Never underestimate the possibility of hidden gem in a secluded area, they said. This is particularly true when it comes to Charlie’s Cafe located at Taman Desa, near Old Klang Road itself.
First impression coming to Charlie’s Cafe which looks like a canteen with it’s thin-legged table and plastic chairs, with staffs wearing thin, white caps and face mask.
Despite that settings, Charlie’s Cafe actually serves pretty good food and have gained quite a following with their flying-saucer look-a-like pastry, UFO tarts. Apparently, it’s also Sandakan most famous dessert.
Charlie’s Cafe, The Social Enterprise Cafe
Charlie’s Cafe is run by a family that came from North Borneo with the concept of social enterprising. The owner, Sonny mentioned that he ordered local produce from Orang Asli communities with no middle man involved in the process.
They also launched Pay It Forward initiative whereby with RM5, you can get a receipt and stick it at a corner. The homeless and needy can then claim a free meal from them.
The Food in Charlie’s Cafe
We wanted to try out the famous UFO Tarts, however, by the time we are there, it have sold out and apparently it’s only available in a small batch everyday for quality control.
We then ordered the Sarawak Laksa from the menu, which came along with the statement, “Four hours of preparation #seafoodstock”. True to the statement, the bowl came in 2 visibly large prawns and the broth is tasty and fragrant with the scent of seafood.
The taste does quite resemble the version from East Malaysia, so you can say it’s pretty authentic.
Next up is this Signature Chicken Chop. You can choose between fried or grilled, which I went for the grilled one. The owner told me it was baked in the Combi Oven with 100% humidity, hence it was crispy on the outside, juicy on the inside.
You can also order different kind of sauce to go along with it, which I chose Salted Egg Yolk sauce with an additional RM1. The sauce is thick, creamy and incredibly tasty.
Lastly, it was this Homemade Mushroom Soup, priced at just RM2.90. The soup is considerably thick and delicious, filled with chunky mushroom with every bite.
Location & Contact Details of Charlie’s Cafe
Address: 29, Jalan Bukit Desa 5, Taman Bukit Desa, 58100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Price Range: Average cafe pricing
How to get there: This place is along the stretch of Old Klang Road, nearer to the Mid Valley Megamall end. But it’s not quite assessable with public transport, hence either drive your own or grab an Uber. To know where is it exactly, Google Map is here.