Gosh I think I am the very last one to write about Cafe 888.

And to think I organized this food tasting session. Well … serves me right for trying to balance between too many jobs and tasks. But nevertheless, I’ve finally sat myself down to write this one.


Cafe 888 is located in Kota Damansara, very near to where I live and prior to this session … I ‘ve been to the cafe on a few different occasions. But nothing beats hanging out with a while bunch of foodies, chatting .. comparing notes. When I first saw Cafe 888, my first impressions were …. whoa … finally a cool looking cafe to hang out. And to my surprise, they’re equipped with Wi-Fi as well. And that .. my dear friends …. scored my votes ! Well … although a stone throw away is Old Town Coffee and they’re Wi-Fi ready as well, but ambiance-wise …. 888 just has it.


I don’t mean to sound biased but I like the settings in Cafe 888. White-walled with surrounding glass windows …with a touch of old coffee machines gives it a feel of old yet new. And believe it or not …. their tagline reads “Yesterday Once More” really suits them well. You get to choose to sit outdoor (cigarette smoke-conditioned) or indoor (air-conditioned) and you can even choose to sit on the floor. Well .. not exactly ON the floor … it’s an elevated area.

I was told that they serve Peranakan food … and while I am not of Peranakan origin nor am I a Baba … but Nyonya food, I had my fair share. Once a year, I get to dine at my auntie’s place … and she cooks up some REALLY, REALLY authentic and outrageously delicious Nyonya food ! Burnt tongue and swollen lips included in the meal for this one …..




As for 888, we experienced some really good stuff too. Let me recall what we had the other day …. starting with the appetizers. Let me see … we had Inchi Kabin or otherwise known as Peranakan Fried Chicken, Otak-Otak and Shrimp Toasties. And my vote goes to Otak-Otak. Frankly speaking, Inchi Kabin is a little too dry for my taste but having said that … the spices in it greatly enhances it’s taste. Shrimp Toasties is a nice snack, but it doesn’t bring out the specialty of it. But the Otak-Otak is something to shout about. Again, Otak-Otak is pretty common and widely available everywhere therefore to prepare a good Otak-Otak dish takes skills … loads of them. Otak-otak is commonly made by mixing fish paste (usually mackerel) with a mixture of spices including chillies, garlic, shallots, turmeric, lemon grass and coconut milk. The mixture is then wrapped in a banana leaf that has been softened by steaming, then grilled or steamed. What Cafe 888 did was using seafood instead of fish paste. And the result …? Deliciously, mouth-watering spicy Otak-Otak that leaves you wanting more …..


Then comes the main dishes … mainly Char Kuey Teow. Now this is also one of the most “commonest” (if there is such a word) dish you can get. Well … being common also means it’s the hardest dish to please people with. I mean … everyone serves them …. Penang Village, Little Penang … you name it. So how then, do you serve up a good Char Kuey Teow dish ?

I quote a portion from www.malaysianfoodreview.net that says …

“Eating the Char Kuey Teow makes me get the feeling that the cook is really passionate about his work as he sweats it all out to make sure that every plate of his Char Kuey Teow tasted like his best plate, like an artist at work I would put him in the same class as Da Vinci, Beethoven, Zinedine Zidane and Borat”.

Anyway, if you would like to read a little more about good CKT … go here.

Things Asian
Loopy Meals

From CKT, we move on to one of Malaysian’s most required staple diet, RICE. Not just any rice though … we were presented with not one but 3 different rice dishes. Nasi Lemak … a breakfast favourite (all-day meal to some individuals), Nyonya Plate and finally the Peranakan Plate. Of the 3 dishes, you see a little similarity in all 3, especially the Nyonya and the Peranakan Plate. As for the Nasi Lemak … it’s quite a luxury to have a while fish, anchovies …. kacang (peanuts) is a must have … and the sambal is just GRRRREAT !



And this … as agreed by the rest of the team .. is the STAR of the night. Nyonya Curry Laksa .. that’s what it’s called. And I called it … “Simply The Best” Curry Laksa I’ve had to-date. I am not planning to elaborate further on it but just leaving you with a thought … that … you MUST try it.


From oriental, let move West. This simple dish … the Spaghetti Bolognaise can be prepared simply from the comfort of your own home … just like instant noodle but the trick is the sauce. Bolognese sauce (ragΓΉ alla bolognese in Italian, also known by its French name sauce bolognaise) is a meat based sauce for pasta originating in Bologna, Italy. Bolognese sauce is sometimes taken to be a tomato sauce but authentic recipes have only a very small amount of tomato, perhaps a couple of tablespoons of tomato paste.

Here’s a video presentation from VideoJug on “How To Make Spaghetti Bolognaise” but nothing beats having it made by a professional (Did I fail to mention that the chefs in Cafe 888 were previously from La Bodega?).


Contact Details

Cafe 888
1-1, Jalan PJU 5/10, Dataran Sunway
47810 Petaling Jaya, Selangor Darul Ehsan
Tel: 03-61416560



OVERALL RATING : * * * (A new place with room for improvement)
Environment Rating : * * * * (Nostalgic feel, modern taste)
Food Rating : * * * (Not bad, but can be better)
Service Rating : * * * * (Ichiban !)
Value Rating : * * * *

Miscellaneous Details

Halal : Yes
Dining Method : Dine-In and Takeaway

Food/Cuisine : Peranakan Curry Laksa, Otak-Otak
Ambience/Features : Family . Air Conditioned .
Reservations : Accepted

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  1. MeiyeN Said,

    no, you are not da last person to review 888 cafe! πŸ˜‰ thanks again for organizing such a great night for us… πŸ˜€


  2. Tummythoz Said,

    The restaurant’s name still sounds very ‘Cina’ to me. Kept having the notion they serve Chinese food ie ‘tai-chou’.


  3. Christy Said,

    Hmmm….888, interesting name for a kopitiam:)
    I am seeing lots of this posts in a few flogs I have visited; haha, of course since it’s a gathering! LOL:D


  4. lotsofcravings Said,

    one thing i got to say is..the lighting is horrendous for our DSLRs..dont think u shud hav used the flash..haha..

    got room for improvement..but seen better lar..


  5. timothy Said,

    MeiyeN … yeah. Guess you’re right.

    Tummythoz … they are a very old brand, since 1942.

    Christy, yeap we went together. And it’s fun to have gathering and reviews at the same time. Wanna join us next round?

    Lotsofcraving … dude, I have lot’s more to learn when it comes to DSLR shots.


  6. Cynthia Said,

    Timothy, the kind comments and compliments you left on my blog are humbling, especially the one about the photographs as your photography is stunning! Thanks for stopping by and helping me to disover your delicious blog. I love everything about it, the text, the pics, the header, the layout, the colour scheme – everything.

    Please come back and visit when you can. My new friend, you have been blog rolled and RSS-fed! πŸ™‚


  7. timothy Said,

    Hey Cynthia … thank you very much for your kind comments too. It’s good to meet new friends … I am adding you too, if you don’t mind…


  8. citygal Said,

    ur pics are putting mine into shame.. πŸ™


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  10. wmw Said,

    Great pics as usual…


  11. New Kid on the Blog Said,

    Awsome, wonderful, beautiful, amazing, unbelievable…. i really dont know what word to describe those shots!!! Great man!!!


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  13. Dwayne Foong Said,

    Hiya Tim,

    I’ve just posted the food pics and linked you here

    Dwayne Foong


  14. Christine Said,

    wonderful! all these delicious and mouth watering dishes… Nice shots! Loved them!


  15. Jackson Kah Said,

    im the last, i guess..


  16. Big Boys Oven Said,

    So many beautiful pictures….my tongue and mouth are salivating now…..sshhussup!!!!…lol


  17. Joyce Said,

    Yes i like their ambience very much but the food taste not to my liking. the food & drink really disappoint me on my several visits. BUT it is really a nice place to hang around with frens πŸ™‚


  18. Timothy Said,

    citygal dear … we don’t compare la. It’s the content that counts. You’re more “experienced” than me laaa….

    wmw … you’re too kind with your comments.

    dwayne n food cookies … you guys are the “expert” in this area.

    Christine … tq tq for visiting.

    Ya Jackson … looking forward to your articles.

    BBO …. wipe the saliva ….. here’s some tissue paper

    Joyce … I hope the owner get’s to read your comments. They’ll improve, I’m sure.


  19. keeyit Said,

    I saw the Nyonya curry laksa on your post and i will going to have curry laksa later for my lunch !


  20. jason Said,

    Now, one picture says a thousand words. πŸ™‚


  21. fatboybakes Said,

    thanks again for organising this tim. it was fun to be out with everyone.


  22. Evelyn Said,

    Your pics and write-up about Cafe 888 are really interesting. So I went there last week to taste the food. Quite disappointed. The food is not so good. Perhaps expectations overcame reality. Anyway, u took good pictures of the food and the outlet.
    Keep it up!


  23. Nic Said,

    The staffs there really need to brushed up their english. I’ve difficulties to communicate with them in english as well as in malay! My pot of chinese tea asked for refill will never come back to me and no one even noticed and I’ve to keep on reminding them still no avail. Well, I dont think service is that great. Will nvr go back there again.


  24. Steph Said,

    Do they hold Birthday Party?


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