Boh Tea Café Sungei Palas Garden, Brinchang, Cameron Highlands (05 496 2096/ www.boh.com.my).
The heart-stopping drive aside, the trek is definitely a journey worth taking. Feast your eyes upon the undulating hills of emerald tea leaves with a quietly steaming cup of tea. The Boh Tea Centre is designed in modern style – all glass, steel and wood jutting out from the hillside. Apart from the café (the scones are a tad dry but we love the strawberry cake) and souvenir shop, the adjacent Tea Centre also provides a free tour about the factory, which is pretty interesting, to see the vintage tea leaf equipment and how they process the leaves nowadays. Tea connoisseurs should really give this place a visit. Halal. Child friendly. Credit cards accepted. Tue–Sun, 9am–4.30pm. $
NEW Kopi n Kraf Lot 27796 Kampung Sum Sum Hilir, Janda Baik (012 627 1549).
A small café with furniture made of recycled tree trunks, Kopi n Kraf is the perfect place for a pit stop. Snack on local delights as well as selected Indonesian favourites. You can also sample some locally produced coffee – we like it black and unadorned. Proceeds go to the Badan Amal Nur Zaharah orphanage across the road. Halal. Free parking. Daily, 8am–11am; 5pm–10pm. $
NEW L’Assiette KM48, Persimpangan Bertingkat, Lebuhraya Karak, Bukit Tinggi (09 221 3888/www.thechateau.com.my).
This French fine dining restaurant located in ultra luxurious organic resort The Chateau is the place to impress your other half or a hard-to-please client. Awarded Seven Stars and Six Stripes, the flawless service and sublime dishes are definitely worthy. Dress code: smart casual. Credit cards accepted. Disabled friendly. Free parking. $$$$$
Le Poulet Rôti Colmar Tropicale Berjaya Hills, KM 48 Persimpangan Bertingkat, Lebuhraya Karak (09 288 8888/www. colmartropicale.com.my).
The name says it all. The chicken at this café is perfectly roasted, crispy on the outside and juicy inside and is accompanied by sublime gravy. Side dishes such as mashed potatoes and coleslaw complete a meal fit for a king. A good selection of salads and soups are also available. Don’t forget to try the delicious muffins. A trip to the Highlands is incomplete without a meal here. Halal. Child friendly. Credit cards accepted. Disabled friendly. Free parking. $$$
NEW Mokie Home Baked Bakery 5 Lorong Aman 1, Kampung Kemansur, Bentong (09 222 4825).
These preservative-free pastries are a must try in Bentong. To be more specific, it would be better to describe them as kaya and pineapple puffs. In just these two varieties, the square, fat, and utterly delicious puffs packed in red plastic bags have basically made Mokie a Bentong household name. Mokie isn’t a standalone bakery though, but rather a stall in the morning market. Ask the locals for ‘kaya puffs’.
Daily, 8am–12noon. $
Strawberry Moment Dessert Café 11 Taman Matahari Cerah, Kampung Raja, Cameron Highlands (05 498 1982/www.strawberrymoment.com).
Indulge in all things strawberry. Yes, strawberry and cream, strawberry in pastries and strawberry strudel, which is the house speciality. Don’t leave without trying the strawberry beverages – strawberry ice baby, a milkshake and ice blend, all freshly made using home-grown produce. Besides the strawberry offerings, the café also serves a good choice of meals. Mon–Fri, 9am–6.30pm; Sat–Sun, 9am–7pm. $
NEW The Dessert Shop A225, Jalan Air Putih, Kuantan (09 560 5636/www.facebook.com/ thedessertshops).
Escape the heat at this modern-ish café, which serves Chinese dessert sweet soups at reasonable prices. Apart from the usual bubur chacha and black sesame desserts, patrons can also be seen happily ordering shaved ice, main courses and some snacks. Child friendly. Credit cards accepted. Wed–Mon, 11.30am–11.30pm. $
The Lord’s Café First floor, 4 Main Road, Tanah Rata, Cameron Highlands (05 491 4018).
This café exudes a warm ambience thanks to its lovely wooden fixtures and cosy interior design. Many locals patronise this place as it has a selection of dishes that are tasty and thoughtfully prepared. And for afternoon tea, there is a good spread of cakes, pies and pastries. Be sure to try the highly recommended homemade jam.
Mon–Sat, 11am–10pm. $