Kepochi, Jemi Cafe & Monkey Bar @ Taman Desa

November 26, 2015

Taman Desa is maintaining its allure as a magnet for new eateries, offering something for any time of the day - soon after the sun rises, so does the cutely named, charmingly decorated Kepochi, a kopitiam-style joint that jump-starts every morning with East-&-West breakfasts that leap from lempeng kelapa with spicy anchovies (RM7) to potato pancakes with beef brisket (RM12), 7am-1130am daily. Alas, late risers like us will never make it here that early, so we'll have to content ourselves with a lunch or dinner of beef chili & cheese nachos (RM12) & char kuey teow (RM9) - fairly wallet-friendly & reasonably flavoursome.

Jemi Cafe is a comparatively discreet hideout, tucked on the first floor, but waffle devotees might want to try its savoury waffle, comprising a striking tower of crunchy battered squid (RM15.90), followed by a well-made dessert called  'Golden Cubes' - chunks of crispy toast complemented by the likes of sweet potatoes, macarons, berries & ice cream (RM15.90), washed down with a 'dirty' chai latte (RM8.90; a chai latte with a shot of espresso). Portions are princely, without costing a king's ransom.

If you need one final stop before calling it a night, Monkey Bar is a spot where customers can play pool & enjoy fun snacks such as super-stretchy mozzarella balls (RM16.90). An Italian accent infuses much of the menu, ranging from squid ink risotto (RM28.90) to Margherita pizzas (RM24.90). Whatever we tried, including the wine, was tasty for a low-key neighbourhood pub.

Kepochi Cafe
5-0-12, Jalan 3/109f, Danau Business Centre,Taman Desa, Kuala Lumpur

Jemi Cafe
17-1, Jalan 2/109f, Taman Danau Desa, Kuala Lumpur. Daily, 11am-10pm. Tel: 03-79880968

Monkey Bar
5-0-1 , Jalan 3/109F Taman Danau Desa, Kuala Lumpur. Daily, 3pm-1am

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