Poco Homemade

by Alexa P. on Wed, February 09, 2011

This Valentine’s weekend if you’re looking for something that is budget friendly yet delicious and fun, try out this interesting little café. You’ll win your girl over with the cute décor and she’ll be gushing at your thoughtfulness.

A quirky and unpretentious eatery...

Foodster's Verdict

Poco Homemade
  • Romantic
  • Kids
  • Air Conditioned
  • Address

    1 Lorong Kurau, Bangsar 59100, Kuala Lumpur
    Tel: 03 2287 5688

  • Open


  • Pros

    Adorable décor and delicious simple food

  • Cons

    Desserts don’t quite hit the mark and service is a bit slow especially if the place is full

  • Price Range


  • Parking


  • Certification

    Pork Free

Stepping into this café is much like going to someone’s home for a meal. An old fashioned sewing machine sitting in the corner makes it feel like you’re over at grandmas. All the furniture are old pieces that have been salvaged and recycled, such as using lawn chairs and school desks in place of the usual restaurant fittings. The quirky décor is done in the popular Japanese Zakka style. This is when a place is decorated with kitschy household items that are mainly from the fifties, sixties, and seventies.

Poco Homemade was started by a young couple who are known as Zzz and Mermer. Their interests are prominently displayed throughout the café as Zzz loves doing draft work and sketches and Mermer enjoys sewing and handmade crafts. This would explain the art displayed throughout and the beautifully stitched pieces such as the fluorescent light covers and cloth coasters. The person responsible for the healthy homemade dishes prepared here is none other than Zzz’s mother.

This family-run establishment serves up simple homemade Japanese cuisine at very reasonable prices. You’ll find favourites such as soba or udon noodles, chicken katsu, Japanese curry, and more. We decided to sample a few of the items for lunch.

For starters we were recommended to try the chicken roll; chicken sausage, crabstick, scallions and carrot rolled with a fish paste, then rolled up in seaweed, then breaded and fried. It is picture perfect, almost too pretty to eat, but that doesn’t stop us from dunking it in the mayo dip and taking a bite. It can be quite addictive as it is both crunchy and bouncy and full of flavour. We also ordered the seafood pancake a dense chewy batter fried with prawns and onions. My dining companion likened it to a flattened cucur udang.

We then moved on to mains with a soba with egg cooked in a miso broth, the soba noodle soup with fried ebi, a lunch special consisting of a bowl of sautéed eggplant and minced chicken, and a chicken katsu with Japanese curry. Both the noodle soups were deliciously warming with the soba having a nice bite to it. Definitely slurpworthy. The sautéed eggplant dish having been stir fried with miso paste is bursting with flavour.

The chicken katsu with curry is a hearty dish that is sure to fill you up. The chicken breast has a beautiful golden crisp exterior but the meat manages to stay juicy and moist on the inside. Dredge the pieces in the curry for additional flavour or let it all soak into the rice. We’re told that this is one of the popular items here.

To end on a sweet note we ordered the molten chocolate cake and the tofu cheesecake. While the food was decent, the desserts sadly, failed to impress. I personally enjoyed the tofu cheesecake as it wasn’t too sweet and the biscuit base was buttery, but I was the only one at our table who did (All the more for me to eat!). The rest felt that the tofu taste was too overpowering. The molten chocolate cake was a bit of a disappointment for me. The molten part of it was a bit gummy in texture. It was probably prepared beforehand and reheated to serve.

All in all the quirky homey décor and the simple Japanese food is what makes this café a star.