Ipoh Cafe Series – The Roquette CafeFebruary 7, 2014 | 7,201 views
The Roquette Cafe – And you thought coffee, cakes and politics don’t mix?
In a blink of an eye, it’s the 8th day of the Lunar New Year. Some of us; especially the Hokkiens should be really busy preparing for the BIG celebration later tonight; better known as “Bai Tin Kung” or praying to the Heavenly God. After a serial bout of indulging since reunion dinner until 3-4th day of CNY, followed by a dripping sense of guilt; you decided to eat healthier for a few days. And thus, you reach the checkpoint/milestone after a week on the 8th day and decided to let loose and chomp on some pretty mean roast pork (usually the entire swine is presented whole and offered as prayers), and various delicious foodstuff.
If you ain’t a Hokkien and not celebrating the eve of 9th day, then you’re not alone. Motormouth does not either. And here I am recollecting my thoughts after almost a full week of slouching in front of the laptop in the office. Post CNY blues is very depressing, mind you.
Continuing the cafe series, and almost done now (phew, can you heave a sigh of relief now?), let’s look at this opportunistic visit to The Roquette Cafe in old town. Why opportunistic? Read on.
Run by a bunch of local Chinese and pretty passionate (in service) young folks, the people at Roquette Cafe are not your average part time waiters.
We were supposed to drop by Patisserie Boutique at the other end of Burps & Giggles, but they were closed until a day later. This was the second time I missed the cafe; the first was an unlucky (more like unprepared) visit on their off day. Oh well, when life gives you lemons …. you reach for the rocket.
Various cakes and cookies are displayed at the counter; and the backdrop of fancy tea pots and imported tea leaves somehow boosted the confidence of their expertise; rather than throwing all sorts of paraphernalia and vintage nonsense together while serving fusion, half-baked food and overpriced coffee.
The Roquette Cafe next door was opened, thankfully. And out of convenience we stepped in for a cup of coffee and possibly a cake or some light bites. This was breakfast after all.
Not many cafes serve kopi luwak (the infamous Civet cat coffee), but they have it here for RM28/USD9 per serving. Widely regarded as the most expensive coffee in the world, this was a price that’s almost justified since I remember a sampling cup of RM35 or so back in Bali a few years back.
But I was in no mood to splurge on premium coffee that morning. Merely wanted to get my caffeine fix, grab a sandwich and a cake, then move on to the next stop. CNY to me, has always been a continuous ‘yum cha’ affair with long lost friends and gathering with family members. And to add to that, a lot of Chinese food stalls are not opened during the festive break anyway.
The lady was serving kopi luwak to the next table; and the coffee here (we sampled the latte and cappuccino) are served with a piece of biscotti and a stick of rock sugar; that doubles up as a stirrer. Creative indeed. And yes, The Roket is an administrative office of DAP, though I did not probe further on the affiliation between the cafe and the office.
The panini with turkey ham and cheese (RM15/USD5) seems a bit overpriced though; but comes in a portion that’s relatively substantial for breakfast. The Tiramisu (RM14/USD4.70) was passable; moist and creamy but slightly pricey for the small square of cake almost devoid of any alcoholic after taste.
The coffee here was slightly better than most of the cafes I went throughout this trip; both priced at RM9/USD3 each. Aside from conventional brews, they also serve paper drip, single origin coffee at a slightly higher price but should definitely be music to the ears of coffee connoisseurs.
“So this is the evolution of coffee shops eh, dearie?”
THE ROQUETTE CAFE
101, Jalan Sultan Yussuf,
30000 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Tel No : +605-241 2616
Business Hours : Tue – Thurs – 9am – 6pm, Fri – Sat – 9am – 7pm, Sun – 11am – 5pm
Next door to Patisserie Boutique, and same row with Burps & Giggles, Buku Tiga Lima and Missing Marbles