I often read about so many interesting places on the Net that keeping track of them is virtually impossible. I vaguely remembered a reference made by De Bookworm in her blog almost a year ago about this place hence when I finally found it through pure accident, I knew I had to try it. Believe me, if you don't know Section 17 well, there's no way you'll find this place as it's tucked inside a residential area. Even I who often go to Section 17 was surprised there was shophouses I have not seen before when I went around the area to find the curtain maker a friend recommended.
Back to the cafe, the place is relatively small with an indoor area and an outdoor area that allows people to smoke and enjoy the fresh air. The times when we were there, it seemed pretty quiet but then that was during the weekdays. They do a pretty good value set lunches as I remember Splashie Boy ordering it and he liked the soup which they served him with. It was also fish and chips hence he was a happy camper since he loves that dish. For the fried fish, they use the same type of batter used for Chicken Crispers in Chillies.
I settled for their Pangkor Laksa (RM5.90) which was something unusual. The broth it came in was tangy like assam laksa but spiced up with chilli oil. It was a pretty good combination and I also liked the noodles it came with which had a soft texture versus the bouncy lai fun which laksa is usually served with. The noodles looked very home made as you could see each strand was not the same size.
Another time I went here was for a quick teatime break and sorry, no pictures again as I was with Splashie Boy's parents. Imagine the frowns if I had whipped my camera out to snap pictures. We tried their spring rolls (RM3.90) which was completely different from other places as they use the thin beancurd skin instead of the popiah skin similar to the ones used in Lor Bak. That was a really winner as I loved the minced chicken, fish and prawn filling combined with the crispy beancurd skin.
Next time when you're in Section 17, look beyond the usual places and give this simple cafe a try. Incidentally, if you know your way to Food Foundry or 6 to 10 Grill at the flats, this place is directly below the flats where the double storey terrace houses are. There are stairs leading down to this area but you'll have to walk a bit to get to the cafe.
603, Section 17/12
(Halal. Open from 11.00 am to 9.00 pm and closed on Mondays. Very vague and not too perfect directions this time round as I don't remember the road signs. There's a Shell petrol station in Section 17 (near the flats, not the one near the highway). Next to it is a road, take that all the way until you see a field, turn right and drive up. There will be two to three rows of shophouses there and DK Cafe faces the double storey terrace houses.)
Updated on 12/2/2007 - Currently Pangkor Laksa unavailable until after Chinese New Year as the restaurant is unable to get the special noodles.
*Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here is entirely based on my personal tastebuds and may vary for others. The reviewer also declares that she has not received any monetary or non-monetary compensation from the restaurant for writing this review.