The Library Coffee Bar @ Alma, Bukit Mertajam, Penang.
The developing town of Alma (at Bukit Mertajam) welcomes the 7th branch of a renown coffee specialist in Malaysia- The Library Coffee Bar. Located at the new commercial area- Impiana Gallery opposite Tesco Alma, the double storey shoplot will be a great place to hang out for the cafe hoppers nearby. The Library Coffee Bar has quite an extensive menu, featuring not only mains but appetizers and desserts too. The place is nicely decorated according to the theme- with books scatteredly placed on brightly colored book racks and comfortable couches. However, seats were very limited on our visit (probably due to the overwhelming crowd on Friday evening) and the service was rather slow. Nevertheless, this is one of the few places that I would not mind to drop by again.
Blueberry Fresh Fruit Waffle (Rm 13.50) was nicely done- fluffy, soft with crispy edges but the dollops of whipped cream ruined the entire dish. The Waffle was served to us hot which was great but it also speeds up the melting process of the whipped cream. It is advisable to enjoy the Waffle lest the whipped cream messes up the whole dish. Flavors were alright, the Blueberries did not do much justice to the dish and I reckon Ice Cream might be a better replacement to whipped cream.
An intriguing sweet treat- Kaya Banana Wanton (Rm 9.90 for six). Filo, the thin French pastry skin was used instead of the usual Wanton skin. The marriage between Kaya/ Coconut Jam and Banana was brilliant (probably with a touch of Thai-influence), though inevitably sweet but the aromatic Coconut flavor works perfectly well with Banana while the crispy Filo added another layer of dimension to the sweet treat. A good substitute to the usual slice of Cake.
We could not resist the temptation so we settled with a slice of Chocolate Rum Cake (Rm 10.50). The Cake was moist with a hint of Rum but not as Chocolaty as we wished. It did not hit us with a huge surprise, a pretty standard-average one.
I am easily attracted to anything black and I knew I just had to order their Spicy Thai Bamboo Noodles (Rm 12.90), dressed with a pungent, tangy, spicy and garlicky sour-sweet sauce. The Thai-influence dish has traces of Thai cold noodles but we were not impressed with the Bamboo Noodles, I thought they were too soft and lacked of a bite. The dressing, on the other hand, was not entirely great either, I did not like it for being too acidic. Probably something that I would not order again.
Taste: 7/10 (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 5%
Government Tax: No
Address: 2333, Impiana Gallery, Jalan Rozhan, Alma, 14000, Bukit Mertajam, Penang.
Business Hours: 10 am to 12 am. Opens Daily.
Contact Number: 604- 548 5539