Wednesday, February 12, 2014

By The Sea Cafe (沿海地带生活馆) @ Raja Uda, Butterworth, Penang.

*By The Sea Cafe has since relocated to a new location.*

I am always on the look out of new cafes with interesting concept or delectable dishes and my recent quest has led me here at "By The Sea Cafe". As the name would imply, "By The Sea Cafe" is truly a fascinating cafe to explore, the owner has turned the entire cafe into an "in-house" seaside/ beach with parasols, beach sands and some sea shells. Stepping into the cafe is like stepping into a real beach. As a foodie, I must concur that apart of food quality, ambiance/ service/ presentation of food do play an important role sometimes. While I was not quite impressed with the food here (in which I believed most of them are outsourced items), their catchy interior decor was an eye-opening experience; a charming environment to retreat and recharge with your loved ones too. By The Sea Cafe (沿海地带生活馆) is located at Jalan Ong Yi How, a stone's throw distance from Maybank and directly opposite to CIMB Bank along the road. 

Blueberry Danish Cake served with Vanilla Ice Cream (Rm 7.90) is a safe bet. The Danish Cake was heated before serving to us, the hot and cold combination was pleasingly comforting to the palate. However, I thought the pastry was rather dry and tough to my liking. Nothing out of the ordinary.

On the other hand, their Toast-Tutti-Fruitti (Rm 9.90) scored better in terms of both taste and texture. Freshly sliced Fruits- Kiwi, Orange, Lychee, Green Apple served on top a buttered Toast and completed with a dollop of Whipped Cream as well as a scoop of Vanilla Ice Cream. To my surprise, the Toast was well-executed, lightly spread with Butter and toasted with perfection, with a slightly crunch on the outside. Not too sure if Sugar was added but a discernible sweetness could be tasted. Nice individual elements but the combo didn't seem to work for me. 

Taste: 6.5/10 (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)
Ambiance: 8/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Parking: 7/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service Charge: No
Government Tax: No
Pork-Free/ Wifi-available

Additional Information:
Address: 6924, Jalan Ong Yi How, 13400, Butterworth, Penang.
New Address: No. 6, Lorong Sena 1,  13400, Butterworth, Penang.
Business Hours: 3pm to 11pm for Monday to Friday; 2pm to 11pm for Saturday and Sunday.
Contact Number: 604- 323 3449

Jalan Ong Yi How, 13400 Butterworth, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia

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