Hidden in the dusty back streets of SS15 in Subang Jaya sits a small storefront, decorated in warm pine wood and glass. What seems to be an unassuming designer boutique is actually the entrance to one of the coziest food stops Subang has to offer...
Food, art and bicycle loving action...
No. 55, SS15/4B, Subang Jaya, Selangor
Tel: 03- 5611 7600
The atmosphere: eclectic designer café that’s great for hanging out, studying and hearty meals.
Average food and service. Parking can be a pain and you have to get up to pay at the counter.
Here's a #throwbackthursday of one our favourite reviews, Grafa Cafe..
Inspired by business combinations in international stores, founders Fadli Hj Rosli and Halyza Halim sought no time to combine three things they loved most – riding, art, and good food. Grafa began as a fixed gear lifestyle store and design studio, with a small café at the side. Only recently did they expand the café into a full-blown designer restaurant. "This is a place where people can come and forget that they're in Subang," said Fadli.
Taking the combo inspiration further they teamed up with Williams (the all time popular foodie hangout in Kelana Jaya) for inspiration and a helping hand, so Grafa Café was born. Recipes are the same to give the familiar quality of good cuisine, but the cafe does have their own special stuff! The result is a funky restaurant with a menu that boasts both local and mixed cuisine in plus size portions. Perfect for a chilled out food loving session.
From lunch to supper, Grafa Café is usually buzzing with friendly conversations and acoustic music. Food here comes in generous portions and the menu offerings are promising. They have a range of western grill items like house specialty Grafamama’s Grilled Lamb Chop, served with creamy white gravy, mint sauce, with a side of mashed potatoes. It comes as two pieces of lamb, tender and light, a portion big enough for two people to share. The mashed potatoes can be a little clumpy but nevertheless tasty. The Chicken Chop offers a crunchy chicken breast with a deliciously thick black pepper sauce on the side.
There's also the Boyfriend Steak Sandwich, a messy, meaty meal of steak strips, chicken ham slices, with cheese and onions. The steak strips are marinated to a fine flavour of barbecue and are very soft to eat. Together with light, crispy onion rings, this dish makes for a tasty appetizer.
Try too the Nasi Goreng Ketam. It’s an aromatic serving of spicy seafood, a taste as familiar as tom yam. The rice is a little zesty and goes nicely with the soft shell crabs, though the whole dish may a little hot for some. Each mouthful is a flavourful trip, and will definitely fill an empty stomach.
There’s Carbonara Bacon Pasta, a dish that comes with the most mouthwatering aroma of smoky meat. The spaghetti is soft and nicely cooked, covered in rich, carbonara sauce and pepperoni slices. The combination of crusty pepper seasonings with thick, velvety sauce gives a great mix of textures. If you’re looking for something homey and fulfilling for dinner, look no further than this pasta.
When we went, the stars of our meals were the selection of ice-blended drinks. Try the Strawberry Banana Ice blended, deliciously sweet with bundles of juicy lychee in the mix. Or go healthier with a Blueberry yoghurt, thick with deep fruity hints. Both ice blended tasted divine accompanied with the main courses, providing enough ice cold sugary kick to complement a meal. The iced peach tea also deserves a mention, thirst quenching with fresh peach slices to munch on. Grafa Café also has desserts, though they are subjected to availability on a daily basis. The regulars appear to be Red Velvet Cake and Pavlova. We managed to try the Red Velvet Cake, and though the sponge was a little dry, the cream cheese fillings were scrumptious.
Food aside, Grafa Café is a wonderful restaurant to relax in with a good meal. The interior is a well designed combination of wooden furniture, chalkboard menus, and potted plants. Aesthetics play a big role with Grafa and you can clearly see it from the artworks and bikes dotting the restaurant. There's also a boutique attached so you can browse for art goodies and urban wear after a good meal. Service can be a little slow depending on the crowd, but the trip is definitely worth a go. There are few places that you’ll stay for 3 hours over coffee and food while hanging out with good company, and this is surely one of them!