Chow Thye Road, a short slip road off the bustling Burmah Road in the heart of Penang, has been drawing a lot of traffic lately thanks to the cafes and restaurants there. An Aussie-influenced Cafe- Yella Fork, is one of the latest members to join in. The Chef (who is one of the partners of Yella Fork) has honed her culinary skills in Melbourne, brought some of her proud creations back (their signature Chicken Pie is one of them). Painted in Yellow, the entire cafe cum restaurant exudes a very warm and pleasant atmosphere; same goes to their hospitable attention to guests. Budget watchers will be glad to know that their dishes are reasonably priced. One of the great places to get quality solid food at a well-subsidized price.
One of their best-sellers, Pie In The Sky (Rm 15) was lovely. Unlike the usual Pies that we can find here in Penang, Yella Fork's comes with a crispy and flaky pastry skin; creamy-herbaceous Chicken filling. It was served to us piping hot, together with some home-made Salsa-Tomato sauce as well as some Rockets as sides. I did not understand why the Salsa sauce until I took a bite, together with the Pie. It was a match made in heaven; the gentle acidity cuts through the creaminess of the filling, granting it a more refreshing bite. The Rockets, on the other hand, were dressed with their home-made Balsamic dressing, completed with julienned Carrots and Onions.
Pork lovers might wish to go for Pork It Right (Rm 14.50)- a Thai-influenced dish with Roasted Pork, Spaghetti and diced Capsicum. Somewhat akin to Aglio Olio, probably a slightly sweeter version, the noodles were imbued with a delightful Pork-Lard flavor. If you must know, the Roasted Pork was not crispy, instead, a chewy-resilient texture. Something different than those conventional Pasta dishes.
Another pasta dish, Rasta Beefsta (Rm 14.50) paled in comparison with Pork It Right. The Pasta was given a quick stir in their Bolognese-likeTomato sauce, Beef and diced Carrots. The Spaghetti was a little overcooked (not too slouchy), I thought it could be a little more al-dente. Also, the texture of meat was somewhat rough to my liking, I would prefer a more tender and juicier bite. Carrots, on the other hand, were slightly undercooked, the vege-sweetness was not as intense as I would have hoped.
Taste: 7/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good) * 8/10 for the Pie*
Service: 7.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Price: 7/10 (1-3 expensive, 4-7 average, 8-10 cheap)
Ambiance: 7/10 (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
Address: 27A, Jalan Chow Thye, 10050, Georgetown, Penang.
Business Hours: 11 am to 10 pm. Closed on every Sunday.
Contact Number: 604- 228 8910