The Little Chef, Arena Curve – The Food with a Creative Twist

The norms in most cafes in Penang is usually serving Western or fusion food or Coffee and Desserts.

I have recently discovered a cafe which has a slight twist in presenting their food in terms of taste.

The Little Chef Cafe is located at Arena Curve, Bayan Lepas. This cafe has a very cozy and relaxing ambiance.

Aglio Olio (Prawn) – RM14.80, stir fried with a few big prawns, slices of aubergine, cherry tomato, mushrooms, salt and garlic and topped with some cheese powder.

Aglio Olio is one of the basic dishes that I will order to determine the standard of that restaurant or cafe.  Undoubtedly, the Aglio Olio here was good. It was neither too salty nor overwhelmed with pepper. The spaghetti was al dente and the prawns were also fresh.

Braised Lamb Shank – RM32.80, the lamb was pressurized cooked for 3 hours, served with home mixed sauce and sided with mashed potato, garlic bread and mixed beans.

This is the dish that I would go back for again. The lamb meat was so soft and tender. The sauce was so appetizing and delectable. The sauce blended in perfectly with the lamb shank and the meat just melted in your mouth. This dish is the reason that I would go back for it again.

Creamy Salted Egg Sauce Perch Fillet Fish – RM15.80, the perch fish was battered and deep fried to golden perfection, sided with baked beans, coleslaw, salad, fries and mixed beans. It was then served with their homemade salted egg sauce.

This is one of The Little Chef’s specialties. The focus is on the sauce. The salted egg was covered with some mayo and added with some appetizing ingredients. The sauce was well balanced with the right level of saltiness and sourness.

Mango Kerabu Perch Fillet Fish – RM15.80, the fish fillet was covered with mango kerabu sauce, topped with some onions and cucumber slices then sided with the usual baked beans, coleslaw, salad and mixed beans.

This dish is a successful fusion of East Meets West. The kerabu was originated from Asia which contains sour plum, chili sauce, turmeric and lime whereas fish fillet is usually served in Western cuisines. The taste is something new and unique.

Indiana Chicken – RM13.80, The battered chicken was topped with some curry sauce with turmeric, onions and curry leaves and served with the usual side dishes.

I would said instead of Indiana, it should be Indian Chicken Chop. The base as usual was a battered chicken thigh. The top portion was the curry-like gravy. It tasted like the brown sauce has been infused with curry powder and topped with curry leaves. The verdict was it tasted unique with a creative twist.

Home Mushroom Soup – RM5.80,  cooked with various types of mushroom.

The mushroom soup was so thick and rich, and most importantly it was packed with mushroom flavor. This bowl of soup is enough to make you full.

The menu of The Little Chef is as below:

Overall, the taste of the food here was something new with some creative touch from the chef. The price of the food here was considered reasonable and parking should not be a problem here as there are ample parking slots available surrounding this place.

Editor’s Review (5 Stars Rank):

Price (More stars means more affordable)
Food Presentation

Quick Facts:

Family Friendly
Pork Free
Credit Card
Private Room (Private Area)
WIFI Available

Operation hours: 10:30am – 2:30pm; 6:00pm – 10:00pm (Wednesday Closed)
Contact: 012-742 2306
Address: 72-01, 02, Jalan Mahsuri, Arena curve, 11900 George Town, Penang
GPS: 5.3259422,100.2782135

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