Monday, July 14, 2014

Newly opened Heritage Cafe situated at Kek Chuan Road, Penang offers the latest contemporary dining. Basil le Bistrot, a subsidiary to Valerie Group which owns a bakery in Gurney Plaza's lower ground floor, serves more than just pastries and cakes, by providing a wider choice of western cum italian food.

Basil Sign Board

Bar and Counter

Cakes and Dessert Shelf

Beverage Menu

Dining Area

Demi Breakfast

Demi Breakfast

Demi Breakfast (RM 15.00) is suitable for patrons who favour a light English Breakfast meal. Demi breakfast offers slices of Streaky Bacon, buttered mushrooms, a quarter cup of baked beans, crispy hash brown, toasts and finished with 2 Eggs of your choice (scrambled opted for order)

All is perfect on the plate..However, I didnt like the toast as it was too chewy and hard, I'm guessing this is an Indian bread commonly known as "bangkali roti" in Malaysia. 

Veloute of Roma Tomatoes

Now here's a dish which is a must to order for lovers of tomato soup. Veloute of Roma Tomatoes (RM 15.00) offers Pulverised roasted roma tomatoes, cooked perfectly with home churned yogurt, topped with butter poached seabass totellini and finished off with basil oil and toasts to accompany the soup.

Initially we thought RM 15.00 is a little pricey for a bowl of soup, but being a fan of tomato soup, we decided it was worth a try, and no regrets were made that day for the tomato soup. With a rich aroma of creamy tomato, the bowl of soup leave us wanting for more.

Open Beef Rump Sandwich

Open Beef Rump Sandwich

The Open Beef Rump Sandwich (RM 28.00) is made out of grilled grass-fed beef rump with mustard aioli, accompanied with mesclum leaves on a thick brown toast which I assume to be wholemeal. A side of wedges is provided and additional mashed potatoes (RM 8.00) can be added for a more fulfilling meal.

Personally, I do not like the taste of the beef rump (even though I'm a beef lover), as it was too under cooked that it is almost raw (and...also a fan of medium rare meat), hence making the meat chewy and difficult to cut.

Apart from the sandwich, the mash potatoes are a catch and highly recommended.

Salmon and Scramble Egg Bagel

Salmon and Scramble Egg Bagel

We love bagels, and bagels are a must to try whenever we visit places which serves it. The Salmon and Scramble Egg Bagel (RM 15.00) is served with perfectly cooked scramble eggs with home-cured salmon and finished with a thin layer of cream cheese, accompanied by a side salad.

Love the eggs, Love the salmon, but..didnt like the bagel as it was too hard and chewy.

Full English Breakfast

Full English Breakfast

Earlier on, I recommended the Demi Breakfast for lighter choice of meal, and here The Full English Breakfast would be recommended for those who would prefer a bigger portion of serving for a meal.

The Full English Breakfast (RM 18.00) comes with slices of streaky bacon, two pieces of toast to accompany the well cooked buttered mushrooms, crispy hash brown, a quarter cup of baked beans, and here's the difference, an additional of momotaro tomato and real chicken/lamb sausage of your choice, finished with again two eggs of your choice.


Since Basil is a subsidiary of Valerie Group which specializes in pastries, we decided to give it a try. 

The Croissant (RM 4.50) has a light and fluffy texture, however the butter and preserves are only served upon request.

Pain au Chocolate

One look and we were attracted to this pastry. Pain au Chocolate (RM 4.50) is a pastry covered in chocolate cream, melted chocolate and chocolate shavings. Definitely worth a try for chocolate and pastry lovers.

Cafe Latte

Cafe Latte (RM 9.00)

Hot Honey Lemon

Hot Honey Lemon (RM 7.00) 

Iced Mocha

Iced Mocha (RM 10.00) 



Outdoor Garden

Table for Two

Also Available:
Entree - Salmon Tartar, Demi-roasted Chicken Breast, Cajun Squid and Tartar Sauce, Chicken Liver Parfait, Prawn Cocktail 
Soups - Cream of Mushroom Soup, Soup du Jour (Seasonal Soup)
Gourmet Sandwiches - Open Chicken Sandwich, Masala-Spiced Chicken Thigh, Wild-caught Seabass, Aubergine and Sunny Side-up
Bagelicious - Home-cured Salmon Gravadlax, "Big Breakfast"
All-Day Brunch - Egg Florantine, Mushroom En Croute
Main Courses - Pan Seared Wild Seabass, Beef Stroganoff, Braised Beef, Pork Loin, Gratin Seafood Pie, English Fish and Chips, Chicken Breast
Extra Sides - Buttery Peas and Onions, Field Mushroom Fricasee, Braised Baby Carrots, Premium Hand Cut Chips

Ratings :
Ambiance : 8/10 (0-3 Plain, 4-7 Comfortable, 8-10 Classy)
Food Choices : 9/10 (0-3 Limited, 4-7 Average, 8-10 Plenty)
Pricing 6/10 (0-3 Expensive, 4-7 Reasonable, 8-10 Cheap)
Taste : 8/10 (0-3 Tasteless, 4-7 Average, 8-10 Tasty)
Service : 6/10 (0-3 Poor, 4-7 Average, 8-10 Efficient)

Service Charge: Yes (10%)
Government Tax: Yes (6%)
Food Portion : Small

Basil The Restaurant,
9, Jalan Kek Chuan,
10400, Georgetown, 
Penang, Malaysia.
(Tel: +604-226 5741)

Operating Hours: Weekdays : 11.00AM - 9.00PM, 
                         Weekends: 9.00AM - 9.00PM
(Closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays)

Photo Credits: Angeline Teoh (Author) and Zhi Minn


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