Where & What To Eat: Happy Mansion In Section 17, PJ
1/6 Butter And Beans
Representing pastries and coffee at their rawest form, Butter And Beans serves just two types of comestibles, but what they do they do well. Opening well ahead of its neighbours, the café is popular for coffee runs among the early birds (simply ring 03-7932 2556 when you're close by so the staff can ready your coffee to-go).
Need something solid to pair with your drink? There are apple pastries, banana bread, chocolate tarts, overnight oats and Food Foundry’s iconic crêpe cakes (Butter And Beans and Food Foundry are run by the same restaurateur).
But our favourite thing about this no-frills spot is its 'Share A Desk' concept. Leave a #shareadesk sign on your table if you're cool with letting others snag that free seat at your table during peak hours.
Butter And Beans | Happy Mansion, Block BG-1, Jalan 17/13, Petaling Jaya | 03-7932 2556 | Open daily, 8am-6pm
2/6 Food Foundry
The progenitor of the mille crêpe craze in the Klang Valley, Food Foundry popularised the 'thousand-layer cake' among Malaysians more than 10 years ago. We thought it was mere hype until we savoured a slice of the salted caramel mille crêpe ourselves. Two words: more, please.
Aspiring to be appreciated for more than cakes, Food Foundry spruced up their savoury options in late 2019. Do get one of their epic open-faced sandwich during lunchtime. As for dinner, there's fresh mafalda pasta bathed in sage brown butter and crowned with an egg yolk for extra sex appeal.
Food Foundry | Happy Mansion, Block BG-8, Jalan 17/13, Petaling Jaya | 03-7932 2322 | Open daily, 10am-10pm
3/6 Muse Eatery
If fried chicken is your muse, this is the restaurant for you. The world's most widely-eaten poultry is paraded in various dishes, from pan-seared chicken chop to homemade chicken patties and laksa chicken katsu to Korean yamnyeong chicken. Our favourite, however, is the fragrant har jiang or belachan-style fried chicken with its coating of delicate breadcrumbs.
As far as desserts go, Muse is big on picture perfect Hokkaido toasts and cheesecakes by the slice. Or you can consume your calories in liquid form by skipping to Yumcha, Muse's sister establishment, just next door.
Muse Eatery | Happy Mansion, Block BG-7, Jalan 17/13, Petaling Jaya | email@example.com | Open daily, 10am-10pm
4/6 Pizza Mansion
A proliferation of pizza parlours in The Klang Valley has seriously raised the stakes for those involved, but this relative newcomer has sailing through choppy waters since April 2019. What is it about Pizza Mansion that works? We put it down to the cosy, retro ambiance and seriously affordable pies. Think about it: ranging from RM20-38, Pizza Mansion's products cost the same (or less!) than those from chains such as Dominos and Pizza Hut. Why pick manufactured over home-made flavours, then?
Just as worthy of stealing the spotlight are Pizza Mansion's sides, especially the truffle mac & cheese. Wines by the glass or the bottle and cold craft beers will help cut through the food's grease.
Pizza Mansion | Happy Mansion, Block BG3, Jalan 17/13, Seksyen 17, Petaling Jaya | Open daily, 12noon-10.30pm
More a kiosk than a café, this bubble milk tea specialist specialises in nostalgic flavours, from strawberry milk to Milo. So it wasn't any surprise when they decided to ride the White Rabbit desserts wave with their White Rabbit Milk Cha. We personally find Yumcha's tapioca balls too soggy, but respect their ongoing commitment to eliminating stabilisers and only using fresh and natural ingredients.
Other best-sellers include the blue-tinged CHA-meleon (named by Yumcha's fans); the Golden Cha containing golden boba; and the Dirty Cha combining black tea and black sugar boba.
Yumcha | Happy Mansion Block BG-7, PJ Section 17, Petaling Jaya | 012-763 6028 | Open daily, 10am-10pm
See also: QQ Foods: From Bubble Tea To Oodles Of Noodles
6/6 Xiao By Crustz
Going from online presence to physical store, Xiaoly Koh's pâtisserie is even more charming in person than in pictures: think two-person booths and a mouthwatering case full of miniature treats.
The 29-year-old pâtissier, who trained under World Pastry Champion Wei Loon Tan at the Academy of Pastry Arts Malaysia, finds it hard to put a finger on Xiao's most popular products, as constant innovation means that the display case constantly evolves. The easiest way to discover what's delicious is to order an assortment of sweets at the store!
Xiao By Crustz | Happy Mansion, Block BG-6, Jalan 17/13, Petaling Jaya | 016-211 0932 | firstname.lastname@example.org | Open Wed-Fri, 1-10pm, Sat, 12noon-10pm, Sun, 12noon-6pm.