Capucino Cafe @ Ipoh – Something Different for a Change?April 7, 2010 | 9,416 views
I am not going to write a formal review. Yes, I’ll just rant on whatever that comes to mind, for it’s Wednesday and there’s this syndrome called Midweek Blues. Though not as prominent or notorious as its sibling, the Monday Blues.
Midweek Blues? You know, the feeling of being neither here nor there. One part of you feels damn glad the weekend’s already beckoning for you on the horizons, and you know that in two more days you’d be thanking G it’s Friday!!!
But of course, this doesn’t hold true for those who work on Saturdays. Or even Sundays. But you get the drift ……..
Aglio Olio with Seafood (RM14.90/USD4.20) – A surprisingly pleasant serving of pasta with generous drizzles of olive oil, lots of chopped garlic, basil leaves and chili flakes. The stars? 3 medium-sized succulent and sweet prawns, bouncy pieces of squids, scallops and two decorative pieces of crab sticks.
But then again, when you’re rushing to meet deadline, or even halfway there (or worse, barely started), you’d be wishing it’s Monday over and over again. I’ve seen through the horror of it all.
That’s when good food and great company come into play. The luscious breakfast of crispy toast with kaya (egg jam) and butter, complemented perfectly with a piping hot cup of frothy, milky and irresistibly fragrant white coffee. Wind down for a brief moment of solace, no matter how hectic, rushed, or depressed one may get.
Light banters over a cup of Cap(p)ucino, and be mesmerized by the sheer quality of the foods, the far from skimpy portions, and ultimately climaxing over the value-for-money sets. Only at Capucino Cafe, my friends …..
If breakfast during working hours is not feasible, then opt for long lunches, or short flings no matter where you are. But beware the congestion during peak hours; in this case anytime between 1-2pm. Capucino Cafe is situated on Jalan Chung Thye Phin, off Jalan Sultan Iskandar (Hugh Low Street), where two famous schools are located at. Either you’re in the mood to jostle with the orange school buses or impatient parents zig-zagging their ways across one end of Hugh Low Street to the other, or you’d be better off coming earlier or later than 2pm.
Cream of Mushroom and Toasted Garlic Bread – The usual, don’t put too much hope in these ….
I was introduced to Capucino Cafe by a reader. And you have my utmost gratitude, because the dinner was satisfactory, and seeing RM11.90/USD3.40 nett per set is akin to discovering the Northern Lights phenomenon over Bukit Kledang. In short; almost impossible.
Most notably, the service was prompt and far from intrusive although the staff were mostly from the younger generations. Warm water is provided for free, but through self-service beside the counter. Before you go all out throwing tantrums and searching your local phonebook for the number to Biro Aduan Awam notice that they do NOT charge service tax, or government tax. So what you see on the menu is really what you have to pay.
Mongolian Chicken Set (RM11.90/USD3.40) – Creamy, slightly piquant gravy dousing the piece of grilled chicken, served with their buttery rich mashed potatoes, and fresh coleslaw.
They serve the usual Western fares, including pastas, pizzas, and chops, to Eastern-influence cuisine such as Thai-style Fried Spaghetti (gotta be one of their better choices, for the shot of the pasta was printed on the front of their menus!), various styles of cooking king prawns served wtih rice (RM9.90/USD2.80 per serving), and the complimentary snacks and finger foods.
Katsu Chicken Thai-style Set (RM11.90/USD3.40) – Crispy, battered fillet of chicken served with the side cup of tangy, and delectable Thai sauce; a combination that reminded one of the dipping sauce for Ikan Bakar (grilled fish). Lovely.
The meal was good, nothing short of satisfactory, though they could do better with fresh, homemade soups, rather than cream soup from the can. A minor gripe, and a double-edged sword this one, for unless you’re willing to pay a few extra bucks, I’m contented with the combination. And not in the pictures above is a dessert of the day, which so happened to be a sweet and smooth honey dew custard pudding in a plastic cup.
I will certainly be back for the other tempting choices, from lamb to chicken and fish, as well as various pastas, and the intriguing king prawns with rice (there’s even one with sambal PETAI!). But of course, I’ll choose to go on a weekend, or early lunch/brunch, for I would not want to be ‘drowned’ by the seas of school children, nor bumper-to-bumper with their respective parents.
The accolades – Prove of his mettle? Chef James Beh has some enviable working experiences. So you know you’re in good hands.
Address & Contact Number :
No 27, Jalan Chung Thye Phin,
Telephone : 605-255 4245, or 6016-515 1142/6016-524 1107 (James Beh)
E-mail : [email protected]
Business hours : Monday to Saturday – 11.30am – 10.30pm, Sunday – 11.00am – 10.30pm.
Here’s a GOOGLE MAP to Capucino Cafe.
Directions : Jalan Chung Thye Phin is the road connecting Jalan Sultan Iskandar (Hugh Low Street) to Jalan Kampar (Jalan Raja Permaisuri Bainun). You will find Ave Maria school and Yuk Choy within the vicinity. The cafe is opposite the Elim Gospel Hall. You must have heard of Fantasy Cafe, if you’re a 80’s/90’s baby born in Ipoh, and studied in this town. Capucino Cafe is just a few shops away.