Monday, 18 February 2013

Upstairs Café @ SS12, Subang Jaya

Update: Opening hours may have been changed.

If you're a friend of mine reading this, you'll most probably be having one of these thoughts in mind:

"Upstairs Café? Really, Emily?"

"Oh, stop talking about that place already, woman!"

"This place has been around for AGES!"

And the most epic one I've received last night, directly quoting from a friend:

"There she goes again, preachin' that Upstairs gospel..." 
You know who you are!

You can tell that I really love this café! 

Upstairs Café opened in April 2010 operating from 3 p.m. till 11 p.m. selling pastries, cakes, pastas, sandwiches and of course, what are cakes without coffee and tea?

My parents discovered the place and we have been fairly regular customers since then. We usually head there for their famous red velvet cake, currently priced at RM8 per slice, or simply for a cup of coffee.

Recently in October 2012, they decided to come up with a breakfast menu and their opening hours are now from 10 a.m. - 11 p.m. from Mondays to Saturdays

The reason why it's called "Upstairs Café" is because it's located on the top floor of the row of shops. 

View of the café from outside at night. Photo credits to Megat Mohd Hazmi Zamir. 


Chalkboard at the entrance.

A section of their specialities displayed on the right wall as you enter.
Note: These dishes are NOT served for breakfast.
I personally love the ambience of the place. It's homey and they have really good music to accompany your visit. They play mostly instrumental jazz/blues pieces - I don't think they even play acoustic covers of mainstream music you hear on the radio. As for their service, they tend to be more attentive when the isn't a full house but still, they are generally very welcoming and friendly.

Overview (from left) of the cakes/pastries display, the cashier where you have to place your order, and their drink-making section. They do not take orders at tables unless you would like something like iced water, etc.
The sofas. One of my favourite sections!
Decorative magnets on their coffee machine. Photo credits to Jo Lyn.
Their selection of tea. Photo credits to Jo Lyn.
Some of their pastries displayed. Photo credits to Jo Lyn.
Are they Liverpool fans? :D Photo credits to Jo Lyn.
Their daily specials. Only served from 12 noon onwards. Photo credits to Jo Lyn.
I like how they use chalkboards to display their menu (: Photo credits to Jo Lyn. 
You might probably be wondering who Jo Lyn is, seeing how I've credited her photos numerous times. 

My Company

This morning, I made a brunch trip there along with two good friends of mine. 

from Left: Jo Lyn and Gowri

Ladies, this newbie food blogger is very grateful for your company today at her first food place to review (:
Check out Jo Lyn's blog here

What went into our tummies

We reached there at about 10.30 a.m. just after they opened for the day so their menu was not written on the chalkboard yet. But anyway, these are the two dishes from the breakfast menu in which we ordered:

Photos from here onwards are courtesy of Jo Lyn. Thanks for all the raw images!

Big Breakfast [RM15.90]
To say that the portion of the big breakfast is big would be an understatement. It is ginormous! Hash browns, baked beans, sautéed tomatoes and mushrooms, chicken sausages, bacon, eggs (scrambled or fried) and bread are topped on the plate and finished with green herbs. It's probably enough to feed a little over one person but for me, it's perfectly fine provided I don't get a cup of any drink too creamy to accompany this meal. I should also add that this breakfast comes with orange juice or coffee but they are considered add-ons for a cheaper price (I believe it's between RM2 - RM3).

Bacon & Mushroom Risotto [RM10.90]
I would go for this dish over a spaghetti carbonara any day. For its price, I think it's really worth it considering the amount of salad that comes with it - not to mention the egg topping. I like how the risotto is firm in shape and not in a bowl drowning in cream. The saltiness of the bacon and mushroom compliments the creamy risotto nicely which makes the dish taste excellent as a whole. The portion is neither too big nor too small for me, personally. 

p.s. Breakfast menu is only available from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

These are others that we ordered.

Quiche. Not bad of a savoury pie for small tummies.

Shepherd's Pie.
Lemon Pound Cake.

Red Velvet Cupcake. Sin in its tinier form.

I swear, their brownies are amazing! They are warmed before serving. If you managed to get the centre piece, you are seriously one lucky person because that is the best part of the brownie. The centre has a creamy-fudge texture yet it is neither too runny nor too dry.
Hot tea.
Hot Café Latte (the "hole" in the middle is because of the brown sugar in which I poured in)
Overview of our main dishes and drinks. 

A couple of tips

You may call them to make a reservation but during peak hours (from dinner till a while before closing time), they cannot guarantee a table but I recommend just heading over there to try your luck if you're not in a rush. For students who wish to park themselves there to study or bookworms who wish to have a quiet read with a cup of tea by their side, I suggest you do that during the day when there are less people. 

Finding your way there

If you see the Sime Darby Medical Centre, you're heading in the right direction. Just head to the row of shops you see on the right side.


Address: 1st Floor, 12A, Jalan SS12/1B, 47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor. 
Contact no.: +60356119171
WiFi: Free but password protected 

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