Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Black Kettle @ Beach Street, Georgetown, Penang.

Weekend brunch is almost like an institution in Penang, a perfect cure over late night hang over for the younger generation but there seems to be an increase in popularity amongst the older generation as well. Perhaps a new means for family bonding. For brunch, try out Black Kettle, this new modern place with a Bakery offers a wonderful assortment of Brunch items. Not only does the menu has the classic French Toast, Egg Ben, Big Breakfast but it has a vast selection of Aussie-influenced items as well. The place is surprisingly spacious with elegant-classy setting. The bistro behind has an intimate setting with eclectic and colorful furniture; while the cafe in front has a cozy/ homey setting with a high-ceiling, allowing natural sunlight to flow in. The master Baker and head Chef's from Germany and they are proud to share with us the cafe procures award-winning Australian Coffee Beans; assuring quality food. Do not expect cheap price tags but you get great quality in return. 

A dramatic and elegant offering, Egg Benedict (Rm 24) is undoubtedly one popular entree in cafes. Black Kettle's was beautifully presented to our table. Sauteed Spinach, Smoked Salmon and a carefully poached Egg atop of soft and fluffy Brioche, doused with a thick, buttery Hollandaise sauce. The whole dish was carefully curated; all of the ingredients were perfectly amalgamated, none of them outshined each other and dominating the scene. The drool-inducing soft-flowing Yolk makes one practically result in a foodgasm. In fear of the Smoked Salmon might be too salty and the sauteed Spinach might be over-seasoned; we were amazed that both passed the test. Everything was reasonably seasoned with care and the texture was well-thought-out. 

Bread monsters have their wish answered, Bread Basket (Rm 14/ comes with a serving of Long Black) sees 4 types (5 pieces) of artisan Bread and freshly made Pastries, served with home-made Marmalade and Blueberry Jam. German Rye, Puff-Pastry Fruit Tart, Pain Au Chocolat and Croissant were served. The Croissant possessed a flaky-crispy texture, though not as buttery as we would have hoped; it worked perfectly well with the Jam. We were quite worried that the puff-pastry Fruit Tart with glazed Fruits might outpass our sugar tolerance level but we were glad that the sweetness was well-balanced. The order of Bread Basket comes with a serving of Long Black; a contenting order best shared by a few. 

British origin, Rhubarb Crumble (Rm 8.50) is a rare sweet treat in Penang (Rhubarb is not easy to source here in Penang), it possessed the quintessential crumbly texture but we were impressed with the filling. We were expecting the Rhubarb Crumble to be sweet but it turned out to be a taste bud charmer; with a gentle but refreshing acidic tilt. No, not even a hint of unpleasant vegetal flavor can be discerned. However, though it works well with a cup of Joe but we thought that it was a tad too dry and monotonous on its own. An optional scoop of icy cold Ice Cream might bring another layer of dimension to the dessert. 

Ricotta Cheese Pancake (Rm 24) 

Aussie Steak Sandwich with Caramelized Onion, Smoked Bacon and Sunny Side Up (Rm 28)

Flat White (Rm 10)

Long Black (comes with the Bread Basket)

Taste: 8/10 (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: 8/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Parking: 6/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good) *We recommend parking your car at the MBPP Car Park few doors away, in front of the entrance to Little India*
Service Charge: No
Tax: Yes 6%

Additional Information:
Address: 105, Beach Street, 10300, Georgetown, Penang. *Right next to the junction of Chulia Street and Beach Street, there's a Fire Station right beside the place.*
Business Hours: 7: 30 am to 11 pm. Opens Daily.
Contact Number: 604- 251 9270

Map of 105, Beach St, Georgetown, 10300 George Town, Penang, Malaysia