Charlie's Cafe @ Taman Bukit Desa

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Charlie's Cafe is one of the latest culinary additions to the neighbourhood of Taman Bukit Desa. It's situated along the shophouses in the middle of no-where, which means Waze comes in handy. In any case, Charlie's Cafe is actually a pretty fun, simple and straight-forwarded place to dine. They also feature a 'Pay-it-forward' service which allows customers to generously donate for those who can't afford a meal. (Now I know where to go when I'm broke). 

The entrance.

Nasi Lemak

We started off with their signature nasi lemak. In fact, it's probably one of the most honest and straight-forward nasi lemak I've seen so far. Served with a marinated crispy fried chicken that is not only fresh, but cooked to perfection. On the side, you'll have sambal, homemade achar, peanuts, anchovies, crackers and a sunny side up.

Curry Laksa

Despite so many curry laksa eaten in the past, I found that Charlie's Cafe's version was significantly better than many of the curry laksa here in Malaysia. Not only was the broth rich in flavour, but it was incredibly well balanced as well. There's enough kick to the spiciness and enough cream to tone down the after-taste. Fresh ingredients and a simple yellow noodle-mee hoon mix. 

Tom Yam Noodles

It wasn't exactly a Thai tom yam noodles. If anything, it felt really Malaysianized. Not that it's a bad thing, but it tasted slightly odd at first. Over time, it gets better, and saltier. Made with fresh ingredients, prawns, chicken and fish balls, the tom yam noodles was pretty good. 

Durian Cheesecake

Possibly one of the richest and most velvety durian cheesecake I've had. It's so creamy and velvet that it somehow resembles an ice cream. Not that it's a bad thing, but I do recommend sharing.

Durian Swiss Roll

Apart from the durian cheesecake, Charilie's Cafe also offer their homemade durian swiss roll. Now it doesn't have to be durian but it is in season now. The swiss roll was soft, fluffy and perfectly done. The only that I find lacking was the taste of durian. Not that there wasn't any, it just wasn't pungent enough for me. But, it is great for those who can't take the strong flavours of durian and still insist on trying. 

Overall, Charlie's Cafe is a simple cafe serving simple but delicious food. The open kitchen showcases how the preparation is done along with the cooking process. A variety of cakes and other pastries are also available. Everything is made fresh and from scratch as well. Cleanliness was spot-on and the place was well maintained. 


29, Jalan Bukit Desa 5, 
Taman Bukit Desa, 
58100 Kuala Lumpur, 

Operating hours: 
Mon-Sat, 7.30am-9.30pm

Tel: 0128160003

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