Walking into cake town@China House, Penang

image

The good thing about travelling with friends who are foodieventurers: makan makan galore! Right after a crazy heavy hawker meal, we compartmentalized our tummies like how cows do, and found space for more… dessert time!

Although China House was near where we stayed, Royal Hotel, we had to Waze ourselves here. Frankly speaking, the surrounding areas were unseemly, dark, lonely, dodgy. I wouldn’t have guessed, here lies…a gem of a place.

I was struck by awe when I entered this place. Rustic old cozy feel, like boutique cafes in Gamla Stan. No wonder locals and out-of-towners love chilling out here. They also segmented seating areas based on different interests:  wine, whiskey, art.

As the building is part of an old establishment,  you can see the design of this cafe is of vertical wise, with narrow depth all the way in.

image

Tons of gorgeous looking cakes on display to say hello to you and tempt your eyes as you walked in.

image

Even more cakes to tempt you further if you successfully resisted the first temptation. I know I failed. Even at the first passage through itself. I stopped to “Wahhhhhhh…” like a jakun and deep down, I wanted to grab them all.

-confession of a cake-o-holic-

image

Thankfully, the patrons who reserved this table were only arriving about 1.5 hours later, as there were 8 of us, pretty large group.

They placed mahjong papers on tables and left cups of crayons for patrons to doodle around. This reminded me of my time in the cafe in Hanoi with the exact same concept also.

This doodling part was fun! Brought the kiddo out of everyone, especially me!

image

My iced coffee…was a disappointment. It was sour and I’ve recently learnt that sourness of coffee is related to the brewing process factors.

image

More doodles by Daniel. Complemented with a cuppa latte.

image

The trademark cake of China House: tiramisu. My overall rating : 7/10. Above average because of the pretty good cream layers. The sponge layers were abit too dry.

image

The almond cake was a big no no for me. From its outer looks, thumbs up for deliciousness. Tastewise was not to my liking. The heavy flavour of the almond powder was not suited to my tastebuds. 3/10 for me.

image

My job was just to sit at the table and eat whatever served to us. Not sure what this cake was when it came. But the texture and flavour was somewhat buttery. Fair resemblance to a butter cake but more shortcake like rather than moist cake. 5.5/10 for me.

image

The banana chocolate cake was the second best cake among all, after the tiramisu. The bananas tasted fresh and so did the cream layers. The chocolate sponge layers tasted quite rich as well, high probability that good quality baking chocolate was used. 7/10 for me.

image

Cake + coffee / hot chocolate + crayons + papers = feels like a kid being pampered all over again. The photo above showed how we are all kids at heart in our adult formed physical bodies.

Verdict: definitely a really great place to chill with friends. Or even book lovers! Shelves and shelves filled with books of all kinds and genres. Now, I can fully understand why many raved so much about this place. Coffee and cake wise, I think they are better places, but for the ambience they’ve created with whatever food and drinks they serve leveled them up.

Warning: a lot of mosquitoes 🙁 as the place is quite dimly lited… my legs, became a foodie galore for them mosquis too 🙁

Website: http://www.chinahouse.com.my
Address:
153, Lebuh Pantai,
Georgetown,
10300 Georgetown, Penang
Tel: +604-2637299 (best call for reservations if you are coming in groups)

foodventuras

Good catch up dinner@Brussels Cafe, Menara Hap Seng, KL

image

soft shelled crab salad

Having an event in the heart of Kuala Kumpur on a Friday is an ultimate no-no combination. As expected, all roads outside of Shangrila hotel was at a lock down. Drivers going mad honking their brains out, and to make matters worse, it started to rain.

Rather than joining in the bandwagon, we opted to have dinner nearby until the traffic had subsided. We walked across the road and went to Brussels for dinner.

Our first dish was the soft shelled crab salad, which was..rather normal. Too much balsamic vinegar was added onto the salad.

image

grilled chicken salad

This was the grilled chicken salad which suffered the same fate as the other salad..too much balsamic vinegar. The only decent credit which could be given to them was the nicely grilled tender chicken slices.

image

uncrackling roast pork

The roast pork looked pretty appetizing when served to us. At least they weren’t fatty to me. The taste was not bad: decently savoury and it also had a rather nice brown glow to the roast pork. The only letdown was the skin, which I expected to be crackling and crunchy…which was not at all. Air had already gone in to the crunchy skin and it was so much tougher to swallow.

image

BBQ chicken wings

The chicken wings were average as well. Nothing in particular to mention here. Yawns.

image

Draft stella artois

We were devastated knowing that guiness was not available here…no! Guiness was our pre-planned chilled out drink for the night. Some of us including myself, settled for a Stella instead. Sigh.

image

Some old friends also came on board with us for dinner to catch up on lost time. It was really fun! 🙂

Total damage was about RM60 per pax. A little steep for the portion of food we get. But oh well..as long as we have alcohol in the menu it would not be cheap. The food served here tasted a lot better than the one in Jaya One in my humble opinion.

foodventuras