Jao Tim Jalan Sultan Kuala Lumpur, a cafe cum event space that we accidentally came across when going for breakfast at Petaling Street.
Located just few doors away from Leaf & Co. Cafe at Mingle, Jao Tim can be easily missed out if you didn’t pay attention to. No obvious sign board. So spot for the doors next to Hai O Chinese Pharmacy when you are around. No. 61 to be exact.
Judging from the closed doors, we initially thought that Jao Tim wasn’t in business that day. But as we carefully pushed the door and found that it wasn’t locked, and saw lights from upstairs, our mood turned from slightly disappointed to super excited. Yay! p/s: The door is meant to be closed, but cafe is in business. Hahaha.
Similar to Merchant’s Lane, Jao Tim has a long stretch of staircases leading guests to cafe’s floor. The moment we finished walking up the last staircase and the cafe came in sight, we were like.. WOW, absolutely beautiful!
High ceiling, exposed bricks walls, wooden floorings, wooden panels – Jao Tim maintains the charm of this century old heritage Chinatown building for raw & rustic touch, along with modern vintage elements in unique custom finishes, which manage to distinguish itself from many other cafes in Klang Valley.
Spot the European style built-in-cabinet and brass accents furnitures – reminds us about Kingsman haha.
Jao Tim takes the name of 酒店 (pronounce it in Cantonese you can probably read it right), as this premise used to be a hotel in early 19th century. It is now sectioned into two floors. The lower floor as cafe and the upper floor is like a space of “less is more” art – the walls, the geometric tiles and that table. Guess it will become a favourite spot for Instagrammers very soon.
Jao Tim currently holds a small menu, covering coffee, tea and craft beers for beverage…
..and food like Grilled Cheese Sandwich (RM15), Smoked Duck Quiche (RM16), Classic Chicken Pie (RM15), Croissant (RM7), pain au Chocolat (RM7), Chocolate Peanut Butter cake (RM14), Carrot Walnut cake (RM14), Banana Bread (RM9).
We had latte and cappuccino for caffeine-fix, sharing a platter of grilled cheese sandwich – one of the best sellers in Jao Tim.
Two bread slices generously sandwiched with cheese, toasted and served pipping hot. Take a deep bite and enjoy the crackling crunchiness, oozing with sinfully delicious melted cheese from the centre. Comes with a side of refreshing salad. If you love your sandwich crispy and cheesy, this could be your favourite.
Overall, we love this place. Friendly service, cozy ambience, jazz music, and not so crowded yet, at least for now. However we guess it will get crowded very soon, ‘coz it is such a pretty cafe to hang out. LOL. Will be back again and hope to see more hot food from their menu.
(Above Hai O 海鷗)
No. 61, Jalan Sultan,
(Same row with Leaf & Co at Mingle, a street away from Petaling Street)
Opening Hours: 11AM – 9PM (closed Tuesday)