Brief visits to a trio of eateries where comfort-food pastas, burgers & cakes reign supreme, starting with Kitakami …

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1. Kitakami

… the closest thing right now to a contemporary-minded cafe in Sri Petaling, right down to its everything-old-is-cool-again embrace of vintage artefacts like a used sewing machine & transistor radio …

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… plus put-away-those-iPads shelves of novels & record covers from when Travolta & Newton-John were pop culture titans.

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Pork Bolognese Spaghetti

Oven-baked pork bolognese spaghetti with cheese & sausages. Decent for a dish that’s mainly built with processed food.

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Blueberry & Oreo cheesecakes in the chiller, but maybe not this time.

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Caffe Musetti Grand Cru Blend, 100 percent Arabica beans. RM8 for a latte.

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Location and Operating Hours of Kitakami


B1 Glass City, Jalan Radin Anum 1, Sri Petaling, Kuala Lumpur

Wed-Sun, noon-9pm

View Kitakami’s directory page here.

2. Kalamazoo

Next up, Kalamazoo, a Petaling Jaya diner that reputedly pays fond tribute to its owners’ time at Western Michigan University.

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Burgers occupy a place of pride here: We opted to share the tempting-sounding KZoo Ultimatum, a physically towering creation with a pork patty, chicken patty, beef patty, plus a mixed lamb-&-beef patty.

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Unfortunately, too much of this went unfinished. The patties proved disheartening _ overly processed in texture & poorly balanced in flavour. On the bright side, Kalamazoo is a pet-friendly cafe, so visitors might meet some cute puppies here.

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Location and Operating Hours of Kalamazoo


A-G-36, Jalan PJU 1/43, Aman Suria Damansara, Petaling Jaya

11am-10pm, except Tuesdays

View Kalamazoo’s directory page here.

3. Summer Lounge

Final destination: Summer Lounge, a Kota Kemuning cafe where the mood seems cheerfully sunny. Alas, this place has permanently closed sometime following this visit earlier this year. It’s a brutal business.

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Pork Burger

In memoriam of Summer Lounge’s menu: Pork burgers intriguingly infused with bacon in the patty, paired with sweet potato fries (RM21).

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Spaghetti with more bacon, chillies & oven-baked tomatoes (RM15).

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Was this a Mars Bar cheesecake? Or Snickers? Most likely the latter, based on looks. We forget.

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Strawberry Disaster Cake. Cute name.

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Final Thoughts on Summer Lounge

Let’s drink to the memory of Summer Lounge, which permitted customers to bring their own wine.

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Location Details of Summer Lounge

Summer Lounge

24-2, Jalan Anggerik Vanilla BE 31/BE, Kota Kemuning, Shah Alam

View Summer Lounge’s directory page here.

What are your thoughts about Kitakami, Kalamazoo and Summer Lounge? Post a thought in the comments below.

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