Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Love A Loaf Bakery Cafe @ The One, Bayan Baru, Penang.

Love a Loaf is no ordinary bakery, their concept is simple- customers get to purchase their freshly baked artisan bread and have a sip on their skillfully brewed coffee on the spot. The bakery cum cafe concept may be common in other states of Malaysia but it is not too commonly seen in Penang just yet. Unlike any bakery next door, this humble bakery sells a rather unique range of Bread and Pastries at unrivaled prices; Strawberry Yogurt Sweet Bread, Cranberry Cream Cheese, Japanese Matcha Mochi, Fromage, Croissant Danish are some of the notable choices. A light push on the classy glass door and you will be greeted with a faint aroma of Bread and Pastries. Apart of their daily fresh bakes, Cakes are also available and guests may have a preview at the refrigerated counter. Despite they may not have the perfect setting for you to wind down, the bakery is a good place to have a quick afternoon tea and catch up with your friends. Love a Loaf Bakery Cafe is one of the new tenants of The One at Bayan Baru (facing the open-space car park). 

Ken's suggestion: It will be the best if you could make your visit there between 12pm to 1pm, that's the time where all the Bread and Pastries are available and freshness is guaranteed. 

Japanese Matcha Mochi (Rm 3.50) is definitely one of the most brilliant creations ever. Chewy Mochi/ Japanese Glutinous Rice Cake sheathed in a soft and pillowy Matcha Bun. The Mochi provides another layer of dimension to the otherwise predictable texture by giving the bun a chewy yet fluffy texture. The filling was again Matcha Red Beans which gave the bun a mellow sweetness and further strengthen the Matcha flavor. It was absolutely lovely and toothsome. 

I could not resist myself from ordering their Bonjour! Cheesy Slice (Rm 3.80). A generously sliced Bread being stuffed with Chicken Ham and topped with a sliver of Cheese, torched to a crisp. I ravaged the soft and crispy pastry with just a rough cut through the bread. I did enjoy the texture but there was nary a taste of Chicken Ham though I did manage to bite some. Also, I thought it could be cheesier. 

It was not my lucky day, Buttery Almond Danish (Rm 3) was the only option available for their Danish-series (it was too early back then). Buttery, flaky and crispy Danish topped with Almond flakes and carries a mellow but discernible sweetness. It may seem nice but nothing was too overly exciting for me. No, not that I am complaining but I would not make a special trip there just for this. My heart still goes to Japanese Matcha Mochi.

Taste: 7.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service: 8/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Price: 7.5/10 (1-3 expensive, 4-7 average, 8-10 cheap)
Ambiance: 7.5/10 (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

Additional Information:
Address: 1-1-16, Tingkat Mahsuri, 11950, Bayan Lepas, Penang. (The One)
Business Hours: 10am to 10pm. Opens Daily.
Contact Number: 604- 645 9089

Tingkat Mahsuri, 11950 Bayan Lepas, Pulau Pinang