Brunch @ Unicorn 25, Skypod Square Puchong

Hey guys! I hope you’re all doing well in spite of everything. I’ve been feeling uninspired lately. Nothing I write seems to feel right, and I can’t think of ideas. Maybe it’s burn out. I hope it’ll pass.

Anyhoo, I still want to post something – so here’s a short and sweet one about brunch at Unicorn 25, a cafe at Skypod Square in Puchong, just across the road from IOI Mall.

Seeing as how dead the place is, I’m surprised the cafe has lasted this long. The cafe is apparently famous for its waffles and toast, but they also have Western dishes like pasta and sandwiches which are affordably priced and cater to the surrounding office crowd.

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It’s a nice spot if you need a quiet place to work.

It so happened that there was a water disruption during our visit, so they weren’t able to serve any drinks other than the bottled ones. Which was a shame, because their menu has some pretty interesting beverages, like creme brulee latte and chocolate banana frappe, to name a few.

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The waffles and desserts are on the pricey side, but the pastas are affordable.

Since the Moo and I weren’t in the mood for sweets, we ordered some pasta: seafood aglio olio for her, mushroom and ham carbonara for me. The portions were hefty, and the pasta was cooked al dente.

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I enjoyed my mushroom and ham ‘carbonara’: it was creamy but not cloying, had generous amounts of mushroom and ham, and some cheese powder on top. Of course, no Italian chef in their right mind would call this actual carbonara, but most of the versions here are bastardised anyway. 😛

Pros: Affordable pastas, quiet environment, easy parking

Cons: Expensive waffles / toast

UNICORN 25

SS-01-19 Skypod Square Persiaran Puchong Jaya Selatan, Bandar Puchong Jaya, 47100 Puchong, Selangor

Opening hours: 9AM – 6PM

Brunch and Waffles @ The Owls Cafe, One Space, One City USJ

The Owls Cafe has made a name for itself in the Klang Valley, thanks to its signature waffles and brunch offerings. From a humble little cafe in Bukit Jalil, the brand has since expanded to include The New Chapter by The Owls Cafe at the Calvary Convention Centre, Midorie x The Owls Cafe at MYTown Shopping Centre in Cheras, as well as two outlets at The BUNCH PJ and One Space, One City USJ respectively. S and I paid a visit to the latter for Saturday brunch. We were lucky as we got in just before a queue started forming.

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The aesthetics are pretty consistent across their outlets, in that they’re always brightly lit and boast a minimalist look, with clean white/beige furniture and a touch of green. This outlet is smaller than the one at Cavalry, but it also has a high ceiling so it’s less noisy. 

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S had the Nutty Latte, while I went for the Vanilla Latte. Ice cold and perfect for a hot day, milky and not too sweet!

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Every time S and I have gone to The Owls Cafe elsewhere, he orders the same thing – and this time is no exception lol. But as the saying goes, why fix something that isn’t broken? The Morning Daisy is a solid choice for those who want a hearty pick-me-up, and includes a buttered croissant, salad with sesame dressing, scrambled eggs and criss-cut fries. Everything comes together in perfect harmony: the crispy, crunchy potato goodness of the fries, the fluffy eggs with just a dash of salt and pepper for seasoning, the flaky pastry and the refreshing greens.

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Decided to try something different this time and went for the Ultraman Pasta. For those not familiar with Cantonese, Ultraman is known as ‘ham dan chiu yan’ or ‘salted egg superman’ – a moniker that comes from his peculiar egg-like appearance. Anyway, the Ultraman Pasta consists of al-dente pasta coated in a savoury salted egg yolk sauce, served with juicy and sizable chicken karaage, topped off with fried egg. Sinful, but oh-so-worth it.

We could not make anymore room for desserts, but their waffles are really good too. There are two named after the owners of the cafe, Rebecca and David.

Service is nice and friendly. Mains and desserts average around RM18 – RM28.

THE OWLS CAFE @ ONE SPACE ONE CITY USJ 

G.01, G.02 & G.03, Ground Floor One Space @, Jalan USJ 25/1C, One City, 47650 Subang Jaya, Selangor

Opening hours: 11AM – 8PM (daily)

 

 

Review: Free Birthday Waffle! @ Fluffed Cafe and Dessert Bar, Taman Paramount PJ

Food trends come and go, but when it comes to dessert, I think nothing beats a good ol’-fashioned cake and waffle combo. If you’re in the Petaling Jaya neighbourhood, one of the best places to get both is at Fluffed Cafe and Dessert Bar. Sandwiched in the middle of a row of quiet shoplots in Taman Paramount, the cosy nook is pretty popular, judging by the crowd that was there during our visit on a Sunday night. Since it was just S and I, we managed to get a table at the back quick (the cafe seats around 50 people +)

I was pleasantly surprised to find that they have a Birthday Special, where patrons can claim a waffle set either 1 day before, on or 1 day after their birthday, with a minimum purchase of RM40 (it’s a good idea to come with friends!). Since S and I already ordered 1 cake each for ourselves and drinks (which was already RM50), we felt it’d be a shame if we didn’t redeem the waffle. We were going to regret this later but wth.

For drinks, I had the Strawberry Milk, which was refreshing with just the slightest hint of sweetness – it tasted a lot like a strawberry-flavoured yoghurt shake.

PS: Service was super quick: almost as soon as we ordered and looked for a seat, the drinks came wtf we hadn’t even sat down properly yet. But then again we took a really long time ordering so the kitchen probably prepped it while we were still logging orders coz they got fed up with our indecisiveness. lol

S had their signature drink called Maple Story, which is earl grey and maple-infused panna cotta with frozen espresso cubes and cold milk. The panna cotta pudding at the bottom of the glass was smooth and sweet, balancing out the slight bitterness from the espresso which melted when combined with the cold milk.

I saw this Smores Cheesecake in their display glass and it looked so good I couldn’t resist ordering. The chocolate/biscuit base on the inside was solid, complementing the soft, gooey smores coating on the outside. It was a tad too sweet for me though, and it got cloying rather quickly.

S decided to save his tiramisu for home coz we still had a waffle coming.

I got to customise my Birthday Waffle! I went for Charcoal Waffle, paired with three scoops of ice cream: their signature Hokey Pokey (vanilla + honey with bits of honeycomb), Black Chocolate and Red Strawberry. The dish was served with slices of banana and strawberry, and they gave me a little candle to boot. 🙂

The waffle was fluffy and crisp, just the right portion for two or three to share. They didn’t skimp on the ice-cream either, which were giant scoops of solid, smooth creaminess. My favourite was the Hokey Pokey, as it was sweet with subtle hints of honey that brought out the vanilla flavour rather than overpower it. Black Chocolate came a close second with its rich, thick and slight hint of bitterness. The Red Strawberry was really sour, which I didn’t like, but S thought it was okay.

They also have unique ice cream flavours like Tau Foo Far and Macadamia Crumble.

We left completely stuffed and satisfied from our food excursion. I’d definitely come here again for my waffle fix if I’m in the neighbourhood! It’s not the best place for chilling though as the place gets crowded and super noisy, you might have to shout at each other to be heard. Service was fast, friendly and efficient.

FLUFFED CAFE AND DESSERT BAR 

55, Jalan 20/7, Taman Paramount, Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

Opening hours: 12PM – 10PM (Tues – Suns)

Tel: 03-7865-1833

On A Waffle Binge – Wawa Land Round 2

(Update: This outlet is permanently closed.)

Can’t believe I came here two nights in a row, just with different people. 😀

C introduced me to this cafe that serves some pretty bangin’ waffles. (You can read the previous review here) The next day, S and I were looking to catch some Pokemon, but since our usual spot was packed with people we ended up at IOI Boulevard and I took him to Wawa Land for some waffles.

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It was a weekend night and the place was packed with families and young couples. They don’t have that many staff to man the counter/kitchen, so it can get really slow – but have some patience and you’ll be rewarded with some good food. I wouldn’t recommend this place to people in a hurry; it’s more a place to chill and hangout with friends.

Got a caramel sea salt latte. Coffee wasn’t too bitter, milk was frothy, and the caramel/sea salt gave it a nice sweet/salty kick.

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Feeling peckish, but there weren’t many savoury snacks available. Opted for some fried chicken nuggets, which came with a thousand island sauce dip.

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S said he was on a ‘mango binge’ recently, so we got waffles with vanilla ice-cream, fresh mangoes and fruit sauce. The mangoes were quite sour but was offset well by the sweet and creamy vanilla ice-cream. Waffles were fluffy and dusted with a thin layer of sugar. As mentioned before, they have a more compact, crispier texture than the ones from Owls Cafe, but they hold their own pretty well.

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Portion is big enough for two.

Waffles @ Wawa Land Cafe, IOI Boulevard Puchong Jaya

[UPDATE] This cafe is now permanently closed.

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“I’ll meet you at 7 at Wawa land.”

“What land?”

“Wawa land.”

That was the convo between C and I when she made plans to meet me at this newly opened cafe in Bandar Puchong Jaya. Quirky name aside, the place dishes out some pretty good waffles. They also have Wi-fi and lots of electrical outlets – just what we were looking for. C had to work on her business presentation and I had some freelancing articles to finish.

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C ordered hot lemon tea. It had a nice balance of flavours; not too sweet from sugar/honey, with just a hint of bitter and sour.

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Spaghetti bolognese with chicken sausages. The pasta was nice and al-dente, and the ingredients were fragrant and aromatic, with bits of minced chicken meat, pepper, thinly sliced mushrooms and onions. Could do with more salt though.

Each meal comes with a choice of Ala-Carte (dish only), Classic (with three choice of drinks) and Premium (any drink on the menu). I had Milk Tea with mine.

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C had carbonara, which came with thin slices of beef pepperoni, bellpeppers and mushrooms in a cream sauce. Again, the flavours are there but they just need a bit more salt. Portions were reasonable.

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The cafe is better known for their delectable desserts, such as pancakes and waffles. We ordered one with salted caramel sauce. The dish came served with two scoops of chocolate/vanilla ice-cream. Waffles were crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. They’re pretty good, although I still prefer the one from Owls Cafe. Still, this place is a good alternative if you’re a Puchong-ite and don’t feel like driving all the way to Bukit Jalil.

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WAWA LAND Cafe
F-G-21, IOI Boulevard,
Jalan Kenari 5, Bandar Puchong Jaya, 47100, Puchong,
Selangor, Malaysia.
Opening Hours: Mon – Thu (11:00am – 10:00pm)
Fri (11:00am – 12:00am midnight)
Sat (10:00am – 12:00am midnight)
Sun (10:00am – 10:00pm)
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wawalandmy/

New Chapter by The Owls Cafe, Bukit Jalil

An owl-themed cafe sounds as hipster as it gets; and the funny thing is that it was my mum who told me about the place (I thought I was the hip one around here!). Tucked inside the spacious Calvary Convention Center in Bukit Jalil, New Chapter by The Owls Cafe is actually their second cafe – and is wildly popular by the looks of the crowd there on a Sunday afternoon.

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With clear glass windows to allow for lots of natural light, the place seemed modern but cosy, with wooden counters, chairs and tables that were paired off with clean white walls and ceiling lights. True to their owl theme, loads of owlish paraphernalia sat on the shelves and decorated plates and cups.

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Even the door handles are a pair of owls!

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Pillows at the waiting area with colourful owl designs.

There was a long waiting list, so took more photos while waiting for a seat.

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Packed coffee beans, for you coffee lovers out there who’d like to take the blends home.

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Once seated, a waiter took our orders and keyed them in through a smartphone system.

PS: If you’re looking for a quiet place to chill with your laptop/read, New Chapter is not for you. The place was really crowded and so noisy I was almost shouting just to speak to my parents at the same table lol.

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Moo and Pi had Lemongrass/Ginger tea and Peppermint tea (RM8 each). The cups were adorable! Moo really liked her tea, which was refillable. You can also opt for a pot for two (RM12).

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We ordered the Morning Daisy (RM18) : 180C oven-baked buttery flavoured Crispy Croissant with scrambled egg, salad and crinkle-cut fries.

Our eyes nearly popped out when the dish came to our table. It. Was. Hugeee. There was a mountain of soft and fluffy scrambled egg, and a generous serving of crispy, deep-fried crinkle-cut fries. I liked that they served this instead of regular fries, as you can taste that smokey flavour from having the skin left on! 🙂 The salad was also crunchy, fresh and tossed in a creamy sesame + vinegar dressing.

The best way to eat is to stuff the buttery croissant with some egg and salad, then munch on it like a sandwich; or spread the egg on the crispy fries for a beautiful blend of textures. Egg was slightly bland, but otherwise I’d give this a 9/10. Very yummy and value for money – we shared it among the three of us.

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Ending the meal on a sweet note, we had the Classic (RM10) – a flower-shaped waffle served with a fat dollop of butter and syrup, dusted over with sugar. Although simple, it was fluffy, light and perfectly done. The butter was creamy and rich, while the syrup was not overly sweet. No wonder the place is famous for their waffles! They also have items like Rebecca (which comes with strawberries, blueberries, etc) and David (bananas, peanut butter, vanilla ice cream).

Overall, I was impressed with the food quality at New Chapters. Service was okay; pretty fast and efficient considering that there was a constant line.  Ambience-wise, it’s not a cafe where you can chill and hang out for hours due to the high volume of customers, and the acoustics are bad because it gets so noisy you feel like you’re in a club. But I’d come back for the food! 🙂

NEW CHAPTER by the OWLS CAFE

Calvary Convention Centre
1 Jalan Jalil Perkasa 1
Taman Teknologi Malaysia
57000 Kuala Lumpur

Phone: 03-89991516

Opening hours: Mon-Sat (10am – 7pm), Sun (11am – 7pm)

 

 

 

Madame Waffle, IOI City Mall – Waffles with a Twist

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Update: This cafe is permanently closed.

Waffles are amazing. Simple yet versatile, one can have it plain or spice it up with various ingredients like cinnamon, honey, chocolate sauce… the list is endless!

I recently got my waffle fix at Madame Waffle in IOI City Mall, Putrajaya. Priding itself in serving ‘artisan Belgian waffles, specialty coffees and teas’,  the Japanese-inspired local brand recently celebrated their first anniversary with a promotion. Original and Matcha flavoured waffles sold for only RM1 each! Needless to say, the kitchen had their hands full catering to the long lines of customers…

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Unlike conventional square-shaped waffles, the ones at Madame Waffle are round;  like a fat, criss-crossed pancake. There are plain ones and flavoured ones, such as Green Tea, Cinnamon, Chocolate, etc. There are also the premium platters which come with stuff like ice-cream, sides, etc.

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Only RM1 ! The usual price for these are between RM6-8. I tried the Matcha flavour, which had a sweet but slightly bitter aftertaste from the matcha powder (which was quite pleasant, actually). The texture of the waffle was nothing like normal waffles at all. It was like a cross between very chewy bread and a glutinous rice bun, or sweet potato cake.

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The plain one was sweet and slightly doughy.

I really liked Madame Waffle’s take on the well-loved dessert. Will be coming back to try more ! 🙂

Madame Waffle

Lot S-K 3, Level 2, IOI City Mall, Lebuh IRC, IOI Resort City.
Opening hours: 10 am – 10 pm