Sunday, March 6, 2016

Four Corners Coffee @ Semenyih & Ma-Ni Thai Cuisine @ Hulu Selangor

If the city's caffeine hangouts seem too clogged with crowds, consider driving out to Semenyih, where Four Corners Coffee recently opened in the Univillage student residential complex near the University of Nottingham. Owned by the folks behind KL's popular Brewmen & Bean Reserve cafes, this is a leafy, sunny sanctuary of calm where visitors can pause to ponder over a perfectly enjoyable Oreo waffle (RM10) & Chai hot chocolate (RM12).

Four Corners Coffee
UG 005 A, Univillage Club House, Jalan Univillage, Semenyih, Selangor. An hour's drive out of KL.
Open Mon-Sat, 10am-930pm

Green trees, green curry: We're happy to flee the city for nature's open-air embrace at Ma-Ni Cuisine, where feasts of Thai fare unfurl at a laid-back pace, punctuated with wild insect sounds & sightings amid Hulu Selangor's lushly forested, wood-accented backdrop.

Ma-Ni's menu is eggs-tensive; yolk-adoring customers might want to commence with a triple-whammy of salted eggs with spicy ferns & shrimp (RM20), century eggs with minced chicken & crispy Thai basil (RM24) & crispy deep-fried battered omelette with a chilli, garlic & ginger sauce (RM18). Not what the doctor or dietician ordered, but some dishes are irresistible.

Rich, robust flavours emerge for both the hor mok (RM30; the seductive Southeast Asian seafood souffle) & the beef massaman curry (RM28; creamy & fragrant). Extra tip: Wine won't be spotted on the official menu, but ask & you may receive.

Ma-Ni Thai Cuisine
26, Bt 3/4 Jalan Changkat Asa, Hulu Bernam, Hulu Selangor. A bit more than an hour's drive out of KL.
Open Tues-Fri, 6pm-11pm; Sat-Sun, 12pm-11pm
Tel: 605-4590142 or 6017-3335142 or 6012-3736820 (not all these numbers are consistently answered)

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16 comments:

  1. A great place for students to have a cuppa and chill amidst lush greenery. And I'd like an order of that greasy, crispy, deep fried omelette that the doc didn't order! :D

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    1. Contact.ewew: yeah, i hope nottingham's students are pleased with four corners! :D heheh, when we saw all those egg dishes at ma-ni, we couldn't help ourselves and had to order one of each :D

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  2. This looks a little to far to drive for dinner or lunch, perhaps weekends would be more apt. I do like the century egg dish though and the ambience seems nice.

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    1. Huai Bin: yeah, we actually visited both these places on separate weekends. the drives were relatively pleasant :) both had nice ambiances ... a nice change from being cooped up in the city, ya :D

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  3. The cafe looks nice and cozy. A lot of green and natural light, I like! Just a bit too far for us, hehe.

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    1. CK: heheh, ya, luckily my friend drove, so i didn't have to. i think you'd be able to get some good photos at the cafe :)

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  4. Century egg kerabu? I love kerabu and I love century egg. Hmmm...gotta try making my own one of these days.

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    1. Suituapui: i bet you'd be able to create quite a delectacble combination! :D

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  5. Pretty green views are a drawcard for me every time!

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    1. The Yum List: they definitely help make the places appealing :D

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  6. Looks like a great place to take an afternoon nap

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    1. KY: haha, i'm not sure a siesta is what the outlet founders had in mind ;)

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  7. Looks like a relaxing place...

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    1. Shane: yep, especially since there aren't crowds hanging around ;)

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  8. The Thai place looks nice... like the look of the food you ordered there esp the century egg and curries.

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    1. Baby Sumo: yeah, solid marks for both the ambiance and the food at ma-ni ... a different sort of place for thai food ;)

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