The Parisian Patisserie Boutique is a sophisticated blend of two dining areas. The bigger one is in simple black and white with elegant black-framed windows while the smaller area is a more colourful room with exposed bricks and vintage peeling walls. The café is decorated with many icons of Paris – the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, the green climbing plants on the façade and Champs Élysées, which seems to have been painted as if viewed from a luxury apartment in Paris. The café serves simple pastas and sandwiches, with Granny’s Chicken Lasagna being my favourite. It’s cheesy (perhaps even too cheesy for some) with chunky minced chicken and beautifully presented with vibrant colours where the red margherita sauce and a drizzle of cream combine to give a salmon-pink hue. The smoked duck aglio olio is worth a try too, an aromatic dish with garlic and spices, topped with juicy duck slices and chewy buttery toast. For dessert, I chose the pumpkin chocolate cake because I was puzzled by the strange combination of ingredients. In fact there was barely a trace of the taste of pumpkin: The moist chocolate cake was overwhelmingly sweet but nonetheless still scrumptious. Even if you aren’t eating, this is a chic little café in which to enjoy a cup of foamy cappuccino with light French songs in the background. 103 Jalan Sultan Yusuff, Ipoh (05 241 1385/www.facebook. com/Patisserie.Boutique).