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, I believe, 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.)
- 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.
- 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.
- Nando’s: RM6.90
- Swensons: RM4.90
- Gelatomio: RM8.00
GROUND FLOOR: – incomplete – to be continued soon. I ran out of time.
- 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: About RM3.40 with tax. Menu on wall too small for me to read.
- Manila Place: RM6.50
- Segafredo: RM7.80. Their morning deal of coffee plus panini is quite good. Watch mosquitos.
- Secret Recipe: RM5.80
- 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 December 2012.
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.
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. Also, their morning panini and coffee deal is good, as is the panini.
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). 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: