Rinse @ Bandar Sri Damansara
The neighbourhood cafe, Rinse, certainly a popular hang out place for residents staying nearby or coffee connoisseurs who want something out of ordinary.
From what I’ve read, the owner cum barista, Mervin Chin was previously a barista at Tree 15, another cafe in Bandar Sri Damansara. “Instead of offering standard staples, I decided to bring in the best coffee, the best tea, the best Matcha, and be innovative”, this is what he said in one of his interviews (source). Patron can expect an exceptional coffee, tea and matcha selection at Rinse such as Colombia La Esperanza, Dark Kalingo 65% Mocha, Bonnie & Clyde, special filtered coffee, French Rose Matcha/Houjicha Latte, Ginger Matcha/Houjicha Latte, White Chocolate Matcha/Houjicha Latte, Matcha/Houjicha Affogato and Ginger Matcha/Houjicha Affogato.
The white themed cafe is framed by minimalist furniture and a few artworks adorning the walls. The cozy corner with comfy sofas and decorated with Medusa-head neon piece encourage lingering and enjoy the simple comfort and relief that you can feel from a clean and tidy space.
The centerpiece bar counter lit overhead by some funky lighting fixtures allowed coffee lovers to get a tailored experience on coffee recommendations based on their palette by the barista.
A room dedicated for coffee and tea classes, training or cupping sessions. There are merchandises of coffee equipment, coffee beans, T-shirts and caps (designed by the owner) available at Rinse.
Oxtail Soup (RM12.00)
Nice creamy texture with chunks of oxtail.
Portuguese Piri Piri Chicken Rice Bowl (RM16.00)
The cafe offers a delectable list of rice bowls which included Green Curry Lemon Grass Rice Bowl, Lemon and Plum Fish Rice Bowl, Smoked Duck Fried Rice Bowl, Traditional Asam Fish Rice Bowl, Cheesy Guochujang Chicken Rice Bowl, just to name a few.
Buttered rice served with tender chicken pieces doused with house made Piri Piri sauce sunny side up and blanched vegetables. The Piri Piri sauce was creamy with mild tangy-ness and laced with adequate heat from the bird eye chili.
Salted Egg Chicken Rice Bowl (RM18.00)
Another rice bowl we had was garlic buttered rice topped with breaded fried chicken, luscious salted egg sauce, poached egg and blanched vegetables. The slab of chicken chop was nicely executed, crispy outer and succulent meat. However I would have appreciated a bit more salted egg sauce for a more satisfying flavour.
Burnt Cheesecake (RM15.00) & Long Black (RM8.00)
Presented on a very artsy plate, my Burnt Cheesecake was decent, soft gooey texture and bold pleasurable cheese flavor. Don’t ask me how did this Burnt Cheesecake compared to the much raved ‘Best Burnt Cheesecake in KL’ because I never try the latter. ┐(´д`)┌
Verdict: Decent food with reasonable price tag, I can’t find any reason not to revisit. Since I stay nearby, this place can be the place to hit if the lazy bugs bite! ＼(^ω^＼)
15, Jalan Damar SD 15/1, Bandar Sri Damansara, 52200 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: +6012-307 6648
Operating hours: Tuesday – Sunday: 11.00am to 10.00pm. Closed on Monday