My Voice Cafe & Studio @ Bay Avenue, Bayan Baru, Penang.
The power of social media sites is beyond one's imagination, something interesting will go viral in a glimpse of an eye. I have seen many posted about this place on Instagram and I thought it will be great for me to check it out. Arrived at 11:50am on a Saturday morning, the place was throng with people, long queue was sighted right in front of the restaurant in which I presumed they were here for the Big Bowl Ramen. My Voice Cafe & Studio is actually a sister restaurant to Lolipot at Bay Avenue. Seats were quickly filled up and the unfortunate ones will be invited over to Lolipot and yours truly was one of the unlucky ones. Apart of their Big Bowl Ramen, My Voice Cafe & Studio has some Japanese rice dishes and noodles to offer too if you must know. Advance reservation is strongly recommended should you are interested to try the Big Bowl Ramen.
It took them slightly more than an hour to serve the Ramen, it was understandable considering the long queue and massive orders. However, the place (Lolipot) might not be an ideal spot to wait for a few good reasons: flimsy stools, weak air-conditioner and limited choices for beverages (Lolipot and My Voice Cafe & Studio serve different menu of beverages). The heat-intolerant might be frustrated with the air-conditioner especially with the sultry tropical heat.
Gekikara/ Seafood Ramen (Serving Portion: 3 person)
Everyone seems to be there for their Big Bowl Ramen (Rm 35 for 2 person, Rm 49 for 3 person, Rm 62 for 4 person and Rm 72 for 5 person). Diners are also to choose between 4 flavors- Beef Chili, Gekikara/ Seafood, Buta Kakuni and Pork Mayo. There will be a scale for the spiciness as well, diners are to choose from level 0 to 20, in which level 0 being non-spicy and level 20 being the hottest.
We opted for their Gekikara Seafood Ramen with a level 3 spiciness. We were, of course, amused by the serving portion of the Ramen and the gigantic bowl. However, I was quite disappointed to learn that there were not much ingredients inside- Pork slices, Squid, Cabbages, Black Fungus and Onions; there was only one type of Seafood which makes me wonder why they named it as Seafood Ramen. The broth was actually flavorful with a hint of spiciness and indelible sweetness, however, the sweetness was a little too artificial to my liking; also, the Ramen noodles did not turn out as springy as I would have hoped.
Was my one-hour-wait worth it, you asked. No, overall, I thought it was more to a gimmick and picturesque for using an exceptionally large bowl to serve the noodles; other than that, the Ramen was disappointingly average and I am not sure if I will come back for more.
Yours truly and the super-sized bowl of Ramen
Taste: 6.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service: 6/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Price: 7/10 (1-3 expensive, 4-7 average, 8-10 cheap)
Ambiance: 6/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Parking: 7/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service Charge: Yes 10%
Government Tax: No
Address: C-5-1, Lorong Bayan Indah 3 (Bay Avenue), 11900, Bayan Lepas, Penang.
Business Hours: 12pm to 3pm, 6pm to 12am. Opens Daily.
Contact Number: 604- 645 5100