[编辑 Editor 吕大人 英译 Translator 刘大人 摄影 Photographer 黄大人]
当 Kafuka 的负责人 Jason 告诉大人们这里最年长的常客是位年逾90的婆婆，当下内心的惊叹可想而知。社区咖啡馆的魅力何止於此，许多热爱音乐的年轻学子也常驻留此处，Kafuka 俨然已是个征服数代人的文化小聚落。大人思索着，芸芸独立咖啡馆中为何有者就有股特别的气息能让人一再登门。一问之下才知原来 Kafuka 全体成员们皆精通乐器，而咖啡馆前方更被区隔成音乐教学室。大人不禁做此联想：音乐与咖啡，二者皆为陶冶性情、培养专注力之物，若想沉淀心灵，Kafuka 或许是个不错的落脚处。
A hidden treasure in the tranquil neighbourhood since last October, the near one-year-old cafe is now a favourite haunt among residents and (especially) music lovers in the know, and thronged by people of various age groups all through the day, the eldest being an Ah Ma (Grandma) who’s nearing 90 years of age (gasp)! Add to the fact that every single member at Kafuka are spin a tune or strike a chord on any of the wide range of musical instruments found there; we have indeed stumble upon a real gem of a cafe!
Kafuka is the product of two talented music professionals venturing out on their own, a venue where coffee, food, music and people sync. With wide open spaces and comfortable seating despite its compact size, the minimalist decor of whitewashed walls, soft lighting dotted with potted green plants make for a therapeutic environment which can seat about 30 comfortably, every aspect of the cafe is curated for maximum relaxation, including the music emanating from the CD player. Gen X and Y forget time here, perhaps due to its cosy setup, house collection of books, “music jukebox” and other innovations make a very inviting and homey ambience that pretty much encompass the five senses of sight, smell, taste, touch and sound.
开业已有10个月的 Kafuka，坦言经营咖啡馆并非如想象中只需慢慢调制好咖啡或播些轻音乐般简单。「最直接的感动就是看到Kafuka的顾客，每一回到店总是点上同样的食物与饮料，这种回家的感觉是我们很大的推动力。」感性的 Jason 对家的感觉，不止于形态，味道亦如此。原来 Kafuka 的美味料理皆是由 Jason 与 Eric 两人的母亲幕后操刀精心准备，难怪味道与市面上的“现成”口感有异，大爱的妈妈心思总是待客如自己的孩子般，健康饱足绝对是首要考量呀！大人幻想若当年求学时有家像 Kafuka 如此单纯美好的咖啡馆聚一聚，吃得健康还能在音乐上互相交流，该有多好啊！对于这点，Jason 倒是乐见其成。
You can literally smell art at Kafuka, but if you think that is the only thing they specialise in, you would be pleasantly surprised with their range of delectable menu options that are curated by the best chefs in the world. You guessed it right, and both mums were invited to helm the kitchen. Jason and Eric insist on serving only food and drinks made with great love and patience, as food served from the heart is most delicious.
Between every restaurant review, every delicious food discovery we enjoy and share, we still crave for some home-cooked meal prepared by our mums. Nothing beats a yummy heart-filled home cooked meal prepared by the one person who knows and loves us unconditionally, so here we are…
While the menu doesn’t venture past the usual suspects (sandwiches, pastries and cakes), but the quintessence encapsulated within the cafe is enough to send any bibliophile to their proverbial happy place. The list of speciality brews, in particular, is a worthy accompaniment to a leisurely perusal of their exclusive mix of magazines and books on show. (Note the connection for this particular title?)
咖啡馆前方就是附属的音乐学院，目前提供的乐器课程有： 扬琴、 中阮、 二胡、 古筝、钢琴及大提琴。每堂课程的上课时间为半小时，一星期一堂。课程乃根据中国北京中央音乐学院海外分级考试以及英国皇家音乐学院 (ABRSM) 规定，学生将参与其分级考试，有意者不妨亲临询问。可别以为学院只招收热爱音乐的本地学生，据闻有者每周坚持从居銮到此上课，可见 Jason 与 Eric 的琴艺非凡啊！
For the music aficionados interested in picking up your favourite musical instruments, from the Chinese Yangqin (dulcimer), Zhongruan (similar to Pipa), Erhu, Guzheng (zither), classical piano or cello, Kafuka offers regular lessons of 30 minutes duration on a weekly basis with accreditation from the Standard Grade Examination Committee Of The Central Conservatory Of Music and ABRSM respectively. We even chanced upon a student from Kluang, who has been ever-present since day one, which speaks volume about the passion and the popularity of the courses here indeed.
Kafuka 饮料 Speciality beverages
Kafuka 的饮料选择不少，对口味各异的大人们来说确是美事一桩。举凡薰衣草拿铁 (Iced Lavender Latte, RM12.50)、葡萄柚草莓莫吉托 (Grapefruit Strawberry Mojito, RM12，不含酒精)、抹茶冰块玫瑰牛奶 (Iced-Cube Matcha Rose Milk, RM12) 及卡布奇诺 (Cappucino, RM8) 等，都是大人们的不二之选。
Granted, the coffee here may not be connoisseur-quality, but no one is complaining. In fact many regulars are quite happy with the ambience, snacks and beverages on offer, with their Iced Lavender Latte, Grapefruit Strawberry Mojito, Iced-Cube Matcha Rose Milk and Cappucino some of our usual favourites.
卡夫卡大早餐 Kafuka Big Breakfast
大人逢到必点的卡夫卡大早餐 (Kafuka Big Breakfast, RM15)，价格好亲民、份量却毫不欺场。妈妈亲手调制的味道与自制土司，这可是份号称「早吃好，午吃饱，晚吃巧」的全民大早餐啊！大人宣布：「全世界最好的厨师就是妈妈！」
This has to be one of our all-time favourites, with the Kafuka Big Breakfast both huge in serving and value, with its homemade toasts and the unmistakable taste of mum’s cooking a gentle reminder that only she knows best when it comes to filling our tummy any time of the day. Must try!
鸡胸肉沙律 Chicken Salad
这道鸡胸肉沙律 (Chicken Salad, RM13) 极得大人心，看那将碗底下各类时蔬给覆盖着的鸡胸肉们，大人真的质疑 Kafuka 毫不担心赤字吗? 话说回来，腌制地极其可口的鸡胸肉与淋上芝麻酱的爽脆蔬菜真是天生一对的好滋味呀！「别跟我抢，这太好吃了！」
Carnivores rejoice, as you get to enjoy a great starter with this bowl of fresh greens and a hearty portion of roasted chicken topped with Caesar dressing. You could be forgiven for thinking this Chicken Salad is a main course on its own, not a hugely appetising appetiser!
招牌肉饼汉堡 Signature Hamburger
这招牌肉饼汉堡 (Signature Hamburger, RM15) 可是 Kafuka 的当家料理！大人就卖个关子，深埋鸡蛋下的肉饼可是妈妈们亲手腌制与捏制的，非试不可！「Kafuka 的肉饼都是妈妈们精心选用完美肥瘦比例的新鲜猪肉匀和各类蔬菜及调料，再一直无间断捶打，工时颇长。」Jason 一旁为大人解惑。除了人气肉饼，让人客们回头率极高的 Skin-on Fries 也是市面上较少店家会使用的薯条类，真的不得不佩服店家还能坚持这么合理的售价，人客万岁！
Few things are more comforting than an excellent burger, and Kafuka‘s Signature Hamburger more than lived up to its billing. Homemade thick patties made with lean pork with juicy centres, topped with melted cheese and all other sorts of sinful indulgences sandwiched between two perfectly soft buns, The moment we sank your teeth into all that, we felt catapulted to heaven when paired with the large and juicy Skin-on Fries. Pure satisfaction and super value for your money, but beware, it can get pretty messy haha!
奶油培根宽面 Carbonara Fettuccine
千万别担心这道奶油培根宽面 (Carbonara Fettuccine, RM15) 会否过腻，奶油遇上培根与蘑菇怎会不可口？再加上妈妈们汆烫得刚好的西兰花，趁热享用才是上策！
The Carbonara Fettuccine is surprisingly not as sinful as we imagined, decent but not too heavy for our liking. The accompanying bacon, mushrooms and broccolis were also done just right, like any decent home-cooked food would, and is best consumed when served while it’s still warm.
意大利番茄肉丸面 Meatball Bolognese Spaghetti
意大利番茄肉丸面 (Meatball Bolognese Spaghetti, RM15) 里的肉丸也是妈妈们自制的！咀嚼的当儿，可以想像妈妈们一大早就在厨房里准备材料的坚持。诚意不减，价格依旧，大人我吃得快要掉眼泪了，这在新山可是打着灯笼也找不到的好事呀！
The Meatball Bolognese Spaghetti here is not quite your standard Italian bolognese by any means, for there’s a distinctly local twist into the sauce. It may seem odd, but that meat sauce was so good and so addicting with some parmesan cheese, and the juicy homemade chicken meatball makes for a delicious combination.
炸鱼排薯条 Fish & Chips
餐谱中的主食几乎快被大人点完啦！这道炸鱼排薯条 (Fish & Chips, RM15) 同样搭以 Skin-on Fries，再来几滴柠檬雨，妈妈们的炸鱼排哪会有失手的时候，完美！
The Fish & Chips is another timeless classic, where the fish fillet was deep fried to near perfection, amidst a bed of Skin-on Fries that’s simply heavenly. Be sure to squeeze the lemon for that extra zing!
煎鸡扒饭 Grilled Chicken Rice
饭、肉、薯条及沙拉集一身的煎鸡扒饭 (Grilled Chicken Rice, RM18) 是 Kafuka 最新出炉的妈妈美食噢！中西合并，大人有幸首尝，看官们可知道味蕾返乡的感觉？「Kafuka 其实不常推出新菜色，这一道煎鸡扒饭是妈妈们在厨房里研制了好久才推出的。」Jason 道出了妈妈的心里话。
While we were about it, Jason’s mum took the “lip of faith” and let our palettes into her latest Grilled Chicken Rice that is fresh off the oven. As a general chicken meat lover, we were satisfied with how the grilling had managed to lock in the flavours of the meat really well – succulent with just the right amount of smokiness to it. The fusion with Chinese chicken rice was highly enjoyable on its own, something even our mums will be proud of.
若看官们途经皇后街区，千万别错过品尝这属于 “家” 的味道啊！大人真的被 Kafuka 给折服了，翻阅餐谱没有一道是超过 RM20 的美食，而且都是妈妈们亲手调配自制的料理，太幸福了！掌声！
Kafuka is a bit hard to spot despite being in a mature neighbourhood of restaurants and dozens of cafés, yet hardly anyone suspects that this charming place is just around the corner. It would be a challenge to spot this gem without any hints, but once you’re up here, you could enjoy both Mom’s honest, unpretentious comfort fare. Nothing here is over RM20, but if the selection of food and beverages aren’t enough for you, just get Jason or Eric to play you a tune to go along – now that’s certainly music to all ears and appetites!
Kafuka Cafe & Music Studio
Address: 16A, Jalan Bendahara 12, Taman Ungku Tun Aminah, Skudai, Johor Bahru.
Tel: +607-554 4572
Sunday – Wednesday 12.30pm – 10.00pm
Friday – Saturday 12.30pm – 11.00pm
Close on Thursday