Friday, July 24, 2015

Tin83 Cafe @ Cantonment Road, Pulau Tikus, Penang.

It comes as no surprise to me when a cafe serves Western menu but Wanton Mee certainly does not come across my mind when it comes to a cafe. Opened for business on 14 July 2015, Tin83 Cafe defies the conventional menu in cafe. It has the hipstery interior decor- hanging light bulbs, fully air-conditioned, coffee machines. In case you are wondering, Tin83 serves Wanton Mee only at present (though they come in different variations- Pork Ribs, Traditional etc). Prices are more than affordable, though inevitably higher than hawkers' standard. Finding a place to park can be a little tricky in that district, especially for lunch hours. Tin83 Cafe is located at Cantonment Road, right beside Bank of China and opposite to Maybank/ Public Bank Cantonment Road.


Traditional Egg Noodles (Rm 7.90)


Century Egg Dumplings (Rm 5.90 for 2 dumplings)

One of the signature dishes by Tin83 would be their Traditional Egg Noodles (Rm 7.90) or... commonly known as Wanton Mee. Like most Wanton Mee, the noodles were evenly coated with sweet, thick Dark Soy Sauce, jeweled with a few slices of Char Siew/ Barbecue Pork Meat, Wanton/ Dumplings, blanched Chinese Cabbage; completed with sprinkles of chopped Scallions. A separate counter was there on my visit, diners can pick up whatever condiments they prefer to be added onto their bowl of Wanton Mee (Yes, Deep Fried Pork Lards, Sambal, chopped Scallions are all refillable). The noodles were carefully cooked to the right texture. The taste was familiar- sweeter than most Wanton Mee in Penang; those who had lunch Wanton Mee at the hawker stalls at Jalan Tengah Flat should be able to relate. Four Wantons were served together with the order- two blanched and two deep fried. We prefer the blanched version over the deep fried version. The former ones were juicy and bouncy, resulting in a satisfyingly meaty bite. The latter ones possessed a crackling crispy texture but the filling was too somewhat too dry and insignificant to my liking.

Century Egg Dumplings were unique and of substantial sizes; two dumplings in a serving with huge Shrimps and Century Egg encased in a thin, smooth pastry skin. The soup was amazing though, overwhelming with the flavor of Dried Flounders, could be one of the answers to the Umami flavor in the soup. A soup that I would not mind to drink on a regular basis. 


Ratings:
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)
Ambiance: 7.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Parking: 5.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Non-Halal
Service Charge: No

Additional Information:
Address: 39C-G, Jalan Cantonment, 10250, Pulau Tikus, Penang.
Business Hours: 11 am to 11 pm. Opens Daily.
Contact Number: 604- 226 1514

Map of Cantonment Court