It’s been 12 years since I last step foot into Kuala Lumpur and seeing how I badly needed a getaway and all the talk about their booming cafe scene, I took some time out for a really short two-day trip there.
And lucky lucky me… I was just in time to check out the new PULP opened by Papa Palheta, just a week ago. Thank Gawd for Instagram!
Located in the Bangsar area, it’s about a 15-20 minute walk from the Station. Getting around in KL is a pretty tricky if you’re taking public transportation, especially when you don’t have Wifi. So it would be better if you printed out a map and try to navigate your own way there from the station. Taxis would be alright, but they aren’t very good with obscure roads like the one Pulp is located at. But if they do, it would be ideal to note that before you get into the cab, remember to check if they are charging you a flat-rate or going by the meter. You don’t want to be charge an exorbitant amount of money for a 5 minute ride. If you’re driving… GPS is your best friend!
Anyways you definitely can’t miss Pulp – with it’s slick monochrome exterior and newly white-washed walls, a stark contrast from its dreary neighbours. Standing along the main road, you can hear the chitter chatter of the crowd mixed with Indie music coming from inside. Hipster or not, you would definitely be intrigued.
It was pretty crowded inside, but after getting slightly lost in the hot sun for about 15 minutes, I was going to wait, even if I was going to get stared to death by everyone inside. Talk about the place to be seen, you can definitely feel many eyes on you as you stand around awkwardly for a seat. Fortunately, there was a really adorable and friendly old Uncle who found me a spot to loiter about comfortably. As soon as I sat down, as fate would have it, people started leaving. Oh how the world works!
I had a mini espresso + milk, which used their Throwback blend, made especially for Pulp. I actually like this blend more than Nuts + Bolts. Usually I wince just a little when having such a tiny but potent cup of coffee, but this wasn’t acidic and went down pretty easy.
On a hot hot day, a nice refreshing cold drink always makes so much sense. So I also ordered a cold brew and a homemade lemonade. Haha.. two drinks are definitely better than one. I love the cold brew which I felt was tastier than the one from Chye Seng Huat Hardware. I don’t know if it was the same beans because than I would seem so silly, but really it did taste nicer!
The lemonade had a real fizz in it which really quenched my thirst. The first sip can catch you slightly off your guard, but once you start, you can’t stop.
I also ordered the Fruit Tart. I felt that the tart was missing a major component which was pastry cream to bring it all together. Because of the lack of, the baked almond cream made it seem dry. I might not know too much about the coffee, but in this case, I’m quite sure I know what I’m talking about. All you need is some pastry cream, guys!
All in all, it was definitely worth getting slight lost for. And plus, being Singaporean, how can I not show support! So if you’re in KL, you know where to go for a good cuppa!
Pulp By Papa Palheta
29-01, Jalan Riong, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur
I found out more about Pulp from Eat Drink KL, a really brilliant blog if you’re looking for great eateries around KL.
With everything that’s going on, forget Bangkok. KL is definitely the place to be if you’re looking for a short holiday with some good shopping, great food and some good ‘ole cafe hopping!
Look out for more entries on my KL trip soon! xx