Ever since Black Kettle joined the Penang cafe scene, there's no shortage of customers. The place has been operating in almost full swing on weekends and we are not surprised. The cafe has been setting the bar high by introducing a variety of high-quality food with impeccable warm cafe ambiance. Located at the start of Beach Street, Black Kettle welcomes visitors with its huge bakery at the front. Keep walking and you will find "jungle-image" adorning the wall with plants perching above; natural lights pour in via the window, suggesting a welcoming hug to visitors. The menu is Western-skewed and offers a variety of Western-Fusion dishes; with their latest addition being the Brunch menu. Whether it's a simple basket of Loaves, a freshly brewed cup of Joe, gratifying lunch item or a simple cake to end the meal, Black Kettle has something for everyone.
London Fish Market (Rm 30)
Black Kettle cleverly uses Soda to replace Beer in its making of batter and as a result of that, the perfectly deep fried Fish N Chips was blankted with a light, thin and extremely crisp batter skin. Never mind on the peculiar red hue of the batter, the flaky and tender flesh beneath was dangerously addictive. It was tender yet maintaining the slight-firm texture; the fish with its complementary casing was delicious on its own but even better to go with a light dip into their home-made Anchovy-Mayonnaise dip which offers a creamy, savory dimension to the dish. A good replacement to the mundane Ketchup or Chili sauce that most Malaysians are in favor of. To spice things up, Black Kettle even offers a piquant, saliva-stimulating side... which resembles the local Kerabu/ Malay Salad; we thought it was a wise move to cut through the greasiness.
Tex-Mex Burrito (Rm 26)
Being a fan of Burrito, I try every possibility to order one. The staff from Black Kettle introduced the Tex-Mex creation with aplomb, claiming that this is one of their best sellers. The Burrito was served in a promising state- chunks of Chicken meat, Kidney Beans and Rice Pilaf well-encased in a soft-pillowy Tortilla with creamy-addictive Sour Cream and Guacamole interplay that set the stage right. One bite into the Burrito and you will be thrilled by the multi dimensions- satisfying meatiness, burst of juice from the beans and the light Rice Pilaf for that extra texture. A set good to go as mid-day snack or substantial enough to be enjoyed as a full meal.
Big Breakfast (Rm 22)
Black Kettle takes on the challenge and has started to offer their new brunch menu (daily from 9 am to 2 pm). Diners can now enjoy classic Western brunch items in an elegant cafe without breaking the bank (brunch items from Rm 12++ onwards). We had one of their best-brunch sellers- Big Breakfast; there were some familiar items, though not entirely. The Smoked Salmon and sauteed Shimeiji Mushrooms make a great replacement to the calorific Hash Browns and Sausages. Similarly, Pork Bacons are replaced with Beef Bacon and diners have the option to choose between Soft Boiled Egg, Omelette or Sunny Side Up. With any top of Rm 5, diners get to enjoy a cup of Latte, Long Black or Tea (from a selection of tea).
Cafe Latte (Rm 10)
Service Charge: Yes 10%
Government Tax: Yes 6%
Business Hours: 7: 30 am to 12 am. Opens Daily.
Contact Number: 604- 251 9270