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Artisan Roast TTDI

I am a bit of a coffee freak. I have my own Saeco coffee machine at home, and this machine plays a huge part in my morning rituals. There are many coffee chains in Malaysia. Some I like, for example Esspressamente illy, San Francisco and Pacific Coffee Company. Others I don’t like that much. Besides the popular chains there are also quite a few cozy coffee places, most of them are located around Kuala Lumpur, often at the not-so-popular-places.

Source + Store + Roast + Vacuum pack + Grind + Tamp + Extract + Steam + Pour + Serve = Awesome coffee at Artisan Roast!

There are a few great baristas that do their magic at Artisan Roast. They used to be located at Jalan Richie near Jalan Ampang, but moved a while ago to TTDI (see contact details below).

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Artisan Roast at TTDI is a delightful little place. We usually go there on Sunday mornings, and see the crowds pour in around noon. There are a few seats outside, and also some seats along a long bench inside. In the back area there are a few cozy lounge seats. We especially love the great ambiance, even when the place is packed; there still is a relaxed (and often quiet) atmosphere.

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One of the great things about Artisan Roast is that their prices are really affordable.

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So far we’ve only been there a couple of times, so I haven’t had a chance to try out all their coffees. The types we did try were all great, and prepared with the right amount of love and dedication. I usually go for the standard long black (RM5), which is already a very nice cup of coffee.

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Another great thing of Artisan Roast are the freshly prepared little snacks. It is almost impossible to drop by Artisan Roast without trying at least a few of their sweets.

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Everything is baked on the spot, and when they bring in a new batch of Caramel Slices (RM2), people usually get up to order some. Their cakes (apple, carrot or cheese) are all RM10 for a thick slice. Our favorites are the Lemon Slice (RM5), Caramel Slice and the Jaffa Slice (dark chocolate, RM2), but actually all of the snacks they sell are delicious.

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Artisan Roast is definitely a place to have a nice conversation while enjoying a great cup of coffee. People that want to work there should probably check up front whether they offer free Wi-Fi. We checked but couldn’t find any there, which isn’t a big thing, as we have use mobile internet anyway, but others may think different.

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Location and contact details of Artisan Roast

Artisan Roast is located along Lorong Rahim Kajai 14 in TTDI (Taman Tun Dr. Ismail), right next to the Maybank branch. Below are the contact details:

4 Lorong Rahim Kajai 14, TTDI
Phone: +60 377 336 379

Opening hours:
Mon-Fri: 8am – midnight
Sat, Sun Public holidays: 9am – midnight

You can also contact them through Facebook or Twitter.

Map of Artisan Roast


Got any good tips to share with us? Do you know of great coffee places in Kuala Lumpur (or the rest of Malaysia) we should definitely try out? Let us know by leaving a comment below!

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Simply Mel’s, Malacca Portuguese Cuisine

It is safe to say that over the past year we have become regulars at family-run restaurant Simply Mel’s. We could easily be one of their first customers ever, and have visited the restaurant almost weekly since they started their business at The Sphere. Whenever relatives from The Netherlands are visiting us we bring them to Simply Mel’s. We also often bring our friends to the restaurant, just so they can try out the genuine Malacca Portuguese cuisine, usually for the first time in their lives.

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Simply Mel’s is located within The Sphere in an area called Bangsar South. We happen to live in Bangsar South, we were within the first to receive our keys of one of the units at Begonia Park Residences. We dropped by The Sphere once or two times a week to have a nice dinner at one of the restaurants. The office blocks behind The Sphere weren’t constructed at the time. Simply Mel’s was one of the last restaurants to open in The Sphere, but they were very quick in gaining attention. Not only did I notice many other raving reviews (mostly of food bloggers, but also from culinary magazines), Simply Mel’s was nominated at the Time Out KL Food Awards 2011.

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One of the reviews I read previously was actually from one of Mel’s daughters (she has three daughters that work at the restaurant, all of them always greeting you with warm smiles). I couldn’t agree more with what she wrote there:

The restaurant is a family effort, but it’s really my mum’s… Melba Majella Nunis. It’s her food, her personality, her passion for cooking, her desire to keep our Eurasian family recipes alive…
In a nutshell, it’s just her. It’s Simply Mel’s.

Her mother Mel is such a kind woman. Whenever she has some spare time (as she usually is cooking round the clock) she comes in and chats with everybody.

As I mentioned we often bring friends or relatives (when they are over) to Simply Mel’s. This is also great for us, as we are then able to try out numerous dishes we would otherwise skip. When we have our regular dinner at Mel’s we often go for our most favorite dishes. Over time we’ve come to love certain dishes, like the Devil’s Curry (RM12.90), the Mama Mercy’s Fish Croquettes (RM9.90), French Beans (10.90) and the Beef Curry Ladir (RM16.90).

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Other dishes we like are Chicken Curry Captain (RM12.90), Chicken Seybah (RM16.90), Beef Semur (RM16.90), Pinapple Prawn Sambal (RM17.90) and the absolutely delicious Crab Stuffing (RM21.90). Even after visiting Mel’s for almost a year now, there are still dishes we haven’t tried yet. We certainly will eventually.

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My friends usually go for the Bubur Pulut Hitam, the Cendol or for the ice cream. Mel often has freshly baked cakes, like Sugee Cake or Chocolate Cake, but though they too are delicious I always end up choosing my favorite dessert; Sago Biji Gula Melaka. One other thing why we love this place so much; they serve a great cup of Illy coffee.

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Location and contact details Simply Mel’s

Unit 1-1A, 1st Floor, The Sphere,
No. 1, Avenue 1, Bangsar South,
No. 8 Jalan Kerinchi 59200 Kuala Lumpur

Phone: +6 03 2241 4525
Email: [email protected]

You can also contact them via Facebook or Twitter.

Opening hours are daily from 10am to 10pm. It’s a pork-free restaurant.

How to get to Simply Mel’s The Sphere

If you are driving on the Federal Highway, take the exit into Kampung Kerinchi and drive onto Jalan Kerinchi (exit at University LRT). Follow Jalan Kerinchi until you see the office buildings of The Horizon at your left. Right in front is The Sphere. Simply Mel’s is easily recognizable at the upper left side of the building.

If you are using public transport then exit at Kerinchi LRT station and use the overpass that leads to The Horizon (office buildings) and walk towards The Sphere.

Map Simply Mel’s

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Win Sunway Lagoon tickets

We’re giving away 10 pairs of Sunway Lagoon All Parks tickets in a very simple contest to highlight Sunway Resort City’s fantastic Hari Raya Showlights.

Visit Sunway Resort City (SRC) anytime during the Ramadan/Raya season and you’ll notice their fantastic Hari Raya Showlights which you can’t help but admire.

In a bid to make sure you visit SRC, the ingenious folk at Sunway have come up with some rewarding, shall we say, gestures.


Part of Sunway Resort City’s Hari Raya Showlights.

Here’s one for you Foursquare users: They’re making your quest for Foursquare Mayorship (naturally on their premises) a tad more competitive than usual, complete with prizes up for grabs. Oh, and it’s also to welcome the month of Ramadan, and to spread the cheer of the coming Raya celebrations.

All you need to do to win yourself some awesome goodies in Sunway’s Check-in @ C’hara Raya Contest is to check in regularly on Foursquare and make yourself the Mayor of the Sunway Rainforest Fountain. (Terms and conditions apply.)

There’s also a daily give-away called Spot the Showlights, if you’re feeling ultra competitive.

We’re giving away some goodies too!

To spread the joy even further, Sunway has provided with 20x Sunway Lagoon All Parks tickets worth RM100 each to give away, and we’ve decided to give them to you in pairs, so we’re looking at 10 winners.

To put yourself in the running to win a pair of these tickets, you’ll need to follow these steps:

1) Log in to your Facebook account.
2) Visit the Facebook Fan Page and ‘Like‘ it (if you haven’t already).
3) Visit the Sunway World Club Facebook Fan Page and ‘Like‘ it.
4) And tell us why you ought to win these tickets in not more than 30 words, all as a comment here (Connect with G+, Twitter  or Facebook).

Best 10 ‘comments’ here, submitted before Aug 20, win the tickets. Best of luck!

NOTE: Given the encouraging response to this contest, we have decided to increase the number of winners by five.

So congratulations to the 15 winners. Do enjoy your time at Sunway Lagoon!


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Winners are advised to collect their tickets at Level 7, Menara Star, No. 15, Jalan 16/11, Section 16, Phileo Damansara, 46350 Petaling Jaya, Selangor Darul Ehsan, before Sept 15, 2012

Please note that you can send a representative to collect on your behalf. If you (or your representative) are unable to collect the tickets before the stated date above, please inform us beforehand. Otherwise we will proceed to give away the remaining tickets. Decision is final. No correspondence will be entertained.

For enquiries contact 03-7967 1388 ext 11118.