Sweet Monster Cafe @ 4th Street Club, Lebuh Tye Sin, Georgetown, Penang.
The name "Moody Cow Cafe" is widely known amongst dessert lovers in Penang, for serving some of the best yet innovative Cheese Cakes in town (Salted Egg Cheese Cake/ Cempedak Cheese Cake are some of its signature products); the brand is also notoriously known to serve some of the most expensive Cheese Cakes in Penang. But the Cheese Cake specialist has recently ventured out of its norm... opening a new cafe- "Sweet Monster Cafe" at 4th Street Club of Tye Sin Street. From the most expensive Cheese Cake in town to.... potentially the most expensive Pie in town (from Rm 30 per piece); from "Cow" to... "Monster"; the only thing unchanged is their willingness to innovate and to come with new flavors and combination. The cafe offers a small Pasta menu with an array of home-made Pies and Cookies... with most of them come with hefty price tags. The exterior of Sweet Monster Cafe does not give a single hint on what the place would serve, once you are inside, you will find the classical visual arts and decorative of ancient European... with soft background music that we would not know how to appreciate. Nevermind on the ambiance, their Pies truly standout on their own...
Matcha Haven (Rm 32/ slice)
Ham & Potato Pie (Rm 32/ slice)
It was simply too futile for Matcha lovers to refrain from trying their Matcha Haven, a sweet dessert Pie served with a scoop of Vanilla Ice Cream. The vegetal Matcha flavor was intense, it was discernible but not too bold that it became repulsive; spot on. But the crust of the Pie shall not be forsaken as well, it was a cookie-crust but beautifully paired with (chunky) Peanut Butter. With the bits of Matcha cake and Dried Cranberries on top, the concoction was multi-dimensional; not only on the texture but the flavors as well. It did take us sometime to analyze and breakdown the elements but if you take bits of everything, the flavors were harmonized and amalgamated well together. It carried a mild sweetness with a tinge of saltiness; for those with a sweet tooth, eat with the dollop of Vanilla Ice Cream... which we presumed to offer the sweet pie a smoother, creamier and sweeter dimension. The two of us had no qualms in finishing the gigantic Matcha Haven.
Since the Matcha Haven passed the test, we did not hesitate to order another savory Ham & Potato Pie. It was served warm, with some Salad (dressed with Vinegar). We love the buttery-flaky pastry crust but we did not find the filling spectacular. The filling was pretty straight-forward- creamy concoction of Potatoes, (smoky) Ham and Cheese. It was rather flat and the flavors were predictable. We were pretty much surfeited after a few bites.
Taste: 8/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good) *only for its Matcha Haven*
Service: 7/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Price: 6.5/10 (1-3 expensive, 4-7 average, 8-10 cheap)
Parking: 6/10 (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
Address: 38, Lebuh Tye Sin, 10300, Georgetown, Penang.
Business Hours: 12 pm to 12 am. Closed on Mondays.
Contact Number: 6016- 410 1995