Budan's Brew Coffeebar @ Argus Lane, Georgetown, Penang.
Budan's Brew Coffeebar is definitely a delightful addition to Penang's cafe scene- cozy ambiance with relaxed vibe; freshly brewed coffee with simple but delectable snacks/ food and friendly staff. Step into the cafe and you will be greeted by the strong but comforting wind, as though the cafe is equipped with a natural air-conditioner but beware, one may easily fall asleep in the cafe! Their menu is simple but earnest with a couple of Breakfast/ Brunch choices and daily fresh bakes. While their ambiance does impress me but what gets me excited were the wallet-friendly price tags, especially with the soft-opening promotion. I do see this place a charming spot to enjoy their range of lovely snacks and breakfast set, as well as to have a cup of their carefully brewed coffee. It can be a little tricky to find this place, from Farquhar Street moving towards Penang Road, turn into Love Lane and make a left turn to the first junction (into Argus Lane); you should be able to find this place somewhere in the middle of those heritage houses.
Their Chocolate Roll (Rm 3) interlaced with Chocolate Syrup is a noteworthy choice. Served at the right temperature, the Chocolate Roll was ethereal, flaky and crisp pastry skin with not overly sweeten Chocolate oozing out. No, it was not overly drown by Chocolate but it has a perfect ratio of Chocolate to the pastry skin, not too sweet so one does not get surfeited easily. A perfect complement to a cup of Coffee. This is definitely one worth-recommending item at Budan's!
Bread lovers would be excited to see all these fluffy freshly baked specialties over the displaying counter. We had their Laugen/ Lye Roll (Had it with their soft opening promotion/ Rm 10 for a bread and a cup of Coffee) and Croissant (Rm 3.50). Every order of the bread comes with Unsalted Butter and Heinz's Fruit Jam. The Laugen Roll was fluffy with a slightly chewy exterior but it paled as compared to their Croissant. The well-executed Croissant was flaky and crisp, with a strong buttery flavor within; the huge-sized Croissant is as good as a meal on its own!
Green Tea Latte with complimentary Biscotti (Rm 10)
Taste: 8/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Price: 8/10 (1-3 expensive, 4-7 average, 8-10 cheap)
Service: 7/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Ambiance: 8/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Parking: 6/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service Charge: No
Government Tax: No
Pork-Free and Wifi Available
Address: 2, Lorong Argus, 10200 Georgetown, Penang.
Business Hours: 8:30am to 10pm. Opens Daily.
Contact Number: 604- 261 3930