Delicieux Coffee & Food: Kajang's delightful destination for creative temptations with Southeast Asian twists
September 29, 2022
Delicieux is a delight: Founded in 2021 by two passionate young Malaysians, Jean and Feez, who met each other while working in a neighbourhood cafe, this destination in Kajang's Jade Hills serves heartwarming fare with Southeast Asian soul.
Delicieux features two distinct sections for guests in a comfortably large first-floor setting.
Its main dining hall (Classic Elegance) fits about 50 customers, with warm, welcoming wood tones, striking a beautiful balance between casual and classically elegant, with wide windows that let in lots of natural sunshine. Ideal for leisurely conversations, relaxing or working on the laptop.
For chilling out, we like the Upbeat Retro section, blending vintage American diner vibes with futuristic tones, a more compact space for up to 30 persons. This is mostly where mocktails and hand-brewed coffee are made, but customers can order from the entire menu, no matter which ambiance they pick.
Delicieux's diversity of dishes promises something for everyone.
Chef Feez personally enjoys sweet-sour dynamics in his dishes, so he naturally celebrates Bangkok's fare in specialities like the Thai Beef Salad (RM30) - this is tossed with tantalising rib eye, perfectly cooked for maximum juiciness, jazzed up not only with beef jus but bunga kantan, with coriander for a herbaceous brightness and cili padi for a tongue-tingling punch. A full-bodied salad with a fragrant balance of protein and fibre, tangy to final forkful.
For those of us who want lemang all year round, the Delicieux Lemang (RM28) offers a compelling reason to head here. The glutinous rice is addictively sticky and santan-saturated,
Rice platters promise a taste of tradition: Nasi Ayam Masak Merah (RM19.90 for lunch with a drink) is a fuss-free way to savour a classic favourite in a contemporary cafe, rounded out with keropok and acar for a meal that all generations can appreciate.
The Nasi Minyak Ayam Percik (RM28) honours the east coast in style, with a whole chicken leg dressed in delectable house-made percik sauce, powerfully satisfying, paired with lightly yellow rice that's worth the carbs and calories for a cheat-day indulgence.
Delicieux's Chicken Satay might seem a bit costly (RM28), but it's impeccable - eight meaty skewers of poultry pleasure, lightly charred for a little smokiness, with lots of fresh ketupat, onions and cucumber, plus house-crushed peanut sauce, boldly nutty and buoyantly textured, doing justice to Kajang's reputation for the Klang Valley's tastiest satay.
Even Western staples are reimagined in Delicieux's inventive kitchen: The Salmon Pea Pesto Pasta (RM30) remixes the familiar basil pesto preparation by pouring peas into the mix, making for a gorgeous green medley to accompany al dente pasta and moist, flaky salmon. Good enough to serve up at a full-fledged Italian eatery.
Norwegian salmon is also the star of the Yellow Coconut Salmon (RM36), enhanced with a Malaysian coconut milk gravy that brings a sweet, saucy depth to the salmon and shrimp, vibrantly plated with root vegetables and mashed potatoes.
We're back to Asian influences for the Baked Chicken Leg (RM29), a quintessential crowd-pleaser, slicked up in a chilli-laced paprik sauce that packs sufficient heat, appealingly set on vegetables and mashed potatoes.
The Lamb Shank (RM46) takes 25 minutes to cook to order, but it merits the wait, yielding triumphantly tender meat in a brown sauce that complements the lamb precisely - a solidly satisfying order for carnivorous occasions.
Mocktails work magic for quenching the thirst with playful splashes of colour.
Recommendations include the Salty Lemon (RM15; layers of honey and lemon with blue butterfly pea and pink sea salt), Ladies’ Drink (RM16; fruity, floral and fizzy with lychee, rose and soda), Ocean Mojito (RM16; a calming icy blue with curacao, lime and mint) and the super-refreshing Aloe & Lychee (RM16; with QQ jelly for a cool chew).
Delicieux regulars know to make the best of bargains by visiting for lunch on weekdays, Monday through Friday, when set lunches are available, starting at just RM19.90++ for a main course with a beverage. The lunch promotion menu will change seasonally.
Delicieux Coffee & Food
No 27-2, Jalan Dataran Jade 1, Dataran Jade, Jade Hills, 43000 Kajang, Selangor. ‘
Daily 11am-9pm. Order via WhatsApp: 012-408-6829