Tavern In The Park @ Hin Bus Depot, Georgetown, Penang.
It's no secret that Penang has fallen in love to start the weekend with a good brunch but with so many non-descript brunch spots available in town, attempt to sell all things to all palates (like the usual Big Breakfast and friends); Tavern In The Park's menu is a breath of fresh air. The location could not be more strategic and appropriate; housed in a wooden cottage furnished with classic tables and chairs embellished with glasses... within the artsy space of Hin Bus Depot. The entire area was well-designed, with an open-kitchen, a swing and a beautiful garden; exuding a relaxed and laid-back vibe. While the place is fully air-conditioned, it can be rather warm especially in a sultry hot afternoon. On the menu, Crostini immediately caught our attention, especially with many choices available and reasonably priced. We predict the place will be a hit amongst the late wakers.
**UPDATE: The place has since ceased its business operations.**
It excites us like a kid when we knew they serve Crostini (A Set of Three/ Rm 18) and we did not hesitate to try their Blueberry & Strawberry, Smoked Salmon and Three-Mushrooms Crostini. The Smoked Salmon was alright, though not outstanding, the fish did carry a hint of smokiness without any fish stench. The bread on the other hand, was absolutely perfect in this case. It has crunchy edges with fluffy inner body but the spot light of the day goes to the Three-Mushroom; the earthy flavor was so intense that it exploded in our mouth while the sliver of Cheese enhanced instead of over-shadowing the Mushrooms. I would not hold back to chomp down four or five of these. The sweet variant we had was Blueberry and Strawberry, drizzled over Honey. It was lovely with an agreeable sweetness but not mind-blowingly good.
Tavern in the Park boasts about their artisan burgers and strongly recommended us to try their signature burger- Mango Mint Chutney Burger with Fries (Rm 22). True enough, the burger did live up to expectation. The Beef patty was delicately seasoned and carefully cooked to the right doneness. It was bursting with meat juices; the Mango Mint Chutney was an exemplary display for the Asian-twist, introducing a fruity, sweet and spicy dimension to the meat. The Cheese was gently melted to the right ooziness as well. If that is not enough, you may drench your patty with the complimentary Ketchup, Chili and Barbecue sauce.
Taste: 7.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
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: 7.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Parking: 7/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service Charge: No
Address: Hin Bus Depot Art Centre, 125, Jalan Timah, 10050, Georgetown, Penang.
Business Hours: 10 am to 10 pm. Opens Daily.
Contact Number: 604- 218 9394