With 3 branches in Ipoh, Asow Eatery Station is gaining a reputation in a highly competitive café scene. It is unique because nursery and café combinations in Ipoh are still fairly new.
This is our experience at the Jalan Tambun Baru Branch just before Ampang.
Aside from selling plants, Asow Eatery Station is best known for serving good food and coffee.
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Location Of Asow Eatery Station
If you’re coming from Tambun, you’ll have to cross to the opposite side of the road. Those starting from Gunung Rapat or Ampang however, will find the café on the same side of the road.
This area is full of nurseries and pomelo shops, but while there are some other eateries along the same road, Asow Eatery Station is the only one open from morning to the afternoon (9am to 4pm).
- Location: PT 188913, Jln Tambun Baru, Ampang Baru New Village, 31350 Ipoh, Perak
- Opening Hours: 9am–4pm
- Contact: +6011-11160518
Ease Of Parking At Asow Eatery Station
Parking that is directly in front of Asow nursery is limited to about 6 slots maximum and their lorry is usually present to.
So on weekends, you may have to park at some of the other nurseries and walk over instead.
Ambiance At Asow Eatery Station
The dining environment is no doubt, the main highlight atAsow Eatery Station. Especially for plant lovers as every corner of the café is a haven for plants. There is also a terrarium/ aquarium in the middle of the café.
Floor to ceiling windows grant view of the plant nursery outside and there is air conditioning inside the cafe.
Smaller tables are at the front of the café but there are larger tables at the back. These have the best view of the nursery but can feel warmer since they are close to the staff door which leads out to the nursery and the doors are regularly opened.
There’s no loud music here so it’s a nice place for a chat.
Service At Asow Eatery Station
Staff is polite, but they won’t be refilling your drinks or hanging around your table to see if you need anything else even when there are not many customers around.
Instead, they will wait at the counter until you need them.
Food and drinks come quickly but we were the only customers when we made our order at around 12pm. The café started to fill in from 1pm onwards and this was a Tuesday.
Food At Asow Eatery Station
To us small eaters, the most surprising thing about the food were the massive portions.
We got the following and all of the portions for the mains were large:
- Set lunch (for Tuesday, it was mushroom soup with a bread roll and butter, chicken chop with mushroom sauce and a small scoop of mint ice cream with corn flakes for toppings)
- A single serving of Hojicha green tea and café Latte
- Chicken meatball Bolognese spaghetti
- Asow crispy chicken burger
- Lemon butter chicken (whole leg)
- A pot of tea to share – If you order tea in a pot instead of individually, they will use loose tea rather than bags.
All of us were satisfied with our orders. The food is tasty (they might be using MSG) and there is a lot of meat given. Coffee and tea are good.
The menu has a lot of options for both mains and beverages.
Asow Eatery Station has cakes at the front too but we were not interested to try any. Nor did we have further room in our tummies.
Pricing At Asow Eatery Station
The generous portions justify the prices. You can expect to pay RM25 to RM30 for person if you’re not getting any of the fancier things on the menu (e.g., Australian Wagyu steak for ~RM200).
Given the price though, none of the ingredients used were of outstanding quality. They don’t use any imported fresh herbs for the spaghetti (e.g., thyme).
The vegetables that they use for the salad are inexpensive too (e.g., onions, cabbage, carrots, cherry tomatoes, etc).
And it’s clear that they use commercial chicken (e.g., very large thighs).
But they do make an effort to make the mushroom soup themselves. We suspect that the French fries that came with the burger are made from scratch too since the fries have odd shapes.
To conclude, Asow Eatery Station is not a bad place to bring friends and family for lunch and a chat. Maybe not for brunch unless you don’t plan to have lunch later as you will most likely be stuffed when you leave this café.
And if you do intend to buy plants too, visiting this café is a bonus as they have an impressive selection of plants including rare ones.
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