Keeping true to Craft Origin
Craft Origin Cafe is serious about coffee – you can see them roasting beans at the front of the cafe, and they’re happy to educate the interested novice if you so desire. Thought they were newish but it seems they opened back in 2019, staying below the radar compared with more commercial outlets.
Beyond serving a good cuppa, much effort has been poured into the food as well. A sucker for all things spicy, we loved the Spicy Beef Dendeng pasta topped with an egg. Though forewarned, I found the spice level manageable, could be even spicier for me but then, another friend who tried this dish, was struggling with the spiciness so it’s really relative. The touch of local dry-style shredded beef rendang, fragrant with pungent spices paired with Western pasta, was definitely a successful combo in my books. And I hear the Pesto is highly recommended too.
Rice bowls are aplenty for those who cannot live without their carbs, all priced at RM18. We had the Roasted Sesame Beef – good portions, tasty and hearty, everything came together nicely, moistened by an onsen egg.
No. 3 chose Grilled Chicken and even this simple dish was well-executed, came on a bed of creamy mash. Still juicy under the skin, chicken was well-marinated and flavoursome.
My Smoked Salmon on muffin from the All Day Breakfast menu was the smallest compared to the other dishes that we had, but it did come with a decent serving of fish which is costly, I reckon. Perhaps more salad on the side or fries would have made up for the sparce space on the plate.
@craftorigin also offer matcha and other specialty teas as well as cakes, but obviously coffee is the main deal here. I almost wish it would stay hidden so that food quality is not compromised by busy crowds. For a neighbourhood like TTDI, prices here are more than reasonable and portions more than generous.
These days they are open right up till 7.30pm for early dinner – the cafe is definitely a keeper in my list, the only quibble I have is the parking which can be challenging.
Add: 9, Lorong Rahim Kajai 13, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur. hp: 012-689 6841