It’s finally happened: The long-ignored neighbourhood of Sri Petaling rolls out the caffeinated carpet this month for the speciality coffee bar it’s never had, welcoming 103 Coffee Workshop on a shop-house street that’s better known for steamboat restaurants.

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Has the Makings of an Instant Hit

103 Coffee Workshop has the makings of an instant hit, capable of luring customers who hail from outside Sri Petaling.

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The Cool Factor

The look is shrewdly slick; right off the bat, this cafe nails the cool factor. The team here works hard to serve the crowds in a fashion that’s professional, polite & efficient. But 103 Coffee Workshop turns out to be more of a mass-market business where genuine human warmth & the desire to extend personal courtesies feel elusive.

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Onigiri

Still, it’s easy to fall in love with some of the food here: 103 Coffee Workshop offers Japanese-inspired creations like this excellent onigiri, which emerged in a hearty portion for RM13.90. The furikake-seasoned sticky rice proves flavoursome & perfectly prepared, stuffed with plenty of moist salmon, wrapped in fresh, crisp seaweed strips.

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Japanese Omelette & Pickles and Chicken Teriyaki Rice Bowl with Onsen Egg

Accompanied by Japanese omelette & pickles, it’s a platter that makes us believe everything else on the soft-launch menu may be worth sampling, especially the chicken teriyaki rice bowl with onsen egg (RM14.90).

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Ultra-Crunchy Fried Pasta

For mindless munching: Ultra-crunchy fried pasta with house-made seasoning (RM3.90), something that many tables ordered.

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The Coffee

103 Coffee Workshop serves everything from double-shot flat whites (RM10), made with a Brazil-Colombia-Guatemala blend by Johor’s well-respected ‘M’ Espresso Sporting Club, to hand-brewed coffee that relies on Kenyan & Ethiopian single-origin beans.

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Other Temptations

Other temptations comprise rose-flavoured ice lattes (pleasantly subtle) & cold brews (RM12). A sweeping range of milk teas will be available soon, including Okinawan matcha milk tea with azuki beans (RM9) & Fuji apple red tea with konnyaku jelly (RM8).

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Location and Contact Details

103 Coffee Workshop

103 Jalan Radin Bagus, Sri Petaling

Tel: 03-9054 5512

View 103 Coffee Workshop’s directory page here.

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