While it was really easy for me to find cafes and reading hideouts in Melbourne, it was a challenged to the same in my own hometown. Partly because I don't live in the CBD and without a car, I am pretty much immobile since public transport is just... well let's just say there's a big room for improvement (like the size of a football field). Mostly because Melaka has changed so much over the last two years.
Anyways, I found "The Daily Fix" cafe on Jonker Street, Melaka after hearing about it from a friend. I dropped by for the first time after walking around the street with some of my family members. And the second time for a catching up session with Ms Yong. My first impression:
cosy. The cafe was set up at the back of a "batik" handcraft store in one of the old Chinese houses on Jonker Street. The cafe has two courtyards and simple mix-and-match antique furniture. The courtyard gives ample sunlight into the cafe and provided much needed ventilation into the area.
Interior-wise, I'd say that it does not differ much from the cafes I've been before although it leans more to the old and rusty concept rather than the industrial feeling that a lot of new cafes have these days. Old and rusty concept fits well with the building itself. Some part of it reminds me of my grandfather's old house - probably because of the furniture and the decorations.
While the interior displays uniqueness and diversity from other cafes, the menu doesn't. It's pretty much the same thing that I can get in Melbourne. They serve good espressos (I forgot to ask about their blend of coffee) which is always a plus point in my book. Their pancakes are okay too. I've tried two different types of pancakes before. I'd say that their espresso pancake stack is a must-try if you're a coffee-lover. Their cheesecakes are good too - dense and cheesy. They have other things on the menu too (like sandwiches and milk shakes if I am not mistaken) but I have not tried any. So, I can't comment on those. Maybe I will someday soon.
I shall refrain from commenting on the price, since I am still trying to get used to the idea of paying RM 10 for a cup of cappuccino. The presentation of the food, the taste of the coffee and the ambience in the cafe are worth the money.
What I love:
- The coffee. Even though I usually drink hot cup of cappuccino or a long black, hot drinks on a hot Malaysian day was not really welcoming. So I had iced cappuccino and iced vanilla latte on two separate visits. I enjoyed both of them. And the espresso served with the pancakes (espresso pancakes stack, see picture above) was awesome. In short, the coffee is good!
- The service is good. Customer service was always a problem in Malaysia. Even the best cafes can have really bad customer service - which I dread a lot after being spoiled but the Australians. I like that the staffs at The Daily Fix smile all the time and were always courteous. It made the whole dining experience much more delectable.
What can be improved: The lime cheesecake that I had was missing it's lime. Don't get me wrong. The cheesecake is good. I can taste the cheese. There was a hint of lime but there wasn't lime.
Will I come back again: Yes, but I'd avoid weekends because getting to Jonker Street is a hassle!!
Labels: #dailyfixcafe, Coffee and Cafe