Previously operating in Island Glade, O&N Kopitiam (GPS: 5.38591,100.30409) is now re-located to few metres away near Gembira Parade, same row with US Pizza. It is definitely no stranger to residents nearby but just to be fair, let’s re-introduce this well-known coffee shop.
Albeit swamped with works, we decided to take a break by visiting Saigon Bowl (GPS: 5.41764,100.34232) one evening for a bowl of Pho (pronounced as “for”). Perhaps it was due to OktoberFest. parking was still a challenge despite after working hour and we parked our car one street away. Fortunately, the dinner was sanguine.
MC5TIME (GPS: 5.32575,100.27081) is operated by a Chinese family previously owning a franchise cafe at Carnarvon Street in George Town. Due to some internal issues, the family decided to move forward by opening their own cafe – MC5TIME. The new cafe is shy away from main road and is located same row with 三國果條湯 (3 Kingdom Koay Teow Th’ng) in Sungai Ara.
Promenade is a new commercial-residential building located between D’Piazza and Elit Avenue, so new that the parking is still free and only few shops are currently opened, including Yin’s WholeFood Manufactory (GPS: 5.32398,100.28224). Yin’s latest establishment is a “cafe+organic shop” concept in which other than dining in, you can shop for organic products at Zenxin Organic Food Malaysia next to the cafe.
With restaurants come and go in Elit Avenue, Bayan Baru, Penang, sometimes we think our “Publish this post” button is equivalent to “Close this business” in which restaurants closed for good (for whatever reasons) the moment we publish our post. Break n Eat Cafe (GPS: 5.32211,100.28222), however, is a dark horse.
Wake up early in the morning during weekend and looking for breakfast in Penang island? Other than Dim Sum and coffee shops, there are not many choices especially if you are looking for a cozy cafe for a sip of coffee. Located few shops away from Da Shu Xia Seafood Restaurant 大树下海鲜饭店 at Victoria Street, Nyonya Delights Cafe (GPS: 5.41397,100.33947) is an accidental discovery and since then, we visited it three times for breakfast.
After Thai restaurants, Vietnamese restaurants show significant grow in Penang in recent years. Saigon House Cuisine (GPS: 5.42152,100.33164) is located at Sri Bahari Road (same road in which The Ship and Foong Wei Heong Restaurant 风味小食馆 are located) occupying a unit of the renovated heritage shoplot. It was one evening when we were craving for Tomyam and planned to visit a Thai Fusion Cafe at Sri Bahari Road, just to find out that the cafe was under renovation. As a result, we walked few shops away and stumbled upon this Vietnamese restaurant. No Thai, Vietnamese also OK.
For people living in the mainland, now you no need to travel across the sea, facing unthinkable traffic of George Town for “sandwich-on-chair” by Loaf U as the cafe now has an outlet in Bukit Mertajam and Butterworth respectively. We stumbled upon Loaf U Butterworth in Teras Jaya Business Park near Raja Uda (GPS: 5.43372,100.38936) when we were hunting for breakfast recently.
Since Arena Curve near Olive Tree Hotel imposed paid parking system, cheapskates like us seldom visit this new commercial building in Bayan Baru. Still you can park your vehicle outside the private compound for free. Fortunately, Vege Delight (GPS: 5.32601,100.28006) in Arena Curve is located just opposite of Arang Coffee and we walked our way to this new restaurant one evening for some “Choo Char” dishes in vegetarian way.