By Shahida Sakeri on February 20, 2017
It was on a rainy Friday evening when my friend and I went to Wood & Steel in Kota Damansara, an area now regarded as one of Selangor’s currently hip neighbourhood. And if you know the Kota Damansara well, you will certainly be aware of the too many cafes around the area. Some goes the extra length to be innovative, while others remain true to the classic formula: good food, good place. Lately though, I have been hearing a few things about Wood & Steel, comments that usually went like “I eat there all the time,” or “the bruschetta they have is the best,” making me all the more intrigued.
It was cold outside, so I was eager to get myself a hot cup of coffee and find a warm corner to sit with my friend. Luckily, the place was not crowded at that time of the day. You can instantly feel the welcoming vibe the moment you stepped in, as it sports a unique homely style and charm without strain in its gorgeous collection of natural wooden furniture, looking refreshingly original. The tables are lined up along walls where evocative paintings mostly by emerging local artist, Rafika Dura, are hung. Ardent art and antique collectors will find themselves drawn to every corner of this snug interior that features quirky items of old and new. There is also a small stage at the far end of the room, where aspiring singers share their talent for free with the cafe’s patrons on weekend nights.
Wood & Steel’s menu provides appealing options for groups of two as single visitors. Consider, for instance, the chef’s specialty Tempura Buttercream (RM27) that comes with pasta, crispy prawn and calamari served with Asian style creamy gravy. It was light in body yet flavourful and definitely not a diet dish. But then again, on a rainy day, comfort food is always the best. We also didn’t forget the signature Chicken and Cheese Bruschetta (RM17), which my friend happily indulged until the plate was empty. And if that isn’t tempting enough, take a look at the dazzling array of hot and cold drinks, featuring various types of coffee as well as coolers and TWG teas, without feeling too guilty since the prices are affordable.
A brief conversation with the cafe’s young and dedicated manager, Hifzhan, brought me to the topic of Wood & Steel’s success that all began with the owners Ierfan and Adam’s passion on anything coffee and design. Their father is involved in the furniture industry for so long, so business and creativity have always been in their genes. But the plan to open a cafe only took place after Adam completed his fair share of training at one of Melbourne’s barista schools. And the rest, as they say, is history.
Today, Wood & Steel has four outlets that occasionally hold differing events that appeal to people coming from all walks of life such as bazaars and short classes. At Wood & Steel Kota Damansara, interested parties may also rent the space upstairs for corporate and private events. Interested in buying that beautiful piece of furniture you found in the shop that would look lovely at your home? Guess what, you can also purchase the furniture as they are also up for sale.
In conclusion, Wood & Steel leaves such a strong impression on you that you know you will visit it again soon. We would have loved to stay longer, but as the night approached and the crowd began to swell, we figured that we should come back on another day. So if you want to linger, go during off-peak hours, when nobody has to wait to be seated, and you would have more time to discuss matters of life while properly enjoying your meal. We left our table happy that night and were already looking for another excuse for a second visit.
Wood & Steel (Kota Damansara Outlet)
33G, Jalan PJU 5/20E, The Strand
47810 Kota Damansara
Petaling Jaya, Selangor
T: +6 03 6151 8081
IG : woodandsteel
Opens: Every day from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.