Hidden gem of yummy delights by Helen Ong

06 June 2013, Penang Tourism News
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TUCKED away in the lobby of the Georgetown City (formerly Berjaya) Hotel in 1-Stop Midlands, Pulau Tikus, Penang, this unassuming coffee house — The Cafe — is actually a hidden gem.

Although there are à la carte profferings, the coffee house, led by executive chef Lyndon Lee, also has some great value buffet spreads.

On Saturdays and Sundays, there’s their International Buffet Lunch (RM30++pp, RM22++ children and senior citizens). Families with young kids will particularly enjoy this on Sundays as there will be a clown performance and colouring competition.

On Sunday evenings, it’s their popular International Buffet Dinner (RM40++, RM26++ children and senior citizens), with a good choice of hot dishes from different parts of the world.

As Chef Lee used to work in Bangkok, he is planning to introduce some interesting Thai dishes — Thai Roast Duck with basil-scented brown sauce, for example, or Thai Stuffed Chicken.

There’s always a selection of salads, chilled meats or local rojak for starters, and an ‘action station’ with dishes like Curry Mee, Assam Laksa or some other local hawker delight. Also, don’t forget to check out Chef Lee’s Clear Tomyam Noodle Soup.

A Grill Station is situated near the entrance where a good selection of marinated meats and accompanying sauces is laid out for your delectation.

There’s their equally popular Oriental Buffet (RM25++ pp, RM20++ per child or senior citizen) available on Thursday and Friday evenings, which highlights Teochew Porridge specialities.

“It’s the sort you might find at roadside porridge stalls,” said Chef Lee.

It comes with a large selection of condiments including pei tan (century egg), pickled vegetables and other typical salty side dishes that are usually eaten with this traditional staple. There are also at least 12 hot mains on offer as well.

To round off the hearty meal, there’s a good choice of cakes and other sweets.

Go for the ice-cream with assorted flavours and on certain days, ice kacang, together with fresh tea or coffee.

From June 1, there will be a slightly different theme on offer — the Steamboat & Grill Buffet, where for just RM39++ and RM29++ for children and senior citizens, there’ll be a large selection of steamboat ingredients to choose from.

“Each table will have a partitioned steamboat with two stocks at the table,” said The Cafe’s food and beverage manager Arthur Thomas.

To top off the reasonable prices, for every 10 people eating, the 11th person gets to eat free.

So, for this Father’s Day on June 16, head over to The Cafe to try out the International Buffet Lunch (RM48++, RM38++ children and senior citizens).

There’ll be games and prizes to be won and dear daddy will also receive a complimentary mocktail and a packet of imported Arabic coffee.

The Cafe
Georgetown City Hotel
1-Stop Midlands Park
Burmah Road
10350 Penang
Tel: +604 227 7111
Buffet hours: 6.30pm-10pm

Courtesy of visitpenang.gov.my