The Little Journeyman Cafe @ The Museum Hotel, Georgetown, Penang.
Even though the cafe is a little off the beaten track, it manages to attract a great crowd ever since its opening. But what's the pull factor? A turophile might be able to relate. The Little Journeyman Cafe, a tenant in The Museum Hotel, off Transfer Road and right smack in town; offers a small Western menu (with choices of Pasta, Toast and Sandwiches) but people are attracted to one particular dish- melted Raclette Cheese. The Swiss semi-firm salted Cheese is first melted and scraped on a serving of Potatoes; needless to say... that resonates across social media platforms. It may require extra effort to notice the cafe, the exterior is dull and the signage is small but once inside, it offers the standard cafe-coziness. There are limited numbers of tables and chairs though so if you are planning a visit on a Saturday, do make sure that you have secured your seats.
Melted Raclette on Crispy Potatoes (Rm 25)
The Little Journeyman's signature melted Raclette on Crispy Potatoes caught us jolly excited with the melted goodies sliding down straight onto the crispy Potatoes. We love the flavors- cheesey, buttery but not too salty to taste. The only thing that discouraged us from eating was the greasiness of the dish. One would easily get surfeited with the amount of Carbohydrates and greasiness from this dish. We would prefer the Potatoes to be replaced with something else but subject to one's greasy-tolerance, some might find this calorific dish fine. Alternatively, you may opt to have the melted Raclette added onto any dish at an additional cost of Rm 15.
Salted Fish & Tuna Linguine Pasta (Rm 18)
Grilled Chicken & Mushroom Pasta Fettuccine (Rm 19)
We were impressed with The Little Journeyman's Pasta dishes. The Grilled Chicken & Mushroom Pasta Fettuccine may seem bland at first but they excelled in the cream-sauce. It has a uniform consistency throughout- creamy, savory and has a long-lingering, rich after-taste. The cleverly marinated Grilled Chicken Breast was surprisingly tender and paired well with the cream-based Fettuccine. We were afraid that the dish may be a little monotonous and might be a little too heavy for one to finish entirely but this did not happen.
Equally delicious was their Salted Fish & Tuna Linguine; al-dentely cooked Linguine tossed with Olive Oil, Salted Fish and Tuna flakes, Shitake Mushroom, Capers and a pinch of Chili flakes. It was one of those Aglio Olio-variant but not only in a more creative manner, it was actually scrumptious. The salinity of the Salted Fish was perfectly balanced and with a gentle heat, the dish suits our Malaysian palate well.
Matcha Toast (Rm 5)
Blueberry Jam Toast (Rm 5) with Rum & Raisin Ice Cream (Rm 5)
Just in case a portion of Pasta is not sufficient for those with big appetite... there are a few types of Toast available. We had Matcha Toast and Blueberry Jam Toast; the former one was disappointing, it possessed a peculiar acidity (perhaps Sourdough Bread?) towards the end and the distinctive green-vegetal Matcha flavor did not stand out. We topped a scoop of Rum & Raisin Ice Cream for the latter option, we love the Ice Cream, the flavors were amazing but we did not think the Toast was good. It was disappointingly average; I'd personally prefer soft-fluffy Toast with crispy edges and unfortunately, The Little Journeyman's belongs to the crispy-hard type.
Truffle Fries with Special Dip (Rm 10)
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: 7.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Parking: 7/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service Charge: No
Government Tax: No
Address: 66, Jalan A. S. Mansor, 10050, Georgetown, Penang.
Business Hours: 11 am to 10 pm. Closed on Sundays.
Contact Number: 6016- 233 5097