The Shinise/ Sekeping Pinang @ Lebuh Melayu, Georgetown, Penang.
In a charming historic building along Lebuh Melayu, heartland of Georgetown is a new member to the Sekeping group... Similarly to other members under the same group, it is designed as a lodging house that seeks to exude the sense of nostalgia and to allow its lodgers to have a taste to stay in one of these pre-war heritage houses in Penang. We visited the in-house cafe named The Shinise; still at its soft-launch state, the cafe does not have much to offer but the customary Cup of Joe and some cakes/ sandwiches. The setting is uncharacteristically cozy with classic and familiar aspects; one good example would be grandma's favorite rattan chairs that provide unexplained level of comfortness. The place has no air-conditioners at all, making it uncomfortable for the heat-intolerant to visit in a sultry hot afternoon. Sekeping Pinang is not easy to notice, it can be seen right opposite to the newly opened Ghost Museum on the same road.
We did not have much options to choose from... so we decided to stick to the basics. Our pick was Baker's Croissant with Avocado (Rm 15), flaky and buttery Croissant were halved and sandwiched with fresh Avocado and a dash of Lemon Juice as well as a sprinkle of Black Pepper. It was simple and straight-forward but probably a tad too direct for us; we would personally prefer to include some meat elements into the Sandwich as well as introducing a more generous sprinkle of Black Pepper. The peppery taste was too soft to be discerned. It could perhaps, cause surfeit if one were to finish it entirely on his/ her own.
Flat White (Rm 9)
Taste: 7/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service: 7/10 (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
Address: 62, Lebuh Melayu, 10100, Georgetown, Penang.
Business Hours: 8 am to 7 pm. Closed on Mondays.
Contact Number: 6012- 565 5707