Coffee at Janda Baik! whoever thought of that! In the middle of the Jungle. Well it sound enchanting indeed. For those who love a little adventure Janda Baik which is just thirty minutes away from Kuala Lumpur; it so near and yet so far. Jump into your car and get there folks. The highway passes through one of the oldest forest in the world; a tropical jungle that have been there since times. Lush and lush of greens and at Janda Baik you can get closer to those magnificent trees; touch and smell it. The flora and fauna is fascinating as well. It worth a day trip there to sample the uniqueness of the rain forest. A night-stay would be lovelier where you can enjoy the cool morning air of the forest and of course get to watch the morning birds that comes around to feeds. Seeping hot coffee and having breakfast at the hotel coffee house would be a little of heaven.
After attending a wedding at Bentong on Sunday 29 of last month we decided to go and have coffee in Janda Baik. It was our daughter Lin's idea. So, since Janda Baik is along the road on our way back to KL we decided to go there and have coffee in the jungle. It was late afternoon of that beautiful Sunday. I drove the Honda and with Lin guiding we eventually found the place. The road leading to the place was not paved but laid with concrete slabs all the way up the hills where the main building is. Thus, the road blended well with it surrounding. I like it. At first I was rather worried whether I could drive the Honda up the hill but try it anyway. Lin suggested that we stop halfway, park the car and walk up another 100 meter up to the main building. I did just that, just follow her idea and walk up. As we approach the main building I saw other cars park just outside; that mean we could have driven all the way up. Anyway, that short walk was a good exercise for folks like us.
Anyway, we walk up to the building and saw many people are already there even at this hour, just after 5pm.We found a table and ask for the menu; then relax a while looking at the ambiance. The architecture of the building was simple. They had construct an open space supported by tall wooden column as well a few made of concrete thus giving it a rustic look. The furniture was of wood too, I notice that the table were of recycled wooden roller container where cable was rolled. They had placed the wooden roller container on its side; the top they have put plank to give it a smooth surface and serve as a table for four. Real tree trunks that had been saw neatly and turned into comfortable chairs can be seen in the restaurant. I like that instance I saw it; it my kind of furniture for such a restaurant in the middle of the jungle.
The surrounding has been preserved with greens including a large open space of green field, kept perhaps for camping or games. We ordered Coffee, Rice combo and Keropok Lekor with the dip; how I wished we had the traditional Malay Cekodok. But I later found the owner prefer to served Western cakes than traditional fritters like Goreng Pisang or Cekodok. Anyway, the Coffee was good and I did enjoy it; it worth coming for the Coffee alone to this in the middle of the jungle cafe.
As we sat to enjoy our coffee I saw more and more people began to arrive and soon almost all the tables were occupied. Amazing indeed that folks would venture this far to have some sort of an excitement in the Malaysian Jungle. That good Coffee does make the trip worthwhile.
Have a nice day.