Juan Valdez Cafe – Featuring Colombian coffee in unusual preparations & a creative food selection produced by cook Nathalie Arbefeuille, this Colombian coffeehouse chain has opened its very first Malaysian branch at The Intermark. This might be a big, buzzy favorite.

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This Kuala Lumpur outpost is reputedly likewise the initial Juan Valdez Cafe in Southeast Asia; it’s a very photogenic hangout, colourfully large with gorgeous flourishes, helmed by a helpfully pleasant team. The Juan Valdez chain was produced by Colombia’s National Federation of Coffee Growers to market their country’s beans; with fair-trade plans, Juan Valdez’s clients apparently support some 500,000 farmers which grow their coffee on tiny ranches.

The food selection right here is uniquely developed for this Malaysian branch, making up European & South American aspects. The lovably lush salmon blini works perfectly as a refreshing treat; definitely not economical for RM10 each piece (specifically when each piece could be completed in one mouthful), but this is top-level. Pretty soon, Juan Valdez Cafe will certainly additionally include various other tapas such as foie gras cremeaux on ginger bread & cod fish brandade tartine.

2015 update: Even more dishes are now readily available. We truly such as this salad, generously filled with lush avocado slices, plus a drippy mollet egg, artichokes, marinaded salmon gravlax, mesclun, chives & parmesan, and also exceptional bread rolls (RM28).

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Juan Valdez’s interpretation of the croque-monsieur looks easy but tastes outstanding, showcasing crafted salute bread with fresh, warm & buttery pastry-like layers (superb) that conceal emmental cheese & turkey ham, covered with the best sunny-side-up. Certain, it’s expensive for RM20, but it’s definitely delicious, with a kind of salute (attempt we state ‘artisanal toast’) that’s not typically seen.

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Additionally remarkably addictive: A mouth-watering salad that’s even more wicked than virtuous, loaded with gorgonzola cromesquis, parmesan croutons, toasted brioche fingers, bresaola, pears, chervils & chives (RM24). Love it.

An additional distinct creation, beautifully presented: Seven layers of refried grains, taco flavoring, sour lotion, guacamole salsa, lettuce, mixed cheese, sliced olives & tomatoes, offered with fried corn tortillas. RM26.

Clients can also try waffles with coconut praline, delicious chocolate sauce & lotion (RM20) … or cosy pancakes with dulce de leche, maple syrup & whipped lotion (RM18).

The coffee? Juan Valdez makes use of beans from the Colombian coffee areas of Huila, Cauca & Santander, made by syphon, French press, chemex or dripper V60.

For something that’s indicated to be quintessentially Colombian though as well as much more economical, there’s tinto (essentially black coffee, RM8.50 for 9oz) with panela (whole cane sweets) for a light sweetness. Could prompt controversial dispute; some could like this, some definitely won’t.

Macchiato with a tip of milk caramel, together with the South American traditional ‘granizado’ crushed-ice beverage. If nothing else, Juan Valdez’s providings are distinctive, a characteristic that needs to always be valued.

Beans & macarons for takeaway; below’s really hoping more branches of Juan Valdez will grow throughout Malaysia in the years in advance.

P.S. Juan Valdez could be while protecting a liquor certificate. Crossing our fingers.

Address: Juan Valdez Cafe, Ground Floor, The Intermark, Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.