Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Budan's Brew Coffeebar, Penang

I was in Penang over the weekend not because I want to explore the new bridge. I did not sleep the night before because I was not feeling well. I manage to catnap during the drive to Penang. I am an awful travel companion to be honest.

This time around we manage to have some local breakfast (I will probably blog about it some time in the future 나중에). After breakfast, we were dying for coffee and it's quite hard to find a decent cup of coffee in Penang Island (honestly!). Part of the reason for this is we're from KL and we're spoil for choice here. Not being lansi ok?

We took a slow drive around Love Lane, Chulia area passing St Xavier Institution and lo and behold on our right is a signage that says Budan's Brew Coffeebar. It's a quiet lane named Lorong Argus. How cute is that name eh?

As we were feeling adventurous, we turn right into Lorong Argus and parked our car. Oh yeah, Penang no longer have those uncle riding motorcycles and ask you to pay for parking. You must remember to purchase parking tickets (scratch types - I forgot to take a pic of it sorry!) and make sure you scratch and place it on your car dashboard. If you don't, you will either kena saman (imposed a fine)  or car get towed away and they are super efficient I tell you.

Budan's Brew Coffeebar's big blackboard of drinks.

Keep calm & Coffee is on. This cafe has opened for 3 months only.

The interior. Minimalist ; old meets new. You will find rattan chairs found in your grandparent's house and modern wooden chairs. Red lanterns as big as the biggest pumpkin you can find. The walls are lined with B&W photos that were taken by the owner's friend. We chat with the owner for a bit. And of course we did not reveal who we are.

My order of Piccolo Latte. I sometimes order this if I don't feel like ordering a whole cup of latte but would like a cup of coffee with milk. I normally like black coffee or cappuccino. But as I did not sleep the night before and did not want to upset my stomach. This was a good choice I must say.

Mr Hubs' order of Latte. He liked it as he finds this strong enough for him. Most cafes in Penang serves quite light coffee.

I find this place relaxing and mature. Most cafes these days are too pretentious to my liking. Too many vintage stuff and trying too hard to be outstanding. I like the colour combination of this place as it is clean and simple.

The coffee is good and we will come back the next time we're in town. Our stay was short this time around and did not manage to visit again to try their food.

P/S : All the photos were taken with my iPhone 5 and edited using PICLAB app. I did not bring my digital camera with me due to the short stay.

No.2, Lorong Argus,
10200 Georgetown,
04-261 3930
+Please check their Facebook page for the opening hours+

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Karmakamet Diner *A reminding flavor*

The brand Karmakamet started back in Year 2001 selling quality aromatic oil in the well known Chatuchak Weekend Market in Bangkok, Thailand. They have since expanded their business and ventured into the F&B industry.

Karmakamet Diner is located near to BTS Phrom Phrong and it's approximately 10 mins walk from the train station. Refer to the card below for its exact location. As we were not familiar with the area, it took us a while to locate it and we were on the other side of the road. It was silly of us.

"So, I figured if the entire world is one big machine, I couldn't be an extra part. I have to be here for some reason. And that means you have to be here for some reasons that has made our paths coming across...."
This is what appears on their business card. It is meaningful because it is indeed a secret world and you have to locate it. If you're lucky enough to, then you're destined to dine there and enjoy the surrounding. This is meant for tourist as I'm sure locals are well aware of their location.

The indoor dining area. Plenty of low lights, wood and steel.

We were there super early and the place was empty. We have the whole restaurant to ourselves and needless to say, we snap away on our respective cameras.

The outdoor dining area. Cushion covers that resembles burlap sacks. 

Another part of the outdoor area.

Big and heavy aromatic bottles are found everywhere in the restaurants and fully labelled. Half of the restaurant is actually their aromatic shop. Shop and eat! 

The waiting area 

Don't you think the wall reminds you of old Chinese medicine hall?

The menu is made from burlap fabric.

If you unfold the envelope, you will find a written letter. Go there and find out who the letter was written for.

Cappuccino - Smooth and nutty flavor

Freshly Squeezed OJ - Part of the Full breakfast set

Black Coffee is also part of the Full Breakfast set. Printed table mats - newspaper

A Reminding Flavor and a thumbprint - Karmakamet's logo.

Iced Mocha

Poached Duck Eggs with Gravlax on Karmakamet Ratatouille

Full Breakfast - Bacon, Sausage, Sauteed Mushrooms, Sauteed Tomatoes, Potato Skins, Pancake with Maple Syrup,

 Part of the Full Breakfast order - Fresh Fruits & Muesli

I had to share the Full Breakfast with my sister. The portion is super generous and it comes with 2 drinks. That costs us THB490 and we find the price reasonable. As for my brother, he ordered the Poached Duck Eggs and although it look small in size but it's just nice for brunch. That is only about THB290. The coffee served here are almost the same price as those from Malaysia. 

It's a beautiful restaurant with very reasonable price. I think any tourist should at least come here once for a meal be it brunch or dinner.  I believe that reservation is necessary for dinner or weekends. We were there on a normal weekday hence business was a bit slow. 

We love the service as the staff are very well verse in English and gave us the necessary privacy when we walked around the restaurant. We vow to come back on our next trip to try the rest of the dishes.

Karmakamet Diner
30/1 Soi Matheenivet Sukhumvit 24,
Klongtoey, Bangkok,
10110 Thailand.
+66 2262 0700 1
8:00am - 11:00pm 
(Open Daily)
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