Myth Eatery & Bar

Time Out Malaysia Eating and Drinking Guide - - PERAK -

When I first walk into the rus­tic yet glam­orous Myth Eatery and Bar, I'm stunned by the re­splen­dent wooden walls and mag­nif­i­cent chairs, all glim­mer­ing un­der the ro­man­tic chan­de­liers. The café has some homey touches with the use of thick cush­ions, and I like that the cut­lery and white nap­kins are al­ready laid out on the ta­ble, as if ex­pect­ing my ar­rival. In fact, the in­te­rior is so mar­vel­lous that the food seems less mem­o­rable. The food has no ma­jor faults and is quite well ex­e­cuted in gen­eral but it just doesn’t have the same ‘wow’ ef­fect as the am­bi­ence. The sal­mon pizza isn’t bad even if it’s a bit weak on the margherita sauce; the grilled veg­etable salad con­sists de­cep­tive café dis­guised as an op­ti­cal shop oozes nostal­gia from ev­ery cor­ner, bring­ing back child­hood mem­o­ries in a class­room-like set­ting filled with chil­dren’s play­things such as mar­bles, bi­cy­cles and pa­per for­tune tellers. The mains are rea­son­ably priced, be­tween RM15 and RM25 – the café serves Asian cui­sine of lightly pep­pered slices of mush­room, zuc­chini, car­rot and egg­plant with a sweet and sour dress­ing on the side that lacks a bit of a kick to ac­cen­tu­ate the salad. One (pricey) dish that does fit in with the daz­zling café is the smoked chicken wings with del­i­cate brown skin that en­velopes the ten­der pink flesh, ex­ud­ing a flavour­some smoky scent. RM30 per per­son could suf­fice, but you are most likely to pay be­tween RM40 and RM80. 2 Hala Datuk 5, Ipoh (05 255 5566/www.mbou­tique­ho­tels. com/myth-eatery-bar). rich with car­bo­hy­drates to cater to the work­forces in the banks and of­fices nearby, so it’s the place to go if you’re es­pe­cially hun­gry. I like the Mee Siam, which comes smoth­ered in puréed spices and is sur­pris­ingly not too heavy, with the rice noo­dles mop­ping up the flavours of the tamarind-based curry. The cal­rose rice is a sim­ple dish with minced chicken on rice paired with han­juku egg, which has a lus­cious and creamy yolk. The hara­juku ra­men is atyp­i­cal, us­ing lamb as the choice of meat to stick to the ‘pork-free’ mode of the café. It’s filling and has a hint of sesame in the broth, though the lamby taste is in­evitable. Com­plete your meal with smooth soy milk from Funny Moun­tain. 99 Jalan Sul­tan Yus­suf, Ipoh (05 241 1564).

Pizza at Myth

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