Prayin’ for A Sweet Start (The Brownies @ De Garden)November 14, 2011 | 4,430 views
A Gift from the Heart?
Tomorrow’s my first day at work. Slight jitters? Nah …. this is not the first time I am experiencing a change in working environment, but still, the thought of adapting to everything from scratch does bear its hovering cloud of uncertainties.
Lending a substantially more gloomy atmosphere to the situation, the rainy spell continues in the Klang Valley (and I am sure elsewhere too); to a point where good old Subang was hit by a freak hailstorm yesterday evening. It felt as though the sky’s tearing up and not relenting for even a single day.
As I am writing this post, I am gleefully chomping on delicious pineapple puffs from a small town less than 100km away from KL. I wanted to share that recent excursion with you, but probably on another day. Just too many photos to sort out from the pile of excessive/obsessive/compulsive shots. Pardon the amateur abilities, for I’m still familiarizing myself with the DSLR camera.
Are you craving for a sweet start to the working week as well? If you are, then this post is meant for you.
The Brownies opened its doors to dessert lovers back in late 2010. Situated at De Garden near to Jusco Kinta City, the cafe serves only desserts. And damn they’re good at delighting those with a sweet tooth.
From brownies (duh, as if you could not see that coming!) of several varieties (chocolate, cheese chocolate and even apple chocolate), to cakes (tiramisu, Belgian cheesecake, lemon/carrot/pumpkin cheesecake and even layered cakes), as well as ice-cream (previously Haagen-Dazs, now Baskin Robbins after the opening of a dedicated Haagen-Dazs outlet downstairs).
The brownies are priced from about RM2.00-2.50 (about USD0.80) onwards, and each squared-slice measuring a good 2.5″ or so. Fudgy and nutty with a moist chocolate centre, the brownies make great snacks and you don’t feel the guilt after downing a piece or two, since they’re almost bite-sized.
Unless you decided to tuck in on the spot, and be overwhelmed with the option of adding a scoop of Baskin Robbins ice cream of your choice for only RM7.50 (USD2.50). Yup, even cheaper than a regular scoop at the REAL outlet eh?
They had about 8 flavours to choose from; the Jamoca Almond Fudge, Very Berry Strawberry and Cookies N’ Cream being regular sold-outs. But I adamantly vouched for the Pralines N’ Cream to go along with my serving of chocolate brownie.
The combination proved to be slightly too sweet for my liking, it’s therefore advisable to take up the other options (even a lime sherbet flavour that you can request for them to make into an ice-blended delight).
Per scoop of Baskin Robbins ice cream, they charge only RM7.50. On a temporary promotional basis, if you go on a Wednesday (or Baskin Robbins’ Pink Day) you get a Buy 1 Free 1 Scoop Offer.
The cakes at The Brownies were all baked freshly. A plus point? Nothing was above RM8.00/USD2.50 per slice. The Pumpkin Cheesecake (RM6.80/USD2.20) was a little too creamy/dense than what I expected, though not necessarily a bad thing. Not too cloying considering the amount of cheese used in the mix, but a supposedly healthier option since it’s made of fresh pumpkins, after all.
The Pear Cake (RM4.80/USD1.50) was heated prior to serving, and was a safe choice for all. Especially the adults, since this was without any icing, and a low in sugar slice of goodness. The bits of chopped walnut plus the distinctive fruity essence of the pears made a great ensemble; complemented well by the fluffy butter body.
The owner (Ms Corrine) bakes from home, and the outlet is taken care of by a sweet young girl named Yee Lim. She welcomed us with much enthusiasm albeit the forlorn state of the cafe that weekend afternoon. She catered to our incessant/ridiculous queries (do you tremble in fear now … oh potential restaurateurs?) without skipping a beat in her works.
The coffee was regrettably mediocre, but that’s not the main purpose of visiting The Brownies now, isn’t it? She recommended a few items to us; the brownies special package of 6 pieces for only RM11.00/USD3.50, and the combination of cookies in a pack for RM5.00/USD1.60 of which you MUST try since you get to sample all the biscuits they have in their repertoire; from Almond biscuits (Hup Toh Sou) to butter shortbread cookies.
How I loved the rays of natural sunlight streaming in through the massive glass panel facing the main road of Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah.
Most outlets have ceased operations on the upper floor of De Garden. Lite Desire is sadly no more, together with several boutiques and retail shops. Even Oval the watering hole has either closed down or moved. Only Daorae Korean BBQ is doing brisk business come rain or shine, but that’s partly thanks to the not-so-stiff competition in the Korean dining scene in Ipoh. And the fact that Daorae’s a reasonably big name all over the country.
The Brownies is located directly adjacent to Daorae. Would be a fine option for desserts, had you crave for a quieter place than the rambunctious atmosphere downstairs. They of course, cater to special requests for cakes, and even cupcakes with beautiful, intricate frosting and sugar artworks.
L1-R-15, First Floor,
31400 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
*De Garden houses various retail outlets and eateries, situated opposite of Jusco Kinta City in Ipoh Garden. For more reviews of food at De Garden, browse through this list – De Garden @ Ipoh. Though be warned that some of the outlets have since closed or changed their name.