Apart from the likes of Starbucks, Coffee Bean and Gloria Jeans, there’s one other place to enjoy a cup of coffee; Espressamente illy.
This particular cafe, which is located in Pavilion shopping mall in Kuala Lumpur, is hard not to take notice whenever one walks through to the main entrance of the said shopping mall. With its modern design with a touch of simplicity, Espressamente illy exhibits the unique art of Italian café culture.
Like others, to enjoy a cuppa, one can opt to sit inside (fully air-conditioned) or outside (with natural breeze and viewing pleasure). However, having said that, while sitting inside, I noticed that the smell of fresh brewed coffee was pretty vague. Maybe it was due to the fact that the main door was opened all the while which might lead to ‘exchanging of air’, if you know what I mean.
There were two sets of menu; Beverage and Food. Since I was there for a cuppa and so, I didn’t really look into the food menu. Upon opening the Beverage menu, one would be bombarded with a variety of coffee. Cappuccino, latte and espresso are the ones that I know while the remaining ones, let’s just say, are new to me.
On my visit, there was an ongoing set breakfast, which we opted for, offered whereby one could get a cup of coffee and a pastry at affordable price. With a few choices of coffee, Cappuccino was the safest choice to go for. Heh!
The presentation was good but I could not say so for the taste. Although it’s a coffee, the flavour / taste wasn’t full-filling at all. Perhaps, a little too much milk in it.
The pastry that came along with the coffee wasn’t the best I had either. It was lukewarm-ish yet it tasted bland.
This same goes to my Cappuccino Freddo Greco. I loved the fact that it was chilled without any ice cubes in it, but the ratio of coffee over milk wasn’t appeasing at all. To get the flavour of the coffee, I’d to let it settle until there’re two visible portions; the base (which contains the coffee & a lil milk) and the top (which is nothing but foam and milk).
All in all, it was something different from the ones I normally go to for a cup of coffee. Apart from its modern-metallic design, the coffee brand they used; illy, has its own premium set of standards. I’ve heard of illy when I was in Austria but to see them available in Malaysia is pretty good thing. But then again, it’s the person who prepares the coffee which makes it different from the brand itself.