42° La Bohéme @ Sri Bahari Road, Penang.
** This place has since ceased its operation.**
In the bustling heart of Georgetown area, there is this humble little French Bakery/Pastries opened few years ago, which serves authentic French pastries and desserts. The whole place is being operated a couple of husband (Mathieu) and wife (Huvi); 42° La Bohéme only opens at afternoon (from 10:30am to 6pm), making it a perfect place for afternoon tea and a light lunch/meal. This place has a homely ambiance too, wooden tables and classic chairs. Some magazines and antiques were spotted around the corner of the restaurant as well. You can find plenty of the French specialties here too, namely Pizzas, Quiches and Galettes. If you are someone who are always looking for something light, there are always a various choices of salads for you too. As for pastries, there were not a lot of choices during our visit, some of the notable ones are Apple Tarts, Pear Tarts, Pain Au Chocolat, Croissant etc. We did see some Crème brûlée in the fridge as well. Price-wise, I find most of them reasonable considering the huge portion we are getting but the price for the beverages will be on the steeper side tho they are still acceptable (prices are net). Service was a bit slow during our visit, probably due to there were just two of them working, so you have to bear with that if you are visiting during peak hours (particularly lunch hour). My overall experience on the food was very good, I will definitely come back for other dishes as well.
We did not order too much, these two were our attempts for our day. We opted for this Chicken Quiche for Rm14 instead of others namely Salmon Quiche (Rm16), Vegetables Quiche (Rm12) etc. Every single order of Quiche comes with a small serving of salad. To my liking, the salad dressing was very appetizing and refreshing, similarly to most salad dressings, it was sourish but comes with a hint of sweetness, which complemented the fresh greens pretty well. It was my first attempt on Quiches, Quiches are oven-baked dish made of cream/egg/cheese in a pastry crust. At first glance, I thought this dish will be very creamy and cheesy, but I was wrong, it worked perfectly well with the salad, the sourness within the salad dressing balanced the creaminess well and I must admit, that these two made a perfect combination. Recommended.
As for dessert, we had this Apple Tart (Rm 8) as well. The pie was beautifully done, with the top layer being perfectly caramelized, the Apple Tart brings a very unique flavor, with a balance between sweet and sour. Don't get cheated by its shiny appearance, the tart was not sweet at all. It may look very sweet, but it was not. The sweetness was just alright for us, not to mention that the tart was full of the aroma of apples, with a hint of some almond flavor (not sure about this but I did taste something similarly to almond).
Taste: 8/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Price: 7/10 (1-3 expensive, 4-7 average, 8-10 cheap)
Service: 6.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Parking: 5.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service Charge: No
Government Tax: No
Address: 42, Jalan Sri Bahari, 10050, Georgetown, Penang. (Few doors away from The Ship Western Restaurant)
Business Hour: 10:30am to 6:00pm. Closed on every Monday.
Contact Number: 017- 976 2153