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DCOVA Cafe, Logan Heritage – A Place to Hang Out for Coffee

Recently it is getting so common to see lists of Penang famous food shared over in social media sites. I have recently discovered a list of Penang’s 10 new cafes. Unfortunately, the information listed is not very accurate especially on the operating hours. Also there isn’t much introduction or highlights of what do the cafes have to offer and what makes them so special. So it has become my job to find it out myself.  Most of the new cafes only start operating at 11 am or 12 noon. For someone like myself who usually wake up at 9+ during weekends and start to look for breakfast during that time, this is not really practical. Out of the many cafes, only one that I have found to be operating before 10am, that is DCOVA Cafe.

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DCOVA cafe used to be known as “Light House Coffee“. However, this cafe was taken over by another owner and hence the name changed as well. The cafe is now known as “DCOVA Cafe”.  DCOVA Cafe is located at the central of town. If you are driving to town area from Penang Bridge via Beach Street, you will surely pass by OCBC on your left. Keep driving and just before Standard Chartered Bank, turn left to Union Street. Keep driving until the junction which leads to the one way street of Penang Street, at the next junction turn into Bishop Street. Drive for another 50 meters and keep a look out on your left and you will see DCOVA Cafe is there.

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The cozy and inviting interior still looks the same as the previous Light House Coffee.

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Even the drinks on the menu are still mostly the same.

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As for now the staircase to the second floor is visible unlike last time which was covered up.

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The arrangement of the tables is also almost the same as before. The only difference is the painting on the wall and also some tiny decorations that made the difference.

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Aussie Strong Latte – RM9.50, the strong aroma coffee is still around.

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The price of the coffee per cup is still similar as before. However, the taste of the coffee is even richer and better. You can tell the taste of the coffee by looking at its color. The taste of Aussie Strong Latte is by far the most well-balanced coffee in my opinion. The bitterness of the coffee is not too much but of course stronger than the regular latte. Paired with rich and creamy fresh milk in the coffee and thus making it aromatic and rich.

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As for mains, this round we had heavier dishes for breakfast (or rather “Brunch”). The signature here is the Carbonara Dcova – RM16.90. Slices of bacon were used to mix together with the spaghetti in creamy white sauce, then sprinkled with some herbs and black pepper. On top of the spaghetti, it was topped with a raw egg yolk and a parsley.

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The taste of the white creamy sauce was not too rich which was just right for me. The addition of bacon made a great combination to the pasta. The egg yolk was the main ingredient that created the harmony and enhanced the smoothness of the dish. No wonder this dish is the signature of this cafe.

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Another dish to be introduced here is the Sausage Baked Rice – RM16.90. The rice was mixed with white sauce, herbs and sausages and topped with cheese. It was then baked until golden crispy on the top. It was than garnished with parsley and sided with some greens.

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The taste was rich and packed with flavor. However, compared this to Carbonara, I still choose the previous one. Maybe the richness of this dish was overwhelmed by cheese which is not my cup of tea.

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Overall, the concept of DCOVA Cafe is very similar to Light House Coffee Bar. The coffee here gives the best impression, while the food is on par as well. However, the drawback of this place is the price of the food and drinks is slightly on the high side and also the difficulty in getting parking during working hours.

Editor’s Review (5 Stars Rank):

Taste
Price (more stars, more reasonable)
Food Presentation
Service
Overall

Quick Facts:

Family Friendly
Parking
Pork Free
Alcohol (beer)
Credit Card
Smoking
Reservation
Private Room
WIFI Available

Operation hours: 9:00am – 10:00pm, Open Daily.
Contact: 04-261 3121
Address:  Logan Heritage No.4, Bishop Street, Georgetown, 10300 Penang
GPS: 5° 41′ 80.75″ N, 100° 34′ 26.19″ E

Que Huong Toi Cafe, 正宗越南小食馆, Jalan Sungai Pinang – Authentic Vietnamese Food

Vietnamese food is a very rare cuisine in Penang. There used to be some nice Vietnamese restaurants in Penang few years back but not many of them survived until today. Recently there seem to be a few Vietnamese cafe’s started to pop up in the town’s vicinity. One of the nice and famous one is Que Huong Toi Vietnamese Food.

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The location of Que Huong Toi Cafe is at the middle of a bustling street. If you are driving down town from Penang bridge via Jelutong Express, take the left junction which turns to Sungai Pinang. After you are out from the junction, you will find Sungai Pinang food court is on your left. Keep driving until you reach the traffic junction in front of you, turn left and you will see Que Huong Toi Cafe is on your right. The cafe is a quaint little cafe with only few tables. Other than the boss, most of the workers here are Vietnamese.

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Cafe Sua (Hot) Vietnam Coffee – RM3.00, the signature Vietnamese Style coffee. The coffee powder is placed in a filter on top of the coffee mug and after filling with hot water, the coffee is dripped down to the mug. If you ordered black coffee, the mug will be empty at the beginning, otherwise if you ordered milk coffee, the condensed milk will be placed in the mug before the coffee is dripped down. The aroma of this traditional Vietnamese coffee was very strong and rich. It had the scent of Asian coffee. One bonus point is the coffee here was not too sweet and was just nice for my taste bud.

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Cafe Sua (Cold), Vietnam Coffee – RM3.30, for those that prefer cold coffee over hot coffee, this is an option as well. Again, the taste was aromatic and not too sweet.

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Xoi Xoai (Vietnam Mango Sticky Rice) – RM5.00, similar to Thai Style Mango sticky rice, this dish was served with mango, sticky rice and topped with some chopped peanuts and concentrated coconut milk.

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The difference between Thai Style sticky rice and Vietnamese style is the thickness of the coconut milk. I prefer Thai’s style more as it is not that thick and heavy.

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Bun Bo Hue (Vietnamese Spicy Pork Leg Beef Noodle Soup) – RM6.50 (Wed, Fri & Sun), the spicy and sour soup cooked with lemon grass, tomato, onions, spring onions, slices of pork leg meats and beef meat balls. Serving together with the soup were some raw vegetables.

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The taste was very rich and sourish with a tad of sweetness in between. It was a delightful dish to have due to its appetizing and exotic taste.

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Mong Heo Chien Gion (Vietnam Deep Fried Pork Leg) – RM8.00, the pork was first boiled until soft, then deep fried until perfection. Serving together with this dish was some homemade chili sauce.

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The tenderness of the pork leg was prepared perfectly. It was soft and succulent on the inside soft and crispy on the outside. However, the coating on the skin was on the sweet side which is not my preference. If the sweetness could be reduced it would be perfect.

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Com Suon (Vietnam BBQ Pork Chop Rice) – RM6.50, the pork chop was lightly coated and deep fried until golden brown. It was served together with pickled veggie, deep fried anchovies, cucumber, tomato, carrot, yam bean, cabbage slices and a Vietnamese Style meat cake.

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The meat was packed with aromatic 5 spices powder and was very crispy. Again, the taste was on the sweet side too. I love the Vietnamese Style meat cake. The taste was very unique and the taste was very well-balanced.

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Banh Mi (Cha Lua/ Bi Thit Nuong) (Vietnamese Pork Sandwich) – RM5.00, the pork slices was stuffed in a french roll with some veggie, carrot and yam bean slices. It was then sprinkled with some sweet and sour sauce for the enrichment of flavour.

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The taste was nice, it was slightly sour and not too sweet. It was a balanced meal of meat and veggie. This is something that I would come back for on my next trip.

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Bun Bo Xao (Vietnam Fried Lemongrass Beef Noodle) – RM7.00, the famous Vietnamese Pho. The soup was cooked with onions, bean sprouts, beef meat balls and beef slices.

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The tenderness of the beef slices were too tough, otherwise it would be a perfect bowl of noodle soup. I personally felt that the taste was slightly tuned to suit local tastebuds.

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Goi Cuon (Vietnamese Hand Roll Popiah) (Min 2 pcs) – RM1.80, the famous Vietnamese Style popiah which was prepared using rice paper and stuffed with veggie, lemon grass, rice noodle, chicken slices and shrimps.

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The taste of the rice roll was perfect when dipped together with Vietnamese style chili sauce which was sourish sweet.

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Overall, the taste of the food here was very nice although it was tuned to milder taste to suit local tastebuds. Some of the dishes were overly sweet. The price of the food was reasonable. The drawback of this place was the extreme difficulty to get a place to park.

Editor’s Review (5 Stars Rank):

Taste
Price (more stars, more reasonable)
Food Presentation
Service
Overall

Quick Facts:

Family Friendly
Parking
Pork Free
Alcohol
Credit Card
Smoking
Reservation
Private Room (Private Area)
WIFI Available

Operation hours: 10:00am – 3:00pm, 5:00pm – 10:00pm (Monday to Friday); 9:00am – 3:00pm, 5:00pm – 10:00pm (Sat a& Sun), Close on Tuesday.
Contact: 016-421 1244
Address: 56-W, Jalan Jelutong, 11600 Jelutong, Penang
GPS: 5° 24′ 06.26″ N, 100° 19′ 36.91″ E

E & O Hotel, Sarkies Corner – Jamuan Buka Puasa

Bulan Ramadhan is the holy month for all Muslims in the world. During this month the Muslims will fast for the whole month in order to purify and cleanse the body and soul. The fasting of the day will only end at dusk when the announcement is made and prayer is done. At this time the end of the fasting day is called buka puasa.

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For those musliman and muslimin that looking for a great place to dine after a long day of fasting. One of the great place that you can try out is the E & O Sarkies Corner that serve buffet for Ramadhan.

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The E&O Hotel has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008. It is very easy to locate E & O Hotel. It stands at the intersection of Farquhar Street and Penang Road. The hotel is about 20 kilometres from the Penang International Airport and if you are driving from Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah, keep driving until you pass Farquhar Street at the junction that will lead to one way street. Keep driving for a few metres and you will see E & O Hotel is on your left.

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Varieties of food available at the Sarkies Corner as below:

Noodle and Wok
Penang Char Koay Teow, Yellow Mee, Mee Sua, Wantan, Mee Maggi, Beehoon, Bee Tai Bak.
Choices of Mix Vegetable Served with Chicken Soup and Clear Soup.

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Via Pre Italian Restaurant, Weld Quay – Quiet and Cozy Italian Breakfast

My job requires me to travel frequently to outstation and I was also stationed out of town for some period. A quiet and peaceful weekend to spend with my family is a great weekend for me. Since Penang has many little cafe’s to offer for breakfast and coffee, I always hunt for a good place to have my Sunday breakfast/brunch with my family in town. There are a few nice places where we can have a quiet and cozy environment for breakfast. One of them is Via Pre Italian Restaurant.

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Via Pre Italian Restaurant is known for its fine, authentic and exclusive Italian food. However, little did we know that this place also provides a reasonable and delightful breakfast everyday. Via Pre is very easy to be spotted. If you are driving from Penang Bridge to town area via Jelutong Expressway (a.k.a Jalan Tun Dr. Lim Chong Ewe), drive all the way down until you reach Penang Jetty. Just opposite the Jetty, you will see a heritage building with the signboard, Via Pre.

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One thing nice about this place is its cozy environment where there are not many people to disturb your peaceful Sunday morning.

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Four Points by Sheraton Penang has been around for some time. However, The Best Brew @ Four Points is a new hangout in town where you can have a glass of wine or some drinks to chill you day.

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Four Points by Sheraton Hotel is also previously known as Tanjung Bungah Hotel. It is located at Jalan Tanjung Bungah. The hotel is just located along the road en-route to Batu Ferringhi. After by-passing the Chinese Swimming Club on your left, keep an eye for the hotel which is just a few blocks from the swimming club.

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There is a bar counter which serves other drinks besides wine and beers. It is a relaxing place to sit and chit chat with friends after a long day.

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For those who love socializing, there are cocktail tables specially for you to have a chat and some snacks.

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Kim White Curry Mee Review

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Glow Hotel, Zest Bar Cafe – Show Your Gratitude on Father’s Day

The term “Father” is easier to pronounce than being one ourselves. Father will usually be the second one to be remembered in the family after mother. This is because traditionally mothers are usually the one who look after the kids, while fathers are working hard outside to be the bread winner of the family. Father’s day was not celebrated or made known at all until recent years it is celebrated on the third week of June.

As an appreciation and gratitude to all the fathers, Glow Hotel in Penang is treating Daddies to their decadent lunch menu during this coming Father’s Day from 11:30am to 5:00pm, 15th June 2014.

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It is not hard to locate Glow Hotel. If you are at the center of Georgetown Penang, drive to Macalister Road. If your direction is heading to Pulau Tikus and Komtar is behind you, you will notice Menara UMNO is on your right. Keep driving for another 200 meters and you will see Glow Hotel is on your left.

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Zest Bar and Cafe, is the dining area for Glow Hotel. The place is simple yet cozy.

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