Friday, March 10, 2017

Sin Seh Kai Artisan Bakery @ New World Park, Georgetown, Penang.

The Baking Garage (at Lembah Permai) is not new, in fact, we have been wondering if they would move their business operations nearer to central Georgetown... and we are glad they did! Not only running as a bakery, the new branch at New World Park (known as Sin Seh Kai Artisan Bakery) actually offers a seemingly impressive brunch menu. The kitchen closes at 2:30 pm and by then, only light snacks shall be served (no heavy menu), so plan your time accordingly. It's easy to find Sin Seh Kai, the place is covered in transparent glasses with an open-kitchen, while the other side of the cafe is dedicated for diners dining-in the cafe. The setup is simple and straight-forward but the real pull factor is the wide range of home-made Pastries and artisan bread.

Trio Cheese & Turkey Ham (Rm 22)

Banh Mi Sandwich (Rm 18)

The sandwich-dedicated menu has quite a few choices but not all are great. The Trio Cheese & Turkey Ham has a serving of soft-pillowy Scrambled Egg, 3 slices of Turkey Ham, 2 slices of Toast, some pickles and some Cheese. The Scrambled Egg was cooked to the right texture and the Cheese offered the de-rigueur factor while the toast with Walnut provided the nutty crunch... quite a balanced and well-thought out dish. On the contrary, the Banh Mi Sandwich did not hit our expectation. The Baguette lightly spread with Pesto sauce was good on its own but the disappointment was the beef patty... which carried a peculiar stench. We wondered what went wrong with that... freshness perhaps? Also, we thought Rm 18 was quite a hefty price tag for a Banh Mi.

Breakfast Set (2 slices of bread and Soft Boiled Eggs/ Rm 5.90)

Almond Croissant (Rm 4.30) and Pain Au Chocolat (Rm 4.30)

Cranberry Walnut Banhmi (Rm 3.80)

Gula Melaka Cheese Cake (Rm 12) and Early Grey Tea (Rm 3.80)

For a light afternoon tea, we had their Set which consists of 2 pieces of bread (white bread, wholemeal or sourdough) served with either Kaya or home-made Peanut Butter and Soft Boiled Eggs. We were amazed by the crispy-crusty bread but the Peanut Butter was a little disappointing. It barely registered any sweetness and the peanut-flavor did not shine. Kaya on the other hand, fared better with a bold eggy aroma.

The Almond Croissant was spectacular, not only that the crust was flaky, it was delicately buttered and lightly sweetened. To add a touch of sweetness to the afternoon tea spread, we had their Gula Melaka Cheese Cake... the quintessential caramelized-sweetness was present but it was not as appealing as we would have hoped. 

Taste: 7.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service: 7/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Price: 7.5/10 (1-3 expensive, 4-7 average, 8-10 cheap)
Parking: 7/10 (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: Lot 102-D-5, New World Park, Jalan Burmah, 10050, Georgetown, Penang.
Business Hours: 7:30 am to 7:30 pm. Closed on Fridays. *Brunch menu available until 2:30 pm only*
Contact Number: 6010- 826 5527

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