Monday, February 29, 2016

Koru Cafe @ Empire Damansara

It makes sense that after spending five years in Christchurch, Malaysian-born Alison chose to open a New Zealand-themed restaurant after she returned home. Koru Cafe (the name refers to a spiral-shaped symbol in Maori art) offers a tranquil escape from the rest of Empire Damansara, with a soothingly understated decor that features a few witty nods to the Kiwis.

Alison says the food's meant to represent what an NZ cafe might offer - her recommendations from the savouries display include chicken white wine pies, pastries stuffed with house-made sausage meat, & paninis packed with grilled pork bacon, eggs & hollandaise sauce. Sweets include mint slices, lamingtons, custard squares & pinwheel scones. We only had space for a snack, but we enjoyed the Hokey Pokey honeycomb toffee ice cream (RM5) & Anzac rolled-oat biscuit (RM4), as well as a Latte Bowl (RM15; a huge cup of coffee, with four shots of espresso!) & signature beverages like the Stupendous Kiwi (RM15; muddled kiwi fruit with mint leaves over ice) & Lemon Lime Bitters (RM15; lemon, lime & Angostura bitters).

Koru Cafe
125, First Floor, Empire Damansara, Damansara Perdana, Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Open Mon-Wed, 8am-7pm, Fri-Sun, 9am-8pm. Tel: 03-7732-6068

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16 comments:

  1. Awwwwwwwww!!!! The kiwi on a penny farthing...and the baby sheep!!! Gee!!! I so miss New Zealand! Not a fan of lamingtons but I sure would want to try those pies. Beg, steal or borrow, gotta get somebody to take me here!!!

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    1. Suituapui: heheh, no need to beg, steal or borrow ... just ask! :D yeah, there are quite a few cute flourishes here :)

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  2. If there's a word to describe this place, it would be "cozy".

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    1. Ken: that's an accurate description, i'd agree :)

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  3. Memories of my adventures in NZ are floating - just by looking at the pictures. I see a lot of familiar Kiwi dishes there. =)

    Only problem would be dragging someone to bring me there.

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    1. Ciana: yeah, alison says she's trying to bring the flavours of a kiwi cafe here ... it's an interesting change from the australian-inspired outlets ;)

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  4. We visited Koru few months ago, such a cozy and lovely cafe.

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    1. CK: glad you enjoyed your Koru experience too! :D

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  5. Those kiwis love to claim Aussie food as their own. ;-) Still... looks like lots of yummy reasons to visit.

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    1. The Yum List: haha, yeah, those darn kiwis :D yep, i liked the look of the food here :)

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  6. Nice ambiance and the desserts look good too.

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    1. Baby Sumo: yeah, they've got a feel-good factor with both the ambiance and the menu ;)

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  7. Came here as soon as I learned about this cafe - I used to study in New Zealand for two years and therefore it will revoke a lot of memories of yesteryears. Back for 16 years already, I guess it's time for me to plan another trip back to NZ. Nice coffee and food by the way Sean :)

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    1. Leo: it'll be interesting to return after 16 years and see what has changed and what has stayed the same, yeah. especially since you've changed since then too! :) glad you liked the offerings at koru ;D

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  8. I can spend my whole afternoon day dreaming on that comfy sofa, hehe ^__^

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    1. Choi Yen: heheh, that sounds like a very pleasant afternoon indeed! :)

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