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Four Corners Coffee @ Semenyih & Ma-Ni Thai Cuisine @ Hulu Selangor

March 6, 2016


If the city's caffeine hangouts seem too clogged with crowds, consider driving out to Semenyih, where Four Corners Coffee recently opened in the Univillage student residential complex near the University of Nottingham. Owned by the folks behind KL's popular Brewmen & Bean Reserve cafes, this is a leafy, sunny sanctuary of calm where visitors can pause to ponder over a perfectly enjoyable Oreo waffle (RM10) & Chai hot chocolate (RM12).

Four Corners Coffee
UG 005 A, Univillage Club House, Jalan Univillage, Semenyih, Selangor. An hour's drive out of KL.
Open Mon-Sat, 10am-930pm

Green trees, green curry: We're happy to flee the city for nature's open-air embrace at Ma-Ni Cuisine, where feasts of Thai fare unfurl at a laid-back pace, punctuated with wild insect sounds & sightings amid Hulu Selangor's lushly forested, wood-accented backdrop.

Ma-Ni's menu is eggs-tensive; yolk-adoring customers might want to commence with a triple-whammy of salted eggs with spicy ferns & shrimp (RM20), century eggs with minced chicken & crispy Thai basil (RM24) & crispy deep-fried battered omelette with a chilli, garlic & ginger sauce (RM18). Not what the doctor or dietician ordered, but some dishes are irresistible.

Rich, robust flavours emerge for both the hor mok (RM30; the seductive Southeast Asian seafood souffle) & the beef massaman curry (RM28; creamy & fragrant). Extra tip: Wine won't be spotted on the official menu, but ask & you may receive.

Ma-Ni Thai Cuisine
26, Bt 3/4 Jalan Changkat Asa, Hulu Bernam, Hulu Selangor. A bit more than an hour's drive out of KL.
Open Tues-Fri, 6pm-11pm; Sat-Sun, 12pm-11pm
Tel: 605-4590142 or 6017-3335142 or 6012-3736820 (not all these numbers are consistently answered)

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