Gurney Plaza Coffee Watch – January 1st, 2013

Tropical Expat has been checking where you can buy coffee at Gurney Plaza. Of course, establishments come and go, or move to different locations. There are coffee shops, of course, but also ice cream parlours, restaurants, etc. where you can also drink coffee. You could choose by price, their coffee quality, decor, location, service, or even how fast their Wi-Fi connection is. I have been working my way through them gradually, although I don’t intend to try them all – for me, going to a Chinese restaurant for coffee, for example, isn’t what I would do. However, for example, Swensens Ice cream Parlour is quite pleasant, they have Wi-Fi, and the coffee price is below average, so I intend to try it.

This year, around Chinese New Year in February, a great many establishments increased their prices, (causing some to go out of business), so at this time I am just checking for price of a black brewed coffee.  In most cases government tax of 6% and service charge of 10 % will be added when payment is made. I will see in due course if they raise prices again next year.

I won’t bother with photos as it makes the data harder to compare. Places underlined I have drunk coffee at.

So, starting at the SEVENTH (top) FLOOR:

  • Next Stop: RM4
  • Max Gourmet: RM4.50. (They also have durian coffee, so I will try this sometime.)

SIXTH FLOOR:

  • Subway: RM3.90
  • Big Apple: RM6
  • Macaron Coffee: RM6.90
  • Old Town White Coffee: RM3.30. In this case they have a Malay style thick coffee. And Wi-Fi.

FIFTH FLOOR:

nothing

FOURTH FLOOR:

  • Chopping Board: RM3.50

THIRD FLOOR:

  • Kim Gary: RM3.40
  • Sakae Sushi: RM5.90
  • Xuan Xin: RM3.50 They have a nice view if you sit by the window, even if they are a Chinese restaurant.

SECOND FLOOR:

  • Golden Crust: RM5

FIRST FLOOR:

  • Nando’s: RM6.90
  • Swensons: RM4.90
  • Gelatomio: RM8.00

GROUND FLOOR:

  • Chili’s: RM5.95
  • Michelangelo’s: RM10.00
  • Coffee Bean: RM7.50
  • Eurodeli: RM6.00
  • Winter Warmers: RM5.50
  • Starbucks: RM7.00
  • Dome: RM8.50
  • Chicago Rib House: RM4.90
  • Nando’s: RM6.90
  • McDonalds:  RM3.15 with tax.
  • Manila Place: RM6.50
  • Segafredo:   RM7.80. Good coffee. But watch for mosquitos in the lounge area.
  • Secret Recipe: RM5.80

BASEMENT:

  • Xuan Xin: RM3.50
  • 1901: RM3.50
  • 600cc: RM3.80
  • Rotiboy: RM3.00
  • Each a Cup: RM3.00
  • Mr Teppanyaki: RM3.00
  • Wong Kok: RM3.90
  • Daily Fresh: RM2.80
  • Chicken Rice Shop: RM3.00
  • BBQ Plaza: RM3.50
  • Hawker Centre: RM1.30 – the cheapest, generally
  • Kenny Rogers: RM6.50
  • Kopitam Classic: RM2.80
  • Little Nonya Cuisine: RM3.80
  • Siam Express: RM5.00

BEST DEAL AT PRESENT:

Chicago Rib House at present has Coffee, Cappucino, Latte for RM1++ between 3PM and 6PM weekdays. Still available late December 2012.

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They are located in the Gurney Alfresco area between Gurney Plaza and G Hotel.

Here is the receipt RM2.30 including tax, for two coffees.

For more information, also see Gurney Plaza‘s web site. However, it is often not kept up to date.

COMMENTS:

If I am by myself I like Segafredo best.  The coffee is very good, the Wi-Fi works well, it’s comfortable and relaxing. But there are usually three mosquitos lurking in the area with armchairs, so either quickly track them down and kill them, or ensure your skin is covered.  Or sit at one of the tables.

First thing in the morning (meaning from around 10:30AM), I like the breakfast menu at Old Town White Coffee – kaya toast, eggs and coffee for around RM5 (sorry, I can’t remember exactly). Only available until 11AM. Old Town Wi-Fi is OK.

If I am with people I prefer Starbucks or Coffee Bean, inside or outside, depending on the day. Their coffee is good, the Wi-Fi signal strong, and it’s pleasant. But if it’s between 3PM & 6PM on a weekday, I’d be at Chicago Rib House for RM1 coffee – their Wi-Fi is patchy, though.

There are other establishments I want to try: Max Gourmet for their durian coffee, Swensens because it’s quite pleasant, and the hawker centre just to see what the coffee is like.

Finally, a few photos:

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