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Monday, April 6, 2015

Brew&bread Coffee Bar, One City Mall

After spending about 15 minutes to half an hour burning our skin on the rooftop of One City Mall, we checked out the rest of the mall, and chose Brew&bread for a cuppa. It wasn't really a we-were-there-for-the-coffee thing, but it would be silly to go up to the roof for a while then leave the mall.

The first thing that intrigued me about the place wasn't the pastries on display, or the interior design - not yet. It was the fact that the door was - to me, at least - revolutionary. It's like a combination between a swivel door and a normal door. Just go take a look - I was absolutely fascinated.

One of the main USP of the shoplot designs (at least for those on the ground floor) is that each lot is split into two floors, so to each lot they have about half an extra floor above the original lot ground for space.

From the ceiling hangs a massive black lamp shade with two other lamps within, which is one of the few eye-catchers within the cafe.

Orange and yellow toned lights gently illuminated the mostly black coffee bar. The counter is right in front of you the moment you step into the cafe, and the menu is written in chalk to your right. Along the door, there's a bookshelf with magazines and books for your reading pleasure while you enjoy your cup of coffee. Apparently, the staff also has a sense of humor, and tries to engage that humor in others for tips.

Cement benches and wooden tables and chairs accented with bronzed plumbing pipes provide an earthy and comfortable ambiance. The water station is right beside the pastry display, which is perpendicular to the order counter. I'm guessing one of their specialties is cold drip coffee, as they are displayed along with the pastries and desserts. There was also a large cold drip contraption directly behind the water station.

The man of my life~
We sat in the back corner, with a view of the street outside. A thunderstorm started shortly after we sat down, so we sipped our iced hazelnut-flavored flat whites which enjoying the dance of lightning in the distance.

Then I noticed another little detail that got into my way of watching the lighting - their "curtains" were made out of scaffolding. Talk about reusing materials and being hipster.

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Overall, the coffee was alright - I've had better hazelnut coffees, but their overall ambiance was enjoyable, almost perfect for business meetings, personal working, and quiet discussions.

No service or government tax applicable, though I think GST is implemented already. No WiFi that I observed.

Location - 6.5 / 10 (the mall isn't all too accessible to me, and there's nothing else to see there, and I'm seldom the person to go out of my way to go somewhere for a cup of coffee)
Atmosphere - 9 / 10
Beverage quality - 7.5 / 10
Price - 8 / 10 (average price - our bill came to MYR28 for two cups)
Value for money - 7.5 / 10
Service - 8.5 / 10 (staff were courteous and attentive, switching on more lights when it got darker outside)

Ground Floor, G-CF-02,
Skypark One City,
Jalan USJ 25/1,
47650 Subang Jaya,

Info from: Strings of Memories (address)
Photos taken with Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Photos edited with Fotor app

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