We decided to do a long overdue meet-up sesh with our uni friends a few Sundays ago... and it only seemed right that we made our way back near uni to check out Garage 51, a new-ish coffee & cafe establishment by Coffee Société near the side gates of Sunway University.
The area around Sunway University holds many car workshops and mechanics, and so we suppose Garage is an apt name. :D Garage 51 is definitely the first F&B place of its kind in that area - kinda makes me wish we had some place like this to hang out back then in between classes, but we probably wouldn't have been able to afford it on our allowances anyway. -_-
The atmosphere there was inviting and looked very promising, with a pleasant aroma of coffee and the happy chatter of many on a Sunday afternoon in the air. We had high expectations for the food here, simply because it seemed to be doing so well based on how packed it was! As such, this is primarily a review of their food, and not their coffee which is what it's famed for.
I had the Hot Chocolate (RM 10) - not too bad, sweet & fragrant enough for my liking. Of course, pretty art on my hot chocolate is always welcome. :) The rest had their usual coffees. But as I mentioned, this is more about the food.. off we go!
We immediately zeroed in on the Awesome Garage Breakfast (RM 19), consisting of smoked cured salmon, diced mushrooms, hash potatoes, topped with a poached egg and Hollandaise sauce. It surprised us when it came stacked, but presentation aside, what did it taste like?
Unfortunately it did not work for us at all. The poached egg was one of the better ones we've had all year, succulent wobbly white with a perfectly runny yolk, but having it with the hash was downright strange. The hash potatoes had a very firm outer layer and its centre was chewier and starchier than expected. There was little flavour to it too. We wouldn't recommend this.
Ever since we had the excellent tuna croissant at Yeast Bistronomy, we've always been on the lookout to try more croissants. The Kipferl Jr (RM 12), a croissant with egg mayo was our other pick.
Again, not the most wonderful. The croissant tasted a tad flat and there was more mayo than egg.
For cakes, we had the Carrot Walnut and the Strawberry Cheese (both RM 8.90). Decent but not particularly memorable.
We left Garage 51 feeling very letdown. We had a good catch-up session, but unfortunately, just not the best food or drink to go with it. Service is brisk, I honestly love the ambiance, but it just fell short for us (us being non coffee-drinkers, that is). It doesn't seem like it'll have problems surviving with the universities nearby, but we wouldn't necessarily return any time soon.
No. 51, Jalan PJS 11/9,
Bandar Sunway, 46150 Selangor
Opening Hours: Tues-Sun, 11am-11pm
*All photos in this post by iPhone 5