August 9th, 2022
Einstein Cafe at Chinatown: Restaurant Review
An educator teaches us how it’s done, opening a hidden cafe with a unique charm: Einstein Cafe, run by maths tutor Tan.
Einstein Cafe, tucked on the first floor of a shop-house on Jalan Sultan in Chinatown. The cafe has no signboard, so look for Sinn Optical & the little red door beside that store.
Friendly, Positive Vibes
Take the stairs up to enter this very welcoming cafe, which is filled with friendly, positive vibes. Business hours are a convenient 1030am-930pm daily; it’s worth noting that this is now Jalan Sultan’s third cafe, joining the ranks of Coffee Amo & The Front Door.
Einstein Cafe is gorgeously atmospheric; come here on a weekday afternoon & you might find its founder chilling out with his family & friends in a setting where abstract paintings by a local artist hang on the walls.
The reasons for the cafe’s name are a pleasure to discover: Einstein was vegetarian toward the end of his life, & this cafe’s owner is vegetarian himself, serving strictly meat-free fare. Also, the cafe is expected to house a section by next year where students in need can receive informal maths classes.
Four Seasons Pizza
Einstein Cafe’s food is prepared with a lot of heart – it’s surprisingly delicious. Don’t skip the ‘Four Seasons Pizza’ (RM14.80), with a wonderfully crispy-fluffy ‘roti canai’ crust crowned with mock meat sourced from a family friend, green peppers, black olives & mushrooms.
Single-plate meals can be savoured for south of RM10, from spaghetti (creamy but not cloying) to rice with spicy mutton curry that comprises mock meat made with mushrooms (fleshy & possibly even better-tasting than the real thing). Note: This photo does not reflect the actual serving; the owner & his friends were kind enough to share what they were eating themselves.
Shakes And Coffee
Hot or cold? Einstein’s lattes are made with blends by the team that ran Kota Damansara’s now-closed Coffee Famille, while its banana milkshakes are constructed with fresh fruit & milk, with no sugar, syrup or preservatives added.
We really like Einstein Cafe; we think others will do. Expect to hear more about it in the months ahead.
Location and Contact Details
58 Jalan Sultan, Chinatown, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 012 683 0710
Find: Einstein Cafe directory page here.