Wednesday, 14 May 2014

VCR, Coffee and Cake, Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

VCR, Coffee and Cake, Bukit Bintang
VCR Entrance

VCR, Coffee and Cake

Words by Sarah and Ross Jones
Photos by The Yum List (Monica Tindall)

Named after the device that was the source of much entertainment and frustration in our youth, VCR provides only pleasure for diners of this vintage style café off Jalan Pudu. Owners, Ee Han and Andrew, are two baristas that are very knowledgeable about their coffee and given their passion about the bean, they may just complete their quest of serving some of the best coffee in KL.

VCR, Coffee and Cake, Bukit Bintang
The café itself is located in a series of link houses just behind the police station off Jalan Imbi between Jalan Galloway and Jalan Sin Chew Kee. This puts it within walking distance of Bukit Bintang or you can get to the Jalan Imbi monorail station and walk as well. 

VCR, Coffee and Cake, Bukit Bintang
Ee Han and Andrew have decorated VCR in minimalist and eclectic manner that doesn’t detract from the original nature of the colonial era building. The downstairs contains a few tables and the coffee bar, while the stairwell leads you to another open seating area that even has a small green space on the roof.

VCR, Coffee and Cake, Bukit Bintang
Flat White
Coffee is the true calling of the two proprietors and they speak very passionately about the nature of their work.  We were served a variety of popular styles: long black, cappuccino, and a flat white; all were very pleasant with a nice round finish.  We were also treated to a brew of Tanzanian Karatu coffee beans that truly displayed the owner’s skill in making the best coffee they can.

VCR, Coffee and Cake, Bukit Bintang
Brewed Coffee - Tanzanian Karatu
The staff at VCR is under constant training despite their experience because according to Andrew, every bean is different and must be treated that way.  Both these gentlemen have been trained locally and abroad and present a variety of knowledge in brewing coffee.  All coffee is brewed on top quality machines that would make a coffee aficionado stare.

VCR, Coffee and Cake, Bukit Bintang
Along with their excellent coffee they serve a variety of cakes and pastries.  We were treated to a well-balanced Raspberry Cheesecake. This cheesecake was not overly cheesy, not overly tart, and was pleasant on the palate.

VCR, Coffee and Cake, Bukit Bintang
Raspberry Cheesecake
With our cheesecake we sampled a Pear Tart that was not overly sweet and kept the nature of the fruit, by which it is named. This pear tart had an almond topping with a hint of vanilla bean.  We have all had experiences with fruit tarts that were gooey or sweetened beyond recognition- this particular tart was innocent of these undesirable qualities.

VCR, Coffee and Cake, Bukit Bintang
Pear Tart
The house favorite (and ours as well) was the King Cake.  This cake is a blend of peanut butter, chocolate, and banana.  It is covered with a rich peanut butter cream frosting and is extraordinarily moist and rich.  The cake itself is banana with a small layer of bananas and frosting in the middle. We understood why this is a house favorite.

VCR, Coffee and Cake, Bukit Bintang
The King - Banana, Peanut Butter Cake
Pricing is very reasonable, especially for the quality of coffee and cake.  Andrew and Ee Han are looking to expand their menu to include food in the next months.  That will make this café a great stop before heading over to Barlai around the corner for an after dinner drink.

Reasons to visit: great coffee; rooftop green patch; raspberry cheesecake, the king cake.


2 Jalan Galloway
50150 Kuala Lumpur
+6 03 2110 2330
Open 8:30am - 11pm


  1. That's a nice looking place, quaint. Love the exterior especially. Oh!!! There! No wonder I never saw it around Bukit Bintang...or maybe it wasn't there when I used to frequent that area.

  2. Although I never a coffee lover, but I do love to go coffee shop to have a slice of cake & a cup of hot tea, to spend my afternoon with a book. The cake and the environment is really my type, I will def find a day to go with my book/laptop !! XDDD

  3. i love your cheerful photos for VCR ... you absolutely captured the sunniness of this place, the allure of its coffee and cakes :D

  4. The cafe looks a bit dark outside, but it's bright and cheerful inside.
    I remember my old VCR player was kinda metallic colour. ;)
    Gosh, their king cake is so rich and huge!

  5. Nice place, shall mark this place down for my next visit to KL! But i wonder why they named it VCR though...

  6. Nice looking place, I half expect to see an old VCR player but was slightly disappointed there isn't one.

  7. It's nice to go cake hopping, isn't it? Gotta watch your calories tho :)

  8. How nice to find a charming independent coffee shop just moments from all the chains in BB

  9. I like coffee related dessert to eat and Cappuccino is also my favorite. At-least every person love to drink coffee but it is good if you go for organic coffee.

    Robert Green
    Kopi Luwak.