Perched high on the sixth floor of Gurney Paragon mall, this café offers desserts and a good cuppa. Being in Penang’s latest mall makes it accessible to shoppers, perfect for a quick snack before you head home.
Polished cement floors give the spacious café a sleek, industrial feel that matches the neat cluster of retro chairs and wooden tables. It certainly avoids the stereotypical cutesy aesthetics of your regular run-of-the-mill dessert café. Owners Bruce Tan and Aw Kaiho aren’t afraid to go raw and bold with its interior – you’ll find jabs of testosterone in a framed picture of Iron Man with sharp horns and a plastered bull sculpture that will catch you off guard.
The menu gives the place an overall soft touch. The house specialty is liege waffles flavoured by chocolate banana, mixed fruits and beanie matcha, sinfully drizzled with chocolate sauce and topped with a cold scoop of ice cream. There’s a fun breakfast for the kids here of waffles made of eggs, chocolate sauce and chopped fruits for a pop of colour.
Once you’re settled with your order, lean back and look up to the wooden tree centrepiece with branches that snake across the ceiling, dotted with drop-light bulbs that really liven the place up in the evenings. Between that and the ladder-shaped shelves filled with books, you won’t notice the hours go by. Families and kids are noticeably absent here. Instead, groups of girls giggling away and couples looking for a bit of quiet seem to be the regulars. When night falls, head over to the balcony for a view of the sea and the twinkling lights of Gurney Drive below.
We recommend: Chocolate banana waffles with a cup of cappuccino.