so I can have some while hubby get his caffeine fix :P

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    1. Choi Yen: hope you enjoy the new branch! they are almost everywhere now, heh :D

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