Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Chop Chin Hin Hardware Cafe (振兴号) @ Alora Hotel, Bukit Jambul, Penang.

Ever since B-Suite Hotel (at Bukit Jambul) re-branded (or restructured) to Alora Hotel, the newly refurnished hotel welcomes a few restaurants. The hotel is now under the portfolio of Chin Hin Group and we were not surprised why Chop Chin Hin Hardware Cafe was introduced. We expected heavy industrial elements to be seen in the cafe but there nary of them. While some items on the menu do carry the "hardware" name but they have got no actual correlation between the items offered and the name. The menu is small and could only offer some basic Sandwiches, Cakes and Waffles. Ambiance's calm with a restful vibe suitable for casual meet-ups or business meetings. Service was great with the staff paying greatest attention to details. A contrary to what we have experienced at Franco, the restaurant next door. Chop Chin Hin Hardware Cafe is an in-house cafe housed within Alora Hotel Penang (right next to Franco). 

English Waffle with Black Sesame Ice Cream and Fruit Compote (Rm 12)

Our visit was shortly after dinner and we did not want something heavy. English Waffle was the perfect item for the few of us to share. Their rendition comes with two small scoops of Black Sesame Ice Cream and Fruit Compote. The Waffle was thin and nicely done, it was light and crispy the way we like. They were generous with the Fruit Compote- a good mix of both tropical fruits and Berries; delicately sweetened to complement the Waffle. The Black Sesame Ice Cream is not to be forsaken as well. The flavor was good and they did a good job in selecting the flavor, at least not the predictable Chocolate or Vanilla combination. The Ice Cream was good on its own but even better to go with the crispy Waffle and fruity Compote. Pretty good value I must say.

Complimentary Cold Pressed Fruit Juice 

Cappuccino (Rm 10)

Americano (Rm 8)

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)
Price: 7/10 (1-3 expensive, 4-7 average, 8-10 cheap)
Parking: 6.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Ambiance: 7.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service Charge: No
Government Tax: No *Prices are GST-inclusive*

Additional Information:
Address: Alora Hotel Penang, 19, Medan Kampung Relau, 11900, Bayan Baru, Penang.
Business Hours: 12 pm to 11 pm. Opens Daily.
Contact Number: 604- 646 7777