More than caffeine, Coffee Cartel brings Penang classics plus crowd-pleasing favourites to TTDI & Solaris Dutamas

October 20, 2023

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For nearly three years, Coffee Cartel has been one of TTDI's most convenient choices for a morning caffeine fix or a late-night supper stop, staying open all the way to 1 a.m.

More than lattes, Coffee Cartel has a capable kitchen that promises everything from prawn noodles that rely on a Penang family's recipe to Hainanese chicken rice and chicken chop, beef porridge, fish noodle soup with salmon, and other soul-warming favourites.

On weekdays, Coffee Cartel also offers a value-for-money set lunch from noon to 2pm, featuring dishes such as Char Kuey Teow, Mamak Fried Mee, Pineapple Fried Rice, Buttermilk Chicken or Singapore Bihun for RM15.90, inclusive of a drink of the day plus vanilla ice cream with chocolate, strawberry, mango or raspberry sauce.

Fun fact: Last month, Coffee Cartel launched its second outpost in Solaris Dutamas, serving the same menu that has won over TTDI's neighbourhood community.

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Lined with large, comfortable couches plus colourful illustrations on the wall, Coffee Cartel is a distinctive destination, perfect for families inside and for friends hanging out in the alfresco area. Shisha is available. 

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Coffee Cartel's founders have put their personal touch throughout the menu, including numerous local classics.

The Penang Prawn Noodles (RM24.90) are a should-try for Penang food fans, harnessing the secret family recipe of an uncle who runs his own food business in Penang.

This is a spicy, naturally sweet bowl, loaded with lots of fresh prawns, fish cakes, fu chuk, kangkung and beansprouts.

The secret weapon is the house-blended prawn broth, captivatingly crimson, notably robust in flavour, slurp-worthy to the final spoonful!

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The Char Kuey Teow with Sang Har (RM38.90) provides a pleasurable spin on the George Town staple, satisfyingly smoky and sultry, with an aroma that's instantly appetising. It comes with 300 grams of river prawns, fabulously firm with a fleshy springiness, elevating this above the conventional street-side CKT.

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The Fish Noodle Soup with Salmon (RM34.90) is thoughtfully prepared too - the yee mee is bathed in beautiful fish bone broth that's slow-simmered overnight for clean-tasting creaminess, topped with tomatoes and crisp fried salmon for a confident contrasts of textures.

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If you're craving comfort food, Coffee Cartel's Beef Porridge (RM19.90) hits the spot, prepared to order for a 15-minute wait that's well worthwhile. The porridge is far from bland or one-dimensional - it's flavourful with a full-bodied loveliness, the ideal canvas for toppings of salted egg, salted radish, anchovies, fried tofu, bokchoy, keropok and chilli with soy sauce. 

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Hearty Hainanese kopitiam traditions come alive as well here - Coffee Cartel's Hainanese Chicken Chop (RM27.90) does justice to the cherished recipe, with battered chicken leg saturated in house-made sweet-and-sour tomato sauce, crunchy to the bite and juicy to the chew, complete with fries and mixed vegetables for an irresistible platter.

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Coffee Cartel's Hainanese Chicken Rice (RM26.90) is lip-smacking too, fragrantly cooked with basmati rice for a memorable taste and texture, rounded out with a whole succulent roasted chicken leg. Probably our current favourite chicken rice in Taman Tun Dr Ismail.

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Beyond local specialities, contemporary cafe fare is also available.

Coffee Cartel's All Day Breakfast (RM29.90) encompasses all the essentials - plenty of protein in the beef bacon, chicken sausage and scrambled eggs, encircled with baked beans, hash brown, mushrooms and garlic bread - one of the cafe's bestsellers, offered even for dinnertime if you're craving breakfast at night!

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Pasta pleasure can be found in the Smoked Duck Angel Hair Pasta (RM25.90), perfectly al dente, prepared in the popular aglio olio style, layered with luscious duck breast slices. 

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Coffee Cartel is consistently introducing new temptations - its latest is the Tom Yam Porridge, debuting this month with prawns, squid, sunny-side-up egg and salted radish in a scrumptious, steaming-hot bowl, thick and tantalising with the kick of Thai flavours. Sure to be a smash hit!

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Of course, Coffee Cartel ensures its coffee meets the mark too, relying on an Australian-roasted house blend of Colombian and Brazilian beans. Sip on signatures like La Latte (RM15.90), with the sweetness of caramel to balance the bright, bold acidity of the coffee.

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The Biscoff Latte (RM15.90) is playfully fun, distinctively drizzled with Biscoff crumble on top, laced with Biscoff spread in the beverage, for an extra-decadent latte.

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Other thirst-quenching options include the Rose Latte (RM15.90) for a florally perfumed pleasure and the Sprite Assam Boi (RM12.90) for a fizzy, fruity punch to perk up the palate.

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Coffee Cartel TTDI
No. 12, Ground Floor, Jalan Tun Mohd Fuad 2, Taman Tun Dr Ismail.
Daily, 10am-1am. Tel: 03-7733-1277

Coffee Cartel Publika
A2-G2, 07, G2 St, Solaris Dutamas, 50480 Kuala Lumpur.
Daily, 11am-1am. Tel: 017-696-5020