The Curious Goat – an interesting name for a cafe. If you happen to love coffee and cafe hopping, and have yet to visit this place, it’s time to try it out
Nestled in the neighbourhood of Damansara Perdana, the place was opened by three baristas who wanted to express their individual creativity in the art of coffee making. The cafe isn’t fussy. You can easily walk past it as there isn’t a main signboard outside. However, it’s got its own charm and what we like about it is that it’s unpretentious and focuses on offering good coffee, which is essentially is what these boys are all about.
The three owners, Andy Chan, Kevin Lau and Nathaneal Teoh met when they first worked in another cafe doing what they love best – creating coffee. They took their dreams to the next level by opening this place. Their aim is to make coffee drinking accessible to regular coffee drinkers without confusing them with excessively fancy gadgets or intimidating jargons.
How did it get its name, we asked. According to Andy, it’s got a back story and when we read it, it made sense.
The sense of humour and passion is what we got when speaking to Andy about what they do. Coffee is their business and it’s pleasant to find people who are passionate about what they do and best of all, they create deliciousness in cups of coffee.
Art is found in different parts of the place. It’s nice to see creativeness not just in their coffee but on the walls, and even, on paper coffee cups. Customers draw their piece of art and leave it behind. Over time, the cafe has amassed quite a bit of coffee cup artwork, what we called “The Cups Of Fame” when we spoke about it with Andy.
We then got down to the business of drinking coffee. From what we’ve tasted, it’s looking that these boys are here to stay.
The Coffee Stars At The Curious Goat:
1. The Falt White (RM10)
We’ve been long time fans of this classic. Andy made us a mean cup which had the right balance without the coffee being too milky. Often, we’ve come across flat whites which don’t have the milk and coffee ratio right. At The Curious Goat, we’re glad to say that you won’t have that problem with their flat white.
2. The Iced Honey Latte (RM14)
This one is a little unusual. Some people aren’t fans of iced coffee. However, this iced coffee is unique in its own right. It’s served with longan honey, which peaked our interest. The boys source the longan honey from a local supplier. The drink was not cloyingly sweet, which is great and the subtleness of the longan comes through nicely with each sip. Try it, you’ll see what we mean.
3. The Salted Caramel Latte (RM12)
Typically, we’re not that fond of flavoured lattes. This little number is almost like a dessert in a coffee drink. It’s got a smoky hint at the end of sipping the coffee, this is due to the addition of the salted caramel. It’s sweeter than your usual order of latte but at times, a sweeter coffee is just what we feel like having. If that need hits, we’ll know to come back here to get our fix.
4. The Classic Affogato (RM15)
Affogato is an all-time favourite of many people. We too love a good affogato. Unfortunately, not many places do them well. Well, at The Curious Goat, you won’t have that issue because we’ve to say that their affogato was our favourite of the night. They serve it with a cup of double espresso with two scoops of Haagen Daz vanilla ice-cream. Coffee dessert heaven in a cup. Truly.
The Dessert Stars At The Curious Goat:
1. The Nutella Mille Crepe (RM14)
This is one of their bestsellers and if you like chocolate and Nutella, this mille crepe slice will delight you. If a slice is not enough for you and you’d like to make it more decadent, you’ve the option of adding a scoop of Haagen Daz vanilla ice-cream for an additional fee of RM5.
2. Salted Caramel Peanut Butter Cheesecake (RM14)
Another popular choice at the cafe is this cheesecake. Salted caramel and peanut butter may not necessarily be a pairing you’d think of but it’s not bad. We found the peanut butter stronger than the salted caramel in the cheesecake. However, it’s a lovely cheesecake and we can see why it’s gained its popularity with the crowd here.
3. The Lemon Meringue Tart (RM13)
Quite often when it comes to lemon meringue tarts, we’ve not found many that we like. The ratio of the lemon curd and meringue in this one is just right. They’ve taken a different route by using a rose flavoured meringue instead for their lemon meringue tart and it seems to work. The tartness of the lemon curd was evident in the tart, which we loved.
Besides coffee and dessert, The Curious Goat also serves food such as sandwiches and pasta dishes for those who want something more substantial. What’s even better is that they don’t charge GST here so that’s definitely a bonus! If you’ve not yet tried this place, pay them a visit. It’s pretty good.