FOOD REVIEW: Caffe Bene @ Sunway PyramidTuesday, May 13, 2014
There have been so many reviews about this new Korean cafe that popped up at Sunway Pyramid that me and the sister could not resist paying it a visit. It is located in front of the escalator near AEON. First some introduction about Caffe Bene
Caffe Bene is a coffeehouse chain based in Seoul, South Korea. It was founded in May 2008 by Sun-Kwon Kim, current CEO of Caffe Bene. Caffe Bene is the largest coffeehouse in South Korea in terms of the number of stores. Caffé Bene is designed after European open-air cafés. The word "Bene" in the brand name comes from the Italian word for "good." This brand is combined with the European open-air atmosphere and traditional Korean culture of "Sarangbang". Like other coffee chains, Caffe Bene sells brewed coffee, hot and cold beverages, pastries, croissants, sandwiches, waffles, gelato, and so forth. In addition, Caffe Bene features Misugaru, which "consists of black sesame seeds, black bean, black and brown rice and barley". According to PR web, Misugaru "is rich in vitamins, calcium, magnesium, molybdenum, folate and selenium". Misuragu drinks are a feature that differentiates Caffe Bene from its competitors such as Starbucks and Coffee Bean
Unfortunately, I was unable to attend the opening ceremony of Caffe Bene where Kwang Soo a.k.a Giraffe from Running Man, a hit Korean variety show came to officiate the launch.
Caffe Benne displays some of their popular menu at the entrance to the cafe. These include waffles, toast and their signature Bingsu.
|Some of their products on display|
The three flavours of Bingsu that are popular would be the Green Tea Tower Bingsu, Strawberry Bingsu and Cookies & Cream Bingsu. We opt for the Green Tea Tower Bingsu since we are epic green tea lovers! We saw someone ordering the Strawberry Bingsu which was really tempting as well.
Caffe Bene also sells some of their products at the counter for customers to buy back home. This include their coffee beans, peppermint candy and other snacks.
|Products on sale at the counter|
Caffe Bene also serve their in-house gelato selection ranging from green tea, strawberry, coffee, vanilla. grape and others! The price for their gelato is quite reasonable as well.
|Yummy gelato flavours|
Seeing the large sized Bingsu at the counter really tempted us to order the large sized dessert but since it was just me and the sister, we decided to go for the regular one at RM 10.80! A very reasonable price if you see the portion they serve. We also decided to try their Garlic Cheese Toast to have something savory to compliment the sweet dessert. It actually cost a bomb for us as one piece of toast was RM16. Oh well when in Rome you just got to do what the Romans do.
|Example of their Bingsu|
The list of food that they serve are listed on the menu hanging behind the counter. You can decide what you want to order while waiting in line.
|Prices for their gelato|
Like any other cafe, they also prepared stuff like water to clear your mouth, sugar syrup and others for you to determine how you would like your coffee. Caffe Bene also has some merchandise on sale at their outlets like tumblers and mugs.
|Merchandise for sale|
There are two seating areas for you to choose. Both are actually indoors but the outer seating area gives you an al-fresco feel but plus the air-conditioning. We actually sat indoors beside the huge wall deco but it was so humid and hot that we tried the other seating area which was cooler but downside is passerbys will sometimes stare at you while you're enjoying your meal.
|Second seating area|
Caffe Bene also made use of the buzzer thing that looks like an UFO. After taking your order, they will pass you their buzzer and when your order is done, it will vibrate which means you can get your food from the counter.
|Waiting for our food|
|And here is our Garlic Cheese Toast. Although they were quite generous with the cheese, I doubt I would come back and order this for RM 16. Not really worth my money in my opinion. I could easily make this at home. |
|Garlic and Cheese Bread (RM16.00)|
Of course the real reason why we wanted to try Caffe Bene is their Bingsu! Just look at it! Even though we ordered the regular it was really huge for both of us to share. Under that whipped cream is actually a huge scoop of green tea gelato! My favourite ^__^
The Green Tea Tower Bingsu is really worth your money. They have a generous amount of nuts which includes cashew nuts, walnut, almonds... all the nuts except pistachios. We were seriously full after eating this Bingsu which was really filling due to the nuts! Thumbs up for this dessert. The green tea gelato helped by giving the ice more flavour. We actually smashed it up and ate it like how we see in Korean dramas. I know there were some reviews saying that at the end the ice was tasteless but we did not have the same experience. Maybe it was because we mixed everything up and ate it until the last drop!
|Green Tea Bingsu (RM10.80)|
Of course, we got to take a selfie or another term that cropped up 'wefie'. Great to have the sister back and have a 'makan' companion!
|Date with Sis|
So that's all from me for Caffe Bene! I would definitely recommend the Bingsu and I think I would come back to try the waffles that people have been raving about! Check them out at Sunway Pyramid or Mont Kiara!