Jia, Stephen, Lucas and I headed out for late supper after dropping Mom off at the hotel to rest. As Jia and Stephen weren’t so familiar with the coffee scenes in Miri, they asked me for recommendations. To be honest, I was no better than they were but I knew a few which I had been wanting to try. I suggested Chapter One Cafe and Koffee Brick, both of which were located at Marina Square. They chose the former.
I wasn’t sure of the exact location of Chapter One Cafe around Marina Square. I only had a vague memory that it is located at the corner lot. Jia and Stephen made use of Waze and brought us to the cafe. According to Jia, Waze is more accurate with location as compared to Google Map or the Map app of iPhone. Perhaps I should try Waze the next time I am in Miri.
Upon arriving, we thought that the cafe was packed to the brim as the frontal part of the cafe was crowded. It turned out that they have an “inner” section which looked cozier than the outside and it was almost empty aside from a table or two occupied.
We secured a corner area with sofa chairs and low coffee table. You can choose to order straight from the counter upon entering or request to bring the menu to your table to browse what they have. We were spoiled with choices so we brought their menu over to the table to consider what to order.
Iced Mocha | RM12
Hazelnut Latte | RM10
Chai Tea Latte (Prana Chai) | RM13
I was pleased to see that they were serving Chai Latte as it wasn’t easy to find cafe which serves Chai Latte. Before I ordered, I asked if they serve Chai Tea Latte and they did! They had several options for milk – full cream, low fat and soy milk. An additional RM2 chargeable for soy milk. They weren’t using regular soy milk but imported ones. So, I find it reasonable to charge an extra RM2.
To be honest, I was rather disappointed with my Chai Tea Latte. It lacked the spice which I loved and it tasted surprisingly salty to me. Despite so, I do not mind returning to try their regular Chai Latte and Matcha Latte next time.
Stephen ordered this as he was placing order for coffees. He mentioned that the Beef Lasagna was good when it was still hot and but the pasta layers turned soggy when it had cooled down. The portion seems generous to me.
Chicken Mushroom Pie | RM8
Jia ordered this to share. We both decided that we would only order drinks but she caved in the end and ordered this. I didn’t try as I didn’t feel like having supper. I am trying to shed off some fats so midnight supper won’t do me any good. According to Jia, this Chicken Mushroom Pie was a miss. The crust was too thick and the filling was average.
Verdict: I liked the ambiance of Chapter One Cafe. They have a big book shelves with books which you could browse if you are up for a read. However, Jia suggested that they could consider bringing in more board games so that kids could play with rather than playing with their phones while the parents chatted away. I would definitely return next time if I am up for after dinner coffee break.
Chapter One Cafe
Lot 2288, Jalan Marina 2/1,
Marina Square 2,