Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Gayo Coffee @ Beach Street, Georgetown, Penang.

**Gayo Coffee has since ceased its business operations**

More choices for cafe hoppers in Georgetown with the opening of Gayo Coffee... near the artsy corner of central Georgetown- Armenian Street. Right next to China House, Gayo Coffee is a big contender to the former name; it boasts over its long structure (claims to be the longest cafe in Penang) with a touch of heritage. Massive works have been done to upgrade the place but retaining its vintage facade; every corner of the building is picturesque and most suitable for taking vintage-styled photographs. Note-worthy is the center air-well with an old vine tree that exudes a mysteriously calm and tranquil atmosphere... seeks to embolden the beauty of Georgetown. On the menu, Gayo Coffee offers a good European spread with slightly above-average price points. Servers are attentive but the food quality can be further improved. It's a place where we find the atmosphere outshines the food; if we ever were to recommend, it would be the environment only.

Charcuterie Board (Rm 23)

Clam Pot with White Wine (Rm 18 for 300 grams)

Trenette Pesto Genovese (Rm 26)

The presentation of Charcuterie Board took our breath away, we love how things were arranged here. The Board consists of Mushroom Pate, Hummus, Turkey Ham, Chutney, pickled Cucumber and some Toast. The Mushroom Pate was lovely but probably the only item that we could possibly approve. Adding Sesame Oil into Hummus was a huge mistake, the fragrance of Sesame Oil overpowered the distinctive flavor of Chick Peas; it turned out to be merely a messy concoction of Peas with Sesame Oil. The Toast was a let down either, instead of chewy Country Bread with crisp edges... stale, biscuit-like Baguette was served. 

On the same rank was the Clam Pot with White Wine, the shell fish was not fresh; as a result of that, the overly seasoned broth carried an indelible seafood stench (though a hint of White Wine was tasted). We were further discouraged by the absence of bread. The Pasta on the other hand, was alright. The Basil Pesto dressed Pasta was cleverly mixed with some toasted Almond and grated Cheese, offering a creamier yet crisp dimension. But we were a little underwhelmed with the absence of meat and inflated price.

Chocolate Cake

Honey Lemon Tea (Rm 9)

Taste: 7/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service: 6.5/10 (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: 7.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service Charge: Yes 10%
Government Tax: No

Additional Information:
Address: 161, Beach Street, 10300, Georgetown, Penang/ 183, Victoria Street, 10300, Georgetown, Penang.
Business Hours: 8:30 am to 11:30 pm on every Sunday to Thursday; 8:30 am to 12 am on Fridays/ Saturdays and Public Holidays. Opens Daily.
Contact Number: 604- 262 6891