The Good Batch — Damansara Uptown, Petaling Jaya

I am a huge fan of brunch places. I love the ambience, the sizzling sounds from the kitchen, the chatters from the people around me, and the heavenly smell of the freshly brewed coffee.

If you go to Damansara Uptown often, you’ll notice that some certain areas are always packed with cars up front. Take The Good Batch for instance, this cafe never runs out of guests, they’re even willing to be on the waiting list for a taste of their yummy brunch and coffee!

I once walked in front of The Good Batch with my hubby, we stopped and glanced at their oh-so-simple looking menu. Just a few seconds after, a friendly waitress at The Good Batch quickly went out of the shop and greeted us warmly. How amusing! I believe The Good Batch has won a lot of hearts because they even pay attention to such sweet little things. They have won ours immediately!

Sometimes, people don’t just look for delicious or affordable food when they walk into a restaurant but I believe there are more reasons that draw them in and make them stay. For me, a nice and warm staff is one of the major reasons to keep coming back to a restaurant.

Okay, enough with the chit chat. Now let’s talk about their food!

The Angmoh, much obliged!

If you’re looking for a heavy brunch to start your day, The Angmoh is indeed a perfect choice. The juicy button mushrooms combined perfectly with the creamy scrambled egg, pan-fried potatoes, ham, grilled tomatoes and butter toast, plus, with a cup of baked bean. Gosh, now I’m craving for this!

Closer look to this heavenly sent big breakfast.

Ordered their popular favorite, Portobella Road for hubby who was craving for perfectly poached eggs. It is sinful and extremely delicious!

A brunch time without a cup of flat white is just boring. So here’s an obligatory coffee shot!

About pricing, The Good Batch can be a tad expensive, but I assure you, it’s gonna be worth it. Expect to spend around RM 40++ per person including other charges.

This is definitely not gonna be my last visit to The Good Batch, in fact, I’ll be back for more brunch goodness!

P.S. Finding a parking space can be tough especially during weekends and lunch time, so brace yourself!

The Good Batch, 53, Jalan SS 21/1a, Damansara Utama, 47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/thegoodbatchmy | Instagram: @thegoodbatchmy

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The Morning After — Taman Tun Dr. Ismail, Kuala Lumpur

A gastronomical experience for the ultimate foodie adventure

Where food and design matters — The Morning After

I have been noticing The Morning After cafe for a while already since it’s only a few steps away from The Grumpy Cyclist.

Nestled in TTDI with its minimalist exterior and interior design, this cafe offers more than just a cup of coffee.

With its exquisite designs and soothing ambience, The Morning After cafe is a perfect place for those who seek solitude and those who enjoy good music while reading their favorite books and sipping good coffee.

The cozy corner in The Morning After.

I was impressed by their scrumptious food on my first visit.

An American Dream (RM25)

A hearty platter of scrambled eggs, roasted potatoes, beef bacon / turkey ham, chicken sausage, sammie, sautéed mushrooms & tomatoes is indeed my favorite pick for brunch, all cooked to perfection.

High & Mighty Londoner (RM25)

Another must-try from their brunch series, perfect for you who enjoy a classic English breakfast. A hearty meal consisting poached or fried eggs, grilled tomatoes, sauteed mushrooms, buttered English muffin, chicken sausage & baked beans.

They also serve pastas, sandwiches, burgers and salads. Check out their full menu here.

Life is too short to drink bad coffee — The Morning After

Flat White (RM11)

Not to be missed is their signature blend, combination of Sumatra Mandheling, Papue New Guinea Sigri and Brazil Santos premium coffee beans. Their coffee was excellent and perfect to my liking, even my hubby who’s not a coffee drinker enjoyed every sip of it. It’s just perfect for those who need the usual morning caffeine fix.

If you are caffeine intolerant, don’t you worry. They have a wide variety of drinks, from fresh bottled juices, natural sodas, and even beers.

I personally love the cozy space in The Morning After as it’s very peaceful, quiet and serene. The only noises came from the soft music playing and the sounds of coffee brewing.

So, are you looking for a place for brunch or dinner date with your loved ones? Make sure to include The Morning After on your list.

P.S. Finding a parking spot can be tricky during lunch time. It’s better to arrive early before the whole parking area is packed up with cars. A tip, park somewhere else nearby and just take a walk.

The Morning After | http://www.themorningafter.my

26, Jalan Datuk Sulaiman, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 60000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia | +6012 627 6095

Open Daily from 8 am till late

Brunch at Rimba & Rusa by Wondermilk—Sunway Nexis, Kota Damansara

Everyday is Sunday

Rimba & Rusa’s tagline is just as catchy as the design of their cafe. All the interior, exterior and decorations have stolen my heart at first sight. I think fellow instagrammers and photographers would agree with me once they see it with their own eyes :p

They don’t call themselves “Rimba” for nothing, as this cafe is decorated with countless pots of plants and greeneries.

It is probably the coziest space I’ve ever been so far. The natural lighting provided by the wide windows is just perfect for foodies and instagrammers whose job is to take a quick snap before tasting the foods (At least that’s what I do :p)

They have a party/event space at the second level. I even imagined to have my daughter’s first birthday party here, the setup is just irresistible!

I was so impressed by their neat and eye-catching decorations.

Despite the fact that Rimba & Rusa is a new player in town, they already have won so many hearts by providing such a homey ambience, good coffee and scrumptious foods.

Consisting with mostly Western cuisine with a fusion of Mediterranean and Italian on their menu, Rimba & Rusa is indeed a perfect place for foodies to fulfill their cravings.

Their Pulled Beef & Eggs Brisket (RM 25) is a must-try. Two delicious poached eggs combined with Sourdough toast and marinated tender pulled beef, with rocket salad as side dish. It is indeed a perfect starter and definitely not to be missed out during your visit.

Pandan French Toast (RM 24)

A hearty platter of three fluffy toasts drizzled with caramelized banana, fresh berries and pistachio crumbs with a generous amount of toffee sauce on top. The toasts were so soft and buttery, it goes perfectly with the toffee sauce and the fruits.

And of course, a cup of flat white for my usual morning caffeine fix (RM 12)

Everything is perfect.

The food is delicious, the coffee is excellent and the ambience is definitely something to be missed. I’ll go back for more!

Rimba & Rusa

D-GF-01 Sunway Nexis | Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

Opening hours: Tuesday – Sunday 8 am – 11 pm | Friday 4 pm – 11 pm. Closed on Monday.

Phone: 03-6151 4022 | www.rimbarusa.com | Instagram: @rimbarusa

Backlane Coffee — Malacca

Still about cafe hopping in Malacca, I was so lucky to be able to spot this hidden gem in the hustle and bustle of Jonker Walk.

Just a few steps away from the entrance of Jonker Walk, Backlane Coffee is hard to be missed with its catchy signage facing the busy street.

The thing is, it’s located inside a shop so you might not be able to notice it if you’re not looking close enough. But don’t worry, they have cute signboard just right outside of the shop to draw you in.

Once I stepped in, I just fell in love with everything in this cute cafe.

Their counter is my favorite spot.

Everything is placed perfectly—the hand-written menu boards, the hanging bulbs, the nutcracker dolls—you have definitely won my heart, Backlane Coffee!

This cafe is filled with books, flowers and everything that gives you the feeling of ultimate comfort.

See what I’m talking about?

Just imagine yourself sitting there, killing time while sipping a cup of Flat White. Hands down to Backlane Coffee for making such a homey yet elegant ambiance!

Being a cute rustic cafe isn’t enough, so here they are selling souvenirs of Malacca. I wonder if those cute nutcracker dolls are for sale too!

It’s undeniably a perfect place for brunch before heading out to explore Malacca.

Here’s Smoked Duck Sandwich (RM 18) and fresh squeezed orange juice (RM 11), just look at the glass carton juice box! Cuteness overload!

By the way, yeah, I did not order coffee, ’cause our little one has had enough caffeine that day!

About the food, the slices of smoked duck were so tender and tasty. I’m not kidding, they don’t just sell ambiance but also great quality of food! A plate of smoked duck sandwich comes with a fresh garden salad and baked egg, heavenly delicious!

If you’re looking for a place to chill after a long walk in Jonker Street, make sure to include Backlane Coffee on your list. The soothing music, great ambiance and good food won’t disappoint! And oh, they also have cakes, macarons and more desserts!

For more info on menu, check out their Facebook page here.

Backlane Coffee

129, Jalan Hang Jebat, 75200 Melaka, Malaysia | +60 6-282 0542

Opening hours: 11:00 am – 12:00 am

Eat at 18 — Malacca

Following my recent post about Malacca food guide, btw if you haven’t read it, check it out here.

I had a great time in Malacca and staying in Jonker Street turned out to be a brilliant decision as I only needed to walk in order to reach the places I’ve listed. Hubby needed to work on the day we arrived at Malacca, so I had to explore the town by myself. My first destination was Eat at 18.

Located at Jalan Hang Lekiu, just a few steps away from the famous Jonker Walk, this little rustic cafe is indeed a must-visit if you’re one of the cafe hoppers like me. Parking could be horrendous during weekends, so it’s better to park somewhere else and walk as there are also many things to see around this area.

One thing I love the most about this place is how sweet and cozy they make it.

The photogenic brick walls and stack of books, perfect combination to give the feels that every cafe hopper needs.

I was greeted by the soothing music once I stepped in. The staffs were all friendly and so accommodating, so rare to find one back in Kuala Lumpur 😀

This place is so cozy, I didn’t even wanna leave.

It was Friday morning when I came by to visit and luckily it wasn’t crowded at all. In fact, I was the only guest.

It might look small from the outside, but once you’re inside, it’s actually quite big. They even have a meeting room to accommodate group of guests. My favorite part of this cafe is the garden at the back, it’s so refreshing.

Need I say more?

This plate of french toast (RM 18.90) was so beautifully plated, it even killed me to take a bite. The fluffly toast drizzled with maple syrup and ice sugar, combined together with fresh fruit, caramelized banana and buttercream. It was all served to perfection.

And yes, I finally had a cup of good flat white after such a looooong time. It is, in fact, my very first cup after seven month being pregnant. Well, I always want the best for our little one. 😉

I’m glad that I found this cute little cafe on my first day in Malacca.

Surely, I’ll be back for more!

For futher info about Eat at 18, check out their website here and Facebook page here.

Eat at 18

No 18, Jalan Hang Lekiu, 75200 Melaka, Malaysia

Phone:+60 6-281 4679 // Opening hours: 8:30 am – 6.00 pm

Malacca Foodcation: What to eat in Malacca

We got to spend our weekend in Malacca last week, hubby had an onsite project there so we decided to spend a night there.

While he was working, I had time to walk around, to explore and hunt some food as I was idle. Preggo lady’s got to eat, you know!

The moment we knew that we needed to be in Malacca, I quickly browsed about some places to eat that most of the local bloggers have recommended.

Disclaimer: This is gonna be a long post. Brace yourself, keep calm and read on! 🙂

  • Kedai Kopi Chung Wah

Located in the heart of Jonker Street, Kedai Kopi Chung Wah is immensely popular for its signature dishes: Chicken rice balls and steamed chicken. Despite its simple decor and the fact that this kopitiam (coffee shop) serves only two items on their menu, this place is always packed with customers and tourists, especially on weekends. Just take a look at the picture of the long queue outside Kedai Kopi Chung Wah, all those people queueing for a plateful of steamed chicken and chicken rice balls.

Getting a seat could be tricky and don’t be surprised if they ask you to share table with other customers as this place never runs out of crowd.

Opening at 7.30 am in the morning, this place is perfect for breakfast. This Malaysian-style eatery is surely something to be missed when I leave Malaysia someday!

RM 22 for half steamed chicken.

The ordering process is very simple, just state how many chicken rice balls you want and the amount of chicken (half or whole chicken). The chicken is so tender and tasty, it goes perfectly with the chilli sauce.

The moment I heard about chicken rice balls, I was so intrigued and decided to give it a try. It did not disappoint! RM 0.40 for one chicken rice ball, might as well order plenty of it ’cause it’s super delicious!

So, if you’re visiting Malacca soon and looking for a place to have quick breakfast, drop by Kedai Kopi Chung Wah. Don’t be discouraged by the long queue, it actually moves quite fast!

Kedai Kopi Chung Wah: 18, Jalan Hang Jebat, 75200 Melaka, Malaysia

  • Jonker 88 Museum Cafe

Looking for a place to chill after a tiring day around Jonker Walk? Jonker 88 is hard to be missed.

I went there even before the shop opened and there was already a line, it was 10 am in the morning and they opened quite late, like around 11 am when it said 10 am opening time. No wonder the long queue!

Located strategically along the Jonker Walk, this restaurant doesn’t only sell food and dessert but also antiques. No wonder it’s called museum cafe, just look at the pretty artifacts!

It’s all about self-service in this shop.

Again, finding a seat could be tough especially on weekend as it’s packed with guests. Might as well ask your friend to reserve a table while you’re ordering.

Baba Cendol (original) RM 4.00

I managed to take a quick snap before digging in, the ice melted fast so gotta do it quick!

I am a big fan of Cendol. I had my first Cendol in Penang and I was in love with it ever since.

The Baba Cendol at Jonker 88 tasted a little bit different from the Teochew Cendol I’ve tried in Penang. I’m not quite sure what makes it different, but I was told that they used Gula Melaka (palm sugar) and Santan (coconut milk) for the Baba Cendol, even the texture of the cendol is different, much harder this time, there is no melt-in-your mouth effect.

Hubby said his cendol tasted bland, while mine tasted quite strong because of the Gula Melaka. I wanted to try their Durian Cendol but changed my mine as durian contains high level of sugar which is bad for our little one :p

However, a friend of ours recommended another Cendol stall. He said it’s the best cendol in Malacca, it’s called Aunty Koh cendol at Bukit Rambai. It’s quite far from the town so we decided not to go, maybe next time! 😉

Jonker 88 Museum Cafe: No. 88, Jalan Hang Jebat, 75200, Melaka, Melaka, 75200, Malaysia

  • Sun May Hiong Satay House

Still not satisfied enough, we then proceed to our next destination for lunch.

Located at Jalan Laksamana which required a quick drive from Jonker Street, seems like Sun May Hiong Satay House is always crowded. I should say this upfront that they serve pork, it’s a non-halal restaurant.

Would you look at those yummy pork satays?

Pork Satay (RM 0.80 per stick)

Once you’re seated, you’ll be served a plate of nasi impit (rice cake) with cucumber and slices of onions which later you’ll combine together with the yummy peanut sauce.

You have to make your order at the front of restaurant where an aunty will take note of your order. I was craving for pork intestines satay but they didn’t have it at the moment, so we opted for pork meat instead. They also have pork liver satay, fyi!

The excellent grilling skill done by this mister here.

I enjoyed my satay as it was crispy at the edges yet tender in the inside. I loved it! It goes well with the peanut sauce and nasi impit, I even thought that the 20 sticks we ordered weren’t enough.

Sun May Hiong Satay House: 50/50A, Jalan Kota Laksamana 1/1, Taman Kota Laksamana, 75200, Melaka, Melaka, Jalan Kota Laksamana 1/1, Taman Kota Laksamana, 75200 Melaka, Malaysia

  • Pak Putra Tandoori & Naan Restaurant

Not far from there, a crowded eatery caught our attention. It was a few minutes before dinner time, yet the parking in front of this place was full already. Btw, they open only for dinner time (5:30 pm – 1 am) so don’t expect Tandoori goodness during lunch time!

I’ve never tried a Tandoori Chicken before, or any Turkish/Pakistani food as I’m not a fan. But this time I’m glad I gave it a try.

We were lucky as the place wasn’t so crowded that night, our order came immediately. But I read somewhere that it could take up to 45 minutes during crowded hours. Phew!

The chicken might look a bit dry but it’s actually moist and tender inside, yet crispy on the outside, it was cooked to perfection. I forgot how much it was, but I’m sure it wasn’t more than RM 10 for one plate of Tandoori Chicken.

The Cheese Naan finally arrived.

I personally liked the taste of the curry dip, it goes very well with the naan.

The cheese naan was very soft with a generous filling of melted cheese inside. I had no idea that Turkish/Pakistani food would taste this good, now I want more! :p

Pak Putra Tandoori & Naan Restaurant: Jalan Laksamana 4, 75200 Melaka, Malaysia

  • Klebang Original Coconut Shake

We made a quick stop at Klebang Original Coconut Shake before heading home. Geez, the sun was crazy that day and it was reallyyyy hot outside. What a perfect timing for a cup of coconut shake!

I took the shot from the car as I couldn’t stand the heat outside. Long queue only for a sip of coconut shake!

It’s located at the side of the main road, so just imagine how much traffic this shop causes! We were lucky to find a parking spot near the shop as this area suddenly became crowded once we came.

I have to personally thank my hubby for willing to take some pictures for my blog, LOL.

All these people queueing under the scorching heat of the sun only for a cup of coconut shake. Must be something special, right?

Coconut Shake (RM 2.00 according to hubby) but I looked up online RM 2.00 for a special cup of coconut shake with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and RM 1.50 for the original one. Extra RM 0.20 for take away.

Gosh, people aren’t kidding when they say it’s the best coconut shake in town because it is! It’s so creamy and the level of sweetness was just right. It’s the perfect drink to combat the hot weather!

Opening hours: 12.30 pm – 6.30 pm

Klebang Original Coconut Shake: Klebang, 5, Melaka, Malaysia

Malacca is indeed a perfect place for a quick weekend getaway.

It has everything I was looking for.

It is the right place to go for sight-seeing, shopping or even just to feed yourself. LOL. I’d definitely go back someday!

The Grumpy Cyclist — Taman Tun Dr. Ismail, Kuala Lumpur

Moving from Cyberjaya to Kuala Lumpur has its own perks.

I get to try all kind of food I didn’t get to try in Cyberjaya before. There are bunch of kopitiam, coffee shops and restaurants around. It even took awhile for me to list down all the fancy coffee shops that have caught my eyes, they’re just hard to miss!

Take The Grumpy Cyclist for an instance.

Located in the heart of TTDI, managed by a fun team of youngsters, serving good coffee, cakes and soothing ambiance for those who have passion for coffee and cycling.

It’s not a secret anymore that the founders of this cafe are cyclists. Nope, they are not grumpy. In fact, they’re very friendly.

A cyclist and bike friendly space, so they call it.

I’ve never been into a cafe with this kind of interesting concept before, but I can say that it’s very intriguing.They even have a space meant for bike repairs! How convenient it is to wait for your bike to be serviced while sipping a cup of good coffee!

Flat White (RM 8)

Nothing is better than sipping a cup of coffee while listening to soothing music and blending in the chatters. They aren’t kidding in serving good quality of coffee, it really is one of the best cup I’ve ever had in a long time.

Not only coffee, they also serve yummy brunch, lunch and dinner. Not to mention, the mouthwatering cakes and pasta! Oh, if only I have a spare tummy for extra space!

The Gran Fondo (RM 18)

Need I say more?

A perfect combination of toast, baked beans, sunny side up, stir fried mushrooms and sausages. The portion is huge, it’s perfect for brunch!

Crespella (RM 12)

The moment we stepped out of the cafe, I missed it and I couldn’t wait to have another plate.

These fluffly chocolate chip pancakes have stolen my heart. I’m in love with the crispy edges and the softness of it! Even talking about it now makes me wanna drive back there!

The Grumpy Cyclist has definitely won my heart.

It’s not merely a coffee shop, but also a perfect place for people who enjoy cycling, they even have regular social rides! Check out their website for more info here.

The Grumpy Cyclist – 36, Jalan Datuk Sulaiman, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 60000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Mondays to Sundays (08.00 am-10.00pm) Closed on Tuesdays