Friday, 19 August 2016

Summer at 17°C Cafe @ Connaught Avenue, Cheras

Summer at 17°C Cafe @ Connaught Avenue, Cheras is a 4-month old cafe that opened up in Cheras serving breakfast (more like brunch), lunch and probably early dinner (they close at 7pm).  The name of the place sounded (to me) like one that offers cold desserts along the lines of ice cream, gelato, sorbet or frozen yoghurt of some kind...but it wasn't.

Instead, the menu (not too extensive) includes all day breakfast, western breakfast croissants, pasta dishes, comfort dishes like chicken chop, egg waffles (with ice cream), cakes and coffee.

Walking into this sunshine-laden cafe, located on the first floor, it reminded me somewhat of Wild Sheep Chase, a cafe I visited in Taman Desa which specialises in souffles.  It had similarities from its pristine white cafe with splashes of beige and brown to lots of natural sunlight through its floor to ceiling windows, even down to the furniture from Ikea. 

Since I'm a fan of salted egg yolk (my friends too), it was a no-brainer that we'd start with the Salted Egg Yolk Pasta @ RM18 (also a chef recommended dish) made with spaghetti and pan-fried prawns in a salted egg yolk sauce.  Don't be fooled by the seemingly small dish, the portion was quite filling.

I found about five fresh, medium-sized prawns in the pasta which I think is pretty decent for the price.  The sauce, generous and thick, coating each strand of pasta lovingly, had loads of salted egg yolk flavour with a hint of fragrance from the curry leaves.  As the sauce is rather rich, the dish is good if shared (may be best this way just in case it proves too cloying for one to finish on her own).

Our next dish, Mr Quacker @ RM19, featured smoked duck slices with a fruit-&-nut dressing, served in a croissant, accompanied by potato wedges and salad greens of lettuce and cherry tomatoes.

Overall, there was nothing to fault the dish, the croissant was light and crispy, the duck slices...savoury and nice tasting with chopped dried apricot and almonds, and the potato wedges...fluffy with a crisp crust on the outside.

I noticed that two of the dishes (that I saw on other blogs) which I wanted to try were no longer on the menu when I enquired.  One was the beef stew which has since been replaced with a chicken stew.  The other was the pan-seared dory fish with baked portobello mushroom as I was curious to find out after reading polar opposite reviews of the dish.  But it was not meant to be as they have temporarily ceased making the dish (until they can find a suitable substitute) because of complaints about the fish (well, at least now I know which review was more reliable...hehe!). Another recommended dish was their Summer Asian Chick but the pic of a whole slice of cheddar cheese on top is a no-no for me.

In the end, we settled for the Sweet & Spicy Chicken Chop @ RM18 served with a salad and mashed potatoes (or you can opt for rice if you prefer).

The chicken chop came with a nice crunchy skin and succulent meat drenched in their appetising house-made sweet and spicy sauce that had nuances of sweet, spicy (just a hint) and sour (only slight)...which made me think that perhaps Worcestershire sauce played a part?

As for the drinks, we went with a coffee, a hot chocolate and one of their signature cold drinks.  The Iced Latte @ RM11 was certainly satisfactory.

For chocolatey drinks, they have the usual hot chocolate and mocha but I convinced one of my friends (who is a fan of hot chocolate by the way) to try something different for a change, the Rose Chocolate @ RM12.

I confess...the only reason I ordered this Rose Chocolate was because of how picture-perfect it looked...haha! :D  It was certainly pretty as a peach (or rose in this case)....don't you think?  And what's even get to drink it from an elegant English bone china tea cup look-alike! ^.^

The hot chocolate was nice and thick with a very subtle rose taste that will delight some taste buds but may need some getting used to by others.  I unfortunately fall in the latter category...I do like floral flavours in teas but not so much in hot chocolate.

The Summer Lilikoi Tea @ RM11 was a blend of passion fruit, lime & mixed tea that tasted a little sourish but very refreshing.....I like! ;)

My Personal Opinion

I like the bright and cheery environment but more so for the spaciousness which makes it a great place to sit and chat for hours with friends (unlike some smaller, cramp cafes which make you feel that you've overstayed because of the many customers waiting for seats).

Though they serve the usual, simple cafe food here, the reasonable prices of under RM20 for most of their dishes, coupled with friendly service, will be what endears their customers to them.

I didn't get to try their egg waffles this time, perhaps on my next visit! ^_*

Summer at 17°C Cafe
A-G-1 Connaught Avenue
Jalan 9 Taman Bukit Cheras
56000 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-9107 9797


  1. I must admit that this Rose Chocolate is very pretty and inviting! I am sure Queen Elizabeth will love it too.
    I am a fan for these new trendy cafes everywhere. They are often bright and nice place to gossip with old aunties. LOLOL

    1. So I see you like to cafe hop too. Ya, they make good places to sit and catch up with friends :)

  2. Spacious cafe for the win! But... they close at 7pm huh... Kiss this place goodbye, the only time I have for hanging out with friends when I go back is at night these days...

    1. Perhaps the area is quiet in the evenings, so no point to remain open for dinner.

  3. Very interesting - Rose Chocolate. And yes, the teacup is very pretty. I would have been persuaded too hee..hee..

    1. Yeah, it's like sipping tea (or, in this case, hot chocolate) like a "tai tai....hehe! ;)

  4. I like the generous portion of smoked duck given! The pasta is filling most probably of the richness of the sauces I guess, haha!

  5. The duck dish is value for money as I see many slices of duck in the croissant. I think I can only eat half a plate of the salted egg yolk pasta before I get full.

  6. Cheras is an area that I haven't explored much. There seems to be so much to discover over that way.

    1. Yeah, I'm just beginning to discover the area too :)

  7. that really is one of the nicer salted egg yolk pastas in town, i think ... not that i've tried many! :)

    1. Yeah, it's indeed a very good salted egg yolk pasta. Wouldn't mind having it again! ^_*


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