Eat Drink KL: Ecole P @ Damansara Uptown

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Ecole P @ Damansara Uptown

One of December's most delightful discoveries, this Damansara Utama cafe shoots straight to the top of the class with a back-to-school vibe that's colorfully charming & whimsically evocative.

The owners of Ecole P have done their homework, flooding this space with detail-crammed chalkboards, tables & stools that might remind many Malaysians of their primary school years.

Ecole P marks a collaboration by Steven Heng & Ilrene Tee, both alumni of Taylor's University's hospitality courses who've sought to create a cafe where the carefree innocence & imagination of childhood spring stirringly back to life.

The counter here is chock-full of snacks, sweets & assorted junk food, equipped exactly like the best school cafeteria, while the shelves are well-stocked with writing utensils, revision booklets & even tiny trophies (highest achievement in mathematics?).

A salad comes served with savory-sugary haw flakes, plus a Spongebob backpack & a case that opens to reveal cutlery instead of color pencils.

Ecole P's soft-launch menu remains limited, but top marks must be handed to the fried rice with salted egg yolk crumble, green peas & deliciously juicy chicken chop. Prices are fair; the salad & rice constitute a set lunch that costs RM18.80 nett.

Love the presentation for the beverages; this peanut butter smoothie, mixed with ice cream & tiramisu lady fingers for a textural grit, proves worth its many calories.

Penang's Lighthouse Coffee forms the foundation for Ecole P's lattes.

Our report card for Ecole P ('Ecole' is French for school; the 'P' stands for primary): A distinctive effort with thoughtfully prepared food. Keep up the very nice work.

Ecole P
First Floor, 19, Jalan SS21/37, Damansara Utama, Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Open 11am-10pm, except Thursdays. Tel: 03-7732-9711

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