Cafés are in almost every corner of KL and some may find the abundance of choice a little overwhelming. If you’re on the hunt for a new weekend hangout spot, you can swing by these new hotspots that have been making waves in the foodie scene.
Located right next to MAHSA University, there is no doubt that Pokok KL is one of the most photogenic cafes in KL, thanks to its glasshouse design. With ample natural light and lush greenery, dining indoors or al fresco under the trees is a pleasurable affair.
Apart from a good selection of baked goods at the counter, the kitchen also serves brunch favourites like eggs benedict, breakfast sets and pasta. To satisfy your Malaysian appetite, go for the classic nasi lemak served with spicy chicken fried to perfection.
WHERE MAHSA Avenue, Block B, Jalan Elmu, Off Jalan Universiti, Kuala Lumpur
WHEN 9am-9pm (daily)
TEL 010 881 9680
Lisette’s Café & Bakery
Located at the former Dr.Inc, Lisette’s was established following the rebranding of its predecessor. Furnished with an in-house bakery, this new member of The Social Group’s eateries is tucked away on a quiet street in Bangsar and churns out fresh batches of baked loaves and pastries daily.
Standing out on Lisette’s menu is the organic black rice nasi lemak with generous servings of chicken curry and prawn sambal. What makes Lisette’s even more special is its affordable Sunday brunch and vegetarian-friendly buffet available twice a week.
Lisette’s Café & Bakery
WHERE 8, Jalan Kemuja, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur
WHEN 8am-6pm (daily)
TEL 03 2201 7772
It was a Thursday when the owner of Thurs2.0 won her first coffee championship in Japan, which led to the birth of this café’s name. While you’re here, you can find comfort in its minimal ambience essentially made up of black furniture and grey walls.
If a cheeky pick-me-up is what you need, creatively named alcoholic coffees and beverages offered here will take your fancy. To go with your cuppa, have a slice of the café’s best-selling earl grey custard bubble milk tea cake or classic cheese cake.
WHERE 270, Jalan Cheras, Taman Miharja, Cheras, Kuala Lumpur
WHEN 11am-11pm (daily)
Pronounced as ‘ka-ray’, Cureé is where you’ll want to head for a Japanese curry fix. The café’s unpretentious entrance will lead you to a cosy and tranquil dining area where you can forget about the hustle and bustle of the city.
The menu is centred on its signature Hokkaido-style soup curry slow-cooked with 11 different spices to achieve depth in flavour, which is best tasted with a bowl of rice. On each plate are vegetables and a serving of chicken, prawn tempura, avocado or Japanese fermented soy beans, also known as nattō .
WHERE 38, Jalan 1/77A, Changkat Thambi Dollah, Off Jalan Imbi, Kuala Lumpur
WHEN 7.30am-3pm, 6pm-12am (Thur-Tue)
TEL 011 2020 9080
One may not associate cafés with ice-cream, but Frozen’s unique variety of sweet treats inspired by Australian techniques makes it well worth a visit. Frozen opened its second outlet in Paradigm Mall early this year, following the overwhelming success of its first outlet in Bangsar.
Spoil yourself with more than 30 options of ice-cream that incorporate Malaysian flavours inspired by local fruits, beverages and pastries. Aside from hand-scooped ice-cream, limited amounts of handcrafted desserts are also produced daily from the kitchen which are free from preservatives and artificial colouring.
WHERE Lot K01, Level UG, Paradigm Mall, Petaling Jaya, Selangor
WHEN 10am-10pm (daily)
TEL 03 2856 8289