Merry Christmas to our dear readers! The festive season has left us a pound or two overweight, so an organic post Christmas brunch is just what we needed the most. Even our good friends felt the need to cleanse after the inevitable Christmas excesses too, hence we agreed to meet up at Haven.
Haven is not just a cafe, it is a green space with wholesome food, healthy juices, good coffee, organic fresh produce and even skin/body care:
cafe by Haven Cafe
coffee by RAW Coffee
groceries by Little Green Planet
fresh bread & juice bar
beauty & skincare products by Bodybar
spa treatments by Organique Therapies
mom & baby products by Tiny Tapir
Housed in a standalone building, the casual and family-friendly restaurant features its own private lot with ample parking. It has an outdoor patio outfitted with seating too.
The spacious interior is bright and airy thanks to the impressive front bay glass door looking out onto the garden.
Apart from being a nice, calm place for brunch; Little Green Planet groceries is also available here.
RAW coffee runs a kiosk here, serving fresh roasted coffee using a Kees van der Westen lever espresso machine. The beans were roasted in house too, to ensure the best of quality.
Flat White & Mocha (RM 10 each)
RM10 is a steep price to pay for a cuppa, but not for a cup of small but strong flat white topped with very creamy, well-frothed milk.
Garlic Bread (RM 6); the smell is great and it’s an ideal tummy filler.
French Toast (RM 12); classic french toast made with free range eggs, served with organic jam and raw rainforest honey. Warm, fluffy and absolutely satisfying!
Fluffy Pancakes (RM 12); stack of traditional pancakes served with butter, organic jam and raw rainforest honey. Straight off the griddle and served fluffy and hot with raw rainforest honey, these pancakes were the crowd’s favourite.
Grilled Free Range Chicken (RM 18); warm free-range grilled chicken, organic greens, tangy orange dressing.
Mushroom & Onions (RM14); white button mushrooms, sauteed onions, organic greens. These fresh, no-frills sandwiches were perfectly toasted on the outside and soft and warm on the inside. My other gripe is the lack of sandwich filling; we were expecting a generous and fuller version for the price which we are paying for.
Have it Your Way (RM18, choose 3 items). We chose fresh mushroom, poached free range eggs and turkey ham to go with our bread. Our selection was nothing to shout about and and the portion was a tad too small. Smaller portion = Healthier lifestyle?
Chicken & Mushroom Pot Pie (RM 18); kampung chicken, mushrooms, mixd root vegetables, cream sauce, puff pastry. The pot pie reminded us of Dome’s signature Gourmet Chicken Pie. Both version was equally creamy and satisfying.
All in all, Haven Cafe serves good coffee, decent food but with pricing a bit on the high side (I suppose organic food is generally more expensive than intensively-farmed food?) The quiet and calm atmosphere makes it a very nice place to chill out and have a light snack too.
12, Jalan Ampang Hilir, Kuala Lumpur.
Opens daily from 930am to 9pm.