Thursday, September 21, 2017

O House Station Cafe (老厝站) @ Bukit Tambun, Simpang Ampat, Penang.

Cafe hopping is not really a famous thing to do at Bukit Tambun, the fishing village is seafood paradise known for an insane amount of seafood restaurants but what if I told you that you could have both in one go? O House Station Cafe is both a cafe and a seafood restaurant, it promotes home-styled seafood dishes yet in a cafe setting. The quaint cafe is a stone's throw distance away from the junction near Simpang Ampat and Batu Kawan (entrance to Bukit Tambun) and has an old-school, classic interior decor. Do not expect the usual cafe fare here, it offers home-cooked delights and seasonal seafood offering. While simple rice and noodle dishes are commonly ordered here, their seafood dishes are not to be forsaken. They are subject to availability (supply of seafood). Ask the friendly proprietor on the freshest produce of the day and she will be able to recommend a few; make your reservation in advance if you have anything specifically in mind otherwise.

Stir Fried Squid with Assam (Rm 22)

Japanese Salad- Cucumber and Carrot (Rm 4.90)

Assam Pedas with Vermicelli Noodles (Rm 7.90)

We started off with a small serving of their Japanese-influenced Salad with julienned Cucumber and Carrots, dressed in Goma sauce. It was simple, direct but most refreshing to start with. The Assam Pedas with Vermicelli Noodles was disappointingly average. It stroke us with a jolting sourness, it was so strong that other flavors became too weak to discern. 

The dish that we unanimously voted as the best dish of the day was the Stir Fried Squid with Assam. The Squid was expertly cooked to the right doneness with spot-on seasoning and a touch of spiciness. We thought the dish would be even better if spooned over rice. But it might be a little expensive for the price tag of Rm 22 (considering the portion was not that big). 

Passion Fruit with Milk and Yogurt (Rm 6.50)

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)
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: 24, Jalam Bukit Tambun, Bukit Tambun, 14100, Simpang Ampat, Penang.
Business Hours: 11:30 am to 11 pm. Closed on Mondays.
Contact Number: 604- 587 3728


  1. The sotong is undoubtedly a bit overpriced but the Asam Pedas with fish is quite cheap!

  2. Wow! I love Assam Pedas since young and must have lots of mint leaves on top.