UPDATE: Unfortunately, this restaurant has closed down permanently.
By Eleni K, Carrybeans
The Workshop: An Instagram Heaven
Ooooooohhh…. *takes out phone, starts snapping and posting it on Instagram*
That was exactly what I did after we ordered our meals. I just couldn’t resist the urge to do it!
The Workshop Koffie Art Café, located along Jalan Dewan (the block next to October Cafe) intrigued me every time I passed by and last week, I was finally able to swing by for Beanie Eats and have a bite at this long-awaited “venue meet-up”.
Here’s my take on the whole experience.
South African Cuisine? Really?
YUP! They serve South African cuisine which we found out after chatting with one of their staff, who was very friendly and assisted us well throughout our time there. Good job, guys!
One thing that struck me besides their interior was that they have interesting names for their food.
By the way, we thought that it should have been one menu because it was quite a large menu print (the menu was separated into 2 – one for meals plus write-up about the place and the other one was for drinks & desserts). Perhaps the write-up about The Workshop could have been placed as a stand-alone flyer or brochure.
First comes the food…
Omelette from Outer Space (RM12.00), Be My Baby (RM24.00)
After much deliberation, we ordered an Omelette from Outer Space, a basic ingredient omelette served with artisan bread and fruits, as well as a Be My Baby, bobotie served with yellow rice, fruits and mango chutney.
The omelette was nice as it has a good consistency and paired well with the artisan bread it was served with. The bobotie, however, was a let-down for me. It has an unsettling aftertaste to it and I just couldn’t continue after two spoonfuls. Maybe I am not accustomed to it since it is South African dish but then again, it shouldn’t be because bobotie is made of spiced minced meat and an egg-based topping.
Sweet Caroline (RM10.00)
For a sweet ending, we ordered the Sweet Caroline, a Nutella and Ferrero Rocher cake. I personally felt it would have tasted better if it had been chilled a bit further before serving. Plus, the portion could be at least 10% bigger for the price we paid.
And then comes the koffie.
Puro Cappucino (RM10.00)
The Workshop’s Puro Cappuccino was well-suited to my liking, as it has a slightly stronger side. It reminded me of a scene out of a picture where a girl holds a red book and sips her coffee. And for a moment, she gets completely lost in her reading and becomes oblivious to her surroundings.
Random, but that’s me.
The koffie art, though, did not meet my expectations. I was honestly a little disappointed because I had been looking forward to it, but meh.
But it’s all about the interior.
If there is one thing that would bring me back to this place, it would be its interior (I do hope that I could say it’s the food next time, so let’s see). The Workshop has a well thought-out interior with little details on display. It’s the details that make the difference.
Also, how can one forget their beautiful backyard (think hipster, fairy lights, garden feels) where you can hold a private function for up to 30 people. The toilet is pretty and clean to the point that you can actually take some selfies (for those of you who are wondering, I didn’t just because but you can do it if you want to).
All in all, I would come back for afternoon alone-time to read books or have meetings with clients as it gives a very relaxed vibe whilst sipping a cup of Puro Cappucino. Before that, though, I’m really curious to see the life of this cafe at night.
“A can of coke and *insert something grilled*, please,” would be my next dinner order, and I’m hoping for a pleasant experience all around.
Price – OOO
Quality – OO
Portion Size – OO
Service – OOOO
Ambiance – OOOO
Address: Lot 19 Lorong Dewan, Kota Kinabalu