Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Departure Lounge @ Damansara Uptown PJ

Me and Yiling woke up at noon on a Friday (public holiday due to Raya) and suddenly she went, "I wanna have a coffee" while sitting in front of the computer monitor! Huh?!! Since when this sis of mine has a craving for coffees?

[The morning cup of coffee has an exhilaration about it which the cheering influence of the afternoon or evening cup of tea cannot be expected to reproduce.]
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., "Over the Teacups," 1891

So I asked her, "where to?" She told me that there is this place whom one of her friends recommended and she said the coffee was awesome! And this place is in Damansara Uptown, just opposite Uptown 3 Tower. This is the power of coffee, the power to move one's lazy butt to the extend of driving more than 30 mins journey for a cuppa.

A library of travelogue.

This is not a lounge at the airport. The Departure Lounge is an espresso bar, all day breakfast and travel library. When you walked into the outlet, strong aroma of coffee waffed through your nostrils and luring the even non-caffeine addict to stop by for a fix. There is some light food served such as salads, bagels, 1 or two variations of pasta and some vegetarian wraps. Place your order at the counter, pay, then wait for your drink at the end of the counter, collect and walk to your seat. To sum it all, self-service please.

However, the winner is that this place serves breakfast all day long! All you need to do is to get the Breakfast Order Chit from the counter and follow the instructions. If you would like to have 5 items for breakfast like me, just tick 5 items you'll prefer and place the order at the counter.

You can even opt for fresh button mushrooms by paying an additional RM1.50, which I did!

If you have to ask me, I think the "Do It My Way Breakfast" is indeed a little pricey because the portions are not that big. The items available is pretty much the standard like eggs, baked beans, turkey ham, beef/turkey bacon and also hash brown. As we know, these are all pretty cheap ingredients and paying RM13.40 for a platter like that seemed to be a lottle too expensive because the way it is prepared is also nothing special.

I think if they want to do it successfully, they should emulate something like Wild Honey in Singapore where their breakfast menu is really a feast for the eyes, palate and soul.

Capuccino (RM8.50 regular) & Mocha (RM10)

I think they serve better coffee. From what I have gathered, they have partnered Five Senses Coffee, one of the premium coffee roasters in Australia. The baristas are also committed to making your coffee experience an enriching one by making sure that each latte comes hand-crafted with art.

I'm not an expert in coffee-appreciation and let alone comment on the beans, but I do enjoy my capuccino here. The aroma is befitting the committment of this outlet - Café Departure Lounge is committed to serving the best tasting coffee consistently, striving to become Malaysia's best espresso bar.

This coffee falls into your stomach, and straightway there is a general commotion. Ideas begin to move like the battalions of the Grand Army of the battlefield, and the battle takes place. Things remembered arrive at full gallop, ensuing to the wind. The light cavalry of comparisons deliver a magnificent deploying charge, the artillery of logic hurry up with their train and ammunition, the shafts of with start up like sharpshooters. Similes arise, the paper is covered with ink; for the struggle commences and is concluded with torrents of black water, just as a battle with powder.
~Honore de Balzac, "The Pleasures and Pains of Coffee"

I wished that I knew more about coffee like how I would with my wines. Maybe it takes passion to pick up coffee and I'll definitely have to come here more!

Departure Lounge

10 Jalan SS 21/39
Damansara Utama
47400 Petaling Jaya
Tel: +6 03 7725 1682

Business Hours: Monday – Saturday 8am – 7pm, Public Holiday 8am – 5pm

Close on Sundays and major holidays.


suituapui said...

Ooooo...I think I'll love this place. All the things that I like. And yes...without that morning mug of coffee, my eyes would not open...and I would be sleepwalking all day!

uLi.佑莉 said...

Good way to start off your day ;)

TheGunner said...

Coffee is something that I only say no to when I'm sick or in a detoxing mood.

I saw your tweet of this place the other day, and I really thought it was at the airport.

Sean said...

Phew, u're fortunate that it was open on the first day of raya! Half the outlets I tried to go to these two days were closed!

eiling lim said...

STP: Oh you're a coffee person too!

uLi: Yeah. It's quite nice to start with a coffee!

The Gunner: Lol.. I don't stay in the airport you know..

Sean: Try the chinese places. They might be opened.

Simon Seow said...

I tried the outlet in Solaris before. Had the Do It Your Way breakfast too.

eiling lim said...

simon: Ooh this is my first time trying this outlet.

Anonymous said...

This cafe is unexceptional and over priced doubt it can survive long.

KY said...

i immediately made a latte after reading this. lol

eiling lim said...

Anon: Then we'll have to wait and see.

KY: Damn it.. i also want a latte now!

Huai Bin said...

Hey I think there is one in Aman Suria too! Departure Lounge, not sure if they closed down though.

eiling lim said...

Huai Bin: It has closed down and now the outlet is here!

foongpc said...

Oh! Never been there! Not a big fan of coffee actually, haha! But I'm drinking it nowadays to prevent constipation and sleepiness : )

eiling lim said...

Foongpc: The constipation part is so true! Coffee works!

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