Cafe Muscolo @ Kampung Malabar, Georgetown, Penang.
**Update: Cafe Muscolo has since ceased its business operations.**
There are and will be a few new cafes sprouting out in Penang lately but I am amazed by Cafe Muscolo's adventurous yet ingenious concept- to create a space that embodies both gym and cafe as well as to promote healthy living. Hardcore gym fans have no excuses to skip gym now as they get to reward themselves with a nutritious, healthy, guilt-less yet protein-packed meal at the cafe. The second floor will be turned into a gym while the Cafe on ground floor is ready to serve the public. The brilliant idea speaks for itself; the cafe needs not to have fanciful frills, in fact, the decor is minimalist with basic tables and chairs, a few ironic motivational workout prints and posters. They have a small menu at present but more dishes will be added in the near future. Stay tuned to their Facebook Page for more updates. Cafe Muscolo is located at Kampung Malabar, somewhere near to Cintra Lane.
A vegetarian option in Cafe Muscolo, Flaming Aglio Olio (Rm 14.90) hits the palate with a burning chili kick; evidently seen from the Bird's Eye Chilies. If you thought vegetarian Aglio Olio could be monotonous, think again. Cafe Muscolo created the multi-dimensional taste by adding a chock-full of sweet and crunchy greens- Zucchini, Capsicum, Baby Corn, Olives, Shimeiji Mushrooms, handful of finely chopped Garlic with a touch of Thai Basil. The Chef managed to get the flavors right- reasonably seasoned with al-dente Spaghetti, presence of spiciness, herbaceous aroma and vege-sweetness.
Carefully selected, the Carrot Cake (Rm 9) sourced from some bakery was quite good. It was rich with Cinnamon flavor and the texture was moist, further enhanced by the generously used Walnuts, Raisins and of course, the shredded Carrot. Better go to with a cup of Joe as the cake itself might be a little too sweet for me, the cake derives the sweetness from its Cream Cheese Frosting.
Green Crush (Rm 12.90) with Balsamic Vinaigrette and Yogurt
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: 7/10 (1-3 expensive, 4-7 average, 8-10 cheap)
Parking: 7/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Ambiance: 7.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service Charge: No
Government Tax: No
Additional Information:Address: 4, Jalan Kampung Malabar, 10100, Georgetown, Penang.
Business Hours: 12 pm to 12 am. Opens Daily.Contact Number: 604- 261 2163