Damai Studio & Cafe, Damai Road

March 31, 2019

Graced by a mural of the late Indian yoga proponent Swami Sivananda Saraswati, garlanded with a sense of soulful serenity, Damai Studio & Cafe lives up to its name, offering a sanctuary from the city's bustle, not only soothing the spirit but nourishing the body, doubling as a physical fitness studio and a health-conscious eatery.

Damai's menu was a work in progress when we visited, but customers can expect meat-free mindfulness in categories like vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and raw.

The selection spans snacks like the Zen Master (RM18.90; skewers of tempeh, shiitake mushrooms, capsicum and cherry tomatoes, with a smoothly creamy house-blended peanut sauce), brunch fare such as the Sweetheart Sunrise (RM20.90, scrambled eggs laced with sweet potatoes and antioxidant-rich moringa leaves), and complete meals like Joy (RM23.90; zucchini 'pasta' drenched in a luscious sauce of activated cashew nuts, miso and herbs).

Chocolate might sound like diet-destroying decadence at most cafes, but Damai's reliance on raw Ubud-sourced cacao makes these chocolate treats more of a guilt-free indulgence - the Damai Special Cacao Ceremony combines the cacao with cinnamon, coconut sugar and almond milk (RM14), while the Special Mocha brings together the cacao with a Singapore-roasted Liberty Coffee espresso blend (RM14). Madly In Love is a cacao mousse that makes for a rich and robustly satisfying dessert (RM20).

Even the water offered at Damai is more wholesome than the norm, ultraviolet-disinfected to avoid chemical processing (RM1 for 500ml).

Damai Studio and Cafe

23, Jalan Damai, Off Jalan Tun Razak, 55000 Kuala Lumpur. Daily, 9pm-6pm. Kitchen closes at 5pm. Tel: 03-2181-6100

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