Hidden at the back of a plant shop in Bandar Puteri Puchong, Sipping Corner by Plant & Pot Studio might just be the greenest cafe in the city. Opened last year, the place has already gained a loyal following – and because of its small capacity (the place seats about 15 at most), reservations are encouraged to avoid disappointment.
If you do manage to get a seat, you’ll be well rewarded with a cool and relaxing spot to chill and sip on a drink, surrounded by foliage. The Cafe offers a selection of coffees (espresso, long black, honey americano, latte, cappucino) and teas (blue mint honey, red roselle honey), as well as signature beverages (Matcha, Salted Gula Melaka Latte, Matcha/Hojicha Latte). Baristas are very friendly and accommodating.
Grab a sweet slice to go with your drink. Cakes range from RM13 to RM15 per slice.
I didn’t dine-in coz the Moo finished her shopping and we had to make a move – but I got one of their signature drinks, the Salted Gula Melaka Latte, to go. The palm sugar was creamy and sweet, but it was well balanced thanks to the hint of saltiness.
If you’re looking for a quick green respite, drop by for tea time – but make sure to call in advance.
SIPPING CORNER @ PLANT & POT STUDIO
78G, Jalan Puteri 5/5, Bandar Puteri, 47100 Puchong, Selangor
Opening hours: 9AM – 6PM (daily)
Phone: 018-578 6311
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As Melaka’s Chinatown, Jonker Street is one of the city’s most popular enclaves, filled with old temples, interesting museums, attractions and cool cafes. Highly recommended is The Daily Fix, a chic establishment hidden at the back of a souvenir shop called Next KK Sdn Bhd.
Walk straight to the back of the shop and emerge to an Instagrammer’s dream. The design is reminiscent of British colonial Chinese shophouses, with an inner courtyard that extends up to the second floor, allowing for plenty of natural sunlight to filter in. Earthy hues, an abundance of plants as well as cosy couches and wooden furniture make for a relaxing and casual dining ambience. There’s also a rattan swing seat.
The main dining area boasts warm, ambient lighting from modified lamps that feature old fans as decorative fixtures. The roof is timber, the brick walls deliberately left partially exposed for that vintage, retro vibe. Old school paraphernalia, such as clocks, weighing scales and lamps, adorn the shelves where baristas bustle about preparing coffee.
More seating at the back, with a backdrop of trays sporting floral designs.
The menu is a mix, with brunch dishes and light bites such as sandwiches and salad, heavier mains such as pasta, and desserts like pancakes and waffles. For drinks, there are flavoured coffees, smoothies, fruit juices and more. N and I get a Creamy Carbonara to share, as well as their Signature Salted Gula Melaka coffee.
The pasta, which has spaghetti with mushroom, chicken ham and crunchy smoked duck topped with a poached egg and shaved parmesan, is delicious. The noodles are cooked al dente, giving them a nice bite, and the sauce is creamy without being overwhelming. The beverage is excellent as well; the sweet, caramel-like intensity of the gula melaka (palm sugar) balancing out the more bitter notes of the coffee.
We also get a Blueberry Cheesecake to round off the meal. It comes topped with a candied Mandarin orange, which is a nice touch. Despite being a cheesecake, the cake is surprisingly light, and is only mildly sweet.
The cafe is apparently famous for their Pandan Pancakes, but we did not try them during our visit.
There’s always a long line at The Daily Fix, so we recommend coming as soon as they open (9AM – for breakfast/brunch), or mid-afternoon when the lunch crowd has thinned. Else, be prepared for a wait. Prices average from RM18 – 25 for mains.
THE DAILY FIX
55 Jalan Hang Jebat, Melaka
Opening Hours: 9am – 11.30pm (Mon-Fri), 8.30am – 11.30pm (Sat-Sun)
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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.
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.
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.
Love the coffee? Take some home!
The place smelled absolutely delicious. They have their own roaster at the back in an open ‘kitchen’, with the different beans housed in vats.
S had the Cold Brew. It was mild and milky, but the milk did not overpower the flavours of the coffee.
My Morocccan Rose Latte. Beautifully presented. Not too sweet, light, milky and fragrant.
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.
Second floor. Less spacious than the first, but cosy.
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