It is nearly impossible to visit all the newly mushroomed heritage cafes/ eateries in Penang nowadays. While others are serving Western dishes most of the time, Pavilion Cafe has caught my attention by serving some Taiwanese-Fusion dishes. Housed in the heart of Georgetown, Pavilion Cafe is situated at Lebuh Presgrave or commonly known as "The Third Road" or 三条路, which is where the headquarter of Kwong Wah Jit Poh stationing at. In fact, Pavilion Cafe is just exactly opposite to Kwong Wah Jit Poh; although choices are rather limited when it comes to those dishes but they have rather "perfected" their recipes by offering the best they could. The place is also suitable for get-together or gatherings thanks for its cozy and homely ambiance. Parking, on the other hand, could be problematic due to the limited spaces. However, considering the quality and the prices of the food, I will definitely come back to savor more of their dishes.
Diners can opt for their light snacks too, this was their Deep Fried Prawn Cakes (太阳饼/ Rm 3.90), some very simple yet delectable filling of Chicken and Prawns with a touch of Sesame Oil being tucked inside the "pocket". To my surprise, the Prawn Cakes were not oily at all and in fact, crispy and flavorful to my liking.
The dish Kung Poh Century Egg (皮蛋宫保鸡饭/ Rm 8.90) was somewhat special and unique. The Century Eggs will be deep fried before adding to the sauce for a quick stir fry. It has a very unique chewy texture and it goes perfectly well with their home made sauce which has a touch of vinegar. The dish comes with some Chicken/ Pork, Onions and some Cucumbers. However, I would personally prefer if the dish can be slightly spicier. Nevertheless, it was indeed a very good appetizer for us to kick start the meal.
Their Taiwanese Classic Fried Noodles (台湾经典炒面/ Rm 8.90) definitely hit the top notch for that afternoon. The noodles-Spaghetti, were cooked al-dente. The dish was something similar to Aglio Olio but Sesame Oil will be used instead of Olive Oil. What makes it special was they did not add the chopped Bird's Eye Chilies onto the noodles but instead, they had them served separately, with Dark Soy Sauce and Deep Fried Garlic; which gives the noodles a boost of sweetness and aroma. Truly something special but if you were to ask me, I would prefer the Italian version of Aglio Olio for its herbs and the Garlicky flavor. Nevertheless, it can be justified by the price of Rm 8.90 only.
Steamed Chinese Bun with Fried Char Sau/ Roasted Pork (馒头夹肉/ Rm 9.90) which we had the Pork changed to Chicken. The set comes with 3 steaming hot buns. The dish turned out to be too oily to my liking and it lacked of some "kick" but then I was told by my friend, the taste will be better if we had Pork instead. Frankly speaking, I thought the dish was just normal and nothing to shout over although the combination with the bun can be rather unique than the usual rice.
We also had some Rose Oolong Tea and Oolong Tea (乌龙茶/ Rm 6.90 per pot). Coffees are available too, Lattes should be good according to my friend whom had it earlier ago.
Taste: 7.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Price: 8/10 (1-3 expensive, 4-7 average, 8-10 cheap)
Service: 7/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Parking: 5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Ambiance: 8/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service Charge: No
Government Tax: No
Address: 26, Lebuh Presgrave, Georgetown, 10300, Penang.
Business Hour: 11am to 10pm. Closed on alternate Monday.
Contact Number: 604- 261 9366