Monday, June 13, 2016

Urban Daybreak @ Beach Street, Georgetown, Penang.

There are many good Chefs in Penang but not many are as dedicated and driven as Chef Aldrien, the young executive Chef has been committed to constantly offer good food to the folks in Penang. In his latest venture- Urban Daybreak at Beach Street, the cafe seeks to offer Western Brunch (Australian-influenced) menu at a different level. Brunch is no longer about the ubiquitous Big Breakfast but extended to a range of Waffle-goodies and artisan Waffle-items. Prices seem to be on the higher side but they commensurate with bountiful servings (ominous warning to those with small appetites). Urban Daybreak settled in a heritage unit along Beach Street and minimal renovation is done to the place. It is truly a space that marries heritage with modern cooking style. The fully air-conditioned cafe is easily noticeable from far but it does take some effort to locate the signage. 

The wait was longer than expected. We waited approximately 20 minutes before our first dish made its appearance. Brioche French Toast (Rm 19.50) sees a familiar old-fashioned combination of Maple Syrup and Bacon; the mess was completed with a caramelized Banana. The Toast was soft and fluffy, well coated with Egg. As a result of that, the dish was filled with the eggy-aroma. The Maple Syrup was cleverly added, the amount of just spot on. It was not too sweet, just good enough to introduce the sleek sweetness and to pair with the savory-smoky Bacon, it was just perfect. Just you thought the dish could be a little monotonous, the ever-filling Banana is there to give you a fruity kiss. 

At first glance, Such A Good Waffle (Rm 18.50) did seem promising to us and we were sold for the Salted Egg Hollandaise. We were surprised to see the humongous portion; home-made Waffles and slivers of Gammon Ham were neatly arranged and finished with Baked Beans. Sunny Side Up was served at the side. We did not like the Waffle, for its soggy and dense texture; so did the Salted Egg Hollandaise for unable to live up to our expectation. The flavors were muted. Gammon Ham on the other hand, was delicious with a sweet-barbecue aroma. The Sunny Side Up was perfect, the Egg Yolk was as runny as I would expect it to be. All in all, the combination seems to be too safe for us and lacked of the wow factor. 

Taste: 7/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service: 7.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Price: 7/10 (1-3 expensive, 4-7 average, 8-10 cheap)
Parking: 6/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Ambiance: 7/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service Charge: Yes 10%
Government Tax: No

Additional Information:
Address: 338, Lebuh Pantai, 10300, Georgetown, Penang.
Business Hours: 7:30 am to 3 pm. Closed on Tuesdays.
Contact Number: 604- 262 9693

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