Wednesday, July 29, 2015

CAFFEiNATED @ IOI Boulevard Puchong

Trendy cafes can be found everywhere we go, but hidden gem such as CAFFEiNATED in Puchong is worth making a stop for its unique offerings of coffee, exotic cakes and coffee-infused food.

This European-vibe cafe has plenty of seating, making it an ideal location for those who are looking for a satisfying caffeine boost and tranquil place to work for the day. 

You're welcomed to drop your message at the cafe, and keep in touch with the regulars here.

True to its name, CAFFEiNATED is serious about its coffee business by boasting a range of locally roasted coffee to cater for the most discerning palate. The friendly staff here is always happy to recommend one of their many house blends from Brazil, Columbia, Sumatra and Mexico to satisfy your coffee craving.

The best part is that it has injected plenty of liquor into its coffee offerings. On the gourmet espresso beverages menu, you'll be surprised by interesting names such as Espresso On The Rock, Irish Coffee, and Espresso Martini

CAFFEiNATED's Specialty: Baileys' Tiramisu @ RM17

My strong craving for Tiramisu dessert has urged me to order the house specialty Bailey's Tiramisu, a creamy concoction of fresh milk, espresso and Baileys' Irish Cream whiskey, topped with a layer of cocoa dusting. To my delight, it feels as if my favourite tiramisu cake has transformed into a beverage! 

The rich and rounded flavour of the whiskey adds new dimensions to the aromatic espresso-based concoction. Stir it well and soak the sugar-coated finger biscuit into the concoction to enjoy the best of both worlds- Alcohol and coffee. 

Espresso Bomb @ RM15

Next up is the latest innovation in the cafe that combines a glass of sparkling water and a shot of espresso. We carefully place the espresso shot into the glass and voila, it creates an "explosion" of falling bubbles that wow us! On the mouth, it tastes like a classic fizzy soda with a punch of espresso which makes the coffee smoother, sweeter and more palatable. 


 Almond Cappuccino @ RM10

Back to basic, we usually find comfort in our warm cups of coffee staples such as cappuccino, flat white and latte. Here you can have it at its original state or spice it up with a kick of flavour such as salted caramel, chili, gingerbread, toffee apple or Irish cream.

Hazelnut Latte @ RM10

I love how the unique twist is added on a classic to exude strong nutty aroma from the warm, frothy concoction. The rich and smooth essence of hazelnut is more pronounced in this cup, balancing well with the natural bitterness of the espresso. 

How about some Bradley's tea blends for non-coffee drinkers?

Coffee Pomodoro with Smoked Duck @ RM16

As for the food menu, simple and timeless fare such as pasta, sandwiches and pizza are abundant here but it is the creative innovation that caught our attention! We are surprised that coffee can be infused into a pasta dish. The unique sauce made of tomato, white wine and espresso is impressive as it burst with myriads of flavours- Bitter, sweet and tangy all in one spoonful!

On the other hand, I like the smoked duck with the robust smoky nuances.

Mushroom Pizza @ RM20

Perfect for afternoon snack, the crispy 10-inch thin crust pizza is great for sharing if you prefer something light. As we happily sink our teeth into the crisp-edged cheesy pizza topped with shiitake, white button, and black olives, we notice the sweet BBQ sauce is slightly spicy but very appetizing. Overall, it is a nice variation from the classic tomato-based pizzas.

No afternoon tea break is perfect without a slice of cake. Look for exotic cakes such as Thai Milk Tea and Lemon Lavender Bavarois as well as the classic Tiramisu that is good to go with almost any beverages! 

We end up picking the less commonly available cakes in the cafe.....

Green Tea Bavarois @ RM13

Our favourite goes to the green tea bavarois that is beautifully composed of spongy cake and soft custard-like layers, topped with green tea dusting. Creamy and velvety, every bite melts in the mouth with a burst of strong green tea flavour. 

Lemon Lavender Bavarois @ RM13

Our lemon lavender bavarois is not as soft as the previous slice, but digging into the zingy lemon and lavender scented dessert on a base of soggy cookie crust can be an unpleasant experience if you dislike artificial floral and citrus flavours. 

Thai Milk Tea @ RM13

Although the cake really tastes like the famous Thai iced tea with condensed milk, we'd skip it altogether because of its soggy cookie base (again) and the heavily sweetened solid milk tea layers. 

Anyway, do pop in during afternoon to enjoy some creative coffee,
or stay all day to enjoy a wholesome breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

1. I truly appreciate the creativity injected into the coffee-based beverages and pasta, hopefully there will be more innovations on the menu in future! 
2. Dessert range can still be improved by serving freshly-baked cakes in the cafe. 
3. Personal recommendations: Baileys' Tiramisu, Coffee Pomodoro with Smoked Duck, Mushroom Pizza

(next to Pacific Coffee)
C-GF-43, Ground Floor
IOI Boulevard,
Jalan Kenari 5,
Bandar Puchong Jaya,
47170 Puchong,
Contact: 603-8080 5882
Instagram: @caffeinated.puchong

Business Hours:
Mon-Fri: 11am - 12 midnight
Sat & Public Holiday: 9am - 12 midnight
Sun: 9am - 4pm

1 comment:

  1. Haha the espresso bomb! Passed by this place several times before. Should find a day to check it out :)



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