Friday, January 1, 2016

Salt & Charcoal, Ginger & Flowers, Witty & Oaky

A restaurant specialising in Italian & Japanese cooking - specifically, wood-fired pizza & yakiniku-style meat - Salt x Charcoal showcased a singular but short-lived concept. We visited in early 2015, trying out an interesting pizza topped with bacon, potatoes & mayo, as well as DIY grilled pork neck, shoulder & tongue, plus several snacks like salt-&-pepper calamari & chicken, but within a matter of months, the outlet was permanently shut. Salt x Charcoal was on Bangkung Row in Bangsar.

Another now-closed casualty of 2015, Ginger & Flowers in Petaling Jaya's Section 16 neighbourhood was a cross between a cafe & a boutique, with a playful imagination that buoyed its cooking, infusing Japanese flourishes like mentaiko to spread on slices of baguette & onsen tamago to partner with pancakes. We wish this place could have remained in fashion a little longer.

Witty & Oaky (named for its two friendly founders' nicknames) was a charming cafe in Kuchai Lama, with welcoming & humorous personal touches throughout its thoughtfully decorated space ((loved the big teddy bear). The cakes & coffee were pleasant too; we hope Witty & Oaky's owners have moved on to greener pastures.


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10 comments:

  1. Nice atmosphere, presentations are simple and appealing!

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    1. Linda: i'm glad you like all those aspects :)

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  2. Love that bamboo greenery - kind of therapeutically soothing. Oooooo....wanna hug that bear!!! I can't sit on the floor though - will need a forklift to get me back on my feet again. :D Wahhhhh!!! So easy to get a boyfriend kah? I like No. 4 - make sure the coffee is boiling hot! LOL!!!

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    1. Suituapui: i wonder how many customers did hug that bear, heh :D and yeah, that 'boyfriend' guideline on the table was quite cute hor :D

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  3. At least one remains in business :) as I'm a cafe hunter... I'll make it a point to go to Witty & Oaky soon, hoping that they are still opened in 2016

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    1. Leo: ooo, unfortunately all three of these outlets have closed, including Witty & Oaky!

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    1. Baby Sumo: and to you and your family, Yen! :)

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  5. What a shame these spots have closed. Looks like they had some quirky attractiveness. Happy New Year Sean!

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    1. The Yum List: yeah, i did like each of these places, but by the time i was ready to write about them, i learned they had closed, sadly. but here's to a better 2016 for us all ... happy new year, Monica! :)

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