Cherry Bomb @ See Hoy Chan & Frisson Coffee @ Damansara Uptown

January 9, 2015

Its name might sound explosive, but Cherry Bomb Coffee - a moniker that serves as a nod to coffee cherries - is a calm hideout that's meant to evoke the feeling of home; it's a real labour of love by Azrein Zainal Abidin & her husband Rastam Toh.

Plenty of natural light pours into this spacious, couch-filled cafe on one of Menara See Hoy Chan's hidden corners, a five-minute drive from KLCC on Jalan Tun Razak. Kick back, play a game of chess or Monopoly, or have a chat with Azrein or Rastam. Azrein's a Hawaii-trained former psychology tutor, business development exec & writer, while Rastam's an ex-DJ & prevailing photographer; you'll find their creative fingerprints all over Cherry Bomb, where poetic posters line the walls.

 The menu is compact but the servings are hearty, with ever-evolving choices like croissants tinged with seaweed & swollen with chicken floss (RM12) & oxtail stew with carrots & celery, a monthly special when we visited Cherry Bomb in October - the lateness of this entry stems from our crisis of backlogged blog posts.

Wrap up your sure-to-be-pleasant visit here with a fresh-tasting waffle, cranberry-blackcurrant muffin or house-made muesli, washed down with thoughtfully prepared coffee or an affogato constructed with caffeine-free rooibos tea espresso. 

One more cafe for the road? Sure - from the city to the suburbs, take a peek into Frisson Coffee Bar at Damansara Uptown.

And yep, here's another croissant, served in an entirely different fashion, overflowing with chicken that's reputedly prepared with five different spices for an unmistakably Asian flavour & scrambled eggs that taste staunchly more Oriental than Western.

Frisson's baked eggs showcase more creaminess than the norm, thanks to its mix of mozzarella, potatoes, carrots, capsicums & eggplant. And naturally, there's coffee here too, of course.

 Cherry Bomb Coffee
G-06, Lobby 2, Menara See Hoy Chan, Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur
Open 8am-5pm, Monday-Saturday. Tel: 03-2181-5161

Frisson Coffee Bar
71-G, Jalan SS 21/1A, Damansara Utama, Petaling Jaya. Open Tues-Sun, 10am-10pm

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