Tucked within the building where time has forgotten- Island Plaza along Jalan Tanjung Tokong; Coffee Journey is a newly opened cafe that serves a wide range of coffees and an array of pastry cakes. Be spoiled for choices at Coffee Journey’s stunning variety of Coffees, ranging from the usual Coffee or Aussie’s favorite- Flat White or even Gourmet Syphon Coffee. The cafe took a prominent spot at the ground floor of Island Plaza (next to Coffee Bean), facing the bustling road of Jalan Tanjung Tokong, Coffee Journey can be spotted easily from far; the modish and laid-back ambiance makes the cafe a very suitable place to spend an afternoon reading books or just watching the world goes by. Prices are reasonable and relatively cheaper as compared to those chain cafes in town, a place that coffee lovers would not want to miss!
Noor & Dean’s Cafe is a newly opened cafe tucked within the building of Noordin Street House, a luxury boutique hotel in the heart of Georgetown.
The quaint little cafe with retro interior design as well as the Peranakan antiques adorning the walls, it is possible to feel transported to the olden days.
Noor & Dean’s cafe has a very comprehensive menu which comprises of many fusion dishes as well as Coffees and desserts. Some of the notable dishes are Gado-Gado, Thai Laksa, Soto Ayam, Oyster Char Koay Teow and many more. The cafe does serve breakfast in the morning too.
Prices are slightly on the higher side and their service could be more attentive in my opinion. Noor & Dean’s Cafe is located at Noordin Street, known as “Ji Tiao Lor/ Second Road” to the locals; walking distance to 1st Avenue Mall Penang.
The name Quay Cafe should be quite familiar for strict vegan in Penang as this self-service cafe serves vegetarian food only. Diners are expected to place their orders at the ordering counter and to return all utensils as well as cutlery after the meal to the kiosk set up at the corner of the cafe. Its food menu is not extensive but there are more than sufficient choices to please everyone. Its menu includes choice of noodles, rice dishes, as well as local eats such as Laksa, Curry Mee and Mee Goreng. While most of the dishes we had were mild on flavors, this place suits the health-conscious the most and might not be a good place for those who prefer bold flavors.
Tucked within the new commercial property right beside Tesco Tanjung at Tanjung Bungah, Vantage Desiran Tanjung; Victoria Sweet Pastry is a rather new dessert eatery which opened its doors not long ago. Its obscure location makes it a little inconspicuous, from Tesco Tanjung, keep to the left and enter a link-bridge to Vantage Desiran Tanjung, you should be able to spot this eye-catching dessert shop facing the main road of Jalan Tanjung Bungah. Be spoiled for choices at Victoria Sweet Pastry’s wide variety of desserts at affordable prices. The place exudes modern and relaxed vibe, making it a very good place for gatherings and friends get-together. Their genuine service offered us a pleasing experience at the place; a worth-visiting place where you can satiate your cravings for desserts especially those with a sweet tooth.
Brown Pocket, a newly opened dessert cafe, is a delightful addition to Gurney Paragon mall. Its iconic location at Gurney Paragon mall allows exhausted shoppers to hide away from the crowds and have a short rest by savoring some of their signature desserts. Brown Pocket offers an array of desserts comprises of Waffles, Crepe and imported Ice Cream. The place has a very good ambiance with spacious and comfortable seating which exude a relaxed vibe and offers a breath-taking view. It was the very first day of business since their soft opening, the staff was rather unsystematic probably due to first day jitters. Brown Pocket is located strategically on level 6 of Gurney Paragon Mall, opposite to Celebrity Fitness and facing Kelawai Road (corner unit).
When one mentions about having Western breakfast in Penang, many will be suggesting this place- Big Ben Breakfast. Being a glutton, its ashamed that I have yet to try their food after so many years, finally, I’ve found a time to hunt for it, the place where many people raved about! Location for Big Ben Breakfast is rather obscure and inconspicuous, from Jalan Kebun Bunga heading towards Botanical Garden, look for a touristy area on your right, Big Ben Breakfast is sitting at one of those hawker stalls.
The first chain Japanese conveyor-belt Sushi restaurant has landed in Penang, with the long anticipated opening at Gurney Paragon Mall, Penangites finally get to taste some really affordable yet quality Japanese dishes. Sushi Zanmai has 7 outlets in Kuala Lumpur and the first Sushi Zanmai outlet has just opened its doors few days ago. Sushi Zanmai is strategically located at level 6 of Gurney Paragon Mall, right beside to Rakuzen Japanese restaurant. Fortunately, their service was very attentive and everything seemed to be well-organized although it was the very first opening day for business. The speed of replenishing the items on the conveyor-belt was fast too.
Miam Miam, a newly opened French cum Japanese Restaurant, located at ground floor of Gurney Paragon Mall, right beside to Ben’s and beside Starbucks as well as Italiannies. Prices are considered on the higher side in Penang’s context.
David Brown’s Restaurant, Penang Hill. We visited the restaurant again for ala carte meal review. What a enjoyable moment that we have had there, served with the tasty western dinners as well as desserts!