Five places for breakfast
Being the most important meal of the day, breakfast places in Penang offer it at quite early hours. Kitty Kaye lists five here that open as early as 6:30am for your morning eggs and toast or thosai.
1. Sri Ananda Bahwan Restaurant
Located along Jalan Tanjung Bungah, they open at 7am. Although they do offer eggs and toast, I’d recommend their thosai, capati or roti canai instead. The paper thosai is light, crispy and is utterly satisfying when dipped into the coconut chutney. Wash it down with either a hot mug of milky tea or coffee to complete the meal or if you’re there a little later, order their mango lassi for a long, cool sip. Breakfast here, depending on what you order, seldom costs more than RM10 per person.
2. Gusto Café
This simple neighbourhood café opens at 6.30am and offers a variety of brewed coffee of either single or double shots. Its breakfast menu begins at RM4 with French toast with maple syrup on the side and right up to RM16 for the large, cheesy Spanish omelette smeared with sour cream and sliced pickled jalapeno. They make their own bagels and for a lighter breakfast, it’s a good idea to try fresh bagels with eggs and bacon.
Spanish omelette from Gusto Cafe
3. Kafe Mews
Along Lebuh Muntri in George Town’s heritage area, this café also serves breakfast for its hotel guests by 7am. Their breakfast set is RM25++ and includes either coffee or tea and a glass of juice. Although you can choose either nasi lemak with chicken curry, roti canai or a bread basket with an array of jam flavours and butter, I prefer their cheesy omelette accompanied by baked beans, toast and grilled tomato. The plus point of being there this early in the morning is, it will guarantee you a parking on the narrow street.
4. Century Egg Porridge Vendor
The proprietor of this century porridge stall starts serving at 6:30am. It’s parked on the corner of Moulmein Street, just around the corner from the popular 4. Pulau Tikus market. This is a takeaway stall and perfect for those in a hurry to get on with their day. His snow-white porridge is hot and drowns the century egg laid at the bottom of the tub. He then dresses the dish with sliced spring onions, ginger and white pepper. A tub of his century egg porridge is RM3 for a small one and one ringgit more for a large.
Century egg porridge vendor
5. Mario’s Ristorante
Compared to the rest on this list, Mario’s opens late at 9:30am but their breakfast menu is until 5pm. Located at the beginning of the busy Batu Ferringhi stretch, their breakfast starts at RM4.50++ for either fresh baked bread or fruit loaf with butter and assortment of jam flavours. While The Work’s Brekky is RM16.50++ and it consists of eggs, grilled mushrooms and tomato, bacon, a sausage and two slices of toast. I do prefer their poached eggs on toast with hashbrowns and baked beans. Coffee or tea is not included and starts at RM5.80++ for tea while a double espresso is RM7.90++.