Koosh Koffeez @ Solaris Dutamas (Outside Publika)
There is absolutely more to Solaris Dutamas coffee shops than just great brews. The last few years show a massive explosion of coffee culture and aroma wafting from the corridors of coffee bars is no longer solely the scent of roast Arabica alone. Koosh Koffeez being the most recent addition to the bloom of cafe in Solaris Dutamas (outside Publika) promises to deliver their motto -creating miracles in the mouth. Couches are in velvet and cushions hold you back from leaving right after the meal.
All coffee begins with espresso and is well made, from Brazilian and Ethiopian beans provided by their roasters and endorsed by Specialty Coffee Association of Europe (SCAE). Baller Koffeez (RM 16) serves a double espresso with a whisky ball, and a flask with either soda or creamer.
Of course you’d find the fancy concoction to tickle your taste bud and things that are both simply classic and innovative are all within a comprehensive list. Things like their Karamel Macchiato (RM 14) and Kappucino (RM 13) does a good job on a hot day to ease the thirst.
But when it comes to invigorating, nothing quite beat the Mojito mocktail with refreshing bubbly in the refreshing zest.
For something a little more typically picture worthy, order something with a good free pour on it. Order their signature Koosh, namely the Romeo (RM 12). The roses and mocha is to melt your moment, and to clog up social media feeds.
To fill your belly, there is quite a fair bit of interesting selection. Starters can kick start from France and then traveled all the way to the Mediterranean. The Escargots a Pail Gratines (RM 23) with naked snails oven baked in creamy sauce is good for sharing although totally fine to skip this if having to choose between this and the Bruschetta Trio (RM 25). Taste the tomato and basil, foie gras terrine and smoked salmon and dill all nicely placed to bite sizes.
And the lovely platter from the Turkey, is a playground comprising authentic Turkish flat bread. Served as Lamb & Sun Dried Tomatoes (RM 21) and Grilled Chicken & Mushrooms(RM 19) for variety with both also showcasing sauteed shimeiji and white button mushrooms, sundried tomatoes, hummus, garlic aioli, sour cream and salsa.
You can pay serious money for crabs and steaks but Koosh Koffeez serves relatively inexpensive meals and sleek design is not the only thing you’d see in their interior but on their dishes as well. From crusty tomato infused pizzas to thick coating pasta to steaks and meats, there is technique aplenty, but its food made to be relished and admired too. Starting with the King Krab (RM 23), where a whole soft shelled crab karage sits atop a hill of roasted sesame spaghetti or the Karbonara (RM 23) for a good creamy and velvet indulgence. The later comes with beef and duck bacon swirled in signature carbonara cream enriched with sharp parmesan and topped with an onsen egg.
Should the cream pasta be too overwhelming and relenting, have the Smoked Duck in Tomato -caper Cream (RM 25) instead. Thick slices of smoked duck breast swirled in a creamy tomato-capers sauce which gives a tart of sharpness from the tomato and capers maybe the right thing to go for. Although not the typical al Dante texture, the sauces were critical when it comes selecting the pasta of your choice. Those in the white sauce easily rule out the rest, in particular the Cinnamon Bolognaise (RM 23), with the regular bolognaise with option choices of beef, chicken or lamb and a hint of cinnamon and nutmeg.
For sharing, both Acapulco (RM 25) and Kasablanca (RM 25) was good, with the first filled with grilled chicken and sundried tomatoes in handcrafted pesto and the later dancing to flavour of Moroccan favourite of cumin- fried minced lamb, with sour cream, capsicums, onions and jalapenos.
And for those who are mad on meat, they may not have the finest and juiciest cuts in town, but they are inexpensive to savour. Peppercorn Steak (RM 38) gives you a 200g of thick prime sirloin, grilled to perfection, with rich peppercorn gravy, dripping juices on a bed of fries and buttered vegetables.
Lamb Shank in Coffee Stew (RM 45) is there on the menu to please lamb lover. A tender whole lamb shank basted in a stew of coffee, carrots and onions, then drizzled with a special espresso glaze on a pool of mashed potatoes, it was a delight and very much an enjoyment, except there would be no space for dessert after this.
Speaking of dessert, they take pride in their waffle but I disagree with the overcrowding elements on each plate. Handcrafted Gourmet Waffles James’ Brownie (RM 18) has a chocolate waffle riddled with brownie pieces, topped with toasted marshmallows and almonds, chocolate and covered strawberries, chocolate syrup, whipped cream and vanilla ice cream. On a hot day, polish this fast before it becomes waffle pudding.
Like the earlier, the Tyramisu (RM 18) is also ridiculously a crowded plate (and intentionally spelled as such) but has a clever espresso infused waffle topped with mascarpone, dark chocolate shavings, strawberries ,whipped cream, vanilla ice cream and espresso dipped lady fingers with a dusting of Arabica powder that’ll totally appeal dessert lover.
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Koosh Koffeez is located at Solaris Dutamas (outside Publika) at:
D5-G3-03 Solaris Dutamas,
Jalan Dutamas 1,
50480 Kuala Lumpur,
Opening hours: Monday-Thursday (8:30am-10:30pm), Friday- Sunday (9:30am-11:30pm)
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