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Review: Shin Class Cafe, Puchong Utama

It’s been awhile since the fam and I were able to dine out together (due to the 2-per-car restriction), but since this was lifted recently, we went to check out a place near my old high school called Shin Class Cafe. it’s a fitting name, since the cafe is within a kindergarten/daycare centre. The owner, Sarah, decided to convert the space upstairs into a dining/ chill out spot, since there aren’t as many students at the kindie these days.

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We had the whole place to ourselves, and sat in the front room which had low, round tables made from used tyres, cosy pillows and bar stools. The Christmas decorations were simple but cheerful. Service is friendly and attentive here – the staff who attended to us actually works as one of the teachers at the kindie.

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The menu offers fusion fare. Aside from the usual cafe-style drinks like coffee, ice lemon tea, ice-blended beverages and the like, you can also expect rice and pasta dishes. Prices are very reasonable.

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(Above) Ice-blended chocolate topped with whipped cream. The drink was not too sweet, and was creamy without being cloying.

I like the fact that this is a small, family-run business. Sarah’s daughter makes the drinks, while she cooks. She shares that she learned how to cook from her parents, who used to run a food business in Port Dickson.

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Moo’s Lemon Chicken with Rice (RM8.90), which was served with a sunny side up. Portions are generous, and the rice is fragrant as it incorporates butterfly pea flower.

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Pops had the Butter Cheese Chicken With Rice (RM8.90).

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Felt like having noodles, so I ordered the Creamy Pasta (RM9.90). Aside from the egg, it also came with some cocktail sausages, and loads of ham in the pasta. The pasta was cooked al dente, and the cream was not overpowering. It’s nothing super fancy, but tasty nonetheless – just comforting, home cooked food.

For vegetarians, Shin Class Cafe makes meatless dishes as well.

While it’s definitely not a high-end ‘Instagrammable’ cafe, Shin Class Cafe is a charming little nook where you can enjoy a coffee and a hot meal in a cosy, quiet environment. What makes it such a nice place is the hospitality, though – the owner and staff are warm and friendly, and do their best to make you feel welcome. Prices are very reasonable, so come visit and you’ll be supporting a small local business with your patronage! 🙂

They also do delivery and take-aways. For orders, Whatsapp 012 218 7350, or contact Tony (011 36981071)

SHIN CLASS CAFE

1, Jalan PU 10/8, Taman Puchong Utama, 47140 Puchong, Selangor

Opening hours: 11AM – 7PM (closed every second Wednesday of the month)

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Sipping Corner @ Plant & Pot Studio Puchong

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.

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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.

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Grab a sweet slice to go with your drink. Cakes range from RM13 to RM15 per slice.

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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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The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Malaysia Presents Alice In Wonderland-Themed Treats This Festive Season

Holiday season is just around the corner, and after a year filled with challenges, I think we’re all in need of some festive cheer. To spark some holiday joy, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf ® is presenting an array of whimsical Alice in Wonderland inspired treats, which are a feast for the eyes as much as they are delicious to eat.

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Winter Wonderland

For an unforgettable Christmas party with friends and family, the Winter Wonderland (RM250 for 3kg) makes a wonderful centre piece for any gathering, with its intricate, handcrafted gingerbread detail and delicate frosting on a base of chocolate fudge. Complete the setting with Hatter’s Winter Log (RM 13.95 per slice, RM139.90 for a whole cake), a delightful dessert featuring luscious chocolate mousse and ganache; Cheshire’s Cherry Bundt (RM 8.90 per slice, RM52.00 for a loaf), stuffed with cherries, lemon and butter cream; or Stollen of Hearts (RM 6.90 per slice, RM48.00 for a loaf) with its hearty mix of Swiss dark chocolate, almonds and hazelnuts. Of course, a visit to Wonderland would not be complete without The Red Queen (RM12.95 each), a luscious pastry filled with caramel, coffee and chocolate mousse concealed under a rich red crust of almond chocolate.

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The Red Queen and Minted Ever After cupcakes (left); Hatter’s Winter Log

There’s more for the sweet-toothed dessert lover: choose from an assortment of cakes such as Minted Ever After (RM 7.90 per cupcake, RM 50 per petite cake, RM139.90 for a whole cake), a decadent concoction of dark chocolate and mint topped with cream, fresh redcurrants and rosemary, and Velveteen’s Wish (RM 12.95 per slice, RM129.30 for a whole cake), a red velvet cake topped with crunchy cookie bits and cheese mousse.

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Alice’s Tea Party

For a bit of everything, go for Alice’s Tea Party (RM109 for 20 pieces), a selection of bite-sized treats of Hatter’s Winter Log, Jolly Breadman, Tweedle Tart and Minted Ever After. Top-up as needed with Jolly Breadman (RM7.90 per piece) or Once Upon A Door butter cookies (RM9.90 per piece).

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CF & TL is known for its delectable beverages, and there’s no shortage of exclusive specials to try this season. Indulge in a Chocolate Cookie – a combination of premium espresso and decadent chocolate cookie notes – available in several varieties: the Chocolate Cookie Ice Blended® drink (small RM16.50, regular RM18), Pure Chocolate Cookie Ice Blended® drink (small RM16.50, regular RM18) or hot / iced Chocolate Cookie Latte (small RM16, regular RM17.50).

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Cherry Bundt (whole)

Making a comeback for a limited time only is the ever-popular Double Chocolate Peppermint beverages, available as Double Chocolate Peppermint Ice Blended® drink (small RM16.50, regular RM18), Pure Double Chocolate Peppermint Ice Blended® drink (small RM16.50, regular RM18), hot / iced Double Chocolate Peppermint Latte (small RM16, regular RM17.50) and Peppermint Nitro Latte (RM15.95 at selected stores). Best of all, kids get to enjoy their own coffee-free version, as a hot / iced Double Chocolate Cocoa (small RM16, regular RM17.50) and tea lovers can enjoy the hot Peppermint Tea (RM9.60/cup or RM12.50/pot). While you’re sipping on your holiday beverage, upgrade to a complete meal by trying out the brand’s new Black Pepper Chicken Sandwich (RM19.80).

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Stollen of Hearts

Even if you’re not dining in, there are plenty of new retail items to celebrate the season on-the-go, or in the comfort of one’s own home. Take your pick from dark-roasted Holiday Blend (RM55 /12oz), Peppermint Tea in a green tea blend (RM45/tin), Limited Edition 8oz Powders in French Deluxe Vanilla Powder, Peppermint Chocolate Powder and Hazelnut  Powder (RM40/tin). Also available are new designs for the Hydro Flask Series (RM205 each) and Frost Tumbler Series (RM128-138).  They also make for great gifts.

Jolly Breadman & Once Upon A Door [cookies]

In line with the season of giving, CB&TL’s popular Gift Tags return with new designs, with proceeds going towards the Caring Cup initiative. This year, the beneficiary is the Assunta Integrated Social Services programme by ASSUNTA Hospital, to help raise funds for equipment upgrades and essential supplies for their new mobile clinic. With the added support, they will continue to provide much-needed medical and healthcare assistance to marginalised groups.

For more info, visit http://www.coffeebean.com.my.

*Photos courtesy of Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Malaysia.

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Happiness In A Cup @ Sugar Mummy Boba, KL

There are plenty of boba spots in Bukit Bintang, but if there’s one you should try, it’s Sugar Mummy Boba. Hidden in a nondescript alley between Lot 10 and Fahrenheit 88, the kiosk might be easy to miss, so just look out for the signboard with “Optimism + Coffee” just outside the alley.

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The store combines two concepts, namely Sugar Mummy Boba and  Optimist Coffee. Both brands are the brainchild of Trev Ng, a former PR practitioner who wanted to create an F&B concept to spread positivity and good vibes. You can see these from the little touches at the shop, from quirky labels on their bottles to inspiring quotes.

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The menu for the coffee kiosk covers the basics, so forget fancy schmancy drinks like ice blended tropical whatever. Sugar Mommy Boba serves only three beverages, ie the traditional Boba Milk Tea, Boba Fresh Milk and Boba Latte, which pairs tapioca pearls with coffee.

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The brand has a cheeky logo – inspired by the loud and boisterous landlady from Stephen Chow’s Kungfu Hustle.

Ordered a Boba Fresh Milk. The portion is smaller than your run-of-the-mill boba joints, but it’s good coz you get your sugar fix without overindulging. I like that they caramelise the brown sugar on top with a torch, and there’s a layer of cheese just underneath which gives it a great balance of salty and sweet. The pearls are nice and chewy as well.

Sugar Mummy Boba KL is located at SE1 Ground Floor Lot 10 Shopping Centre, 50, Jalan Sultan Ismail, 50250 Kuala Lumpur. Opening hours are from 12PM – 10PM (daily). They also have branches in Sri Petaling, Setapak and Damansara Uptown.

 

 

Review: Haus 7 Puchong – Hidden Cafe in Kampung Batu 14 Puchong

A kampung seems like an unlikely place to find an Instagrammable cafe – but venture into Batu 14 Puchong and you’ll come across Haus 7, a hidden gem that occupies what looks like a refurbished single-storey kampung house, complete with its own garden and backyard.

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The space is small but cosy, with an open-air concept: think open spaces and plenty of natural sunlight, paired with minimalist wooden furniture.

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The outdoor terrace is surrounded by lush greenery, so diners can feel closer to nature.

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The menu is typical cafe fare. Set lunches are available, as are all-day sandwiches and salads as well as rice and pasta dishes. For a cool thirst quencher in the sweltering weather, opt for a cold and refreshing mocktail (RM12)of Mint Calamansi (mint leaves, calamansi, lemongrass, asam boi & ice cream soda) or Yuzu Spicy (yuzu puree, lemon juice, shichimi togarashi spice, sugar syrup, sparkling soda). Alternatively, order an ice blended caramel coffee (above – RM11), or choose from flavours such as mint chocolate, strawberry and vanilla hazelnut.

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The kitchen is small and has a limited capacity, so be prepared for a wait.

Moo’s order of 1/4 Percik Chicken, served with jasmine rice and a side of salad (RM18.80 – set lunch with drink) was the quickest to the table, as it was pre-cooked. The serving portions were generous, and the chicken was well cooked and tender. I liked the percik sauce as it was not too spicy and had a strong flavour of lemongrass, albeit a little too sweet.

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The Hainanese Chicken Chop (RM16.80 – set) was sizable and came with fried potato wedges and coleslaw, drenched in a sweet and sour sauce of tomatoes and peas. The chicken was cooked to golden brown perfection; crispy on the outside, moist and juicy on the inside – and the sauce tied everything together well.

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“Uncle Paul”‘s Fish and Chips (RM16.80) features crispy soda battered fish fillets with fries, sauteed peas and tartare sauce. The fish fillets were crisp and nicely seasoned, and the batter was not too thick. The fries were average though, as were the peas which were a little under-cooked.

Service is warm and friendly, albeit a little slow. If you’re not in a hurry and just want to enjoy your time with friends / fam over a cuppa, then this is the perfect spot! The space is open for micro events and workshops as well.

 

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HAUS 7 

No 7446-H Jalan Kampung, Jalan Puchong Batu 14, Batu 14, 47100 Puchong, Selangor

Opening hours: 9AM – 5PM (Tues – Sun), 9AM – 9PM on Saturdays

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Cool Cafes In Puchong: 10 Gram Cafe, IOI Boulevard

[UPDATED 11.10.20 – second visit]

My neighbour is currently doing major renovation works, and it can be hard to WFH when you have to sit through intense drilling from 8am – 5pm every day. (It’s not against the law to start work that early.. but it certainly makes you an asshole -__-)

Monday was one of those days, and I had a few important deadlines to catch. Since I didn’t feel like driving all the way to the office, I thought of checking out 10 Gram at IOI Boulevard, on the recommendation of a friend.

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10 Gram is a popular cafe chain, with branches in Kuantan, Bandar Mahkota Cheras and Cyberjaya. The Puchong outlet is the latest feather in its cap, serving a fusion of Eastern and Western dishes at relatively affordable prices.

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The cafe interior is spacious, with floor to ceiling glass windows that allow for plenty of sunlight to filter in. Wood, black accents and warm cosy lighting complete the setup.

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Needed a boost, so I ordered a Honey Espresso (?) (I forgot the name of the beverage :P). 10 points for presentation – the drink was served on a wooden platter with a glass of coffee cubes and ice, a beaker of a warm milk and a tall shot of espresso. It definitely kept me awake… until 3am, in fact!

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Strong, rich and smooth, with a good balance between bitter and sweet.

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There are plenty of dishes to choose from at 10 Gram, from Western favourites like pasta, pizzas and chops, to local delights such as noodles and nasi lemak.

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Chicken tenders (RM9.90). They were pretty tasty, and came in generous portions.

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Ordered a second drink (Honey Milk) because I was sitting there for too long and didn’t want to be one of those people who order just one drink for the entire day. 😛

The cafe was full during lunch time, but otherwise it’s a nice place to have a cup of coffee and work. There is free Wi-Fi and power outlets for your devices. Service is pretty slow, however, so expect a wait during peak hours.

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Made a return visit with the fam on a weekend night – we were originally hoping to try Uncle Don’s, but the place was already full at 6pm! Since 10 Gram is just a few steps away, we popped in here instead. Ordered a carrot milk as a thirst quencher. It was okay – but you can tell it was made with a fast blender and all the flavor had been leeched out and destroyed (reason why a cold press is always preferable).

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Bro’s spaghetti alfredo was nice and creamy, packed with mushrooms and slices of ham. Granted, no Italian in their right mind would call it actual alfredo but for its price, it’s tasty and value for money.

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Dad’s fried rice came in a humongous portion and was topped with a sunny side up. Tasted pretty good too.

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Unfortunately the soy garlic chicken with rice which I had expected to be similar to the Korean version, was anything but (the illustrations in the menu were deceiving). The sauce was extremely salty to the point of almost being inedible, if not for the rice.  I ended up swapping this with the Moo.

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‘Portuguese’ chicken which Moo originally ordered before realising it was spicy. Like the soy garlic chicken, it was extremely salty and sour. Chef has to go easy on the flavours.

Price wise, 10Gram’s items are quite affordable for the setting – although service is slow. I would stick to their Western dishes over the Asian ones.

10 GRAM (Puchong) 

Block F, IOI boulevard, Jalan Kenari 5, Bandar Puchong Jaya, 47100, Selangor

Business hours: 10am-10pm
Phone: 0380718214

Starbucks Malaysia Reimagines Raya with New Offerings

We’re just a few weeks shy of Hari Raya Aidilfitri. This year’s celebrations will be a little subdued due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but Starbucks Malaysia is keen to inject some colour into the festivities – through several exciting new Raya beverage and merchandise offerings.

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I’m sure everyone is missing Air Jagung, which is a must-have at Ramadan bazaars. Taking inspiration from this popular drink, Starbucks has come up with the new Caramel Sweet corn Frappucino – beautifully crafted with premium sweet corn sauce, luscious milk and a generous drizzle of caramel sauce, topped with green tea whipped cream. You’ll feel as if you’re at the heart of the warm, bustling Ramadan markets again!

Starbucks® Chewy Kurma Cookies

Dates are another commonplace during the Ramadan and festive season, and the delectable Chewy Kurma Cookies, a combination of rolled oats, dates and hints of cinnamon, can be enjoyed with close family members at home, or delivered to relatives and friends.

Grab app or Foodpanda app customers can order both items at a special price and have them delivered to your preferred address. Alternatively, order the Starbucks Iftar Together Combo set, where you can get two Grande-sized handcrafted beverages and one slice of cake for only RM29.90.

Aside from its usual beverages, cakes and pastries, Starbucks Malaysia is also offering merchandise through the mobile apps, which can be an option for many if they feel like doing their Raya gifting this season remotely. The brand’s beautifully designed Raya Cups and matching Cup Sleeves for this year are created locally by the Starbucks team in Malaysia and make for wonderful gifts.  The designs combine the very traditions of Malaysian batik with The Fanous, the decorative lanterns that has since become synonymous to Ramadan and Aidilfitri. These lanterns are also significant during these uncertain times as a beacon of hope, and as a light that will keep shining despite the circumstances.

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The local team has also designed a one-of-a-kind Aidilfitri 2020 Starbucks Card. The card’s main feature is its Malaysian Batik pattern with an intricate floral design, and pigments of various shades of green that have been coloured in by hand. The card this year is also unique as it is made from paper, which makes them a more sustainable option. With a minimum activation of RM50, this card is perfect to share with a loved one.

The Iftar Combo Set is available at all stores from 12 May onwards. The Caramel Sweet Corn Frappuccino, Chewy Kurma Cookies and the Aidilfitri 2020 Starbucks Card is already available in all stores nationwide, while stocks last.

For more information, visit the Starbucks Malaysia website at www.starbucks.com.my

Break Fast This Ramadan with Coffee, Cake and Delicious Meals from The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Malaysia

What with the Movement Control Order still in place, Ramadan (and possibly Syawal) will be a new experience for Malaysians this year. To help ease the experience of staying at home, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf has come up with a new menu selection that can be enjoyed from the comforts of your own abode. From the deeply satisfying Dark Chocolate Chai Tea Latte or a decadent Single Origin Chocolate beverage, to savoury entrées featuring local favourites and Asian flavours with a modern twist, there’s something to suit every preference.

CB&TL Single Origin Chocolate Beverages

Chocolate is known for its feel-good qualities and everyone is in need of a pick-me-up these days. Try the comforting goodness of a hot or iced Dark Chocolate Chai Tea Latte (RM14.50 small, RM15.50 regular), a unique blend combining rich, dark chocolate that’s balanced with CB&TL’s sweet and spicy chai. For chocolate purists, experience the depth of flavour and unique properties of Single Origin Chocolate sourced from Ghana – it boasts a fudge-like richness that is perfect on its own or blended with CB&TL’s signature coffee extract for a boost. Try it as a Single Origin Chocolate or Single Origin Mocha Latte (RM15.95 small, RM17.45 regular), or as a refreshing Ice Blended® (RM16.50 small, RM18 regular).

CB&TL Ramadhan-Syawal Specials

These thirst-quenching beverages go hand-in-hand with a delicious Chicken Satay Sandwich (RM20.50), slathered with peanut sauce and lemongrass, and served on fresh panini bread, or the aptly-named Yum Chicken Salad (RM22.80), a mouth-watering Siam-inspired serving of chicken with tom yum and Thai basil leaves on a bed of mesclun salad leaves.

CB&TL Yum Chicken Salad

End the meal on a sweet note with Nuts About You (RM13.95 per slice, RM139.90 for a whole cake), featuring layers of coffee, peanut butter, nuts and chocolate to satisfy even the most demanding dessert critic. This season also sees a return of The Straits (RM12.95 per slice, RM129.30 for a whole cake), a traditional pandan cake laced with gula Melaka with the added richness of cream and mascarpone cheese.

CB&TL Nuts About You (whole cake)

In the spirit of spreading cheer this Raya, CB&TL will also be offering value for money promotions. Takeaway orders get to enjoy value bundles; post-MCO, the offers will also apply to dine-in customers. 

#RayaDekatDiHati Promotions run from now until 23 May 2020, whereby customers who buy any Café beverage can top up RM5 to get a bagel. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, buy two desserts and get one free from a choice of cakes, muffins, cookies and sweet scones. Fans of CB&TL’s signature beverages such as The Original Mocha Ice Blended® drink, Cappuccino, Café Latte, Americano, Today’s Brew and Cold Brew Tea beverages will also enjoy a 20% discount. 

CB&TL The Straits (whole cake)

Meanwhile, cash rebates are also available on GrabFood orders during the GrabFood Ramadhan Hot Deals Campaign from now until 23 May 2020. With a minimum order of RM25, you’ll get a 30% discount (up to a maximum discount of RM8 per order) – just key in promo code HOTDEALS during the checkout.

More information on CB&TL’s festive menu and latest offerings on CB&TL’s Facebook page, or www.coffeebean.com.my.