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