Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Big Ben Breakfast @ Waterfall Road, Botanical Garden, Penang.

When one mentions about having Western breakfast in Penang, many will be suggesting this place- Big Ben Breakfast. Being a glutton, its ashamed that I have yet to try their food after so many years, finally, I've found a time to hunt for it, the place where many people raved about! Location for Big Ben Breakfast is rather obscure and inconspicuous, from Jalan Kebun Bunga heading towards Botanical Garden, look for a touristy area on your right, Big Ben Breakfast is sitting at one of those hawker stalls. I've also heard of the ingenuine service here but the service provided to us during our visit was perfectly okay. However, I thought their foods were very greasy and unhealthy, nothing to shout over for their foods either. I am not too sure if it worth the calories but definitely not for me. Do try this place out if you are looking for an oily but ordinary breakfast. 



Big Ben Breakfast Set (Rm 7.50) comes with 2 slices of Toasts, heavily slathered with Butter, a Sunny side-up, a halved Tomato, a slice of Bacon, Ham, Sausage and some Baked Beans. If you must know.... Yes, it's an ordinary breakfast set where you can get it done at your own kitchen. It was a huge surprise that they actually poached the egg using oil, the result is a smooth sunny side-up with a runny egg yolk. Good to taste but bad for health. The Baked Beans were literally "swimming" in a lake of oil. My only relief was their Chicken Sausage, which was quite good. Nevertheless. I thought it was just a very normal breakfast set and definitely not recommended. 


On the other hand, this Set B (Rm 6) shared the same ingredients as "Big Ben Breakfast Set" except the Bacon. Similarly, it was way too oily to my liking. Slowly indulge in their thickly buttered Toast and you will get your lips glistening as though you have applied some lip moisturizer. 


Ratings:
Taste: 6/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good) *No complaints nor surprises in terms of taste but it did not pass the oiliness test*
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: 8/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Ambiance: 6/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good) *Limited Seats*
Service Charge: No
Government Tax: No

Additional Information:
Address: Gerai 1 (Big Ben Breakfast), Jalan Kebun Bunga, 10350, Georgetown, Penang. 
Business Hours: 8am to 3pm. Closed on every Tuesday. 
Contact Number: N/A


Fortunately, a respite from the oiliness. Served to us warm, Bibi's Chapati (Rm 5.40/ 2 pieces of Chapati and a Chicken Drumstick) was fluffy but slightly thicker to my liking. As watery as the Curry seems, it was actually quite flavorful and toothsome to our surprise. The Chicken was cooked till fork-tender, as well as the Potato; albeit not mind-blowing, but their Chapati is definitely a worth-savoring dish if you are around the vicinity. My vote for the "Best Chapati" still goes to Sulaiman's Chapati at Taman Tun Sardon, Gelugor. 


Ratings:
Taste: 7/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Price: 7/10 (1-3 expensive, 4-7 average, 8-10 cheap)
Service: 7.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Parking: 8/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Ambiance: 6/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good) *Limited Seats*
Service Charge: No
Government Tax: No

Additional Information:
Address: Gerai 6 (Bibi's Chapati Corner), Jalan Kebun Bunga, 10350, Georgetown, Penang. 
Business Hours: 7am to 2pm. Closed on every Monday. 
Contact Number: 6012- 407 8378

Jalan Kebun Bunga, Georgetown, 10350 Pulau Pinang, Malaysia