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Cozy in the Rocket

George Town

March 2013

The name itself is eccentric but endearing at the same time. A product of the same people responsible for six-tabled Amelie Café on Lebuh Armenian (which is no longer in operation), Cozy is infinitely larger in terms of space, is air-conditioned and has a more ‘mature’ interior even when dotted with one of the proprietor’s distinct, scrawled art pieces.

Menu wise, they’ve stuck to what they know best and have been serving for a couple of years, which is pasta. Their pasta dishes have always had a touch of elegance and there are around seven or eight choices such as gnocchi with mushroom sprinkled with truffle oil, carbonara with bacon (a thumb up), tomato classic with sausage meat (two thumbs up), also a weekly special (and a favourite of mine) spaghetti coated with pesto then topped with crispy bacon with lemon and rocket leaves.

As in their habit, each pasta order is prepared fresh and they range between RM23 or RM25 per plate. It may sound like a small thing but it really does make a difference to the flavour – they seem to ‘pop’ more, alive instead of limp.

While one is the artist and cook, the other proprietor is the coffee barista. With this in mind, you’re guaranteed of good coffee from a coffee menu that extends to the norm right up to macchiato and flavour additions such as hazelnut and vanilla from RM7. For a bit of adventure, try their chai latte!

If caffeine is not your poison, they have San Pellegrino juices, fizzy drinks or fresh ice blends like longan and lime. The latter has become quite a popular drink since their Amelie days and one I’d recommend for an especially hot afternoon, after a long walk around town.

Yes, they do have beer and house pouring red or white wine to enhance your meal further. Opt for a table in their courtyard on a cool day to enjoy the town’s buzz that filter in. Soon enough the young shoots of greenery they’ve planted within the courtyard will grow, adding to the café’s earthy ambience. Kitty Kaye

Venue name: Cozy in the Rocket
Address: 262 & 264, Lebuh Pantai
Penang
10300
Venue phone: 012 496 7838
Opening hours: Daily, 10am-5pm (including public holiday); closed on Mon
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