CHECK OUT – FOO FOO FINE DESSERTS
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.