Monday, March 14, 2016

Cafe Lagenda @ Campbell Street, Georgetown, Penang.

It is not often you find authentic traditional Malay delicacies in cafes... especially in Penang. Should you find yourself stranded in Georgetown and yearning for Malay-Indonesian food... make your way to Cafe Legenda. Opened for less than half a year, Cafe Lagenda is housed within one of the old shops along Campbell Street. It has an interesting menu that features traditional Malay-eats or Western-Fusion dishes with a touch of Oriental. The waiting time could be long... as the Chef insists on using fresh ingredients so you could really taste the powerful punch of those Herbs and Spices. The place is simple but cozily decorated, though we would prefer the air-conditioners to work better. The atmosphere is generally quite relaxed, probably due to the large space and high ceiling. Their effort in making the dishes more presentable is most commendable.

Gado-Gado (Rm 16)

Ikan Bakar Rice Set (Rm 20)

Ayam Penyet Rice Set (Rm 22)

Cafe Lagenda's Rice Set is most visually-appealing and picturesque. Every Rice Set is served with a wooden boat-shaped Congkak-like box; those are the condiments and side dishes to go with the main (such as Winged Beans/ Cucumber/ shredded Omelette). Rice is dyed with Butterfly-Pea but the real draw of the dish would be their home-made Sambal. It possessed a refreshing tangy-acidic tilt... backed by a flavorful spicy punch. Both Ikan Bakar and Ayam Penyet were expertly marinated and carefully grilled to perfection. Gado-Gado on the other hand, was less-impressive. The sauce did not manage to excite us, the Tempeh was not as crispy and crunchy as we hoped either. Also, the Fried items were a tad greasy to our liking.... but the portion was big enough for the 5 of us to share though.

Sago Do-Re-Mi (Rm 6)

Banana Bakar (Rm 8)

Desserts were on the house, Banana Bakar was surprisingly simple; it did not take us too long to figure out the taste and it tasted exactly like what we have been expecting. The Bananas were caramelized with Palm Sugar and sprinkled with desiccated Coconut, jeweled with a scoop of Vanilla Ice Cream. It was nice but not good enough to wow us. Sago Do Re Mi may be a little more unique, three differently flavored Sago-cups served with Palm Sugar and Coconut Cream. We enjoyed the texture but not particularly overwhelmed by the taste; the delightful smoky-burnt aroma of the Palm Sugar did not shine and did not manage to complement the sweet treat.

Kelaman Roasted Chicken (Rm 22)

Massaman Curry Pasta (Rm 26)

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)
Parking: 6/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Ambiance: 7/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service Charge: Yes 10%
Government Tax: No

Additional Information:
Address: 43, Campbell Street, 10100, Georgetown, Penang.
Business Hours: 8 am to 11 pm. Closed on Tuesdays.
Contact Number: 604- 261 2293
Cafe Lagenda Facebook Page