Exhibit Cafe @ Taman Tun

July 16, 2013

If Exhibit Cafe were a person, hed be someone wed want for a friend, with his guileless capacity to place us at ease, have us linger with him & leave us feeling nourished by the experience. This is one of 2013s nicest new cafes.

Malaysian-born Loo See Hin & his Japanese wife have opened a suburban purlieu thats stylish without being stuffy or showy, polished but free of vain pretensions. Its supremely peaceful here for now, but expect the crowds to come very soon.

Heres a cafe with a story, with reasons behind each piece of Mid-Century Modern furniture & a background even to the bear that sits by the window with wombat companions, pausing perhaps to ponder its trek from Brisbane to Taman Tun Dr Ismail.

 Exhibits food represents what the cafes owners want to eat: Wholesome fare that tastes as fresh & natural as imaginable, noticeably low in sugar & salt, exemplified by this tuna sandwich in a baguette thats par-baked in France before being finished off at Exhibit.

Sweet potato soup is on the current warm-food menu; on other occasions, folks might find broths brimming with clams & tomatoes, or maybe a vegetarian one with broccoli, celery, green peppers & ladys fingers with bay-leaves-infused extra virgin olive oil.

Preservative-free pastries, from poppy seed puffs stuffed with Japanese red bean paste, cheesecakes topped with fresh strawberries & pain au chocolat centered with Belgian chocolate ...

 ... to croissants constructed with Aussie butter & raw almond cream (RM8 nett) ...

 ... & soft-baked cookies with components like pumpkin seeds & oatmeal.

 Chemex coffeemakers to brew Exhibits distinctive beverages for sipping slowly while savoring what sounds like Coltrane-era jazz on the cafes speakers.

Love the Japanese Maruyama dark roast blend (RM15), richly nuanced & maybe a little nutty.

Lion Coffee, bearing the fragrance of vanilla beans & macadamia nuts, served at Exhibit with a bit of Valrhona chocolate on the saucer. RM15 nett.

Belvoir organic elderflower cordial (RM16), excellent for caffeine-averse customers.

Valrhona hot chocolate, made with the buttery Dulcey Blond variety.

Exhibit Cafe opens 11am-9pm, except Wednesdays. Its signboard should be up by weeks end, but for now, look for it above Taman Tuns SMiLE CLINIC.
Note: Exhibit will be closed this Sunday, July 21, but is usually open on other Sundays.

"Hoot-bye, until we meet again," these owl figurines from Bali seem to say (in our minds ear).

Exhibit Cafe TTDI,
86A, Jalan Burhanuddin Helmi, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-7731-3311