Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Espresso Lab @ Queensbay Mall, Penang.

I am sure coffee lovers will be quite familiar with the brand name of Espresso Lab (some cafes are using their beans in Penang) and it is certainly exciting to have their cafe opened here in Penang. As the name would imply, Espresso Lab specializes in brewing coffees, using their own brand of coffee beans. Menu and prices are different in different outlets, while the one in Queensbay Mall, it does not serve any sandwiches nor mains. Their coffees are great but they certainly need some improvements on the cakes and pastries. 

Espresso Lab has a few types of Cakes and Pastries available but they are not baked in house (likely to obtain from other sources). I had Oreo Cheese Cake (Rm 14) which has a very soft texture, in fact, too soft to my liking. It was quite cheesy but I did not like the blending of both flavors, it could be just me but it just does not feel right. Portion, however, was larger than the other 2 types of cakes ordered. 

Their Carrot Cake (Rm 14) was sublime- moist, carroty, perfect ratio of cream cheese, it has certainly ticked all the boxes to a good slice of Carrot Cake. However, a slipshod preparation caused the cake to be improperly sliced. Also, I thought the portion was a little small for that price.

On the other hand, I was quite disappointed with their Red Velvet Cake (Rm 14), it was dry and stale, as though it was left there for a week. Flavor-wise, was quite well-balanced in terms of sweetness. It will be great if it could come in a bigger portion (for that price tag) and more moist in terms of texture. 

Latte (Rm 11)

Taste: 7/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service: 7/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Price: 6.5/10 (1-3 expensive, 4-7 average, 8-10 cheap)
Ambiance: 7/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Parking: 7/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service Charge: No
Government Tax: No

Additional Information:
Address: 1F 153 & 153A, Queensbay Mall, 1, Pesiaran Bayan Indah, 11900, Bayan Lepas, Penang.
Business Hours: 10am to 10pm. Opens Daily.
Contact Number: 6012- 459 0145