More reasons for locals and travelers (especially cafe hoppers) to uncover the beauty of laneways in Penang, particularly those narrow alleys seemingly lacked of maintenance. Some cafe proprietors saw the "charm" of this heritage site and have decided to run their businesses there. One of such is Spacebar Coffee, the same brand that runs the cafe housed within Sekeping Victoria. It's latest venture at Lorong Toh Aka, a long-forgotten back-lane behind the bustling Beach Street; has a laid-back atmosphere but the irregular red-bricks on the wall exude a mysterious warmth, making the place pretty amiable for gathering or casual meet ups. Currently in its soft-launch mode, tables are pretty limited so expect to share your table with other visitors. On the menu, it has a few in-house blends (for Coffee) and Tea, with a couple of home-made Cake choices. It does not serve main so unlikely a place to get your breakfast/ lunch settled.
Butter Pound Cake (Rm 9)
Olive Oil Zucchini Cake (Rm 10)
Raw Pu Er (Rm 15/ pot)
Spacebar Coffee bakes its own cakes fresh on daily basis so the menu changes accordingly. On our visit, we had Olive Oil Zucchini Cake (served with a splash of Yogurt) and Butter Pound Cake. The former one was amazing, it was slightly heated (via Oven) before serving to the table; as a result of that, the edges were slightly burnt with a delightful crisp texture. It has a hint of saltiness with bold Olive fragrance and no, it was not sweet at all. It was an unusual but good attempt. The Butter Pound Cake was slightly sweeter and denser in comparison with the Olive Oil Zucchini Cake. We washed them down with Raw Pu Er.
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)
Parking: 5.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Ambiance: 7/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service Charge: No
Government Tax: No
Address: No. 1, Lorong Toh Aka, 10450, Georgetown, Penang. (1st corner unit turning from Beach Street into Lorong Toh Aka, on the left)
Business Hours: 8 am to 6 pm. Closed on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Contact Number: N/A