Run by the same people behind Malaysian creative agency Forefront, Foremula is the latest entry to Ara Damansara’s list of yuppie cafés. Operating in the quiet commercial district of Dana 1 Commercial Centre, Foremula offers those working and studying in the area some respite from a busy workday. The scattering of potted plants around and the bright interiors (thanks to suspended lamps and chandeliers, alongside white walls and large windows framing the café that let in lots of daylight) give the space a chilled vibe. The copper cutleries add an elegance to the overall casualness of the place. Foremula also makes use of its corner lot location, using the adjacent alley as an alfresco dining area.
On the menu, you’ll find a good mix of Asian and Western flavours with dishes such as laksa pasta (capellini pasta in a coconut cream-based laksa broth topped with tuna flakes and a sunny-side up egg), buttermilk chicken and grilled beef burgers. We particularly liked the grilled chicken thigh satay – grilled whole chicken leg that’s been marinated with fragrant satay marinade and served with peanut sauce. The perfectly marinated chicken is juicy and tender while the accompanying peanut sauce does well to enhance the smokiness of the protein. Good to note: Every item here is served in hefty portions, so think wisely before ordering.
For drinks, there’s your standard selection of café options such as lattes, long blacks and cappuccinos. At the time of writing, Foremula uses beans sourced from Brazil for their coffees but they may change once the current stock of beans is sold out. One drink you should get is the refreshing matcha latte. For something simpler, there’s also a small selection of teas and iced drinks to choose from.