Whisk, Empire Shopping Gallery: Espresso Bar & Bake Shop

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I’ll admit that I’m easily attracted to beautiful and handsome things (and people too!). But to my defense, it’s a natural instinct that’s in-built in our systems. We often select the best for ourselves. Our mates have to be the best of the lot, the one which holds the best genes and we’ll fight over the most attractive person. We judge a person by his or her eyes, lips, jaws, nose, hair, face, boobs, chest, arms, waist, ass, body-shape, height, dressing… right before we decide if our next word is “Hello” or “Goodbye“. I know I sound a superficial, but that’s how things work (admit it, you do too!).

Last week, while walking around the brand new Empire Shopping Gallery in Subang Jaya, I stumbled upon a cozy shop tucked away in a little corner where Jaya’s Grocer is going to open. All it took was just one look at its facade and I instantly decided to say “Hello“. From its contemporary storefront to its quaint ambiance on the inside, the little shop was designed to a tee. Fitted with tiny black and white hexagonal floor tiles, faux retro brick tiles and a good mix of wooden and steel furniture, Whisk reminded me of an Italian coffee shop in Melbourne. To top that, it also boast a cute hand-drawn logo. It’s impossible not to fall in love with this place.

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OK, cosmetics aside. I’m sure you’d like to know how its food tasted. After all, looks can only take one so far. We managed to give their best-seller Carrot Pecan Cake (RM11.90) a try. A heavy cake textured with julienne carrots, chopped pecan, cinnamon and what I think was pineapple in the cake too. And yes, there was the lovely icing on the cake. It was a sweet cake, but of the bearable kind. We also managed ourselves a light and fluffy Chocolate Cupcake (RM4.90), but I wasn’t enthusiastic about the butter cream icing on the top. They also make cute little bite size Macarons (RM 2.00 a pop, literally), which comes in two flavours, Rose and Coffee. Speaking of coffee, I found my cup of Americano a tad too mild. Would’ve liked it with a little more kick, especially if I’m thinking of making this my breakfast spot whenever I drop into the mall.

This espresso bar and bake shop is jointly-owned by personalised stationary designer, Emma K, and her family and is a separate entity from her previous business. Some of you may have known or visited her shop in Bangsar Village II. Just for your information, they have now closed the Bangsar shop and recently moved over to Empire Shopping Gallery as well. Her brother, Azlan, a friendly and good looking young chap, speaks passionately about the cakes and desserts that his mum and his sisters baked. With more hits than misses on our first date, I can’t wait for my next trip back. I’d look forward to trying the Red Velvet, Friands, or even the Hummingbird.

Updated 6th July 2010: Whisk has now included a number of savoury products in their menu, namely Pizza, Lasagne, and Sandwiches. I’ve also had the pleasure of re-tasting a cuppa of latte offered by Emma herself, which was actually quite decent. But, my current favourite coffee is the Cafe Con Leche (RM8) – an aromatic and wake-me-up breakfast coffee that the South Americans have been enjoying for years. Their selection of mini macarons has also been added with more flavours now.

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Whisk Espresso Bar & Bake Shop
LG03A, Empire Shopping Gallery,
Jalan SS16/1, 47500 Subang Jaya.

14 Responses to Whisk, Empire Shopping Gallery: Espresso Bar & Bake Shop
  1. Life for Beginners
    May 11, 2010 | 1:39 am

    Ooh, couldn't I have Black AND White? The choices, the choices… :P

  2. CUMI & CIKI
    May 11, 2010 | 2:03 am

    that's my blue, bling ring! nice shot.. LOL :P

  3. thule a.k.a leo
    May 11, 2010 | 2:11 am

    I didn't know that Empire Shopping Gallery is opened :P
    maybe I have not been to Subang for a VERY LONG TIME!!!

  4. "Joe" who is constantly craving
    May 11, 2010 | 4:08 am

    oh dear, i hope im a hello and not a goodbye!

    since mrs is now at saujana, i can only predict i will b visiting pretty places since its ard the area

  5. thenomadGourmand
    May 11, 2010 | 4:32 am

    Urgh..taking unka forever to get me here *hurrmmmphhhhh*

  6. Erica Toh
    May 11, 2010 | 10:44 am

    Hi there, I so love your blog~!!! It's so cool and unique~! ^^ I'm an avid fan of food too and I really enjoyed reading your posts~ I've added you to my favourites too~ =D Hmm…if you don't mind, may I know what application or programme you used to do those comic-y stuff? Thanks! XD

  7. gfad
    May 11, 2010 | 2:41 pm

    Tis a brutal observation but sad to say, true for many (young) people. When you reach the ripe old age of aunty like me, you will see that beauty is really just skin deep. Many a times I have seen attractive people grow more and more unattractive as I get to know them better, and the more plain janes/joes bloom into beautiful individuals by virtue of their sincere heart.

    And you're right. Those are insanely pretty tiles!! :D

  8. minchow
    May 11, 2010 | 11:02 pm

    First I heard of Empire! This place looks lovely, though I'm highly prone to violent behaviour when served mild coffee. A double shot perhaps…

  9. Paranoid Android
    May 12, 2010 | 2:29 am

    Empire state of mind? How were the macarons? Chewy and sinful? Your Ah Pa Chickened out of making macarons for me, although I am sure he can produce really awsome ones.

  10. Lyrical Lemongrass
    May 12, 2010 | 8:19 am

    Nooooo….Emma K was my regular haunt at BVII for unique wrappings and cards. Oooh, I remember PA buying his first munkey there! *grin* ah, such sweet memories…

  11. qwazymonkey
    May 12, 2010 | 9:47 am

    LFB: Don't be greedy!

    C&C: Hehehe. Thanks for the props

    Thule: It's quite a nice mall actually!

    Joe: I'm sure ur a cuddly Hello on first sight to your Mrs

    TNG: Why wait for him. Go by yourself lah. :) It's quite a ladies' mall u know

    Erica: Thanks! You can use Illustrator and Photoshop

    GFAD: Hurtful truth, but the eye sees before the heart does

    Minchow: Thankfully for the sugar in the cakes kept me happy. Lord knows I would have been violent too

    PA: It's was crunchy and too small too actually have a chewy center.

    LL: Hehehe memories indeed

  12. Emma
    May 13, 2010 | 4:52 pm

    Hi Qwazymonkey. I'm pretty sure you're the first blogger to blog about our shop… so for that a big thank you!

    A minor detail, but important nonetheless, WHISK is a separate venture from Emma K, and is jointly owned by mom Nina, sister Nora, brother Azlan (the friendly & good looking chap you met!) and myself.

    A different venture from Emma K but exciting times for sure! We appreciate your patronage and hope to see you back at Whisk soon. I believe the coffee you had was the last fresh batch of Intelligentsia beans (currently a big hit in the US and something we are sampling with our customers at the moment). Do let us know that you prefer your coffee strong the next time you swing by and we'll be sure to make it a doppio ;)

    Thanks from Team Whisk! xx

    p/s And thanks for the mini-update on Emma K as well :)

  13. Anis
    May 14, 2010 | 10:35 am

    I know exactly what you're talking about! There were some real 'cute' little cafes near my Malaysia accommodation and I used to walk in for a cup or two just because I liked the atmosphere.

  14. qwazymonkey
    May 15, 2010 | 1:19 am

    Emma: Thanks for your comments. I've updated accordingly. I'll definitely ask for a stronger coffee next time I'm there.

    Anis: Nothing like a good cuppa and a good looking place.

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