Monday, February 10, 2020

Long Cha Guan 龍茶館 @ Victoria Street, Georgetown, Penang.

Both a tea house and a restaurant, Long Cha Guan 龍茶館 is one of the modern eateries that put together Chinese Tea and cafe delights. Well, it is not like the kitchen churns out Chinese Tea-infused dishes but at the end of the cafe, there is a Chinese-inspired Tea garden that allows tea drinkers to chill and enjoy a cup of well-brewed and aged Chinese Tea. Nearer to the entrance is a corner dedicated to staged-seating where diners can choose to be seated on normal level or to climb up and be seated at the top level... not very practical but something new especially for those who prefer to take some photos. On the food menu, there is a mix of both locals' favorites (like Nasi Lemak, Laksa, Fried Koay Teow etc) and Western grills as well as some Pasta dishes. Dishes are priced slightly above average but the serving portion commensurate to the serving portion. Long Cha Guan can be found adjacent to Lavish Fusion Bakery on Victoria Street.

Nasi Lemak Rendang Chicken (Rm 20.90)

Nyonya Laksa (Rm 15.90)

Rainbow Waffles (Rm 20.90)

Long Cha Guan's Nasi Lemak seems to be very popular. Served using a bamboo steamer, the Nasi Lemak Rendang Chicken set consists of a Rendang Chicken Thigh, sunny side up, Fried Anchovies, home-made Sambal and some crisp Crackers. The Rendang was nicely cooked... beautiful flavors and would spoon over rice perfectly. But the Chicken was slightly overcooked with a dry, hard texture. The Sambal was not too shabby either... with a discernible sweetness. The dish would be perfect if the Chicken was more tender. The serving portion was quite big but same goes to the price tag either. Nyonya Laksa was another local delight we had at Long Cha Guan. From the menu, we expected the broth to carry heavier Coconut Milk element but it turned out to be quite the opposite. It was almost like the local Penang Laksa with sour and spicy fish broth. The texture of the noodles was alright but if we must nitpick, we would prefer fresh Pineapples over the canned, sweetened ones. Meal-ender was the Rainbow Waffles... served with various cuts of fresh fruits (Strawberries, Grapes, Dragonfruit and Blueberries), Ice Cream and some fresh Cream. The Waffles were nicely done but a pity that they were slightly soft when served to us, would be perfect if they were served hot. 

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

Additional Information:
Business Hours: 9 am to 11 pm on every Sunday to Thursday; 9 am to 12 am on Fridays and Saturdays. Opens Daily.
Contact Number: 604- 218 9977

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