Feeka at The Five
Words: Nichole Ong
Photos: Monica Tindall
A peaceful enclave of calmness amidst the bustling city, Feeka’s newest outlet at The Five has already settled into its namesake, derived from the Scandinavian ‘Fika’ – to get together and take a break. Transformed from an old science lab (HELP University) to a multi-function dining experience, Feeka’s interior is cooling with natural hues of forest green and walnut set against the low hum of chatter, sharing, and enjoyment.
The cafe’s menu, interior, vision, and coffee have all been fine-tuned over ten years. Feeka has constantly evolved for the better since its pioneering outlet as one of the first places to get a good cup of coffee in Bukit Bintang. The team’s practice of working closely with coffee roasters to concoct distinct flavours, as well as striving to make many ingredients in-house, breathes quality into every dish, providing a centre point for many fruitful conversations.
Feeka at The Five – Drinks Menu
We jumped at the chance to sample Feeka’s seasonal blend, savouring a Latte (RM 12). The effort to maintain high quality coffee was evident in the densely flavoured medium roast, which held notes of fruitiness and acidity. Being a latte, the coffee was also nicely foamed and was optimal for a relaxed mid-morning treat.
Out of their coffee creations, the Sticky Bun Latte (RM 16) was such a pleasure, with an espresso shot and milk complemented by caramel syrup, whipped cream, and gula Melaka (palm sugar) shavings to give the robust flavour of the coffee an added sweetness. I particularly enjoyed the gula Melaka shavings providing a pop of local flavour.
From the non-caffeinated options, we opted for the Yuzu Citron Kombucha (RM 15), sourced from a local supplier that brought forth an effervescent sip. The citrus flavouring added a nice touch to the refreshing drink, making it just right for a sunny day.
All-day Breakfast Damansara
There are few things better than a plate of French toast done well, as proved by Feeka at The Five’s Classic French Toast (RM 24). The usual slices of bread are elevated to deliciously fluffy Japanese milk loaf, then topped with whipped cream, berries, and real (!) Canadian maple syrup and French butter. The combination of toast, whipped cream, and berries offers a sweet and tart mouthful that is perfect for any point in the day.
Another equally delicious toast option is the Housemade Almond Butter Toast (RM 23), described by Chef Danial as his take on a PB&J. The dish’s humble inspiration sings through the quality ingredients used. The almond butter, made on-site, is a particular highlight atop crisp and flaky toast. This is complemented by the tart grapes and topped with dark chocolate and sea salt to enhance the tasting experience with slightly bitter and savoury flavours.
For a lighter start to the day, the Coconut Yoghurt and Granola Bowl (RM 20) impressed us with its synergetic balance of sour and sweet, using the fragrant coconut yoghurt as a base for all the vibrant flavours. The granola was a particular highlight, also having been made on-site and adding texture to the bowl as a whole.
We loved the Mediterranean Roasted Aubergine (RM 24) as a vegetarian option among the selection of mains. The dish was both fresh and hearty, with the creamy yoghurt combining marvellously with the touches of sweetness from the pomegranate and the heat from the cumin chilli oil. I enjoyed the garlic chips on the top as they tied the dish together with an added crunchiness.
The Soy Glazed Roast Salmon Trout (RM 42) was cooked wonderfully as I delighted in the slightly crispy exterior of the fish, which gave way to a well-seasoned bite. The kale salad alongside it was crunchy and fresh, with the cherry tomatoes adding acidity. This dish is great for fish lovers looking for a fulfilling meal.
Feeka at The Five’s Corn and Kelp Soba (RM 30) is tastily unique among the pasta selection, containing hot soba, braised shiitake and coriander in a dynamic corn and kelp broth that is both light and flavourful. There are so many things to like about this dish: the buckwheat noodles as a great healthy option, the bursts of sweetness from the corn, and the earthy saltiness of the mushrooms. What ties them all together is the broth – a punch of flavour that cannot be missed.
Feeka at The Five Review
Feeka’s newest branch at The Five has continued the legacy of its predecessors in its enduring quality of coffee and an evolving menu of classics and new creations. On top of that, it has managed to maintain prices comparable to others in the KL cafe scene, especially given the team’s commitment to homemade ingredients. Feeka truly is the perfect place to get together, unwind, and relish the taste of brilliant food and coffee.
Reasons to visit Feeka at The Five: all-day breakfast, unique and classic dishes; just about everything made in-house from scratch; calming, friendly environment; good coffee; Mon loved the Yuzu Citron Kombucha and Coconut Yoghurt Granola Bowl; I was a big fan of the Housemade Almond Butter Toast and Corn and Kelp Soba.
Feeka at The Five
E-GF-02, Block E, The Five, Kompleks Pejabat Damansara,
49, Jalan Dungun, Bukit Damansara, 50490 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Feeka at The Five Opening Hours
Daily: 8 am – 10 pm