Happy 8 Re­treat Café

Time Out Malaysia Eating and Drinking Guide - - PERAK -

Lo­cated in the mid­dle of Old Town, the Happy 8 Re­treat Café is a lit­tle piece of seren­ity amongst the hus­tle and bus­tle of the ur­ban sprawl. The café is na­turethemed, us­ing wood, wa­ter, plants and tree mu­rals to cre­ate a mag­i­cal place. The café is di­vided into dif­fer­ent sec­tions, each of which is ded­i­cated to an el­e­ment of na­ture, and the dif­fer­ent at­mos­pheres com­ple­ment one another in­cred­i­bly well. One sec­tion re­minds me of Chi­nese gar­dens with the clever use of bam­boo walls to en­close a room with run­ning wa­ter un­der­neath; another is painted with en­chant­ing trees; while the al­ley ad­ja­cent to the café, dec­o­rated with bur­geon­ing greens, is the per­fect place for al­fresco din­ing. The chicken burger is a sump­tu­ous de­light with a well­mar­i­nated chicken patty and cheesy egg. The car­rot cake that sat­is­fied my sweet tooth is eas­ily one of the best of its kind in town with plenty of vis­i­ble car­rot shreds adorned with wal­nut crumbs. It’s also one of the prici­est cakes, cost­ing even more than some of the main cour­ses on the menu. The café serves mostly Western cui­sine with some choices of Chi­nese noo­dles. RM30 per per­son is prob­a­bly suf­fi­cient at this café, but the price could go up to RM60 and above if you choose some of the gourmet items such as steak and sal­mon. 46 Jalan Mar­ket, Ipoh (05 243 8388/www.the­happy8.com.my).

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