Cafés

Time Out Malaysia Eating and Drinking Guide - - PENANG -

55 Café & Restau­rant @ Cof­fee Ate­lier 47-55 Lorong Ste­wart (04 261 2261).

Snug­gled in Cof­fee Ate­lier, 55 Café & Restau­rant is a new eatery, re­plac­ing the pre­ced­ing Kopi Cine. While it of­fers quite a range of Mediter­raneanin­spired cui­sine for break­fast and lunch such as its var­i­ous ta­pas, pas­tas and cakes, 55 Café’s siren song is its cof­fee. Other sell­ing points in­clude its quaint, whim­si­cal in­te­rior, which ex­udes warmth and home­li­ness. Take note though that 55 Café opens early and closes early. Child friendly. Credit cards ac­cepted. Free park­ing. Daily, 9am–5pm. $$

NEW The Al­ley 5 Lorong Ste­wart, George Town (04 261 3879/www.face­book.com/ theal­leypenang).

If you’re com­ing from Love Lane, keep walk­ing along the nar­row Ste­wart Lane. Just be­fore you reach Kuan Yin tem­ple and the lit­tle stalls sell­ing Chi­nese prayer para­pher­na­lia, look right and you’ll no­tice a lit­tle build­ing called ‘Kedai Ga­haru Keat Seang’, within which The Al­ley café is lo­cated. Serv­ing good cof­fees, mainly desserts and sim­ple food, this café is fairly new but no less popular among lo­cals as well as tourists wan­der­ing around the area. Child friendly. Daily, 12noon– 12mid­night. $

NEW Ar­me­nian House Café 35 Le­buh Ar­me­nian, George Town (04 262 8309/Face­book: Ar­me­nian House).

This café is part of the Ar­me­nian House ac­com­mo­da­tion. It of­fers home­made cakes, sim­ple com­fort food such as pasta along with freshly brewed cof­fee, juices and beers. Housed in an old shop­house on a popular her­itage street in the heart of George Town, the café has a charm­ing am­bi­ence and friendly ser­vice. Credit cards ac­cepted. Daily, 11am– 7pm. $

Be­hind 50 50 Lorong Love (012 556 5509).

Hip­ster joints have been vig­or­ously bloom­ing through­out the Klang Val­ley, and Pe­nang seems to be fol­low­ing suit if Be­hind 50 can be taken as any in­di­ca­tion. Be­hind 50 was brought into con­cep­tion by three friends who en­vi­sioned a café that merged their in­ter­ests in food and art. Be­hind 50 serves lunch and din­ner sets, as well as a few types of drinks, but the main at­trac­tion is un­doubt­edly its am­bi­ence – nos­tal­gic, rus­tic, and gen­er­ally rem­i­nis­cent of old-school Pe­nang. Photographs of can­did, hum­ble Pe­nang plas­ter the scrib­bled-upon walls, and the vin­tage gramo­phone sput­ters and crack­les over a vinyl record. And if you’re won­der­ing, Be­hind 50 got its name from its lo­ca­tion be­hind a build­ing called ‘50’. Pork-free. Child friendly. Mon–Wed and Fri–Sun, 6pm–1am. $

NEW Brown Pocket 6.11 Gur­ney Paragon Mall, Per­siaran Gur­ney (04 218 9668/www.face­book. com/brown­pocket).

This rel­a­tively hip café has a cool Aus­tralian vibe to it, thanks to the own­ers’ trips to Mel­bourne. Filled with con­tem­po­rary charm, Brown Pocket places a large em­pha­sis on its desserts, which range from waf­fles to crepes. The health-con­scious will also be happy to find fruit top­pings like ba­nana and mixed berries sit­ting gen­tly on a bed of de­light­ful Liège waf­fles, all freshly made from the kitchen.

Daily, 10am–11.30pm. $$

NEW Bistro Tang 82-A Le­buh Pe­nang, George Town (04 250 8383/www.ren­i­tang.com).

We sus­pect that this airy, spa­cious and bright café right in the heart of Lit­tle In­dia will be a favourite spot for many to sit and watch the colour­ful go­ings-on in town. The café’s neat, un­com­pli­cated bar re­flects the in­te­rior style of the rest of the café, dot­ted with hand-made ta­bles. No­tice the wood on top of the bar topped with glass – it was used to sun-dry herbs upon and was sal­vaged while restor­ing this old build­ing. The café’s menu of­fers mainly Western fare, cof­fees and charm­ing glass bot­tles of Co­caCola from Thai­land. The only lo­cal main dish is the Tang Laksa, which in our books is a to­tal crowd pleaser. Also don’t miss the home­made crème brûlée and Tang’s ice-blended drink, Kala­mansi Freeze. Pork-free. Child friendly. Credit cards ac­cepted. Tue–Sun, 11am–9pm. $

NEW Bone Ap­petit Pets Cen­tre 87 Jalan Nagore, George Town (011 1258 8500/www.face­book.com/ boneap­petit­pets­cen­tre).

Cater­ing to the lo­cal dog-friendly com­mu­nity, this clev­erly punned pet café serves su­pe­rior-qual­ity food for our four-legged friends. Imag­ine ca­nine-friendly meals in the form of chicken risotto, beefy lasagne, meaty dough­nuts, eclairs and rain­bow­coloured muffins pre­pared with ded­i­ca­tion and care. With sofa seats and low ta­bles scat­tered all around, Bone Ap­petit is spa­cious enough for ac­tive pets and own­ers too. Child friendly. Mon–Fri, 12noon–9pm; Sat–Sun, 11am–9pm. $

NEW Chez Nous Café 17 Lorong Seck Chuan, George Town (04 261 3499/www.face­book.com/ chez­nous.pe­nang).

Splashed in re­fresh­ing hues of turquoise and white, this café serves up thirst quenchers and light meals for a short break amid George Town's hus­tle and bus­tle. The drinks menu is pretty ex­ten­sive with choices like Bel­gian and lo­cal beers, Viet­namese and Ital­ian cof­fees as well as Chi­nese and Sri Lankan teas. If a quick bite is what you're after, or­der some home­made rata­touille, dim sum, pasta or the grand French cheese plat­ter.

Tue–Sun, 6pm–11pm. $

DÔME Café Gur­ney Plaza, Per­siaran Gur­ney, George Town (04 229 5105); Queens­bay Mall, 100 Per­siaran Bayan In­dah, Bayan Lepas (04 641 3308); Straits Quay, Jalan Seri Tan­jung Pi­nang, Tan­jung Tokong (04 891 8988); 1st Av­enue, 182 Jalan Mag­a­zine, George Town (04 261 0800/www.dome­cafe.com.my).

DÔME re­ally needs no in­tro­duc­tion. Whether you’re there for its long Mac­chi­ato, served in its iconic con­trap­tion of a cup and the com­pli­men­tary bis­cotti, or you’re there for a slice of moist car­rot cake, it is need­less to say that DÔME has es­tab­lished it­self as a café that is per­fect for lazy af­ter­noon slack­ing. What needs to be men­tioned, how­ever, is that DÔME has be­come just as le­git­i­mate a choice for break­fast, lunch and din­ner, by of­fer­ing a se­lec­tion of sand­wiches, pas­tas and steaks. Ha­lal. Child friendly. Kids’ menu. Credit cards ac­cepted. $$$

Fer­ringhi Cof­fee Gar­den

34-D Batu Fer­ringhi (04 885 1192).

Owned by the pro­pri­etor of the ad­ja­cent Fer­ringhi Gar­den, Fer­ringhi Cof­fee Gar­den boasts a sim­i­lar nat­u­ral-yetre­fined charm, nes­tled in a shroud of leaves. It’s open from 7 in the morn­ing till half past 10 at night, and its canopy of trees will fil­ter out the heat of the sun­light, so it’s great to check in for a cup of cof­fee and a break­fast set as the sun rises. Quiet and easy-go­ing, it’s just as ideal a place for ladies who lunch and for the work­ing crowd to drop by in the evening for a hearty burger, if not just to en­joy the metic­u­lously drawn latte art. Child friendly. Credit cards ac­cepted. Free park­ing. Daily, 7am–10.30pm. $$$$$

Kaffa Kafe 72 & 74, Le­buh China; 1-1-10, Hala­man Bukit Gam­bir; 3A-G-8, Straits Quay, Jalan Seri Tan­jung Pi­nang, Tan­jung Tokong (04 261 1016/www.face­book.com/kaf­fapenang).

This is one of the many eater­ies on the ground floor of Straits Quay mall that faces the ma­rina. At a glance, the menu looks good enough and seems able to ri­val the myr­iad cafés of­fer­ing almost the same things such as a range of cof­fees, cakes, sand­wiches and the like. At RM8.50++, the Kaffa Vi­enna cof­fee is sat­is­fy­ing enough with a gen­er­ous dol­lop of whipped cream. While the Amer­i­can-style food brinks on al­right and av­er­age, the RM9.90++ bas­ket of Texas Cheesy Fries is helped along by stringy spray cheese that gives it a sweet flavour, un­for­tu­nately. How­ever, the sparkling lemon­ade at RM10.90++, made fresh from soda wa­ter and lime juice, is rather re­fresh­ing. What Kaffa

may not have in terms of flavour, it cer­tainly makes up for in WiFi ser­vice and com­fort. A small warn­ing though: The ser­vice staff may not be ter­ri­bly friendly, but they're ef­fi­cient enough. There is an out­door sit­ting area that gives a lovely view of the wa­ter and parked boats and it's es­pe­cially nice dur­ing dusk or din­ner time.

Daily, 11am–3pm, 6pm–10pm. $$

Kopi C 153 & 155 Le­buh Pan­tai (04 263 7299/www.chi­na­house.com.my).

Pre­vi­ously known as Kopi Cine at Cof­fee Ate­lier, it has since moved to China House, a tra­di­tional com­pound of three linked her­itage build­ings, hous­ing bars, restau­rants, cafés, per­for­mance the­atres, shops and art gal­leries. Kopi C boasts dif­fer­ent menus for break­fast, lunch and din­ner in­clud­ing a few di­verse break­fast sets, sand­wiches and sal­ads for lunch and low-fuss mains such as the ginger bud pesto veg­e­tar­ian pasta for din­ner. But the high­light is quite ev­i­dently the cof­fee, which is pre­pared by the team of highly trained baris­tas, all of whom are ready to ac­com­mo­date your re­quests. Pork-free. Child friendly. Kids’ menu. Credit cards ac­cepted. Daily, 10am– 12mid­night. $$$

NEW La Vanille Pas­try 122A Jalan Hut­ton, George Town (04 226 4024/www.face­book.com/ LaVanilleCup­cake).

There are adorably dec­o­rated whole cakes, cup­cakes and mac­arons aplenty at this unas­sum­ing café. The best time for a visit is dur­ing late af­ter­noon for a warm cuppa, which makes a pleas­ant ac­com­pa­ni­ment to the ar­ray of freshly baked desserts on of­fer. The café’s wood-pan­elled in­te­rior, wooden fur­nish­ing and pas­tel-hued dec­o­ra­tions prom­ise an in­ti­mate set­ting for wed­dings, birthdays and cor­po­rate events.

Child friendly. Daily, 11am–9pm. $$

NEW Love Bites 11 Jalan Nagor, George Town (04 228 6188/www.face­book.com/love.bites.942).

The cheeky name is guar­an­teed to en­tice you. When that hap­pens, sit and im­merse your­self in the artsy decor, which makes the place re­sem­ble an elab­o­rate Parisian café back in the 1980s. The menu of­fers a fu­sion of Western and lo­cal cui­sine, so be on the look­out for lemon­grass pork loin, flat fish and corn cake rice as well as chicken tim­bales pep­pered with car­rot romesco, grilled asparagus and apri­cot cous­cous. Love Toast is a sig­na­ture you’re en­cour­aged to try. It’s toast stacked four inches high and filled with a mix­ture of ice cream, fruit, nuts, crepes and white choco­late sauce, de­pend­ing on your choice of flavour. Child friendly. Credit cards ac­cepted. Mon–Sat, 12noon–11pm; Sun, 3pm–11pm. $

NEW Mous­tache Houze 24 Le­buh Camp­bell, George Town (04 262 2228/www.face­book.com/ Mous­tacheHouze).

This two-storey café of­fers cakes, cof­fees and non-al­co­holic bev­er­ages such as frozen juice cubes. It's be­com­ing a popular hang­out spot thanks to its eclec­tic in­te­rior – in­ter­est­ing mu­rals, swing seats on the ground floor and tatami-style seat­ing up­stairs. It's a cool place to dig into for your dessert after in­dulging in hawker fare around town. Ha­lal. Mon–Thu, 4.30pm–10pm; Fri, 4.30pm–12mid­night; Sat, 12noon– 12mid­night; Sun, 12noon–10pm. $$

NEW The Mugshot Café 302 Le­buh Chu­lia, George Town (012 405 6276/Face­book: The Mugshot Cafe).

Rus­tic, down to earth and rather hip, this café opens early for break­fast and serves bak­ery fare from the Rain­for­est Bak­ery next door. Oth­er­wise, the café’s menu con­sists of yo­ghurt with a va­ri­ety of top­pings and bagel sand­wiches to ac­com­pany your favourite morn­ing cuppa. Ha­lal. Open­ing hours. Daily, 8am– 9pm. $

Pik Nik 15 & 16 Jalan Nagor (016 452 9250/ Face­book: Pik Nik).

Amidst the graf­fiti walls, old-school sig­nage and the gi­ant light­ning bolt on the wall, there’s also a menu that’s chock-full of freshly brewed cof­fee, fruit smooth­ies, cool­ing fruit juices and snack plat­ters. You’ll almost cer­tainly be sur­rounded by young peo­ple, we will ad­mit. Child friendly. Sun–Thurs, 3pm– 12mid­night; Fri–Sat, 3pm–1am. $$

NEW Pur­ple Cane Tea Art Cen­tre Lot. LG 22 & 23, Gur­ney Paragon Mall, 163D, Per­siaran Gur­ney (04 218 9098/www.pur­ple­cane.my).

Ded­i­cated to the art and cul­ture of tea, Pur­ple Cane serves a wide spec­trum of tea leaves from jas­mine green tea to the very in­tri­cate Hang Zhou white chrysan­the­mum. Tea en­thu­si­asts can also pair their pur­chases with ac­ces­sories like lid­den cups, teapots and tea ac­ces­sories to com­plete their per­sonal tea kit. Fancy a packet of green tea wasabi peanuts? You can grab one from the shelves too.

Daily, 10am–10pm. $

NEW Pur­r­fect Cat Café 53 Jalan Mun­tri, George Town (04 261 1197/www.face­book.com/ penang­cat­cafe).

Cat lovers flipped when word got out about a cat café lo­cated in the heart of George Town. Housed in a two-storey build­ing, Pur­r­fect con­sists of a café that serves cakes and pas­tries as well as a cat zone, where vis­i­tors can min­gle with the roam­ing in-house cats for free. There's also a re­tail store where you can buy cat-re­lated mer­chan­dise for hu­mans such as T-shirts, mugs, bags and greet­ing cards. Pork-free. Child friendly. Daily, 10am–10pm. $$

NEW Soohon­gry 5 Lorong Soo Hong, George Town (04 261 4129/www.face­book.com/ soohon­gry).

Soohon­gry feels a lot more like your friend's liv­ing room rather than a café with homely touches of flo­ral couches and a dessert ta­ble as its cen­tre­piece. Apart from cof­fee and tea, the hum­ble menu also of­fers in­ter­na­tional cuisines like Filipino (pork adobo and bi­col ex­press) and Ital­ian (pasta car­bonara) as well as home­made muffins to pair with your cuppa. Dogs are wel­come as own­ers Amelleia and Rudy are pet lovers them­selves. Plus, there are dog treats for your furry friend too.

Tue–Sat, 12noon–7pm. $

NEW The Twelve Cups 12 The White­aways Ar­cade, Le­buh Pan­tai, George Town (04 262 6812/ www.face­book.com/TheTwelveCups).

The Euro­pean feel and at­trac­tive black-yel­low-white in­te­rior are some of our favourite things about The Twelve Cups. It serves a few selections of mille crepe and cof­fees, and don’t for­get to try the large crois­sants served warm with but­ter and jam. The young peo­ple who run the place are cheer­ful and ef­fi­cient. It's worth a pitstop after a few hours of strolling around the her­itage area of George Town. Ha­lal. Credit cards ac­cepted. Free park­ing. Daily, 10am–12mid­night. $$

NEW TWG Tea Salon & Bou­tique 1.10, Gur­ney Paragon Mall, Per­siaran Gur­ney (04 218 9733/www.twgtea. com).

The pur­vey­ors of fine teas in Sin­ga­pore have fi­nally landed in Pe­nang. Known for its ex­ten­sive range of un­usual flavours, TWG also serves savoury food and tea-time bites to pair with your tea – try the wagyu burger with a side of TWG’s sig­na­ture 1837 green tea-in­fused vinai­grette. The in­te­rior is ex­quis­ite as sit-down cus­tomers are sur­rounded by old­fash­ioned tins of tea and im­mac­u­lately dressed ser­vice at­ten­dants. All teas here are pack­aged in beau­ti­ful hand­painted can­is­ters, mak­ing for per­fect gifts. Don't leave with­out tast­ing the tea-in­fused mac­arons whose flavours in­clude Earl Grey and choco­late.

Daily, 10am–10pm. $$$

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