Sunday, 14 May 2017

Out & About: Cosans Coffee, Sunway Pyramid

We found ourselves with a bit of time to while away in Sunway Pyramid shopping mall. As is common on weekends, the mall was full of shoppers and the post lunch crowd. Mom did some bit of shopping and after a while we got into a peckish mood. We found a relatively vacant cafe called Cosans Coffee and plonked our rears into some seats (relief for bad achey backs).

I liked the decor, dark browns, woods and earthy tones matched with blacks. Felt masculine and more muted than say Starbucks or CBTL. The seeming toned down ambiance appealed much to my older sensibilities.

The menu was for the most part, typical of coffee cafes, drinks based on coffee and teas with a selection of foods that go well with both. I was for the most part quite unimpressed about the place, but the aroma of the coffee wafting from the coffee machine decided it for me. Waited in line and was quickly attended to by the boyish gaggle of Baristas there. They were fun, making good recommendations and actively courted for favourable response from the customers. I did notice that they spoke good Manglish (not Mangled English, but Malaysian English, interspersing BM words into their English) further making them feel open and friendly and peculiarly disarming.

We ordered a few drinks, and 3 slices of cake (peckish or plain kebulur?). I order my customary Americano On The Rocks (Espresso poured over ice) and Sis had a Coffee Frap. The cakes were Almond Cream Sponge , Mississippi Mud and Chocolate Hazelnut Slice. Quite different cakes but with a central note of chocolate and nuts carrying through.

The skies opened and Angels sang when I took my first sip of my American OTR. The now cool brown & black liquor was very deep, smooth and carried with it an extremely long finish of dark chocolate. The drink elicited a wonderful chewing response that somehow further amped the chocolaty undertones. Glorious it was. Sis' drink like wise too had this deep finish, that sat atop the thick and creamy mix of the blended drink. It had been a long while since I had such coffee with a Strong individual character such as this, being accustomed to Starbucks (Medium Roasted beans mostly) levels of Espresso based drinks.

We enquired as to what kind of beans they used and the Baristas stated that theirs were a blend of Arabica beans from the Indonesian continent. On the mouth feel and aromas, I imagine it would be a mix of Arabica and Robusta beans (get off your snooty Arabica high horse and try other beans Razee!). Such a good character of coffee to use as their house blend. In the end, I ordered another large American OTR before we left. It was that fucking good!

The total bill came up to almost RM 100, including the small tip we left for the Boys. Money well spent.
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Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Out & About: Dinner w Glenn & The Guys @ Frisson Coffee Bar

Glenn, our old time secondary school mate was back in Malaysia for a spell and wanted to hang around and do dinner. Avian, our very own Mr Glue quickly set up a get-together at Frisson Coffee Bar in Damansara Uptown.

The place had been in operation for several years already as it were yet none of us had tried the place. Thus yesterday evening we all met for din din (emphasis on making a Din, we were raucous!).

The conversation just flowed and it was amazing to be able to just immediately pick up where we left off, as if we didn't have the years of growing between any of us.

Avian, Glenn, Ali, Azlan, David and Me.
Glenn's Beef Striploin in Herby Pasta
David's Grilled Salmon w Vegetable Bolognaise
Azlan's Mac N Cheese, topped with Breaded Chicken & Salted Egg
Avian's Breaded Chicken on Pasta Alfredo (could be Carbonara)
Mine - Glazed Donut Beef Burger w Beef Bacon, Egg n Cheese and a Side Salad
Like a good book, one can always come back to it, familiar yet find something new every time.

Out & About: Late Lunch at Sushi Tei, Tropicana City Mall, PJ.

Mom had the desire to buy some fabric for her latest curtain project for the Kajang house. So we drove down into the hell that is Jakel in Shah Alam where I later spent over an hour driving around looking for a parking lot. Tiresome hour later, Mom finally emerged from the hell mouth, victorious in subduing many meters of dangerous fabric.

Then we drove back to Sg Buloh to pick up a few things at home before driving back out for Lunch. I decided that it was to be Japanese food and selected Sushi Tei in Tropicana City Mall. And Yes, just that day alone I drove over 120kms!

Thank heavens by the time we reached the restaurant at 3.30pm, the Lunch service crowd had totally dissipated. This allowed us most expedient service, perfect for our already hangry selves.

I proceeded to order a bunch of items off the menu to start (usual suspects of cold marinated baby octopus, cold green seaweed and crispy baby crabs while we sipped on cool cups of iced green tea.

Then it was on to more serious stuff - Crisp Spider Maki, lightly torched Mentai Mayo & Crab Roll, Sweet Daikon Maki, Crisp Salmon Skin

Mom then also asked for her favourite 'Pregnant Fish' - Grilled Shishamo, to round off the order, a Sushi Tei Salad w Salmon Skin (hey, we need the greens to balance out all the ther stuff right?), while I ordered another specialty roll of theirs - Deep Fried Tuna Mayo in Seaweed Roll.

The last 3 items perfectly sated us for the day where we skipped dinner altogether. The lunch at Sushi Tei came up to just shy of RM 125, which is a bit more when compared against Sakae Sushi or Sushi King. However, it was a good lunch as the quality of the food and the speed of service certainly is above the latter.