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Mews Cafe At Muntri Mews Flashpacker Hotel, Muntri Street

The number of flashpacker and boutique heritage hotel is growing in heart of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, George Town. These flashpacker hotels don’t really offers accommodation to tourist only but they also have little cafe/restaurants which feature a heritage dining experience and some nice local food. It’s getting a trend of Penangite going to these place to dine.

Recently, I have been seeing people checking into this cafe of a boutique flashpacker hotel, Muntri Mews through social media like Facebook, FourSquare and Twitter. With much curiosity of these checking-in, I went to check out the cafe – Mews Cafe of Muntri Mews Hotel with my mom for lunch.

Parking was not really easy as the road is narrow, but I believe it would not be a problem if you don’t mine to walk further up a bit.

Upon entering the cafe, you will see a corner that serves as the reception for the hotel, and the cafe is pretty small, yet can pack 30 customers. The minimalist interiors and the usage of heritage furniture showcase the boutique hotel well.

Food menu wise is Asian and Western food starting from RM16. As Today’s Special for yesterday was the Ipoh’s Hor Fun (RM16). My last Ipoh Hor Fun was in Ipoh, it’s chicken slices hor fun with beansprout and shrimp, the soup tasted chicken. However, this Ipoh Hor Fun tasted like Hokkien Prawn Mee, just that’s the taste it’s not strong. The taste of prawn can bee tasted, with ingredient like fu chok, chicken, bean sprout, and shrimps. The hor fun can be be distinguished with local koay teow, it’s more thick and not so sticky like koay teow. Overall, it’s OK-good, but with that price range, I might not want to eat it again. Haha. A bowl of koay teow th’ng or the real Ipoh’s hor fun, cost as little as RM4, it’s like 4 times the price.

The Nasi Lemak Bento (RM16) is one more the most discussed topic on the social network and I have been hearing many good review about it. I ordered this for my lunch meal to check out whether it’s up what I expected. The presentation looks really awesome as it blended the Malaysian and Japanese culture. Nasi Lemak usually is placed on banana leaf and being in the Japanese bento box is my first time see it. It separated the rice, omelette, curry chicken, sambal sauce and shrimp, ikan bilis, nuts and cucumber well.

Usually nasi lemak uses hard boiled egg but with this, it uses omelet instead. Well, how about the taste? The shrimp and the sambal gravy were in fact good, but than the portion of serving was too little. As for the rice, it’s not lemak enough, so do the curry chicken. Unable to conclude that it’s not good, it’s still good as I like the sambal gravy quite a lot.

RM16 per meal for Nasi Lemak, is again, not that good, as you can actually buy 16 packs of RM1 mini Nasi Lemak packs. But with the dining experience in a boutique hotel, and enjoy the atmosphere being in the middle of the UNESCO World Heritage site, it’s good.

Muntri Mews
77 Lebuh Muntri
10050 Georgetown
Penang, Malaysia

Tel : 04 263 5125
Fax : 04 263 4125

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Nick is an interior designer and tech enthusiast based in Penang, Malaysia who constantly exploring places, indulges great food, discovering good design and is a shutterbug. Nick usually writes about Penang, happenings, travel, food, design and personal thoughts.

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