Humble Review: Tiffz Coffee Gallery @ Simpang Kuala, Alor Setar, Kedah

Needless to say much about it, Tiffz Coffee Gallery is already a well-known place by the people here for brunch to supper in Alor Setar. It was my first time visiting after I'd been viewing all those Instagram-worthy food of this cafe for quite some time.

 A friendly reminder to those who have yet to visit, Tiffz Coffee Gallery is located at the first floor of the three storey commercial building, exactly above Bank Rakyat branch. If you use GPS to reach the destination, kindly spot it on the first floor despite you are informed by GPS that you have reached the destination.

I kid you not, this is the way to reach the entrance of Tiffz Coffee Gallery.
It looks familiar to me back to Sixth Form time where I had to get into the tuition class with first walk up the stairs.

The entrance of Tiffz Coffee Gallery

The interior of the cafe is more to minimalism, as you could observe from the photo on the furniture as well as the cement floor. No fancy one added, everything goes simple.

We were lucky to reach the cafe at around 6.10p.m., a little bit earlier than dinner hour.
The tables were all occupied by people shortly after this snapshot had been taken.

Barista corner as well as the cashier.
Tiffz Coffee Gallery runs self-service payment, hence no service charge included in the bills.

Menu was passed to us upon our seating.
There were two different kind of menu including a booklet and a laminated one which is all about one of the signatures of the cafe, waffle.

 The booklet menu
I would like to share the snapshots of the menu if you are keen to know what is served in the cafe.
All food are served Halal.
'Black' here means black-coloured pasta.
This is another specialty found in this cafe.
As you could see, black pasta costs RM 1 more than white.

The naming of the food is quite interesting, somehow it draws the patrons' curiosity especially the ladies to try out those that is interesting to them, The price stated alone is considered standard but to be frank, the serving portion is not equivalent to the price of the food, just my two cents.

Super Fruit (RM 8/cup ; RM 13/pot)
We had one pot of Super Fruit as our drinks.
It is a fruit tea that infused with hibiscus, elderberry, blackcurrant,
 raisin, natural flowers, ligonberry and blueberry.
It contains a light scent of the mixture of the berries and flowers, what hit my taste buds and thoughts most would be the taste of raisin and blackcurrant.
I'm not a tea lover so my description might just based on my own tasting. Quite refreshing and suitable to pair with our food which to balance our taste buds.

Elsa (RM 12)
You ought to have at least one waffle when you have your food here, no doubt, waffle is the top signature of Tiffz Coffee Gallery.
Elsa is top with a scoop of coffee-flavoured ice cream and a piece of pretzel-look cookie at the center, each loop of waffle is dressed with fresh cream and a thin strawberry slices. it is also sprinkled with a small amount of icing sugar in whole.

No more ' Let It Go' from the movie, Frozen.
But I would highly recommend this to 'let it go' into your mouth!
The waffle alone is so much awesome that it is crispy at outside yet soft texture inside, it is already tasted nice if you eat it alone.
To have a mouthful heaven, have an appropriate cut of waffle together with a small paste of ice cream, simply superb!

BBQ Chicken Cheese Baked Rice ( RM 13)
Topped with sliced mushroom, broccoli and crabsticks with a generous surface of baked cheese,
the rice is buttered a little and chicken meat is seasoned with BBQ flavour.

It does not stand out as others and rather, it's quite disappointing to me.
The strong flavour of cheese that should have was absent which it has already pull down the taste in overall. Thus, this caused the rice at the bottom carried only an extremely thin fragrance of cheese.
Anyway, you may consider to have this if you are not strong flavor like me.

Say Cheese (RM 13 black)
It is served with a 63 degree celsius of poached egg,
dried bonito flakes (commonly seen on Takoyaki), chicken strips and home recipe cheese sauce.
We suppose that the black pasta is black bean pasta.

It turn our fairly average as we all agreed that the mild taste pepper had actually triggered a lot on taste buds, perhaps it is to associate with the poached egg.
Friendly reminder here, it is most advised to managed to eat it when it is still warm, it is to avoid the stinky smell of the egg yolk.

Maleficient (RM 12)
Our last order which is also another must-eat signature waffle in the house.
This waffle tower is a combination of two flavours of ice cream that sandwhiched in between black-coloured waffle,
Some Koko crunch and the choco flakes were shimmered at the bottom.

To be true, the naming of the food is very interesting and worth for a short discussion.
For example this, I suppose it is named after the movie 'Maleficient' where Angelina Jolie is dreessed in blank.

And so you know ice cream would melt which caused the bottom of the waffle unstable , our waffle tower collapsed before we ate it.

A little highlight goes to the tea cup as well as pasta plates as they were all tile designed, quite Japanese-dining inspired which is to my own liking.

It's also not hard to see that they are a range of Japanese cuisine inspired food served in Tiffz Coffee Gallery plus the minimalism concept in the dining place. A little drawback would be a little bit smaller portion. You could ask for recommendations from the waiters and waitresses as they are ready to assist all the time.

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Summary: ( 0-lowest ; 5-highest)
Price: 3/5
Taste: 3/5 ( Mainly contributed by the waffle in our orders )
Dining Ambience: 2.5/5
Vehicle Parking: 2.5/5
Business Hour: 2.00pm to 12am ( Closed on Mondays )
Facebook Page:Tiffz Coffee Gallery
Instagram: Tiffz Coffee Gallery

Humble Review: Kaffe Factory PLT @ Kuala Perlis, Perlis

Before proceeding to the food review, I would like to say that I'm once again pleasantly surprised on the cafes/coffee shops in Perlis. They are compatible with that of in Penang, I would say.
Perlis is the smallest state in Malaysia, and it takes around 20 minutes of driving distance from my university. There's a local university set up in Perlis which actually helps in boosting the development and economic of the state in overall.

Kuala Perlis is familiar to students here as there is a jetty where we get to take ferry service to Pulau Langkawi. Kaffe Factory PLT doesn't set up its business nearby the jetty yet in the town of Kuala Perlis.

Make sure you keep an eye to spot on Kaffe Factory PLT when you are about to reach. It is rather dim lighting and the word is rather small plus a long,thin and dark coloured
 metal roofing as background.   

As many do, Kaffe Factory PLT provides both al-fresco and indoor air-cond area for patrons. 

 There are 7 tables in indoor and around 3 at al-fresco area. The interior has a simple design. Due to the effect of light reflection, the silver big piece of metal roofing caught my sight when I first stepped into the cafe. It is actually the entrance to washroom anyway.
Besides, the tables and chairs are also the highlights where they are finished partly
 with the use of wood. 

Here's the menu of Kaffe Factory PLT.

Nasi Lemak set is recommended by my friends who had been here before, only available
 for brunch hour.

Good news for vegan! There are up to four choices of vegetarian meals to choose.

For caffeine drinks, the coffee is distributed by Roast to Perfection Sdn Bhd who claimed to be an expert of coffee distributor in Kuala Lumpur.

Apparently, Kaffe Factory PLT serves a variety of food, ranging from starters, main course to a variety of beverages. 
The food that stamped with little yellow crown indicates that they are highly rated and most favourable by the patrons.
My friends and I went to the cafe after our meal, thus we just ordered drinks and cakes.
Kiwi + Apple Smoothie ( RM 7.50 )
A blend of kiwi, green apple and ice cube.
Fruits smoothies is perfect for those who would like to have refreshing sips on their beverages.
The green apple has a rather stronger flavour that covers kiwi's which we hardly tasted it out. 
Perhaps this is a nice one for green apples lovers.

 From the photo above, I would say that the proportion of kiwi and apple does not equally prepared into the smoothie. However, we suppose that there was no additional syrup in the smoothie as we didn't get to taste it out, it is actually more healthy and natural in consuming.

Lotus Hot Tea ( RM 8.90 )
It is served with one pot with refillable hot water. 
Syrup is provided if you would like to add a little bit of sweetness into your cup of tea.
I am not able to describe exactly the taste but it is absolutely not to my own liking.
With its clean taste of the tea alone, we agreed that it has a similar taste
 with some kind of medicine syrup.
I prefer the common Chinese tea after all.
Chocolate Oreo Blended ( RM 8.90 )
A smoothie of  blended chocolate, crushed oreos and crushed ice cubes topped with fresh cream and chocolate syrup, sprinkled with a little amount of chocolate chip.
Since oreos alone are also finished with the use of chocolate, so this smoothie is just a chocolate smoothie with the helps of oreo flavour. Nice one for chocolate and oreo lovers.

Favourite Oreo Blended ( RM 8.90 )
A mixture of crushed oreos, coffee powder and crushed ice cubes. It is topped with fresh cream with the dressing of chocolate syrup and chocolate chip.

I didn't expect to have caffeine in my order of this smoothie until I asked the waitress after a few sipping. The caffeine had greatly covered up oreos which is not preferable but I guess the waitress understand my concern so she added some crushed oreos on top of the smoothie for me.

We initially planed to have drinks on our visits. Then, the waitress approached and informed us that the cake was on half price. There were only two flavours to choose from and we picked each one. Not sure if it's the happy hour but it was around 9.30pm that time.

 Blueberry Cheese sliced cake - RM 11.00 (usual price)
We had this slice of cake at only RM 5.50. The portion of the cake here is a little bit smaller.
I love this as the flavour of cheese is not too thick, very nice to have non-stop cuts on the sliced cake.

 Chocolate Mousse sliced cake - RM 8.90 (usual price)
We had this at only RM 4.45
It has too much cream which is not to my liking.
A view of the cafe from our table.
Despite it is a wooden table, it is paired with small wheels that allows it to be mobile.
Besides wooden chair, there are two sofa seating with couple of pillows, perfect for us to chill and discuss our things with some relaxation of body gesture as we lay on the sofa.

Students are granted to have 10% off on bill, just present only one student ID upon making payment for each table. The ambience of the cafe is comfortable with the aid of air-cond to keep the environment cool, not to forget, a playlist of mandarin pop songs were played during our visit. The staff are also friendly to provide service in our dining. In short, I'm looking forward for the second visit. I would try on waffle burger that is strongly recommended by my friend who had tried before.

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Summary: (Scaling point: 0 - lowest; 5-highest)
Price: 4/5 (Affordable pricing to students)
Taste:  3/5 (Mainly contributed by the cake in our visit)
Dining Ambience: 3/5
Vehicle Parking: 4/5 ( Ample of parking space )
Business Hour: 11.00a.m. to 11.00p.m. daily
Facebook Page: Kaffe Factory PLT