Located at a strategic location between intersection of Beach Street and Chulia Street, Black Kettle cafe has been such a hit amongst the locals and tourists in Penang. It is not easy to get a parking space within the vicinity of Black Kettle cafe, unless you are willing to walk a distance by parking your car at MBPP public parking space.
We were intrigued by the name "Black Kettle" as it is a rather unusual cafe name. Are all the kettles used in the cafe are black in colour or the owner has a special affection toward black coloured kettles? On a sidebar note, Black Kettle has just been operating starting mid of this year, then they closed for upgrading about 1.5 months ago and currently operating with a new setting.
Updated on February 2017, we are back for a second visit to Black Kettle Cafe as we did not manage to sample any main dishes on the first visit.
During our first visit, we saw quite a number of customers having Black Sea Scrolls Pasta (RM 36), thus we give it a try this times. The pasta was served black in colour, dyed by the authentic squid ink sauce. Unlike any other intense pasta sauce which gave either creamy or sharp tomato taste, the squid ink infused a very light seafood scent and a briny sensation to the bowl of pasta, making the taste slightly on the plain side. It comes with generous quantity of seafood and squid.
All American Cheeseburger (RM 26) was an absolute delight. The 150g homemade beef patty was prepared utilizing the Sous-vide techniques, resulted a succulent and moisten patty. The burger taste was further enhanced with the double cheddar cheese. Its side dishes - homemade french fries was of topnotch quality and we hoped we'd served more of it. The french fries just insufficient to quench our appetite!
We had a scone and a chocolate muffin as dessert. The scone was well done, and had a tad sweet taste. If you spread the butter on it, surprisingly the sweet taste was reduced and instead skewed to more a pleasant buttery taste.
On our second visit, our stomach were full to load in a huge quantity of calories from main courses thus we decided to settle with a piece of cheese cake (RM 12). The cheese cake was milder in cheese flavor, not delivering a punch of bold cheese and creamy taste as expected. It will be those cheese cakes appealing to individuals who enjoy a less creamy version. Cushioning the cheese cake is a layer of biscuit crust and added some crumbly texture.
As a piece of cheese cake seems rather dull, we opted for a piece of chocolate croissant (RM 4.30). Unlike the typical United States or French croissant which usually possess a crispy outer layer and gives some crackling sounds upon biting, the croissant here has a softer outer layer. The inner layer is great with a soft and buttery feeling, while the chocolate fillings added another kick to every bites of it.
Iced Long Black (RM 10) which had a sharp and intense taste.
The Mocha (RM 11) was nice and aromatic, as Black Kettle is using the renowned Dimattina's most popular blend - Mocharoma.
We also bought a Cinnamon Roll (RM18) for tomorrow breakfast as we hardly could resist the temptation of all different breads and pastry at the bakery section.
105, Beach Street, 10300, Georgetown, Penang
Operation hours: 7:30am - 11:00pm
Tel: 04-251 9270
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