Friday, March 23, 2018

Hive by Love A Loaf @ The Promenade, Bayan Baru, Penang.

An extended branch of Love A Loaf, Hive seeks to be a casual eatery that offers simple dishes on top of what being offered by Love A Loaf. The cafe carries Love A Loaf's signature Pastries and Bread but also rolls out its own signature dishes... particularly the Special Pot series. The current soft-launch menu is a little weak... featuring a series of the Pasta dishes and Special Pots... with some choices of desserts. Mid-range price points but we thought the service could be better improved; unlikely a place for absolute taste, probably more for the sake of novelty. Hive can be found at Promenade, behind Yin's Wholefood Manufactory.

Zucchini and Eggplant Cheesepot (Rm 19)

Black Seafood Aglio E Olio (Rm 24)

Smoked Duck in Pomodoro (Rm 22)

Both Pasta dishes did not quite impress us... not that they were badly cooked but they were disappointingly average. The Smoked Duck in Pomodoro was rather flat and mono-dimensional with merely few slices of overcooked Smoked Duck Breast. The only item we thought it was rather unique and worth-trying was Zucchini and Eggplant Cheesepot, a concoction consisted of 3 types of melted Cheeses, the flavor combo was good but can be rather monotonous if one were to finish it entirely. It would be even better if they could serve the Cheesepot with a slice of Bread (to make it a meal).

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: 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: Yes 5%
Government Tax: No *Prices shown are GST-inclusive*

Additional Information:
Address: 5-G-36, The Promenade, Persiaran Mahsuri, 11950, Bayan Baru, Penang.
Business Hours: 8 am to 12 am. Opens Daily.
Contact Number: 6012- 570 5804


  1. My girl would love that cheesepot - she loves eggplant...and cheese!