There’s just something about Japanese French inspired cafes that make me come back for more – the white, minimalist decor, the whimsical Japanese songs playing in the background, and of course, the food. It’s almost like stepping into a quaint, hole-in-the-wall cafe in Japan itself.
Admittedly, I never got around to visiting Karafuru before it closed for a major revamp this year; desserts are not as strong as savouries in enticing me to make the journey over. Maybe that’s why the team discontinued it; it’s near impossible to survive in the competitive F&B scene on specialised desserts alone.
Half a year later, Kumoya has taken its place on Jalan Klapa.
For the large part, the cafe has retained its predecessor’s characteristics – clean, minimalist interior, the much raved about eclairs and plated parfaits… with a new addition: savoury pancakes.
A stack of fluffy, mini savoury pancakes is served with a medley of toppings depending on what you choose. The Tempura Soft Shell Crab ($17.90) is the perfect choice for tempura lovers, seeing how a lone soft shell crab is accompanied by tempura capsicum, mixed salad, brûlée pineapple,cereal crunch nori and – dare I say it more tempura. Crunch away, fellas.
Although the star of the plate is the soft shell crab, I have to say that the pineapple stood out the most for me – bursting with juicy sweetness, and torched in all the right places, that bright, yellow ring was 100%. On. Point. The dish of wasabi mayo sauce added a much welcome kick to an otherwise bland and oily dish. I also loved how the pancakes stayed warm and fluffy despite enduring one long photoshoot on the table. (Sorry not sorry.)
Feeling thirsty after working your way through ’em pancakes and parfaits? You can add a hot or cold beverage with a top up of $4 and $5 respectively. The Hot Matcha Latte makes a welcome addition on a cold, rainy day, although I found it a tad too milky for my liking.
Fans of Karafuru’s eclairs will be elated to know that they’re still around at Kumoya, albeit petite sized, in these flavours:
- Cafe Au Lait
- Hazelnut Chocolate
- Ichigo Chantilly
- Passion Fruit
The Petite Eclairs go for $3 a piece, or you can get them in sets of 3 ($8.50), 6 ($16.50) or 12 ($31.50). But hurry, these bite-sized darlings sell out real first (around 2pm on a weekend), and it’s not hard to see why!
I quickly snagged the very last of them – Ichigo Chantilly and Yuzu to try, and almost immediately after, the cafe filled up with customers. -_- Felt quite guilty to be sitting there with two eclairs with people streaming towards the counter, but oh well – you snooze, you lose.
Between the two, I preferred the Yuzu, with the citrusy tang of the candied lemon complimenting the yuzu creme quite nicely.
Don’t be saddened if you can’t get your hands on the petite eclairs though, because Kumoya also plates up dainty macarons and madeleines to satisfy your sweet tooth!
No pork, lard, or alcohol is used in the menu, and the cafe’s Halal certification is pending. All in all, I enjoyed my meal at Kumoya, and I’ll be back to try their other pancakes and eclairs for sure!
Address: 8 Jalan Klapa
Opening hours: 12pm – 10pm (Tuesday to Sunday)
Extra charges: No