Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Summer at 17°C Cafe @ Connaught Avenue, Cheras

Summer at 17°C is as cheery & charming as it name suggests; springing up in Cheras' Connaught Avenue, this is a bright suburban cafe that boasts a cool vibe & smart, fun ideas on how to entice & engage customers. No winter of discontent here.

The cafe's team, with a kitchen led by chefs Brandon & Ming, has come up with a creative selection that strives to exuberantly showcase something for every palate. For balanced, hearty meals that pair poultry with baked pastries, potato wedges & salads, check out Mr Quacker, loaded with savoury slices of smoked duck well complemented by a fruit-&-nut dressing (RM19), or the Summer Asian Chick, which features a satisfyingly succulent chicken chop in an Oriental sweet-sour sauce (RM19; this would work better though without the unnecessary cheese). Thumbs up for Summer's very reasonable prices.

Pastas are also worthwhile here - we sampled two Asian-inflected seafood spaghettis, both of which proved encouragingly tasty. Pan-fried prawns come soaked in a salted egg yolk sauce that's rich & flavoursome (RM18; we happily devoured every bite of this addictive preparation), while the squid surfaces with kam heong paste in a sufficiently competent recipe (RM17).

 For folks seeking full-fledged restaurant fare, there are some dishes of solid ambition. We'll endorse the beef stew, with plenty of tender, robust-tasting chunks of meat rounded out with creamy mashed potatoes & fresh mixed veggies (RM19). But the pan-seared dory fish with baked portobello & salsa, surrounded by a moat of pumpkin sauce, requires further tweaking, since the flavours fall short of successfully complementing each other (RM22).

Desserts are a highlight for youthful patrons & the young-at-heart: Top temptations comprise Hong Kong-inspired egg waffles with various Asian twists. The waffles emerge warm & dense, crowned with possibilities galore, such as aromatic matcha ice cream, red bean paste & white chocolate flakes (RM18; a mellow medley that'll suit fans of Japanese dessert nuances) or luscious gula melaka ice cream, almonds & coconut flakes (RM18; we prefer this combo for its punchier tropical dynamics).

Beverages also preserve a sense of playful themes; the cafe takes pride in refreshingly chilled sweet drinks like the Cooling Breeze Soda (RM12; apple, cucumber & lemon juice), Summer Lilikoi Tea (RM11; passion fruit, lime, mixed tea) & Go Bananas (RM12; essentially a textured, banana-laced ice latte). Coffee & hot chocolate are available too, most notably a floral concoction that seems certain to captivate the camera. Many thanks to the Summer at 17°C team for warmly having us here.

Summer at 17°C Cafe
A-G-1, Connaught Avenue, Jalan 9, Taman Bukit Cheras (Opposite Econsave Len Sen), Kuala Lumpur.
Tues-Sun, 11am-7pm. Tel: 03-9107-9797

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  1. Is it that cold there? I sure would love that! My house, aircon on full swing, set at its lowest, 16. Hehehehehe!!!! That croissant sandwich looks like just the thing for me. Beef stew and mashed potatoes, now I would love that too. Looks real good.

    1. Suituapui: heh, i usually set mine at between 20 and 25 ;) yep, the presentation for the dishes here are pretty appealing! :)

  2. What a bright cheery place with comfort food at reasonable prices. I may adore bananas but I'm not going to go bananas over Go Bananas, as a banana-flavoured latte needs some getting used to...hehe! :D

    1. Contact.ewew: heheh, i think the unmistakable sweetness of bananas actually goes quite well with coffee! :D

  3. The food you featured this time really suit my taste bud, so tempting to try!

    1. Choi Yen: hopefully you'll enjoy your experience here if you decide to visit! :)

  4. Very bright and airy looking place. They are generous with the smoked duck in that sandwich. I agree, the chicken chop doesn't need cheese.

    1. Phong Hong: ya, portions here seem quite worthwhile for the price. and yeah, the chicken would be satisfactory enough without the cheese ;)

  5. I do appreciate a few edible flowers to enhance decoration.

    1. The Yum List: yep, a splash of vibrant colours ;)