Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Moustache Houze @ Campbell Street, Penang.

There are literally countless of heritage cafes sprouting out in the bustling roads of Georgetown recently and here comes another new one- Moustache Houze. Helmed by two pretty ladies, Moustache Houze has opened its door for less than 2 weeks and the place has been flooded with crowd since then. The iconic location of Moustache Houze makes it very easy to be found even by non-locals; it is situated towards the end of Campbell Street, Penang. This humble cafe has a very cozy and homely ambiance, with a twist of their own funky interior design as well as a mural paint painted on the wall of their cafe which has since then, became one of the landmarks of the cafe. The cafe serves cakes and beverages at the moment but they will be coming out with more and more to offer in the future, told by one of the partners. I don't find there's a need for further description on the place as the photos below will unveil the stories of the cafe. Also, I can tell that this place is going to be the next "hit" in Penang. 

Recommended by- Jennifer from Chasing Food Dreams and Leo from Justfoody; I was fortunate to be able to tag along in the review of this new hidden gem in town. The mural paint on the wall features an uncle at Weld Quay area, carrying a son of one of the partners of the cafe. Do talk to the friendly owners of Moustache Houze and I'm sure they are more than willing to unfold the stories behind this mural paint. 

Intrigued by their presentation, I rushed to the order counter and asked about the drink. I was told that the drink was Espresso Ice Cubes with Fresh Milk (Rm 12.90). Freshly brewed Espresso will be chilled into ice cubes and served separately with the fresh milk. No sugar will be added to the Espresso, hence, the drink will be slightly bitter in taste. A rather unique way of serving their Espresso. 

Not a fan of Coffee? No worries. Try their fruity flavored Soda drink. There are 3 choices available in total- Kiwi, Strawberry and Pineapple, all three being priced at Rm 11.90 respectively. All fruity flavored ice cubes were made of freshly blended fruit juices and no sugar will be added. Sprite was used instead of the normal plain Soda, hence, the drink will be slightly sweet. I would definitely prefer the unsweetened Soda over Carbonated drinks. Nevertheless, it was a very refreshing drink to quench one's thirst. 

Hot Chocolate- Rm 9.90

Cappuccino- Rm 9.90

It is always too bland to enjoy a cup of coffee without any desserts. Here comes their Strawberry Puff (Rm 9.90) which comes with a scoop of Vanilla Ice Cream. However, the Strawberry Puff was not impressive to me. The texture of the Puff was rather dry and the filling has failed to impress me further as well. 

All imported from Johor, their Mille Crepe Cakes are some noteworthy choices, we get to sample their Neapolitan Crepe Cake which comes in three different layers, Oreo Crepe Cake and Hazelnut Crepe Cake. All the Crepe Cakes are priced at Rm 10.90 respectively. The cakes were decent but what impresses me further was the way of serving. All their Crepe Cakes will be chilled till icy cold before serving to their customers, Crepe Cakes tend to be mushy and lacked of texture when served warm. They did a very good job in terms of covering the weakness of Crepe Cakes. Out of the three flavors, Hazelnut Crepe Cake seemed to be my favorite, with the right texture, the cake was creamy but without cloying sweetness; perfectly complementing my cup of coffee. Other flavors available are Chocolate Mint, Hokkaido Milk etc..... 

Chocolate Walnut (Rm 11.90) was another favorite of mine... to my surprise, the rich Chocolate cake was not sweet at all. The Walnuts sandwiched in between those layers adding another dimension and texture to the cake but they do not really possess a significant aroma to me. Not a bad choice for Chocolate lovers.

I wasn't impressed by their Red Velvet Cake (Rm 11.90) either, it was slightly too dry to my liking. Moreover, the cake tasted commonly average to me. Nothing to shout over.

One should not miss their Tiramisu (Rm 11.90) which apparently one of their best sellers too. The cake has successfully resonated among the few of us, it was not too rich nor sweet, beautifully sandwiched with layers of fluffy sponge, along with some crispy nuts topped. However, if you are looking for a more intense coffee flavored Tiramisu, then this might not be the one you are looking for. Otherwise, this is a must-try item at Moustache Houze, highly recommended. 

The two partners introduced about their Syphon Coffee. Since I am not a fan of Coffee, I've decided to pass on them.....

Two pretty lady owners of Moustache Houze- Christine Ooi on the left and Catherine Yeo on the right.

Additional Information:
Address: 24, Campbell Street, 10100, Georgetown, Penang.
Business Hour: 4:30pm to 10pm. Daily.
Contact Number: 604- 262 2228

Lebuh Campbell, Georgetown, 10200 Pulau Pinang, Malaysia

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