PCLO Cafe @ Modvier, Bangsar

April 1, 2014

Bangsar's Hidden Cafes, Part III: This month, Bangsar welcomes not one, not two, but three new cafes hidden in unlikely locations, each extremely different from the others. The one that's the most secretive could be PCLO Cafe, an outdoor hangout on a Taman Bukit Pantai hill slope.

PCLO makes crafty use of a narrow space between a wall & the new Modvier hijab-&-jubah boutique, which (for extra privacy) conceals the cafe from the view of passers-by. Directions: From Maarof, driving from the Hindu temple toward Telawi, turn left on the tiny road immediately before the Petronas station. You'll see Modvier on your right.

For now, this partly shaded cafe might mainly be a one-man-show; on a recent weekend afternoon, Jeremy, an amiably chatty chap who says he's had eight years of experience in coffee distribution work, efficiently tackled everything from taking orders to making coffee & serving customers.

We liked the latte & double-shot espresso; both hit the spot for our personal preference in terms of taste, texture & temperature.

PCLO serves simple, satisfying snacks sourced from local independent F&B businesses, including no-frills shepherd's pies, well-made cakes & very pleasant brownies. 

Churros are on the menu too (RM5), crispy on the outside, soft & moist inside, with cinnamon sugar & chocolate sauce.

Preservative-free popsicles by Pops Malaya, perfect for beating the heat. Flavours include pulpy orange-&-dried-apricot & honeydew-vanilla, made with real fruits & organic sugarcane sugar.

PCLO operates in collaboration with the colourfully stocked hijab shop. Interestingly, PCLO _ a reference to the piccolo latte _ has another cafe that might be more masculine-skewing in Bangi, at the Bikers Rendezvous motorcycle merchandise store.
Bangsar's Hidden Cafes, Part I: PULP By Papa Palheta. Part II: Monkey Garage by Regal Valet.

Modvier Boutique, 6, Jalan Riong, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur
Open Wed-Sun, noon through 9pm

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