Many people seem to give Departure Lounge‘s (DL) breakfast a favourable review but again, I find myself on the opposite side of the fence. Coffee was the only reason why I wanted to try DL, and it should be yours too.
As for their breakfast, keep your expectations low because it was mediocre at best. In all fairness, maybe the food quality was better in their earlier days because a close friend of mine actually warned me (before I went) that their standard has dropped drastically.
Actually Departure Lounge came highly recommended to me not long ago by a coffee enthusiast who owns his own cafe in PJ. Besides, it is also worth mentioning that DL has trained many award winning local baristas and the list includes JH Yee who previously worked at espressoLAB and now helms the Top Brew Coffee Bar.
There is no doubt that the coffee here is fine. So DL makes a great cozy place to hang out over a cuppa with friends, or simply pick one of the many travel guidebooks and research on your next holiday destination.
DL’s ever popular Do-It-My-Way (DIMW) American breakfast is a customizable platter with your choice of 3, 5 or 7 items depending on how hungry you are. How the system works is that you pick up a card from the counter, state the the number of items and tick accordingly with an erasable marker pen. Fresh mushroom is considered an upgrade and cost extra $$. The idea is neat and all but they really need to consider replacing some of the cheap tasting stuff, especially the awful fish fingers.
Upper Deck @ RM12.90 – a very generic sandwich so I don’t get the big hoo-haa about it among some people. You can actually make this at home and it will probably taste better. Well, unless you are a completely incompetent cook.
Likes: Nice and affordable coffee, cozy ambiance, cafe concept, travel guidebooks
Dislikes: Pricey but cheap tasting food, staff hanging out at counter, lack of parking
10, Jalan Solaris 4,
Solaris Mont’ Kiara, Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-6203 0362
Business hours: Daily 8am-7pm