CHECK OUT – FOO FOO FINE DESSERTS

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De­sign sen­si­bil­ity and plenty of sweet treats make this In­sta­gram­wor­thy place a must-visit.

WITH AN IN­TE­RIOR IN­SPIRED BY NE­CES­SITY AND A MENU OF DESSERTS DED­I­CATED TO COM­FORT AND QUAL­ITY, FOO FOO FINE DESSERTS IS AN EV­I­DENT LABOUR OF LOVE.

Tucked away on the first floor of a Ta­man Tun Dr Is­mail shoplot, Foo Foo Fine Desserts runs the risk of be­ing com­pletely missed by the ev­ery­day passerby. Still, those who dare to wan­der up­stairs find them­selves in a realm of won­der, a per­fectly con­cocted space in which desserts, cof­fee, and wine (from Cork’s Out be­low) come to­gether to cre­ate the ul­ti­mate din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

The proof is in the pud­ding at Foo Foo. Food trumps the am­bi­ence every time, and as Jack and Foo – part­ner and pas­try chef re­spec­tively – tells it, the es­tab­lish­ment was born to fill the gap­ing ab­sence of a plated desserts place lo­cally. And that’s not to say the am­bi­ence is in any way lack­ing, nei­ther. It’s a clas­si­cally colo­nial in­te­rior that greets the visi­tor – leaf green grille gate and old-school fur­nish­ings and dec­o­ra­tions com­ing to­gether to form aes­thet­ics rem­i­nis­cent of granny’s houses from back-in-the-day. It’s warm and fa­mil­iar, and seeks to em­brace one in a sense of com­fort and home­li­ness.

As cliché as it sounds, Foo Foo gives off

some very strong ‘wel­come home’ vibes, and we’re ab­so­lutely here for it.

The space it­self is beau­ti­fully done, be­tray­ing a sense of speakeasy mys­te­ri­ous­ness. It makes sense, es­pe­cially when one con­sid­ers that Jack was once an ar­chi­tect be­fore his foray into the world of desserts with pas­try chef Foo – an alum­nus of Le Cor­don Bleu Syd­ney. The pair first met play­ing bad­minton, and not long af­ter, de­cided to col­lab­o­rate in re­al­is­ing the dream: cre­at­ing a place in which to serve tra­di­tional plated fine desserts.

Find­ing a lo­ca­tion was easy enough – the team de­cided al­most unan­i­mously and im­me­di­ately upon their cur­rent first-floor shoplot. “Our desserts aren’t go­ing to be seen on dis­play, as they’re as­sem­bled upon or­der,” Jack tells us. “So when peo­ple walk past, they’re not go­ing to see any­thing. There’s noth­ing to cap­ture the eye. So even if we open up on the ground floor, there’s not go­ing to be much ex­po­sure any­way.” This, nat­u­rally, plays well when one con­sid­ers the im­por­tance of bud­get­ing for bur­geon­ing busi­nesses. “In terms of our de­sign and in terms of the ren­o­va­tion of the place, it all ties back to how we wanted to re­duce costs at the be­gin­ning, and to start sim­ple so that our desserts can be made af­ford­able,” Jack adds.

For a space born of such no­tions, how­ever, Foo Foo more than ‘fakes it’, and cer­tainly has made it. Much of the fur­ni­ture is cus­tom made, and though they were af­ford­able, the point to note is that none of the de­sign looks lazy. With all his de­sign sen­si­bil­i­ties, Jack adds that the space is a work in progress, with lit­tle bits and pieces added as and when to add depth and tex­ture. Brand new rose-gold lamp­shades in­doors en­velop the space in soft, warm light. A pic­turesque bay win­dow al­lows for light to stream in unim­peded from the sunny out­doors of TTDI, per­mit­ting an over­head view of the world be­low. Plants and books sit strewn in this space, cre­at­ing a lush green­house ef­fect that is fur­ther ac­cented with botan­i­cal art, wood fur­nish­ings, and the colour green. De­spite Jack’s in­sis­tence that the team is chron­i­cally black-thumbed, they all but flour­ish.

As the main stars of Foo Foo, it makes every sense that the desserts on the menu are every bit as de­light­ful. They’re tra­di­tional, to be cer­tain, from poached pears and semifred­dos to crème brulee and ice-creams churned on-site. Yet Foo has in­cluded his own cheeky lit­tle twists, com­bi­na­tions that are in­ter­est­ing and un­ex­pected – cer­tain to tan­ta­lise and tempt every taste­bud. And whether you’re look­ing to chill with a friend, or to sit and chat on a first date, we think Foo Foo is just the place to be.

FOO FOO FINE DESSERTS IS LO­CATED AT 64A, FIRST FLOOR, JALAN BURHANUD­DIN HELMI, TA­MAN TUN DR IS­MAIL, 60000, KUALA LUMPUR, TEL: +603-23893155.

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