Cafe 9 Taste of Thai @ Section 17, PJ

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Cafe 9 is surprisingly a Thai restaurant located at Section 17, in the same row as The Humble Pie, The Daily Grind and Kanna Curry House. The shop has a bright red signboard, anchoring the corner lot so finding it is actually quite simple. 

The entrance.

The interior is relatively simple, with a giant painting on the wall and vibrant-looking chairs. The space is rather cramp but it does fit a good amount of seating. 

When it comes to drinks, Cafe 9 is second to none. Offering a wide variety of imported juices, Thai-beans coffee and home-blend fruit juice. Delicious and simply refreshing. My favourite was definitely the Snapple Cranberry and Raspberry! 

We started off with a simple appetizer where you can mix and match the ingredients of your choice. Using the betal leaf and a series of toppings such as bird's eye chilli, lime, shallots, baked almond flakes, peanuts, dried shrimp, and sweet sauce, each pocket of leaf is potentially different from one another. Though it's recommended to put them all together. 

Thai Fish Cakes - RM18.90

Followed by a serving of Thai Fish Cake, marinated with spices, herbs, and fried beautifully. It was soft on the inside while maintaining a light crisp on the skin. Served with a type of sweet sauce, the flavours were pretty well balanced. 

Thai Prawn Cakes - RM18.50

The Thai Prawn Cakes on the other hand, were done with breadcrumbs instead. It was both crispy, moist, and had a decent amount of flavour. The essence of shrimp could be tasted throughout the cake which was both pleasant and enjoyable. 

Fried Chicken Salad 

Next on the list was a plate of crispy fried chicken with a Thai dressing. Done with chicken strips that were fried till golden perfection and finished with a sweet-sour Thai dressing and some fresh herbs. Crispy, juicy and packed with flavour. This Fried Chicken Salad goes really well with some rice. 

Tom Yum Seafood

I believe in any Thai restaurant, a good tom yam soup is a must. It also has to have that perfect balance of spiciness, sourness and sweetness in all its elements. Making sure these 3 flavours worked in harmony will pretty much guarantee you a good bowl of tom yum soup.

Cafe 9's version of the Tom Yum Seafood was pretty good, though it may not have hit all 3 marks. It does have that 'kick' of spiciness but it wasn't really well balanced. However, the generosity of the seafood and other ingredients inside does make up for it.

Tom Yum Clear

Unlike the Tom Yum Seafood, the Tom Yum Clear had a more distinct flavour. It was sour and sweet, with a tinge of spiciness. Though I wish it was a little more sour, but I think the flavour is well accepted by the mass. Served with a generous amount of mushrooms, tomatoes, chicken strips and many more, it's a good soup to pair your rice with. 

Coriander Lala & Thai Curry Lala 

Both the lala were pleasant and enjoyable, but I do favour the Thai Curry one more. Simply because it has a bit more flavour and the egg-like sauces was definitely worth the additional rice. 

Thai Hot Basil Fish 

Apart from the glorious looking fish, the fact I liked about this fish was the ready-to-eat flesh. Perfectly sliced and served, the fish requires no effort to enjoy. Simply take your fork and poke the chunk you desire. Sweet and spicy along with a crispy edge, the Thai Hot Basil Fish is definitely worth the try. Do not forget to add some bell peppers and sauce along the way. 

All and all, if you're looking for a homey Thai restaurant, Cafe 9 is the place. All the dishes that I've had weren't exactly the most flavourful, but they are incredibly pleasant. A good balance of taste and flavour, along with texture you might just enjoy. Prices are really affordable too so piercing through your wallet will not be necessary. 


27, Jalan 17/45, Seksyen 17, 46400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia

Operating hours: Mon, Wed - Sun, 10am-10pm

Tel: 03-7932 2899

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