Kuala Lumpur’s cafe scene just stepped it up a notch with the opening yesterday of Grizzly at The Intermark. Having just moved to Ampang Park and now have this intimate cafe on the doorstep – it’s all coming up peaches.
It’s a partnership between 5 friends who all went to study together in Melbourne. As people do once University is over, they all went their separate ways and this is the endeavour that has brought them back together – over their love an appreciation of good Melbourne coffee. Think of them as the KL Coffee A Team.
Grizzly seems to be doing all the basics perfectly and have already made enough of a mark to have a full house at lunchtime. The coffee is quality. They’re using Papa Palheta’s Throwback blend – Brazil cerrado quatros irmous of Indonesia Tobing Estate. I’m finding many cafes in KL choose to get their beans from Indonesia as that suits the Malay palette.
We order the flat white and latte. The coffee is smooth with a hint of milk chocolate and a tinge of mandarin and orange. If you fancy a filter coffee, The Grizzly baristas will happily make you a V60 brew for just RM12.
Food options include grilled toasties with interesting fillings such as beef bolognese & grilled cheese and what I will be coming back to try – lemongrass chicken banh mi with duck rillette (RM12), pies and waffles (RM15). There’s also a election of cakes and biscuits of those on the run. We recommend the light and fluffy carrot cake.
I see this cafe by Grizzly doing well in the space even with some competition very close by. Plan B by The Big Group has not opened yet and my feeling is that there’s enough of them open in KL that it’s now viewed a chain and could be seen as a Malaysian Starbucks. On the floor above is Juan Fernandez cafe which is all about cold drip, filter and everything else fancy you can do with coffee. But that’s not what you wan everyday in between commutes – I will take a flat white over that any day of the week.
Get down quickly as they have a special on between 7.30am – 11am & 3pm – 7pm where all coffee is only RM5 (AU$2.30).
Contact: Grizzly – The Intermark, Level C, Ampang Park, Kuala Lumpur.