Here's an obvious fact: KL's café scene just keeps on growing. While we have more than enough places for coffee and brunch, on the rise recently have been a number of new cafés focusing on dessert: ice cream, pastries, molten lava cakes and even soufflés. If you're looking for a place to visit for your next sugar rush fix (other than these old favourites), here's a list of sweet new openings.
An exciting addition to Bandar Sunway's growing crop of cafés is Softcore, whose name refers to its signature molten cakes that come in Belgian dark chocolate, salted caramel, matcha, peanut butter and Belgian white chocolate; each cake is served with a scoop of homemade vanilla ice cream, and Softcore stays far away from your typical whipped cream and maraschino cherry topping. Instead, the cakes are prettily plated with toppings like berries, fruit jam and sand crumble that won't look out of place in a fancy restaurant – which makes the RM13-RM15 price point all the more appealing.
New Zealand's famous Kapiti ice cream takes centre stage at SS20's Ice Dreams Café (IDC), where you can enjoy scoops of the rich, creamy ice cream in an affogato, with waffles and crepes, and even as an ice cream sandwich. The signature at IDC is the affogato. While we're all used to affogato as being a shot of espresso poured over a scoop of vanilla ice cream, founders Darren Tan and CK Chee took the literal Italian meaning (which translates to 'drowned') as inspiration to create a whole menu of affogatos with different flavours – and they're not all espresso-based. A standout is the olive oil and sea salt flakes affogato: Kapiti vanilla bean ice cream is sprinkled with flaky sea salt before being poured over with extra virgin olive oil – a bizarre-sounding combination (on this part of the world anyway) that works wonders. Other standouts include orange zest and Earl Grey lavender.
Bowery Petit satisfies two camps: those who like cake and pastries, and those who like pizza. If you belong to the former, the café's tempting display of baked goods will put you in a bit of a pickle decision-wise: should you go for the caramelised nuts monkey bread, Boston cream pie danish or filled doughnut? What about the cakes and pies? And you haven't even gotten to the milkshakes yet (available in banana cream pie, raspberry macaron and peanut butter brownie). It can get all very overwhelming for the indecisive dessert lover, so here's some help: order the caramelised nuts monkey bread, lemon and vanilla cream doughnut, and the raspberry choux à la crème. If you want cake, have the red velvet cookies and cream brownie or flourless dark chocolate cake. Tip: Bring a friend along, and make sure they have a sweet tooth.
The name Wild Sheep Chase may sound more familiar to you on the cover of a Murakami book but here at Taman Desa, it’s a café. Adopting a minimalist look with its white walls and bare decor, the space feels bright and airy. This is well reflected on their menu as well as it only has five items so far. Everything is made to order – including their already famous soufflé, a Taiwanese recipe made with real vanilla beans and kampung eggs. Word of caution: Get your photos and #foodporn shots as quick as possible (and by possible, we mean five seconds) before the soufflé starts sinking.
Operated by the same team as Brewmen, the café serves as a coffee spot for folks using co-working space The Co. Of course, that shouldn't stop the café-hopping crowd from hanging out here, because what awaits them is soft-serve ice cream, among other things. Bean Reserve makes their own cereal milk soft-serve ice cream and in the future will add more flavours such as chocolate and coffee. Unlike other KL varieties of soft serve, the topping here is simple – cornflakes. If you want something a little more complex with a little more coffee, get the soft-serve affogato.