Looking for something new to try in Kuala Lumpur? On your next café hop, you might want to try some Dutch cuisine. Check out Koffie Craft!
Welkom or rather welcome! Koffie Craft offers predominantly Dutch dishes, with a splash of Asian influence. They have quite an extensive menu, ranging from mains, Broodjes (burgers), Ciabatta Sandwiches, Noedels (pasta), salads and desserts. Check out their menu here! I think it’s the first for me, to see an offering of Dutch food in Kuala Lumpur.
Koffie Craft is located in The Sphere in Bangsar South, a popular office area. So if you do decide to pay a visit, it’s best to come during the weekends to avoid the office crowd. But fret not, the café itself is quite spacious, with both an indoor and outdoor seating area.
Parking is readily available too, as The Sphere has an extensive underground parking space, other than the valet parking available in front of the store.
Egg Hollandaise – Mushrooms – RM29.80
The Egg Hollandaise consists of shredded cabbage, cherry tomatoes, baked capsicum and two griddle-fried eggs topped with Tarragon-infused Hollandaise sauce on toasted Ciabatta bread or on a Limburg Waffle. You get to choose your main ingredient from either (1) oven roasted chicken, (2) smoked salmon, (3) sautéed silver creek button and Shimeji mushrooms, or (4) sliced oven-roasted smoked duck breast.
I tried their Egg Hollandaise mushroom version, served on toasted Ciabatta bread. Initially, when I ordered this, I expected it to be something like a big breakfast. I was pleasantly surprised on how the dish actually turned out.
|Fun Fact: Ciabatta is an Italian white bread made from wheat, flour, water, salt, yeast and olive oil, created by a baker in Adria, a province of Rovigo, Veneto, Italy, in 1982.|
The mushrooms were normal, but I really enjoyed their Ciabatta bread. It’s the perfect bread for a good toast or sandwich. I understand now why this place had raving reviews.
Do note that the cabbage, cherry tomatoes and capsicum on this dish is meant to be cold as served in the province of Limburg in the Netherlands. If you wish for the dish to be warm to suit your personal palate, you’d need to let the waiter know.
Broodje Beef – RM33.80
For some reason, the first thing I’d try in any restaurant is their beef burger. It’s like a gauge I use to decide whether I’d visit the restaurant again.
The Broodje beef patty itself was a little dry, but otherwise well seasoned. The potato wedges were also unsalted and unseasoned. I guess the chef forgot to season the potato wedges. Again, the highlight was the Ciabatta bread. I think I could just enjoy eating the bread on it’s own toasted with butter, or with just olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
There were other burger dishes that caught my eye like their Broodje Bitterballen, which a burger with panko-coated ragout balls; and Broodje Korean Bulgogi, a burger with striploin of beef, seasoned with their own fruit-based marinade, cooked with enoki mushrooms, onion, carrot and spring onion. I probably would try them out during my next visit here. All burgers come with potato wedges and a side salad.
Cherry Berry Baby – RM27.80
They offer quite an extensive array of dessert items on their menu. For most of their dessert items, there’s definitely at least a scoop of vanilla ice-cream. I decided to try one of their oven-baked ‘Dutch Baby’ pancakes – Cherry Berry Baby.
The Cherry Berry Baby consisted of 3 scoops of imported vanilla ice cream, cherries, blackcurrants, fresh mango, whipped cream, raspberry sauce and almond flakes.
As stated in the menu, any of their pancakes in this series takes 20 minutes to prepare, as they bake them freshly. This was really true, as I could literally see them preparing everything from scratch at their counter area.
This dessert dish itself was quite unique. It’s the first time I’ve seen a pancake in the shape of a bowl. All the toppings are placed in the pancake bowl itself. I particularly liked that they put almond flakes in the dish as it gave the dessert a crunch.
The Cherry Berry Baby isn’t typically something I’d normally order. I never did like processed cherries. My only complaint about this dish is that I expected the cherries and blackcurrants to be the real fruits instead of a jam-like berry compote, given the price. Still, you could taste the cherry and blackcurrant bits in the compote though.
As I have not been to Netherlands to try authentic Dutch food, I can’t say for sure that Koffie Craft offers the real deal. Nonetheless, I’d say Koffie Craft offers a quite unique fare as compared to the other cafés I’ve tried.
Service here was top-notch. The staff were friendly and nice. They are super attentive to each of their customers. They will also take time to ask for feedback after we finished our meal.
Overall, Koffie Craft is a great place to go for something different. I would go back again for their other fares, and their bread.
Check out also:
- Brunch & Soufflé Pancakes at Neighbour’s Coffee Bar @ Happy Garden, Kuala Lumpur
- The Best Chicken Burgers and Dogs? Chick n’ Buns @ Hartamas Shopping Center, Kuala Lumpur
- Thai-In Mookata 泰式烧烤店 @ Old Klang Road, Kuala Lumpur
70%: Price (value for money)
90%: Location (ease of parking)
80%: Overall Rating
Open weekdays (Mon to Fri) from 8 AM – 10 PM
Open weekends (Sat to Sun) and public holidays from 10 AM – 10 PM