Wait… isn’t crepe a french desert? Yes, you’re right… but here’s 2 things I’ve learnt from experience, A) the Japanese folks really really love their deserts and B) with this love and ‘kaizen’ the Japanese folks ALWAYS take it up to another level!!
So What’s This About? Marion Crepes is the most famous Harajuku Crepe in Japan. They started their crepe revolution in 1976 as one of the only crepe shops in Harajuku. YES, 40 years ago!! To me that 1976 is a special year!! huhu ^^ Since then Marion Crepes has been lovingly passed down over three generations from grandmother, to mother to daughter, and to date it has over 80 outlets throughout Japan plus 2 in Hawaii.
This first branch in Malaysia, Plaza Mont Kiara (Kuala Lumpur), is also the first ever outlet in the whole of Asia!! Now that’s a pretty BIG STAT-FACT for us Malaysians. Mr. Tsutomu Yumoto (CO Malaysia) shared a little heart warming testimony on why he pushed for the selection of Malaysia on being the FIRST country in Asia to have the privilege of getting one of Harajuku’s finest deserts. He said during the opening speech, “I really like Malaysia because of the people. I really remember them (people impression) well as they were always very helpful and caring (concerned). (Often) At the airport when I am in a hurry or not sure (of something / or somewhere), people will stop to ask me if I am ok, or if I need help. Some (would) also speak to me in Japanese”. *Malaysia airport -__- You know, I know lah ya haha*
I don’t know about you all, but to me that is very heart warming and honest. Even more when it’s being told by Japanese man of high position, in a language and a land foreign to him. Those who are familiar with Japanese culture and protocol will know what I mean. Personally, I have been to many concerts and countless events and I can’t remember the last time I’ve heard such an honest, concise and touching testimony.
And to all you folks out there who just honestly and quietly (without bragging / complaining) help tourist or just our fellow humans – This one is for you! KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK! Most of the time, we don’t who we help but after hearing today, let this be an encouragement to all of us! Little little things go along way!
Here’s the full album of the events of the day! Let the photos and your eyes be the deciding factor if you should go all the way to Plaza Mont Kiara to get a taste of Harajuku’s famous Crepe!
Here is the official press release!
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KUALA LUMPUR, 2 March 2018: The most famous and the pioneer brand for Harajuku crepe, MARION CREPES from Japan is opening its irst branch in Malaysia, at Plaza Mont Kiara, with its grand opening on Thursday, 1st March 2018 with popular Malaysian actress Koe Yeet who is the big fan of Japanese crepe to join the opening with the fun and carnival ska band FAZZ to add the entertainment. Several campaigns are lined up ahead, including the [Ambassador of the month] contest, which is to be selected from the Harajuku Themed Cosplayers, with exciting prizes (a portrait printed crepe, the Ambassador poster at the outlet, and up to 100 crepes at 50% off) attached. There will also be other campaigns to introduce Harajuku and Japanese cultures.
MARION CREPES originated from Japan and started the crepe revolution in 1976 as one of the only crepe shops in Harajuku. It has evolved over generations and have become the most famous crepe shop in Japan with 82 locations nationwide and 2 branches in Hawaii, serving delicious delicacies. MARION CREPES is illed with carefully selected ingredients like Chantily cream, chocolate and ice cream. Japanese youth love to walk around Harajuku with a crepe in hand while shopping. To date, there are still long que of fans lined up daily even in the winter!
In addition to its widely popular hot crepes, MARION CREPES offers a rich array of fruits and other illings for your tasting pleasure. They combine their unique dough, still true to its Parisian roots, with over 60 unique and original crepe options. In addition, the limited edition for Malaysia will be prepared. With tastes, lavors and fragrances for all seasons and moods, drawing customers to come back for more crepes. This irst outlet in Malaysia (and only outlet in Asia!) has carefully prepared the pork free ingredients and the recipes of the crepes true to the original taste from Japan. There are dedicated Japanese staffs all the way from Japan joining the local team ready to serve.
MARION CREPES (Malaysia)
Lot D-G-2A, Block D, Plaza Mont Kiara,
No.2 Jalan Mont’ Kiara,
50480 Kuala Lumpur.
Here’s what went down on opening day!
02:00 pm Arrival of Guests & Media
02:30 pm Arrival of Dato’ Seri Azman Ujang (Chairman, Bernama TV News)
02:35 pm Introduction of Marion Crepes
02:40 pm Speech by Marion Crepes Malaysia Rep – Mr. Tsutomu Yumoto
02:45 pm Special Guest – Koe Yeet
02:50 pm Speech by Dato’ Seri Azman Ujang (Chairman, Bernama TV News)
02:55 pm Ribbon Cutting
03:00 pm Demonstration of Making Crepe, Japanese Green Tea and Butterfly Pea
03:10 pm Band Performance – FAZZ
03:40 pm Food Tasting
04:00 pm Event Ends. Koe Yeet photo session with public begins.
KUALA LUMPUR – Thursday, 2 June 2016 – The DC Superheroes flagship store in Malaysia just got better! Part of the store was converted into the cafe & despite the first DC Superheroes Cafe already existing in Sunway Putra Mall, the Cafe extension of it also just got BETTER!
So to start off, the menu from Putra Mall got an upgrade with the new choices of Main Dishes. There added Pizza, Spaghetti, Burgers etc. Check out the shots of the menu!
The Sunway Putra Mall menu had mostly coffee, tea & snacks on the menu. the Menu was shaped as the Daily Planet or the Gotham City Times. At Pavilion, it’s a comic with pages from some famous issues of DC comics i.e. Action Comics #1, Action Comics #252 etc.
Food portions are pretty substantial for the average persons empty stomach. Us the 2 honchos at Cosplay-Fun turning 40 this year, ordered the Suicide Cordon Bleu & the Black is the Knight with a drink each & we were stuffed. We didn’t order any appetizers or soup… we went straight for the main dish since it was the new editions in comparison to the Sunway Putra Mall (SPM) outlet.
However, we did take a short break, had a chat with the owner & some other friends. After that we had a little space for the recommended dessert on the menu, the chefs specialty, his creme brulee aka The Justice 3. Wow that was yummy & apparently it is the chefs signature forte after having a study under a dessert chef.
Food is premium, tasty & with a touch of DC Comics! Price is also premium for the menu also offers premium ingredients like Smoked Duck, Mussels, Scallops, Ciabatta Bread, Australia Beef, Charcoal Black Bread, Squid Ink Spaghetti etc. I think of it as geek fine dining! Why? Well because if you wanna talk about the fine dining atmosphere… then this place is a geeks den for a DC baptism!
What I liked best about the entire dining experience was:
- The food was good & tasty. My senses could savour the quality in the ingredients which should happen in a fine dining restaurant experience.
- It was quite an immersive experience being able to chill out at a food place surrounded with licensed collectibles of your favourite heroes or even villains.
- This geek den was so immersive that after a while sitting here it started to feel quite inspiring. Ideas started bubbling haha!
- Rare but 100% possible you might bump into someone famous. Not just famous – famous… I mean Hollywood famous!!
All in all it really reminded me of the charm that was Myscififan Outpost Cafe (2007 – 2010) at Cineleisure Damansara (aka E@Curve). It was a geek hang out, cosplay hub, hobby demos… a community gathering location for board gamers, video gamers, collectors, movie buffs & all things pop culture. I think it the idea & concept was way ahead of it’s time. If it was open now, I think it would be doing extremely well. What is the myscififan Outpost Cafe? – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66NBDGc2LjA Those of you who want to open or has already opened a Geek theme cafe… could learn a thing or two from the folks at the former Outpost Cafe 🙂
Anyways, that’s in the past, whats in the now is the spiffy new DC Comics Super Heroes Cafe Pavilion! Their kitchen folks, baristas & chef are all ready for the challenge to take your orders. Speaking to the owner, he has heard of all the troubles & complaints at the initial outlet in SPM, so this time round he has prepped them ready. It is actually very cool to see the owner there himself on the first few days of the cafe’s operation.
This is only the beginning! I’m looking forward to more exciting offers, dishes & event activities in the days to come… not to mention a Suicide Squad making it to the big screen.
Full event photos here: FB Album DC Comics Super Heroes Cafe – Pavilion KL opening
A BIG Thanks to JT Network, DC Comics Super Heroes MYS and of course the DC Comics Super Heroes Cafe Pavilion for having us 🙂