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December 8, 2009

dr.CAFE @ Solaris Mon’t Kiara

I am a coffee-to-wake-up person, and drink an average of 3 cups of coffee daily. Without my morning fix, I am literally incapable of functioning at work. I blame this on Shum, who got me hooked on brewed coffee ever since we shared a room at work together. rif spotted dr.CAFE when he was there on a job, and took me there for our coffee session last weekend. Photography is not allowed. I wasn’t aware of the ‘no photograph’ sign, and managed to take a few photos before the staff told me I couldn’t. They are currently having a promo — RM5 off selected coffee sets. My set consisted of a jumbo cappuccino (RM11) and a slice of crispy cheesecake (RM12), which amounted to RM19 after discount. rif went for a tall Sumatran brew (RM6.50). His coffee was quite good. Bittersweet and aromatic, it was smooth and pleasant to drink. A good cappuccino must have a ring of foam on the side of the cup known as crema. It must be perfectly balanced — full bodied with hints of sweetness and creaminess from steamed milk. I hate it when my cappuccino comes with a dusting of cocoa powder or worst, cinnamon powder.

You call this a cappuccino?

When I saw the barista’s uncertain look when frothing the milk, I had an inkling the cappuccino wouldn’t be good. True enough, it wasn’t. He foamed the milk until it was hellishly frothy. My cappuccino was served in a paper cup with a plastic lid — I DID NOT ask for a takeaway. It should come in a warmed ceramic cup. I checked with Tgin, and he was surprised as the cappuccino he ordered (on a separate visit) came in a ceramic cup, with crema. Bad QC.
On its own, the cheesecake (RM12) was run of the mill, but it went very well with coffee. It was an interesting combination of biscuit base, layered with a sheet of puff pastry, cheese filling and topped with pastry flakes.
Despite the lousy cappuccino, everything else was alright. I liked the ambiance — very conducive for long chats. rif and I sat at a cosy corner and chatted away till it was dinner time. Prices are about the same as other coffee places. However, their claim “The Ultimate Coffee Experience” wasn’t quite so for me. I would come here again, but not for the cappuccino.

Ambiance: 7.5/10
Price: 6/10
Cappuccino: 2/10
Daily brew: 6.5/10
Cake: 5.5/10
Verdict: The coffee isn’t great, but it is better than the usual coffee chains I frequent.

dr.CAFE Coffee
Solaris Mon’t Kiara
Kuala Lumpur

17 Responses

  1. eiling lim

    Am no coffee connoisseur but I can give this a try! Maybe skip the cappuccino…haha

  2. "Joe" who is constantly craving

    hard to come n visit if they cant do a proper coffee.. boo.

  3. Selba

    Whoaaa.. there's a sign of "no photograph"? So glad that you managed to take some pics before coz' the place looks nice 🙂

    You are a coffee lover? then you gotta try Indonesian coffee! We got so many kind of coffee and also our famous Kopi Luwak – the coffee beans is eaten first by an animal (a cute animal looks like a monkey) then after being digested and expelled by the animal, the coffee beans is ready to brew 🙂 Fyi, don't be surprised to see the price of Luwak coffee because it is the most expensive coffee in the world.

  4. foodbin

    i am no coffee lover but can understand it more with your post.

  5. thenomadGourmand

    Sadly i cant enjoy coffee tho i love it!

  6. thule a.k.a leo

    since I'm a coffee lover, I will have to come and try it myself

  7. iamthewitch

    No photography?? That sucks! And doesn't do well for their publicity too! But what a cute name and nice ambience for coffee!

  8. SimpleGirl

    me too needs the caffine to wake me up daily!! would definetely give a try if i have chance….but sure wont order the cappucino

  9. ai wei

    i love coffee too. however, can't take those stroong one lately. love cuppucino nowaday 🙂
    and, u hav 3cups a day? that's quite a lot @@

  10. ai wei

    i love coffee too. however, can't take those stroong one lately. love cuppucino nowaday 🙂
    and, u hav 3cups a day? that's quite a lot @@

  11. ai wei

    i love coffee too. however, can't take those stroong one lately. love cuppucino nowaday 🙂
    and, u hav 3cups a day? that's quite a lot @@

  12. mimid3vils

    no photography? I hate this!!

  13. worldwindows

    Only good for a relax conversation, with a nice slice of cake and Chai Latte.

  14. Bangsar-bAbE

    worldwindows – Exactly!

    mimi – Ya lor…if they let us blog about it, it will make them more famous. Dunno la…maybe they are worried people will steal their concept! 0_o

    ai wei – Hehehe….yup. I love my coffee. 😉

    SimpleGirl – Yes, skip the cappuccino, unless they give you one with a ceramic cup!

    iamthewitch – A pity too…cos their interior is really nice!

    leo – If you go, call me la! =)

    nomad – You can eat the cake, while I drink the coffee. Muahahaha…

    foodbin – Good to know!

    Selba – Yeah…good thing I got to take a few pics.

    I've been wanting to try the Kopi Luwak. But it's super super expensive!! T____T

    Joe – Yup…I was looking for a good coffee place, and thought I found one. The search continues…

    eiling – Hehehe…yup! Skip it.

  15. vialentino

    i always come to this coffee and try out…but always got no chance ler…. after see ur rating…also got second thoughts liow

  16. Bangsar-bAbE

    vialentino – Stick to the basic black coffee lor. Shouldn't be a problem. =)

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