As the Nine Emperor Gods Festival hovers over the horizon, stalls selling a myriad of Vegetarian food will be mushrooming over the island. However, if you wish to find a place with a cozier ambiance and better setting, why not visit Coya (at Lorong Selamat)? The vegetarian restaurant launched its new menu recently, featuring some new dishes and some regulars' favorites. For more information on my last visit, you may hop over to read my previous blog entry here.
Many Thanks to Coya for hosting us.
Too beautiful to behold, we were impressed with the presentation of their new signature dish- Portobello Giant Mushroom Burger (Rm 49.90). Portobello Mushroom is well-known for its nutritious values and in this dish itself, two huge premium Portobello Mushrooms were used to sandwich Mock Ham, Mock Patty (made from Lion's Mane Mushroom), a sliver of Cheese and some fresh greens; sides were just-off-the-vine Tomatoes, blanched Broccoli and Cauliflower, boiled Potatoes, grilled Mushrooms and Salad; to go with their home-made Pineapple sauce. It was a pretty refreshing dish with plenty of healthy greens; the sauce was somewhat unique, sweet and fruity. My only complain was the Mock Patty, which has an odd texture. Two-day pre-order in advance is required for this dish.
Another creative variant to their Salad- Golden Pumpin Sour Plum (Rm 6.50), thinly sliced Pumpkin sitting on a raft of Greens drenched with their special Sour Plum dressing. Simple as it sounds, it was refreshing with sour, sweet and spicy notes (a result of mixing Bird's Eye Chilies to the dressing). Perfect to go as an appetizer.
For soup, we had White Tom Yum (Rm 8.50) with some Vege-Dumplings and Fried Bean Curd (Tofu Pok). It was a mistake to look down on the clear and seemingly harmless White Tom Yum; my palate was struck by a strong jolt of sourness followed by a heat. It was indeed, very refreshing and appetizing. I did not quite enjoy the dumplings on the other hand, I thought they were nothing out of the ordinary.
Tummy-filler was Curry Chicken Rice (Rm 12) which comes with Pickled Vegetables and crunchy Papadum. The Potatoes and Mock Chicken were well-cooked and reasonably flavored with Herbs and Spices but I did not find it outstanding though.
The dish that received greatest attention and spotlight was Green Pepper Bolognese Spaghetti (Rm 12.50/ Add on Rm 2 for a drink and dessert/ fruits). The dish carried a gentle heat due to the copious amount of Black Pepper added; the al-dente Spaghetti paired well with the sweet-sauce that has a hint of slightly-bitter Pepper flavor. Though the dish may sound very complicated, we found the taste to be easily accepted.
Comfort food of the day- Clay-pot Bak Kut Teh (Rm 12) was served to us piping hot. It was a real comfort to sip on this invigorating Chinese Herbal Soup especially on a rainy day. It consists of the quintessential flavors and reasonably salted; though not as good as those with meat; Coya's Bak Kut Teh has certainly lived up to my expectation.
Service Charge: No
Government Tax: No
Address: 4A, Lorong Selamat, 10400, Georgetown, Penang.
Business Hours: 11am to 3pm, 5:30pm to 9:30pm on Tuesday to Thursday; 10am to 3pm, 5:30pm to 9:30pm on Friday to Sunday. Closed on Monday.
Contact Number: 604- 226 2357