Written by: Chua Jia Ying
Photos by: Jason Han Zhi Kwang
The Daily Fix is a hidden (literally) gem situated in the heart of Jonker Street, Malacca. Since its establishment in 2014, the café has remained one of the most popular and recommended cafes in Malacca City. It is almost always packed with customers and its success has paved way for two more branches to be opened by the masterminds behind TDF.
The entrance to the café is discreet as it is tucked away behind a souvenir shop. These days, it would be hard to miss as there will be long lines of hungry patrons waiting outside for a coveted seat within the popular café.
As you make your way towards the dining area, the rustic architecture and artfully arranged vintage décor instantly send you time travelling back to the old days. These mesmerising antiques can frequently be seen in the backgrounds of pictures.
The Daily Fix is certainly captivating to look at, but what truly catapulted the once relatively unknown café into its massive stardom is its speciality, the ‘Pandan’ Pancakes.
The Pandan Pancakes (RM13.00) are made with fresh pandan juice, directly extracted from the leaves of the plant. It is served with ‘Gula Melaka’, otherwise known as palm sugar, and dusted with powdered sugar. The texture of the pancakes was moist and airy to the bite. They were fragrant and had a mild sweetness on their own. When paired with the gula melaka, they tasted saccharine, almost, but the two elements complemented one another impeccably. With five pieces on a single serving, we highly recommend sharing if you are a light eater!
The Daily Fix also offers an assortment of other dishes, mostly western breakfast/brunch dishes but some with a local twist. We tried another item on their menu that was highly raved about – Eggs Benedict. The Eggs Benedict (RM18.00) is two poached eggs, chicken bacon, tomatoes, eggplants, and their in-house hollandaise served on ciabatta bread with salad on the side. Yes, the eggs were perfectly poached and the hollandaise is rich, creamy, and tangy to the taste, complimenting the natural flavours of the other ingredients on the dish.
During our visit, we also tried the Creamy Carbonara (RM17.50), which is your classic carbonara pasta topped with mushroom, chicken ham, crunchy smoked duck, poached eggs, and shaved parmesan. The carbonara sauce was silky and muted, giving way to the smokiness of the ham and smoked duck to shine through.
Writer’s Note: “As the self-proclaimed carbonara addict, I am truly impressed at how the flavour and consistency of the sauce turned out. Carbonara can often overpower the flavour of the other ingredients, but that was not the case with The Daily Fix’s. The taste was muted but not bland and I believe it was made that way to bring out the flavours of the ham and duck.”
We visited rather early in the day and there was no way we could leave without trying the TDF Big Breakfast (RM24.00)! The Big Breakfast had toast, scrambled eggs, gourmet chicken sausages, chicken bacon, baked beans, and salad on the side. The toast was buttery whereas the scrambled eggs were light and airy. However, the chicken sausages were a tad too salty.
To wash all of that down, we ordered the Salted GM Coffee (RM12.00) and the Mango Passion smoothie (RM13.00).
By now, you would have already noticed that The Daily Fix is not stingy with their portions and their portion sizes are anything but small. Don’t ask us how we finished it all. Just don’t. Overall, we really enjoyed the ambience of the café and the dining experience was pleasant. It took a bit of time for our food to be served but that was nothing out of the ordinary for cafes as popular as this. While prices are a bit steep, the portion sizes compensated. It was definitely a hearty meal that filled us to the brim!
Parking: 1/10 (Equivalent to the success rate of finding a parking spot in Jonker Street)
And with that, we conclude that The Daily Fix is… MONCH approved!
The Daily Fix Cafe
Operating Hours: 9:30am – 5:30pm (Mon-Sun)
Address: 55 Jonker St, Malacca
Contact Number: +6013 290 6855