Thursday, 24 October 2013

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf @ Mont Kiara, Kuala Lumpur

Most people would have visited some Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf outlet at some point in time in the past and you must be wondering why I am doing an entry on this place. Well, it is simply because as part of their 50th Anniversary Celebration, Coffee Bean has introduced a new lineup of drinks and dishes into their menu and I wanted to try them out. The closest outlet to me is the one that is located in Mont Kiara Shoplex which is less than 5 minutes walk from my office. 

Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf at Mont Kiara Shoplex

The Entrance

Buns, Pies and Cakes Stacked Up

Interior of the Restaurant

Interior of the Restaurant
In fact this particular outlet is of one my favourite outlets as they have a spacious seating area both indoor and outdoor. The decor is exactly the same across all their outlets but I find the service here to be much better and the guys behind the counter are more professional. I guess it must be the exposure to the expatriate community within this locality that has improved the service levels. 

The Menu with the New Items Being Highlighted

The Menu with the New Items Being Highlighted
They have reprinted their Menu Cards with the new items being highlighted. I was initially thinking that they would have a separate card  with their new lineups but it's good of them to reprint the menu which indicates that this new lineup of dishes is here to stay for a while.Typical with any other Coffee Bean outlet, orders need to be placed at the cashier and once ready, the dishes would be sent over to your table. 

Pumpkin Latte (Regular) @ RM 16.80
This is one of the new flavours that was introduced. It did taste like Pumpkin Milk Tea and was slightly on the sweet side. At first it did taste a little odd but after a few sips, I started liking it and found it to be a rather innovative drink. I would rate this drink at 9/10 .

Chef's Grilled Chicken @ RM 17.90
Another newly introduced dish is the above Chef's Grilled Chicken which is priced at RM 17.90 . It came with a quarter chicken marinated with herbs and spices and on the side there were some salad and mashed potato's. 

The Salad
Generally the Salad served at Coffee Bean is usually good and this too met the expectations. The baby tomato's gave a sour taste but then the sultanas added a sweet touch to it. Definitely a well prepared salad and I would rate this at 9/10 .

Mashed Potato's
The Mashed Potato was just above average as it was dry and did not have enough milk in it but the gravy that topped the Mashed Potato was excellent. I am quite sure that Chicken Stock was added to the gravy. Being a sides served with the combination of both, I would rate this at 7/10 .

Grilled Chicken Thigh

The Grilled Chicken seemed like something that was just heated up and served and therefore had the out of the freezer taste to it and lacked freshness. The meat too was slightly on the hard side, must have been contributed by the prolonged freezing and the marination was just average. I was a little disappointed with this dish and as such, would only rate it at 5/10 .

As for my dining experience today, I would surely return for the drink but not for the Chicken. Well Coffee Bean being just another chain outlet, there is always a limit to what we could expect out of them and usually they surpass the required standards and only occasionally, you find them churning dishes like this that is not so satisfying. Whatever said and done, I still prefer Coffee Bean over Starbucks.

Address: Shop No. 6, Verandah No. 6 & Terrace B, 
                Ground Floor, Shoplex Mont Kiara, 
                Jalan Kiara, Mont Kiara, 50480 Kuala Lumpur.

Telephone: +603 2093 3635

Opening Hours: Sun - Thurs 0800 - 0000
                            Fri - Sat 0800 - 0100


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