A Night of Romantic Surprises

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It was after work, circa 6pm that day that I reached home. And Saucer was playing his PS3, engrossed, if I might say so, apparently at the last stage of his game. When he saw me, he just nonchalantly said “Hi” with a smile, while continuing with his game. It was my birthday, I frowned. Fine, so I sat down beside him and waited until he finished his game, then only I had his full attention. He told me “Go have a shower and put on something nice, our reservation is at 7″. So he did have a plan after all. :)


Candlelight dinner

When we were in the car, he tried to fool me into believing that we were going somewhere else, when, in fact, we were headed to Cafe Cafe, a restaurant I’d been wanting to go ever since years ago. I was as excited as a little kid after we parked the car, but the restaurant was quite hard to find. There was no sign board, and the row of shops it was in were all closed and dark, so much so that we thought we were at the wrong place. A couple of phone calls to the restaurant and we finally found it – a corner unit, dark and unpretentious, almost like a gem waiting to be discovered.


The romantic setting in Cafe Cafe

Walking into the restaurant, we were greeted with a cozy and warm ambience, with romantic chandeliers and candle light on every table, not to forget the French music piping in the background. We felt like we’re in a different country, almost. Dinner started with some complimentary bread rolls which were served warm with a crispy crust.


Complimentary bread and butter

I ordered the Michelin set that night, priced at RM139+ with 5 courses included, starting with the Special Chef of the Day or better known as amuse bouche. It was a slice of beef on top of mashed potatoes. The beef was grilled and very tender, topped with such delicious gravy that a small piece like that was not enough! :)


Special Chef Of The Day – Beef with mashed potatoes

The next course was Truffled Honey King Prawns, served with 3 pieces of huge, plump and succulent prawns de-shelled except for their tails. They were deep fried to a crispy finish then coated with crunchy peanuts, giving it a nice balance of texture and flavour. I simply could not get enough of them!


Truffled Honey King Prawns

The third course was Rocket Salad, a bed of wild rocket with parmigiano, sliced pear and roasted pine nuts drizzled with foie gras reduction. The dressing was amazing! I have always thought of foie gras to be something so exquisite and fine that it should be savoured slowly on its own, but drizzling them all over the salad worked wonders too! It balanced out the slightly bitter flavour of the rocket leaves, while the pear slices gave the combination a sweet hint. This was one of the best salad I’d ever had. It would have been perfect if some baby spinach was added to the mix though.


Rocket Salad

Then, it was my main dish of Duck Confit on the table. Just look at its glistening and crackly skin, golden brown and fried to perfection, not to mention its extremely aromatic smell attacking our nostrils,  begging to be eaten. It was a sight to behold indeed – served with sauteed potato, lentils and a whole onion confit. Every bite of the skin was superbly crispy and addictive, while the tender duck meat was bursting with flavour, a sign that it was cured impeccably. It is no wonder that the duck confit is one of Cafe Cafe’s best seller.


Duck Confit

The other bestseller of the restaurant turned out to be its Wagyu Cheeks, which was ordered by Saucer. To his delight, the wagyu cheek was served in a rather huge portion with a generous amount of red wine sauce surrounding it. Surprisingly, he was presented with a fork and spoon to eat this dish, instead of a knife. The waiter was so confident that the meat was going to be so soft that one would not need to use a knife to cut it. And boy, was he right! The wagyu was extremely tender, soft and melted in my mouth! The taste of red wine in the sauce was distinctive but not overpowering, almost a match made in heaven with the beef. It was so good that we couldn’t decide which mains we liked better, between this and the duck confit.


Burgundy Cheeks Of Wagyu With Red Wine Sauce (RM75)

Before dessert arrived, we had Strawberry Sorbet to clear our palate after all the savoury food we had, to get ready for something sweet.


Strawberry Sorbet


Waiting for dessert (pardon the blur photo due to dim lighting)

Our dessert was Tiramisu, which had moist sponge fingers soaked with liquor that gave it a tinge of bitterness amidst the mascarpone and chocolate flakes. I thought the cake was moist and fluffy, but Saucer thought they could do better with less alcohol since he thought the bitterness was rather overpowering.



Guess what? We were given some complimentary macarons that night too! So colourful they were.


Complimentary Macarons


Us at Cafe Cafe

It was such a wonderful dinner in an even more romantic restaurant that I almost felt heavy-hearted to leave. Even though prices here were not cheap, I think the food served and the ambience were well worth every cent paid. We would definitely return for some other special occasion in the future. :)


Dining environment at Cafe Cafe KL


Secluded Cafe Cafe entrance

Cafe Cafe Restaurant (corner lot next to Bank Simpanan Nasional & across the road from Dewan Bahasa & Pustaka)
175, Jalan Maharajalela
50150 Kuala Lumpur
Wilayah Persekutuan, Malaysia.
Contact No: +603-2141 8141
Opening Hours: Daily 6pm-12am
GPS Coordinates: 3.136172,101.703416
Website: www.cafecafe.com.my

Once we reached home, I was told that there was going to another surprise waiting for me! I was already extremely full from dinner, but Saucer came out presenting me with this cute ice-cream cake from Baskin Robbins! I was pleasantly surprised because he never bought me any ice-cream cake before. :)


Surprise birthday cake


A year wiser


Make a wish and blow

It was a Chocolate Mint ice-cream cake, one of my favourite ice-cream flavours from BR. Needless to say, the cake was delicious! But wait, there’s more! What about my birthday gift, you say?


Mint Chocolate ice-cream

He gave me this wrapped present during dinner, and I unwrapped it excitedly, all the time wondering what it was.


My birthday gift!

It was a Ball watch! Ball is well-known for its precious watches according to the railroad (RR) standards, and their design is always contemporary and chic. But I never thought of buying it on my own since it’s so expensive!


A watch box

Needless to say, I was ecstatic! The watch is so pretty and elegant, something that I would have chosen if I were to pick one on my own. :) Best of all, this watch glows in the dark, with a blue hue instead of the common green colour.


BALL watch


The signature RailRoad standard


“Let there be light”

The whole night was so sweet and romantic that I couldn’t help feeling like the luckiest girl on earth. It’s no wonder that birthday is my favourite celebration of the year, since it’s the day that belongs to you and only you. Thank you to the incredible man who made it all happen. <3


The man who made it all happen <3

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  • October 6th, 2011 9:51 AM

    wah so nice and sweet.. triple surprise!!
    saucer just raised the benchmark.. haha :P

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  • October 6th, 2011 9:59 AM

    hahaha, of course he must have planned something, or everything i should say.. that’s very sweet and nice!! a luxurious dinner, followed up with a pretty cake and lastly that gorgeous watch.. woo~~ you must have been sweet like rapture!! :D

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  • October 6th, 2011 10:04 AM

    waaahhh so nice…caroline sure will jealous of that cake n bug me for it… T3T

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  • October 6th, 2011 10:06 AM

    happy birthday to u again darling!!! <3<3<3

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  • October 6th, 2011 10:07 AM

    sooooo mysterious of Saucer!! xD and come with so many surprises!! :o:o

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  • October 6th, 2011 10:07 AM

    so expensive and definitely lovely watch for u!! :D:D

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  • October 6th, 2011 10:08 AM

    whoa!! i love mint choc ice cream!!! hahaha wohoo!! ice cream cake for u!! :D:D

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  • October 6th, 2011 10:34 AM
    Baby Sumo

    Awww Lionel is so sweet! (Good job Lionel for making your wife feel so special!) *clap clap hands*

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  • October 6th, 2011 10:48 AM

    So sweet. And such a brilliant place for celebration. Happy belated bday.

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  • October 6th, 2011 11:16 AM
    cahya indah

    Ohh..that Ball watch is pretty ;) Happy Belated Birthday.

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  • October 6th, 2011 11:53 AM

    Hi iamthewitch,
    Kindly be informed that this post has been reprinted on JoinMe.com.my, thanks. ^^
    P/S: We have put your name and link credit back to this article.

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  • October 6th, 2011 12:30 PM

    phwah, i must give saucer a piece of my mind about spoiling the market la. chis. of course all these romantic pieces make me feel pregnant. heh heh.
    happy belated

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  • October 6th, 2011 12:40 PM
    ai wei

    aw so sweet of saucer, so many surprises!!!
    happie belated birthday to you once again :)

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  • October 6th, 2011 2:26 PM

    heheh, a loving and thoughtful husband. reading this entry made me smile. here’s wishing you both many, many more equally happy birthday celebrations together in the decades to come :D

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  • October 6th, 2011 2:27 PM

    Wow! So nice!! Saucer will have a hard time topping this next year! : D

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    Lionel ong Reply:

    True, next year is just going to be home cooked dinner. Just like stock market, sometimes up sometimes down.

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  • October 6th, 2011 4:10 PM

    Wow…such a memorable birthday :)

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  • October 6th, 2011 6:36 PM
    Diana Diane Teo

    A dinner, a cake and a present. Its a lovely surprise and wish that everyone wish to have when comes to their birthday.

    I also wish to have ice-cream cake for my birthday next year coz I extremely love ice-cream. Unfortunately, hard to find any ice-cream cake in Sabah.

    Happy belated birthday and sorry for the late wishes

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  • October 6th, 2011 11:44 PM

    So sweet! <3 I like this restaurant very much too! Me & bf celebrated our valentine's day here, this place is definitely romantic! and it is totally at a different world. Guess wat? I sat the exactly same table too! What a coincidence. Have a blessed birthday lady *again* :)

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  • October 7th, 2011 12:19 AM

    Aww…you are so blessed to have such a loving, courteous husband. :)

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  • October 7th, 2011 12:19 AM

    Your watch looks awesome. :D

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  • October 7th, 2011 10:52 AM

    awww lionel is such a sweet man! happy birthday dear! still so young n beautiful

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  • October 10th, 2011 1:52 PM
    Yee Ling

    Happy Belated Birthday to you. Posh dinner….and awesome gift!!

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  • October 12th, 2011 5:19 PM
    Jobless Girl

    Wish you belated happy birthday. So sweet.

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    iamthewitch Reply:

    Thank you dear! :)

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