Monday, June 12, 2023

Kōyō Coffee @ Bayan Baru, Penang.

Tucked away in an upper floor shop lot at The One Mahsuri (use the stairs right next to Green Island Western Food), Kōyō Coffee is one hidden gem in Bayan Baru area and probably your best bet for Japanese-inspired snacks. The place has a simple, minimalist-mismatch interior decor with limited seats, so it might be less accommodating for bigger groups. Menu-wise, it has a drink menu with a few Japanese-inspired snack options like Mochi, Dango etc as well as a small savory menu (like Sandwiches). Not a place where you get to fill up the tummy but more like a cozy space to hang out over drinks and light snacks.

Isobe Yaki Mochi (Rm 12)

Matcha and Anko Dango (Rm 15)

Warabi Mochi (Rm 12)

The Mush Try (Rm 18)

Yuzu Yogurt Soda (Rm 12)

The only savory item and something filling, The Mush Try was a worth-trying item on the menu. The Focaccia has a light and crispy texture, almost similar to a pastry, sandwiching a sheet of Omelette and stir fried Mushrooms. It sounds simple and straight-forward but the flavor combo worked. The seasoning was spot on and the small touch of Herbs actually spiced things up. Isobe Yaki Mochi is another worth-a-look item on the menu. Something unusual but the Isobe Yaki Mochi is in fact pan fried Potato Mochi served with Sweet Soy Sauce. So expect it to be a sweet-savory dish with a little chewy, addictive texture. The presence of Seaweed was crucial, it offered a briny, seafood-like aroma, a whole new dimension to the dish. 

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: 7/10 (1-3 cheap, 4-7 average, 8-10 expensive)
Parking: 6.5/10 (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

Business Hours: 9 am to 6 pm. Opens Daily.
Contact Number: N/A

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