While the cafe culture in Penang continues to percolate, there are quite a lot of new cafes sprouting out in the heart of Georgetown lately and Pit Stop Cafe is one of the new members. Pit Stop Cafe is a quaint and humble cafe situated at Lorong Chulia and the junction to Lorong Pasar. With wall paintings, antiques and prints adored the walls, it is possible to feel transported to the older days with its retro interior design and laid-back ambiance. Quite the opposite from its interior design and ambiance, Pit Stop Cafe offers all day breakfast set, with some pasta dishes as well as rice set. As they are fairly new, they have limited offerings on their menu. Service was genuine but probably lack of manpower, staff tends to get forgetful on our orders.
A rather small serving portion for Spaghetti Bolognese Beef (Rm 12) which came with a generous amount of Italian meat-based sauce with stretchy globules of melted cheese and sprinkles of herbs. The addition of Carrots resulting in the sauce veering towards the sweet side but I'd personally prefer the cooked al-dente pasta to come with a refreshing sourish tinge or probably some chili flakes to add an interesting twist to the otherwise predictable flavors.
On the other hand, the dish Spicy Olio Pasta with Bacon (Rm 15) barely registered any taste. It was mildly seasoned and not quite suitable for those who seek for bold flavors. The pasta comes with Shimeiji Mushrooms, Broccoli and some Bacon bits. The Bacon bits failed to provide a smokey yet distinctive flavors to the pasta. The dish was also a little less successful without Italian Herbs and Chili Flakes, it was a misnomer. We did not find it "spicy" at all to be known as "Spicy Olio Pasta" and the chef might want to look into that. Also, I wish the serving portion was larger for that price too.
Sweet ending was their Berry Banana Pancake (Rm 10), a slightly overcooked Pancake garnished with slices of Banana and Cashew Nuts and served with a scoop of Vanilla Ice Cream, completed with drizzles of Strawberry Jam, Chocolate Syrup and Maple Syrup. A rather simple and straight-forward dessert, my only gripe was the thickness of the pancake, which was slightly thicker to my liking. The hot and cold sensation is definitely one of the unique selling points for this dessert, good for quelling the heat especially under sweltering weather.
Complimentary Dessert- Barley Fu Chuk Tong Sui
Jasmine Green Tea (Rm 5)
Taste: 7/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Price: 7/10 (1-3 expensive, 4-7 average, 8-10 cheap)
Service: 7/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Ambiance: 8/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Parking: 6.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service Charge: No
Government Tax: No
Address: 12, Chulia Lane/ Lorong Chulia, 10200, Georgetown, Penang.
Business Hours: 9am to 6pm. Daily.
Contact Number: 604- 261 1306