Now open: LOKL Coffee Co
The bustling Jalan Tun H.S. Lee is cast by the slightest touch of quirk in the form of a new café. By Surekha Ragavan
With the mushrooming of Melbourne-style cafés in KL, it’s sometimes difficult to distinguish between what’s Malaysian and what isn’t anymore. Our morning coffees have taken from the art of perfectly-frothed cappuccinos and our breakfasts are slowly being made up of eggs Benedicts. Not a bad thing surely but the ideals of a weekend brunch is now so heavily dependent on the trends of Bourke Street and less of Imbi Market.
Tea smoked chicken breast sandwich with sliced apples
This is all to say that we couldn’t be gladder for Cheryl Samad’s latest foray into the food business. LOKL Coffee, a new coffee and lunch establishment along Jalan Tun H S Lee is an unlikely but effective amalgamation of both the cool café concept and local favourites. The nook shares its plot with Backhome Hostel and already, it’s a jackpot for hungry backpackers on the prowl for cheap lunches.
Pancakes with gula Melaka syrup and whipped coconut cream
The setting of the café is minimalist and sincere; comfortable for when you’re stuck in the rain or for tea on a bright evening. Raw brick (we seem to be noticing a lot of this in KL), peeling wooden tables, local pop art and scrawled-on chalkboards are some of the things you’ll see besides smiling waiting staff and the token pretty cupcake. Though small, it’s intimate without being obtrusive.
Cupcakes from Purple Cow Cupcakery
The name of the café suggests pricier versions of nasi lemaks and such but instead, you might see more unusual things like a halal Hainanese meatloaf. Unlike the Yut Kee roti babi, this loaf is devoid of pork and is filled with chicken and chestnut that spills over when the fried bread is torn apart. The sandwiches also catch our eye as we like the sound of tea smoked chicken breast sandwich with sliced apples paired with a honey mustard salad. The most interesting of all we reckon, is the putumayam toastie, a sweet sandwiching of molasses and grated coconut that pays tribute to one of our favourite mobile vendor snacks.
Double shot espresso with condensed milk
Although it only opens during working hours, LOKL will operate on Saturdays starting tomorrow and if you’d like an indulgent brunch, why not some pancakes with gula Melaka syrup and whipped coconut cream? Or a peanut butter chocolate cupcake supplied by Purple Cow Cupcakery? Whichever you choose, do a run around the block after and go back for an iced coffee. You can do it the Italian way (the illy way, to be exact) but we suggest you have yours with condensed milk because proper kopi susu paired with pop art seems to be the kind of revolutionary idea to stimulate a nation of restless artists.