If all you drink is crappy Kopi O, the terminology at Coffee Stain is likely to boggle you. Cold brew… single origin… a cool cube? This place is definitely for the sort of person for whom coffee is not just a beverage to get you through a boring work morning, but a lifestyle. Luckily, they also offer something that’s easy for everyone else to understand: brunch food.
Ambience & Amenities
Coffee Stain’s interior has been renovated to a cleaner appearance with wood and neutral colours. There are a handful of bench seats in the area next to the front door. The patio is popular with umbrellas providing shade over the tables, but cars will be constantly driving past.
There are no toilets at Coffee Stain anymore, and guests will have to use the mall’s facilities. There is an entrance back into Publika Shopping Gallery directly across the street from the cafe. However, the entrance at block C4 that is off to the left will take you closer to the washrooms. Once inside the mall, turn left and the toilets will be on your left past the glass doors.
Aside from the machine coffees, Coffee Stain’s other exclusive creations are sure to make you feel fancy (or wanky) just by ordering it: kombucha, an activated charcoal soy drink, or a RM45 cup of coffee! By comparison, the food is reasonably priced and is a mix of breakfast, pasta and sandwiches.
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I ordered their 3D Iced Chocolate (RM15), not knowing what the hell to expect. Isn’t chocolate already in the third dimension? When it arrived, I forgot all about technicalities and squeed “KAWAII!” This is the cutest drink I have ever consumed, and I felt bad about impaling the poor puppy with the metal straw. The iced chocolate underneath was quite ordinary and might have just been iced Milo. Though it’s incredibly cute at the start, I felt increasing sadness as I drank this. Every time I sipped, I had to stare at the puppy’s slowly sinking and deflating face.
The Chicken Ciabatta (RM24) tempted us because, for once, it was a grilled chicken thigh instead of a dry grilled breast. The moist dark meat is skin-on and cut into strips. The ciabatta is untoasted, so it’s really soft. There was a strange pairing of Kewpie roasted sesame dressing on the side. I’m not sure if it was for the sandwich or the fries. It doesn’t go well with either, so I had to ask for ketchup.
The Souffle Babies (RM22) was much more food than I was expecting for a “mini” sized dessert. There were a total of eight mini pancakes on this. The wild honey that accompanied it was really good – a distinctly different taste from run-of-the-mill supermarket honey – but there was not enough of it to drizzle over this many cakes. The pancakes were so soft and pillowy. The texture was almost like sponge cake, similar to Japanese cheesecake.
I don’t know much about coffee and their non-brunch food isn’t too exciting, but Coffee Stain has excellent sweets and pastries. The cafe has realised that their Japanese souffles are the most unique food they offer, so there was an extra sheet of updated flavours when we re-visited. If I’m ever in the mood for pancakes from now on, these are my go-to.
Price for 2 Pax: RM62.00
Chicken Ciabatta: RM24.00
Souffle Babies: RM22.00
3D Iced Chocolate: RM15.00
10% Eatigo Discount: (RM4.60)
10% Service: RM5.60
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Address: D4-G3-01 (north side, street level), Jalan Dutamas 1, Solaris Dutamas, 50480 Kuala Lumpur
Opening Hours: Monday to Thursday 8am – 6pm, Friday to Sunday 8am – 8pm
Alcohol Served: No