Thursday, April 14, 2016

Koncent Malaysia @ SunwayMas Petaling Jaya

Dachshund-shaped earplugs, memo papers that look like translucent leaves, & tea spoons made with moisture-absorbing diatomaceous earth: Koncent is a trove of cool concepts - this is the first Malaysian offshoot of a Tokyo-origin homeware store, offering mainly Japanese-designed accessories that juggle beautiful aesthetics with funky playfulness & elegant practicality.

Explore the shelves, then take a table at the back - Koncent Malaysia's friendly show-runners Mike Saw & Patrick Chin (who operate the Pride Studio interior design firm in an office upstairs & The Jekyll & Hyde Project lifestyle boutique in Bangsar Shopping Centre) have thoughtfully created a library for folks to enjoy a break over imagination-inspiring books & magazines.

Cakes here come from Hartamas' Tray Cafe; the carrot cake is so ravishingly constructed, there's a clear risk that people lacking in fortitude will wolf down several bites before a single photograph can be snapped. Coffee & green tea are served with pecan-filled praline pieces sourced from Japan's Chiba prefecture. But while Koncent Malaysia won't vie to be a full-blown cafe, it plans to embark on collaborations soon that will comprise food purveyors (cooking instructor Sapna Anand is confirmed for next month) as well as other creative crackerjacks who can help make this space a hive for events & showcases.

Koncent Malaysia
30-1, Jalan PJU 1/3D, SunwayMas Commercial Centre, Petaling Jaya, Selangor. Mon-Fri, 11am-10pm; Sat-Sun, 11am-7pm. Tel: 03-7886-9340

The Eat Drink KL mobile app is now available, connecting restaurants & customers to promote a positive spirit of community.
Every restaurant on this app rewards users with a 6 percent discount, instantly & conveniently, everyday, all day long. 
In return, users share photos of their experiences at these eateries, creating a new community of restaurant lovers.
For every transaction, at least RM0.10 will be channelled to a charity of the month.

Stay up to date: The Eat Drink KL newsletter is sent by email to subscribers every Monday; it's the Klang Valley's foremost weekly round-up of new restaurant openings, F&B promotions & other tasty tidbits.
Subscribe to Eat Drink KL Weekly for free via this following link: 
Note to subscribers on Gmail: The newsletter may be in the Promotions folder of your inbox.

Check out the latest edition of Eat Drink KL: 100 Favourites, with 100 recommended restaurants for Jan-Mar 2016. This eBook is available to read or download at this link: http://issuu.com/eatdrinkkl/docs/ebook

Buckle your seatbelts: Eat Drink KL is partnering with Uber to take restaurant lovers on new adventures across KL & Selangor!
If you haven't used Uber yet, it's time to begin! For new users, just follow the steps below to redeem free rides:
1. Download the Uber app from the App Store, Play Store or Windows Store - and register your Uber account.
2. Apply the code EATDRINKKL as your first promotional code & you'll receive 2 Free Rides worth RM30 each.
3. Request a ride through the app and ride for free to any destination (with two ride values of up to RM30 each).
Check out EAT DRINK, a new F&B website jointly run by The Expat Group (TEG) & Eat Drink KL. This website features all of our up-to-date reviews, plus exclusive weekly articles & a searchable database on restaurants in KL & Selangor: EatDrink.my

12 comments:

  1. For a place with that name, I was expecting it to look more like a karaoke.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. KY: according to the koncent parent website, the word 'literally means power point or metaphorically a source of energy' - which does kinda describe karaoke, haha :D

      Delete
  2. I was there on opening day, but mostly to look at the stuff than to eat or drink anything.
    There was an opening promo on the merchandise that time.

    And a Murni Discovery down the road (haha).

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. SC: i noticed a roast duck place nearby, i think, heh :D i had to mentally stop myself from shopping here, but it was tempting to buy a couple of souvenirs ;)

      Delete
  3. That's nice. I love these Japanese shops - they do have some very nice and interesting stuff. They don't come cheap though. :(

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Suituapui: that's true - i'm glad they don't frown on browsing without buying anything here. there's quite an array of diverse and distinctive goods for purchase ;)

      Delete
  4. There are a lot of these hybrids shops around nowadays - knick knacks and cafe, furniture and cafe, (something) and cafe. I wonder what the rationale behind it is. Do they really turn a huge enough profit from the cafe to justify it? I guess they do since there are so many out there. Brings in a crowd too.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Huai Bin: i think in Koncent Malaysia's case, it's actually in line with Koncent in Tokyo and Koncent in Melbourne, which also have coffee bars in their outlets. i'm assuming the revenue mainly comes from the products, but it's nice to have a small space in the shop for visitors to spend more time in this cool place and also get to know the store owners a bit better ;)

      Delete
  5. Hmm I saw some nice bowls, and I need some for the weekend kitchen...Hehehe

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. CK: heheh, ya, can go and explore the store - it's perfect for someone like you who loves japan ... you can pick up postcards and other things too :)

      Delete
  6. Guess it's a bittttt different from other cafes in that sense but yea, the question of biz sustainability does pop up :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Rebecca: ya, I don't think the founders have the intention to turn the cafe section into the revenue driver though. The emphasis is definitely on the store and the merchandise ... The cafe bit is just a nice space to add on :)

      Delete