I was going to give this place four stars, but turns out it’s good I’m writing this review the day after.
The cafe has a pleasant atmosphere; quiet and spacious (even though this type of hipster outlet normally has a more “cramped” feel, which is all part of the arty look). I call it hipster because, among others: 1) the name, 2) using old Ayam brand tins to hold cutlery, 3) the “work in progress” interior. I don’t have anything against hipster cafés by the way, look, I even use the accent on top of the ‘e’!
Anyway, I liked the place, but just like the somewhat odd feel of the spaciousness, there was another little thing that niggled me. We sat down at our table before realising that there was a small sign saying that we had to order and pay at the counter. As someone who works with user interaction, I’m just being fussy about this small thing, but usually, when you have to order and pay at the counter, the counter appears first, instead of the tables.
We had read a review on Eat Drink KL which stated that the cafe’s main offerings are pizzas and pastas. As people who love comfort food like this, we were looking forward to trying their menu. Unfortunately, after deciding on a pizza flavour, we were told that all pizzas were out. And this comprises a third of their mains! Another favourite is lasagne. So we tried ordering that… which was also out. We settled for chicken chop and tom yam penne.
The flavour of both dishes was pretty good, but sweet. They were cooked very well. Just added too much sugar to the chicken chop gravy, and to my tom yam soup.
For dessert, we ordered the famous Bulatan Kampung Pandan; a very well-made and delicious pandan crispy-on-the-outside-soft-on-the-inside waffle with four scoops of unique flavoured ice cream. We selected Bandung, Gula Melaka, Kaya Toast and Neslo. Everyone has their own preference, but my personal recommendation is the Neslo which goes well with the pandan waffle because it’s not as strongly flavoured as the others.
Another perk to the meal is that on weekdays, every dish over RM15 comes with free ice lemon tea. Every main dish (even the Bulatan Kampung Pandan) is over RM15, so that was easy.
Now for the reason I gave it three instead of four stars.
My husband and I both had to run to the toilet three times (each) before noon the next day.
I don’t know what it was – we had separate main dishes but we shared the Bulatan Kampung Pandan with ice cream. I have a pretty strong stomach, and even then had problems.
Overall, it was a pleasant experience dining at this cafe, even though the service is slow (we were only the second dining customer and our food came separately and late). It’s a nice atmosphere and the food is good. I’m sure you won’t get a stomach ache every time you eat there, but just be warned if you have a sensitive stomach.
Chaplang Kafe is located at 53 Jalan Hujan Rahmat 3, Taman OUG 58200 Kuala Lumpur. Call them at 03-7972 7113. Parking can be difficult but weekday evenings are alright.