Tuesday, December 31, 2019


A marriage made in dessert heaven. When Crème De La Crème (CDLC) partners with The Tokyo Restaurant (TTR) to merge their respective famed products: CDLC's artisanal ice cream with TTR's famed Burnt Cheesecake sweet magic happens.
Hot on the heels of its Sanrio collab to celebrate Hello Kitty’s 45th birthday, CDLC dials up its game – this time in partnership with TTR in creating two artisanal ice creams and a plated dessert to excite the palate.
Our tastebuds were teased by Burnt Caramel Cheesecake Ice Cream in which smooth, rich burnt caramel ice cream swirled with bits of TTR burnt cheesecake, causing gasps of delight and garnering nods of approval. The burnt caramel taste was amplified by the lush creaminess.
Fromage and ice cream fans will adore Tokyo La Crème for its sumptuousness. The indulgent Cream Cheese Ice Cream – made with fresh Australian cream cheese – forms a divine blend with TTR burnt cheesecake, resulting in a splendid sweet-savoury treat like no other.

Just when you think it can’t get any better, brace yourself for the plated dessert which combines the best of two worlds: a scoop of Burnt Caramel Ice Cream paired with a slice of TTR Burnt Cheesecake amidst a sprinkling of hazelnuts and swirls of caramel. A brilliant dessert masterpiece guarantee to leave dessert fans up on seventh heaven.
Akito Sakamoto, General Manager of The Tokyo Restaurant said: “When it comes to deciding on a trusted partner whom we can work with, to design ice creams of the highest standards, Crème De La Crème stands heads and shoulders above them all.”

Lio Lim, Managing Director of CDLC enthused “We are thrilled to partner with The Tokyo Restaurant as TTR’s famed burnt cheesecake needs no introduction. Having shaken up the ice cream world by reinventing the look and taste of ice cream, we couldn’t have found a better partner to recapture the imagination of ice cream and cheese cake lovers alike.”
For more information, visit Crème De La Crème FB page: https://www.facebook.com/pg/mycdlc & The Tokyo Restaurant FB page: https://www.facebook.com/thetokyorestaurant/

Sunday, December 29, 2019


“Coffee and love are best when they’re hot” goes a German saying. The same holds true when you sip Nau-Da (RM10.90), a cup of hot Vietnamese coffee with condensed milk, lounging in cosy Cong Caphe in Nu Sentral.
Established in 2007 by enterprising singer Nguyen Ha Linh in Hanoi, Cong Caphe has 62 cafes throughout Vietnam, six in Seoul and one in Malaysia. Jaemie Lew and Peter Tan who became smitten with Cong Caphe on a visit to Hanoi brought Cong Caphe (pronounced kerb cafe) to Malaysia in November this year.
According to the partners, Cong Caphe caught the imagination of Vietnamese coffee drinkers with its retro-inspired ambience of old Vietnam harking back to their childhood. Cong Caphe artfully combines the vintage, homey charms of mismatched and upcycled furniture, and old-school memorabilia with comfy reading nooks. 
The Nu Sentral outlet stays true to the original concept with almost everything displayed and used at Cong Caphe: stools, tables and chairs, collectibles and the wall-to-wall shelves of books on the upper level, shipped in from Hanoi. A propeller plane suspended at the heart of the rustic, wood-accentuated cafe space serves as a focal point.
We stopped to smell and savour the selection of Vietnamese coffee recently and came away impressed by the smooth brew and distinct variations available. Brewed in traditional metal coffee pots with drip filter, the Phin Brew – Vietnamese black coffee forms the main base for Cong Caphe’s signature drinks.
Although the inclusion of condensed milk of the Nau-Da was some cause for concern, we were instantly won over aftter the first sip. The milky, mildly sweet coffee hit the spot, leaving us with a nice buzz.

The laidback atmosphere spurred us to sit back and nibble on Sunflower Kernels (RM4.90 per plate) while chatting leisurely over cups of creamy Bac-Xiu, coffee with coconut milk (RM12.90 hot, RM13.90 cold). We enjoyed every drop of the creamy-sweet coffee with its enticing nutty aroma.
We sampled it with buttery, airy light Croissant (RM6.90) which came with a saucer of condensed milk for dipping it in. It was delightful as the imported condensed milk lacks the cloying sweetness of our local version.
If you are partial to chilled coffee drinks, the Coconut Milk Coffee Smoothie (RM14.90-RM16.90) is worth slurping up. Rest assured the blend of coffee and coconut milk is on-point without being overly cloying. 

Cappucino, latte, Americano and espresso are also served with the Cong Caphe coffee beans giving them a distinctive taste.
Aimed at the busy mall’s constant stream of grab and go crowd, Cong Caphe also offers banh mi, Vietnamese baguette sandwiches and some cakes like Banana Cake and Brownie. Jaemie explained the Tofu Banh Mi (RM11.90) is something created for the Malaysian market, in response to increasing demand for vegetarian options. 

Marinated with soya sauce and sesame oil then panfried and sliced, the subtly smoky beancurd held its own nestled within the shatter-crisp baguette filled with fresh coriander, and  cucumber and carrot pickles.
Likewise, we found the Beef Ham Banh Mi (RM15.90) and Chicken Ham Banh Mi (RM13.90) decent enough. More of the pate spread would have ramped up the sandwiches' overall appeal.
Should you have friends in tow who prefer non-coffee drinks, Cong Caphe serves a tantalising Iced Honey Kumquat (RM14.90) and hot Peach Tea with Passionfruit (RM13.90). These drinks are refreshing in their own way and will leave no room for complaint.
For more information, call CONG CAPHE, tel: 03-2276 3135. Address: LG19, Nu Sentral, Jalan Tun Sambanthan, Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur.

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