Monday, May 30, 2016

Cha Yen Cafe @ i-Avenue, Bukit Jambul, Penang.

Cha Yen Cafe's humble beginnings started at Armenian Street, an unpretentious stall selling the popular Thai Milk Tea- Cha Yen. They have since expanded their business operations all over the state and recently, a proper cafe entirely owned by the brand. The menu is small and most of the items are not as exciting as some of the establishments in town (unfortunately). The only possible item that caught our attention was their Roti Bakar with Thai-styled Coconut Custard and Coconut Ice Cream. Apart from these snacks, the mains carry a nary of Thai element. If you are keen to explore for your own, they can be found at i-Avenue (a few doors away from Eastern Wishes). 

Cha Yen Cafe's signature Roti Bakar served with Thai-styled Coconut Custard (Rm 4.20) was a disappointment. It was so much different than the one we had back in Bangkok. Steamed Bread was used in lieu of Toast. The former one gives a soft-comfortable texture while the Buttered Toast will vie for attention and there might be too much of flavors competing each other. The Coconut Custard on the other hand, was alright though not comparable with the one we had during our trip to Bangkok. The Coconut Cream-element was weaker than expected. The only thing that we would agree... was the well-balanced sweetness. 

Not too sure if Mama-Miya is associated with Cha Yen Cafe but at Cha Yen Cafe, they serve Mama Miya's Coconut Ice Cream (Rm 7) with Sweet Corns, roasted Peanuts and Nata de Coco. Instead of creamy Ice Cream, it was veering towards the sherbet-type of texture. It was tasty, sweet but packed with bold Coconut flavors. They were kind enough to scoop up the Coconut meat for us. The only possible criticism could be the portion, which we thought it could be larger for that price.  

Thai-Styled Milk Tea/ Cha Yen (Rm 5.50)

Taste: 7/10 (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)
Paring: 6.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Ambiance: 7/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service Charge: No
Government Tax: No

Additional Information:
Address: i-Avenue, 11900, Bukit Jambul, Bayan Lepas, Penang.
Business Hours: 9 am to 10 pm on Weekdays, 9 am to 11 pm on Weekends. Opens Daily.
Contact Number: 6017- 441 0041 

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