2D Cafe @ Sunway Geo, Bandar Sunway

Hey guys!

I was reading an article recently about how ‘selfie culture’ has changed the landscape of travel and lifestyle offerings. Now, it’s no longer about travel for the sake of experiencing things, but documenting and snapping photos of ourselves all along the way; a journey of narcissism and self-validation through likes and follows. Perhaps that sounds cynical, but its the nature of how things are today.

One of these purpose-built places is 2D Cafe @ Sunway Ge. Modeled after the 2D-cafe trend in South Korea and Japan, the cafe’s entire interior has been designed to look like the pages of a black and white comic book, with bold black lines creating an illusion of ‘flatness’ against the all-white furnishings. The result is eye-catching and certainly unique, as subjects pop against the backdrop.

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The cafe itself is a bit hard to find, as it is located on the 3rd floor, away from all the other restos and cafes clustered on the ground floor. Once you get there, the entrance is a little confusing as well. The seating area is shielded from sight, and patrons enter through a narrow corridor. The theme for the cafe is European x Japanese, and you see the European portion of it at this section which features famous works of art such as the Creation of Adam by Michelangelo, Edward Munch’s Scream and Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, cheekily holding up bubble teas (the shop’s specialty).

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Once inside, the Japanese elements are apparent, with geishas, darumas, maneki nekos and vending machine murals aplenty – and even a drawing of the Great Wave of Kanagawa adorning one side of the wall. All of the furniture and deco is handpainted and took the artist (who is also a share holder) two months to complete.

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Me taking photo of a dood taking a photo of me #photoception

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A section of the cafe made to look like a classroom.

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Another section with a bath ‘tub’ / ball pit (not pictured), made to look like a traditional Japanese public bath.

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Counter where they take your orders. You will find about five different types of bubble tea here, although prices are above average (RM14.90). To match the cafe’s aesthetics, the bottles are also packaged in the same ‘comic’ art vein.

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Picture courtesy of 2D Cafe. 

I did not try their drinks because I thought they were too pricey, but there have been reviews on Google which are less than stellar. Let me know what you think if you’ve tried it!

Only time will tell if these Instagram ‘concept’ cafes will last, because personally, no matter how attractive you spruce a place up, if the food/drinks aren’t great and the price point is expensive, most people will probably only go once. That being said, from an arts perspective, I think it’s pretty creative, even if it’s not original.

2D CAFE 

F-03, 10, Jalan Lagoon Selatan, SUNWAY GEO AVENUE, 47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor

Opening hours: 12PM – 9PM (Closed on Wednesday).

 

Shaved Ice Treats @ Mykori Dessert Cafe, Bandar Puchong Jaya

We Malaysians love our ‘food trends’. A couple of years back everyone was crazy about bubble milk tea, the likes of Chatime, Gongcha, etc. Then it was Taiwanese desserts ala Snowflake, the one with grass jelly and taro balls. Now, the in thing is Kakigori, a traditional Japanese summer treat of shaved ice, which comes with toppings like matcha, red bean, honeydew and other fruits. The most famous place that serves it in the Klang Valley is probably Kaki-Gori in Taman Paramount, which I visited a few months ago with Evelyn (review here).

I didn’t know we had an outlet serving kakigori in Puchong until S told me (coz he was craving for it for supper) ! Mykori Dessert Cafe in Bandar Puchong Jaya is located on the second floor of a shoplot, accessible via side stairs. Despite its somewhat ‘hidden’ location, the cafe was packed with customers on a Sunday night.

The din was deafening due to the small space – not the best place to chill and chat. We opted to sit outside which wasn’t air conditioned but quieter.

More choices compared to Kakigori! There’s Watermelon, Honeydew, the usual Green tea and red bean, etc. We opted for the Mango Cheesecake.

Had a Cheese/Ham Taiyaki to nibble on while waiting for our dessert. It was filled with hot, gooey cheese sauce and thin slices of ham.

Our Mango Cheesecake kakigori! Also got a flower tea, although for some odd reason the tea tasted like metal shavings.

The shaved ice was really good, with a soft yet creamy texture. The ice itself seemed to be lightly flavoured with hints of vanilla/milk, and there was just the right ratio of sweet chunky mango poured over it. The cheesecake flavour was fairly mild, but we were surprised to find generous chunks of it at the bottom of the bowl. Like actual cheesecake chunks with a crumbly pastry base.

New favourite dessert! The price is quite hefty though, at RM22. Probably something to have every now and then, but not always. 😛

MYKORI DESSERT CAFE

No.6-2 ,Jalan Kenari 18A ,
Bandar Puchong Jaya ,
47100 Puchong ,Selangor .

Opening hours:

Tue – Thu : 2pm-11pm
Fri & Sat : 1pm-12am
Sunday & Public Holiday : 1pm-11pm
Closed Mondays

Monster MilkShakes – Messed Up Family @ Garage 51, Bandar Sunway

Hey guys! So if you noticed, I haven’t been blogging as much as I used to(sad). I’ve been really busy with my freelancing work/errands and stuff.

To make it up to you, here’s a post from when S and I went to ‘celebrate’ his birthday last week 🙂

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He wanted to try these gigantic milkshakes at Garage 51, Bandar Sunway. Who am I to say no to the birthday boy, right?

Garage 51 used to be, well… a garage. Before it was converted into a car-themed hipster cafe. The place is right across the road from Sunway University College and caters to a big student crowd. Place was packed for dinner/supper.

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Inspired by the ‘messy milkshake’ trend from Australia, the two young brothers who helm Garage 51 decided to bring this monster of a dessert to Malaysia. It was a phenomenal hit when they first released it, but the hype seems to have died down a little. The original ‘Messed Up Family’ range had four drinks: the Father, Mother, Son and Daughter. Each had their own ‘personalities’ and matching ingredients. The Mother, for example, had a sweet and mellow Matcha Green Tea as a base, while the Daughter’s sunny disposition was shown through coconut and raisins. They have since expanded the menu to include seasonal releases like the Halloween Monster, and for Raya, the Bandung Milkshake.

S got The Son (above)), which had Hazelnut with Nutella and was topped over with salted pretzels, Perfecto Popcorn, cornflakes, marshmallow and a love letter stick.

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I went for The Cousin – salted caramel topped with a huge chunk of brownie, and loads of whipped cream underneath. Like seriously. Half of that cup was whipped cream. Fat as hell but oh so satisfying.

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Verdict: While they tasted good as far as sugary, creamy drinks go, I will never attempt to drink these again after having dinner (I had tacos at a shop next door). S and I were practically rolling to the car, trying not to throw up. Wasn’t that the drinks were bad, it was just too much for our aging stomachs. We’re not 18 anymore lol.

Each glass sells for Rm18.90.

GARAGE 51 

51, Jalan PJS 11/9, Bandar Sunway, 47500 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia

Business hours: 11AM – 11PM (closed Mondays)

Phone: 03-5612 5618

Taiyakie House – Cheesy Croissant Taiyaki, SS15 Subang

Update: This outlet is permanently closed.

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So there’s a viral post going around the Internet about this place selling cheesy croissant Taiyaki in SS15, Subang. 

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Picture from Taiyaki House FB page

DAT CHEEZE. How does one even resist? 

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S and I went to check it out after work last week and got the Double Cheese Taiyaki which they’re famous for. It looked a lot different from the pictures, lol. This is why people put that ‘for illustration purposes only’ disclaimer, kan?

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Despite looking quite flat and sad, the taiyaki was actually filled with a lot of cheese! Best eaten hot so you get that oozy and soft but stringy texture. The croissant wasn’t too bad either – flaky and crunchy.

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They also have other varieties like ham N Cheese, red bean and chocolate. Or go for the waffle series instead of the croissant ones; they come topped with ice-cream.

Taiyakie House
77, Jalan 15/8a, Subang Jaya, Selangor. Business hours:

Mon-Thu:12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, Fri:12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, Sat-Sun:1:00 pm – 11:00 pm

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Obviously we weren’t full enough, so we walked over to Asia Cafe for siew loong bao. Used to have these often with my ex, sure brings back some nostalgic memories.

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And fried oyster mushrooms. A tad too oily.