Penangites might scoff at the idea of eating the state's signature dish in an air-conditioned cafe-like space, but let's not discount the new laksa specialist, Laksalicious, based on its environment.
Sure, there are better Assam laksas around, but Laksalicious's version is decent. The characteristic sour, tangy, spicy flavours are there (enhance them by adding in prawn paste or hae go); it is topped with lots of onions, mint leaves and lettuce, as it should; and the soup is suitably thickened with fish. The addition of prawn cracker should work perfectly in theory, but it just has this residual taste of oil that's not very pleasant.
There are only two types of laksa for now - assam and Nyonya (weekends only) - and you choose whether you want the thin or thick noodles. On the menu, you'll also find local kuih, tong shui (sweet soup) dessert, and the popular cempedak spring roll (if the fruit's in season).
If the weather gets too hot outside and you're hankering for laksa, or for tourists who want a slightly more gentrified setting to try out local street food without sacrificing too much authenticity, Laksaliciuos is a viable option.
123 Hutton Lane
|Opening hours:||Mon-Tue, 11.30am-7.30pm; Thu-Sun, 11.30am-7.30pm|