Review: The Depot by JWC @ Puchong

When we’re craving for a cuppa over the weekend, S and I usually head to Bandar Puteri Puchong or Bandar Puchong Jaya – since that’s where all the chic cafes are. But being older neighbourhoods, there are hardly new cafes opening these days.

S heard from a friend about a relatively new ‘industrial’ area in Taman Perindustrian Pusat Bandar Puchong with several bars and eateries. We decided to go check out the place, which led us to The Depot by JWC.

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Short for Just Want Coffee, the cafe is housed in a two-storey industrial-esque building. Everything about it screams industrial-chic, from the black and teal colour scheme, tiled counters, leather-esque stools and metal fixtures. Floor to ceiling glass windows on the ground floor allow for plenty of natural sunlight to filter in, making it a super Instagram-worthy spot.

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The cafe prides itself in its coffee, as its baristas have participated in various competitions. Trophies are proudly displayed on the counter, next to the coffee press. You can get the usual lattes and cappucinos, but there are also specialty coffees, complete with flavour profiles.

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Love the coffee? Take some home!

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The place smelled absolutely delicious. They have their own roaster at the back in an open ‘kitchen’, with the different beans housed in vats.

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S had the Cold Brew. It was mild and milky, but the milk did not overpower the flavours of the coffee.

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My Morocccan Rose Latte. Beautifully presented. Not too sweet, light, milky and fragrant.

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We ordered a snack: Popcorn Chicken. Portions were reasonable for its price. Chicken was nice and juicy, but the sizes were all different and the larger pieces were undercooked. I had a nasty surprise with one as the batter was not cooked on the inside, resulting in a mush. The smaller pieces were good though. I wished they had given us more dipping sauce.

Aside from snacks, they also serve full-sized meals of pasta, salads, Japanese curry rice, brunch and pizza.

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Second floor. Less spacious than the first, but cosy.

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I love the industrial chic theme, and it’s a nice spot to just hang out and chill. We just had lunch so was unable to try any main dishes, but would love to come back and have something else. 😉

Expect to pay upwards of RM10+ for coffees and RM15+ for main meals.

THE DEPOT BY JWC 

No. 11, Jalan PPU 2A, Off Taman Perindustrian Puchong Utama, Puchong, Selangor

Opening hours: 12PM – 11.45PM

 

Review: Ground Eatery, Bandar Puteri Puchong (Revisited)

Hey guys!

I just realised that it has been awhile since I’ve hung out at a proper cafe on a Saturday night. Usually I just head to the local A&W for a quick rootbeer fix. But since this was one of those rare weekends where I didn’t have to work on my part time gig, S & I decided to have a cuppa at Ground Eatery in Bandar Puteri Puchong.

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When we arrived, the area downstairs was abuzz with a large crowd celebrating someone’s birthday. Brings back memories! The first time I came here was to celebrate my birthday, and that was two years ago (they were newly opened back then). Time sure flies.

Got a cosy spot upstairs. Love the cosy, hipster-ish vibe here, especially the fairy lights.

We weren’t there for a heavy meal – just drinks and snacks. I ordered a hot rose milk, which was beautifully presented with a soft foamy top and a sprinkling of rose petals on the side for fragrance.

I thought this was executed perfectly. The foam was frothy and light, and the milk had a mild rose fragrance and sweetness to it.

PS: I go for food reviews often (for work) , and I’ve always been fascinated by how some food bloggers carry their own mini lights around (for photography). S & I recreated this with a smartphone light, and I have to say, it did make a difference! 

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S also had rose milk, but iced. We got a cheesecake to share, which was not too sweet or cloying, had great texture and just a hint of alcohol.

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Our order of Chicken Bites took quite awhile to get to the table but I’m putting it down to the busy service they were having downstairs. Coated in crunchy cornflakes, the boneless pieces were tender, juicy and oh-so-addictive. The portion was very generous for its price.

GROUND EATERY 

Tower 4& 5, PFCC, Jalan Puteri 1/2, Bandar Puteri Puchong, 47100 Puchong, Selangor

Tel: 017-649 6092

Open 12pm – 12am

 

 

Cafes in Kepong: @ Vergine Coffee, Aman Puri

There are literally no reasons for me to go to Kepong. 

It’s a long drive from where I live, and I have no idea what there is to do there (other than the Metropolitan Park). So when I got an invite to review a cafe there, I was hesitant to brave the weekend traffic (It may always be sunny in Philadelphia, but it’s always jammed in Puchong. Lol.)

Nevertheless, an hour later, I found myself parking at a commercial centre in Aman Puri, where Vergine Coffee is.

Opened two years ago, the space was converted from a former car workshop. Aside from coffee and cakes, they also serve lunch and dinner with dishes such as pasta, salads, chops and more.

Italian for ‘virgin’, Vergine Coffee’s owners had no experience in F&B – but they were driven by a common passion for good food. Taking the plunge, they opened their maiden cafe project, hence the name.

The fragrant aroma of coffee beans wafted into our nostrils as soon as we entered the cafe, which boasts a warm and enticing ambience. Glass windows allow for natural sunlight to filter in, and the high ceiling which opens up to a mezzanine floor creates a sense of space. The look is industrial yet chic: exposed brick walls paired with clean lines, dark walls and furniture.

Its the kind of place I wouldn’t mind lounging in for hours.

Outdoor smoking area.

Counter with a selection of pastries, desserts and juices.

An innovative condiments station fashioned out of two barrels. There’s also free water, but why have water when you can have coffee? 😀

Paying it forward is something that the owners take to heart. One thing you’ll notice once you enter the shop is the ‘Kindness Challenge’ wall, which lists 30 small things you can do to make someone’s day a better one. It can be as simple as ‘giving encouragement to someone who is working hard’, or ‘cover for a co-worker so they can leave work early’. In a world where we are becoming increasingly self-absorbed and disconnected, I think this is a great reminder to be kind and nice to others.

Enough talk though: time to dig in!

For appetisers, we had salad: but unlike the usual chicken/vinaigrette fare, the one we tried was sweet and full of texture –  crisp fresh leaves, crunchy almonds, a hint of tanginess from pineapple cubes and juicy tangerines. Everyone knows I’m practically a carnivore, but this was so refreshing I kept going back for seconds.

Washed it down with some foamy peach tea ! 🙂

One of my favourites was their mushroom soup. The fact that it was actual mushroom soup (ie you can taste blended chunks and bits as opposed to the ‘powdered’ instant soup you find in many restos) gave it major brownie points. It wasn’t too salty and had  just the right amount of creaminess. Garlic bread was a great accompaniment.

Moving on to the mains, we kicked off with the Lemon Thyme Chicken Chop. A sizable chunk of tender, grilled chicken thigh came drizzled over with brown sauce, which was infused with the flavours of lemon and thyme. I liked the sauce as it was tangy without overpowering the meat. On the side were thick-cut fries and salad, although these were rather ordinary for me.

The cheese-baked seafood rice was another winner. Best eaten hot, the gooey cheese formed a melted crust over fluffy, spicy rice which almost had the texture of risotto. Flavours were just right and not too salty, and there was a generous amount of seafood on the inside.

Our last main was the Chicken Pot Pie. The pillow-like golden, flaky puff pastry opened up to reveal a mix of goodies on the inside, which included chicken sausages and mushrooms in a creamy, buttery sauce. This was also served with a side of salad.

We were fully satisfied with all the dishes we had, but of course, there’s always room for dessert and coffee! To round off the meal, I had a cup of latte to go with a Tiramisu mille crepe. 

The latte was very well done; rich and milky, not too bitter nor sweet, and with beautiful latte art done on top. Was told that the cafe takes in young baristas and train them with an expert so that they can learn skills – also part of their pay-it-forward philosophy.

The tiramisu mille crepe needed to be thawed a little more as it was quite solid, but the flavours were well balanced between the bitterness of the coffee and the light sweetness of vanilla.

The chocolate on the other hand was perfect. I liked that it wasn’t too sweet, and the layers of crepe were light and fluffy.

All in all I was very impressed with the quality of food, as they emphasised freshness and flavour. If you’re looking for a hearty meal paired with great coffee and dessert, then Vergine Coffee hits all the right notes. They’ve recently introduced new, heavier dishes to the menu such as steaks and fish to cater to customers looking for something more substantial.

 

VERGINE COFFEE AMAN PURI 

25, Jalan Desa 2/4, Desa Aman Puri
Kepong, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Opening hours: 
11:00AM – 11:00PM (closed Tuesdays)
Phone:  03-6263 4719

 

**Erisgoesto was invited to Vergine Coffee in exchange for an honest food review. Views here are entirely my own.