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If Exhibit Cafe were a person, he’d be someone we’d want for a friend, with his guileless capacity to place us at ease, have us linger with him and leave us feeling nourished by the experience. This is one of 2013’s nicest new cafes. Exhibit Cafe_2

Malaysian-born Loo See Hin and his Japanese wife have opened a suburban purlieu that’s stylish without being stuffy or showy, polished but free of vain pretensions. It’s supremely peaceful here for now, but expect the crowds to come very soon.

Here’s a cafe with a story, with reasons behind each piece of Mid-Century Modern furniture and a background even to the bear that sits by the window with wombat companions, pausing perhaps to ponder its trek from Brisbane to Taman Tun Dr Ismail.

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Fresh, Wholesome Food

Exhibit’s food represents what the cafe’s owners want to eat: Wholesome fare that tastes as fresh and natural as imaginable, noticeably low in sugar and salt, exemplified by this tuna sandwich in a baguette that’s par-baked in France before being finished off at Exhibit.Exhibit Cafe_4


Sweet potato soup is on the current warm-food menu; on other occasions, folks might find broths brimming with clams and tomatoes, or maybe a vegetarian one with broccoli, celery, green peppers and lady’s fingers with bay-leaves-infused extra virgin olive oil. Exhibit Cafe_5

Preservative-free Pastries

Preservative-free pastries, from poppy seed puffs stuffed with Japanese red bean paste, cheesecakes topped with fresh strawberries and pain au chocolat centered with Belgian chocolate … Exhibit Cafe_6


… to croissants constructed with Aussie butter and raw almond cream (RM8 nett) … Exhibit Cafe_7

Soft-baked Cookies

 … and soft-baked cookies with components like pumpkin seeds and oatmeal.Exhibit Cafe_8

Chemex Coffeemakers

Chemex coffeemakers to brew Exhibit’s distinctive beverages for sipping slowly while savoring what sounds like Coltrane-era jazz on the cafe’s speakers. Exhibit Cafe_9

Coffee Blends

Love the Japanese Maruyama dark roast blend (RM15), richly nuanced and maybe a little nutty.Exhibit Cafe_10

Lion Coffee, bearing the fragrance of vanilla beans and macadamia nuts, served at Exhibit with a bit of Valrhona chocolate on the saucer. RM15 nett.Exhibit Cafe_11

Belvoir Drinks

Belvoir organic elderflower cordial (RM16), excellent for caffeine-averse customers.Exhibit Cafe_12

Hot Chocolate

Valrhona hot chocolate, made with the buttery Dulcey Blond variety.Exhibit Cafe_13

Exhibit Cafe opens 11am-9pm, except Wednesdays. Its signboard should be up by week’s end, but for now, look for it above Taman Tun’s SMiLE CLINIC.
Note: Exhibit will be closed this Sunday, July 21, but is usually open on other Sundays. Exhibit Cafe_14

“Hoot-bye, until we meet again,” these owl figurines from Bali seem to say (in our mind’s ear). Exhibit Cafe_15Exhibit Cafe_16

Location and Contact Details:

Exhibit Cafe TTDI,

86A, Jalan Burhanuddin Helmi, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur.

Tel: 03-7731-3311

Find Exhibit Cafe’s directory listing here.


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