The Coffee Club (Australia) @ Subang Parade

June 30, 2014

The Coffee Club, reputedly Australia's biggest home-grown chain of cafes, unveiled its first Malaysian offshoot at Subang Parade this month, bolstering a cross-border network that encompasses more than 300 branches Down Under (including New Zealand), plus Thailand, New Caledonia & China.

Subang now has no lack of two-storey cafes, a trend that began earlier this year at Empire Subang; the sensibly spacious Coffee Club is striking in its own right, destined to draw crowds seeking another attractive hotspot to tout on social media.

Graffiti outside adds character to the setting. From inside The Coffee Club, this looks little like what folks expect of Subang.

The Coffee Club's menu hits the expected notes, with breakfast platters aplenty. The preparation might be a bit erratic though; these two poached eggs on toasted ciabatta with guacamole, beef bacon, roasted tomato, rocket leaves & pistachio crumbs (RM22.90 before taxes) were hamstrung by exceedingly overdone yolks ...

... but the egg turned out fine for the combination with pan-fried potato hash & sliced lamb chorizos (RM22.90).

Omelette stuffed with feta cheese & mushrooms (RM17.90). On the plus side, portions are reasonably hearty here.

Granola with yoghurt & honey, alongside skimmed milk (RM15.90), enjoyable enough. Besides these all-day breakfasts (which include Eggs Benedict & pancakes too), The Coffee Club also serves standard-sounding burgers, pastas & many main courses.

 Cakes showcased here look potentially worthwhile. Chocolate coffee, hazelnut praline, orange mousse & more.

The Coffee Club relies on beans that are UTZ-certified, promoting fair & sustainable coffee production. Its espresso (RM7.80) is definitely drinkable, as much as what folks would anticipate of a mass-market franchise.

Mellocino. Kinda fun, with two marshmallows floating in the froth & supplying sufficient sugar to sweeten this coffee. 

Iced chai latte & cookies-&-cream frappe, to help beat the heat; the abundance of natural sunlight can be a double-aged sword, since the air-conditioning needs to labour extraordinarily hard to cool the interior.

The service team tries to keep things moving, but it seems short-handed, notably on weekends. Patient patrons only, please.

The Coffee Club Malaysia
Subang Parade, Subang Jaya, Selangor. Outdoors, near the Dome end of the parking lot

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