Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Kim Haus @ Campbell Street, Georgetown, Penang.

Kim How, one of the earliest Gold Jewelers in Penang; has a 4-storey tall building at Campbell Street but the ground floor of the building has since turned into a cafe cum bar named Kim Haus. The cafe occupies two prime shops on the street and can be easily noticed from far. The place is split into two different concepts: cafe that serves simple Western menu and bar that sells a variety of alcohols. On the cafe, the setting is whimsical with some industrial influence and some mismatched elements from the past (some tools believe to be used  by Gold Smith).  On one corner of the cafe is a small bakery that sells their daily fresh bakes which span across some loaves (Low GI/ Multi-Grain/ Rye), Scottish Scones and Danish Pastries etc. They are freshly baked on a daily basis but the best time to visit would probably be some time before lunch (noon would be ideal), the time when the bread and pastries are fresh out of the oven. 

For Pasta, Coffee Pasta (Rm 18.90) caught my attention, I thought it was rather unique. Apparently a Carbonara-influenced dish with a hint of Coffee added. However, the Coffee element was too weak to be discerned while the overall flavors were quite well-balanced. It was creamy and cheesy with an agreeable amount of saltiness. 2 types of Pork Chorizo were added, one with hard and chewy texture while the other one had a soft but meaty texture. This dish has potential but some refinements are required; Coffee Pasta might be a misnomer unless they could beef up the Coffee factor. 

Waist-watchers may opt to go for their Strawberry Almond Oatly Oat (Rm 9.90), an overnight Oat-inspired dish with aplenty of fresh Fruits (such as Blueberries and Strawberries) topped. No sugar was added but those with a sweet tooth will be glad to know that Honey will also be served along with the cup of Oat. Taste was predictable and there was no surprise element; a good option for the health-concern nevertheless. 

Rye Bread (Half Loaf/ Rm 4.90)

Taste: 7/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service: 7.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Parking: 6/10 (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)
Service Charge: No

Additional Information:
Address: 9 & 11, Lebuh Campbell, 10100, Georgetown, Penang.
Business Hours: 11 am to 2:30 pm; 6 pm to 10:30 pm. Opens Daily.
Contact Number: 016- 330 1515

Map of 11, Lebuh Campbell, George Town, 10200 Pulau Pinang, Malaysia