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COFFEE ISLAND IN PENANG

Posted by Criz Lai On January - 3 - 2009|

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The latest happening in town other than the New World Park would be the newly open Coffee Island situated along the promenade of Gurney Drive. It has the buzzing crowd ranging from families, YUPpies (Young Urban Professionals), college and school students. Moving into the premises was like being greeted by a mini party of giggles and laughs, setting the mood of the environment to happy and lively modes.

Coffee Island could be a great place for those who love to drop in for late breakfast, lunch, tea, dinner, supper or even early breakfast in a relax environment as they would be open for business as early as 10.00am until 3.00am. I was there for a late dinner. The menu was rather impressive as it has more than 160 types of food and beverages to choose from. There was also a section for those late owls.

It was a surprise that with such a packed crowd that night, service was still up to par. Waiters and waitresses would check on the provided chit upon serving and supervisors would double check on the orders per table. Meals were served within few minutes too.

The first order that came was the Chicken Maryland (RM11.50nett). It was just a normal presentation with side dishes such as salads, mashed potatoes and some greens. As usual, the dish would also have sausage, pineapple and banana fritters on top of the usual breaded chicken. I would think that the sausage could be improved as it tasted “cheap” and the breaded chicken had a hard outer batter while the meat was extremely dry. It tasted as though it was double fried and lost its juiciness. Somehow this dish was not up to my expectation.

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The next one was the Traditional Chicken Curry served with Roti Jala (Net Egg Crepe – RM9.50nett). The dish has only three piece of roti jala, two with pandan (screw pine flavored) and one plain, served with spicy chicken slices curry (8 small slices in fact). The taste was great but the amount could hardly fill my tummy, considering that the dish was served with only 4 thin slices of cucumber. Great taste but too pricey.

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To fill up my tummy, I had to order the Ham & Cheese Toast (RM4.60nett). I was expecting something fragrant and crunchy but in the end I had 3 thick but springy slices of white breads stuffed with a semi fried ham and a piece of cheese. Moreover, there were no vegetables inside, except for some over lime juice taste mayonnaise. I would rather have non toasted bread with butter spread as the whole combination was too dry to my liking.

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There was nothing special in the drinks too. The Iced Cappuccino (RM5.90nett) was really ‘ice filled” and not to my liking as it tasted so “thin”. The Pink Holiday (RM6.90) was a laugh. It tasted like a sugarless Ais Manis (red syrup iced drink) with some fizzy soda. It was nothing special at all.

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Maybe it was just due to my wrong timing to dine there when the place was so packed or my expectation could be too high. Anyway, I was not quite happy with the RM43 paid (plus tips) to have these types of food served. If I were to visit there again, I would surely choose other dishes to test them out again. Let me share with you what they have in their menu.

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Overall, the place would be ideal for meet-ups if the taste of food is not your main concern. The pricing might be a bit high though for the amount of food served and the drink could be a bit “thin”. I would advise can drinks instead. You can opt to dine indoor rather than the al fresco area. There would be two free 1MB WIFI line available, namely Coffee Island 1 and Coffee Island 2. Downloading could be quite fast but uploading is rather slow. There are other “unsecured lines” such as MyBroadband and Gurney67 available but I’m not sure about the speed.

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The shop is strategically located along the sea front of the famous Gurney Drive (next to Crepe Cottage). If you are coming from town center towards Gurney Drive into Jalan Kelawei, turn right at the first junction (Jalan Lim Chin Guan) where Gurney Tower is. Drive towards the end and turn left. You would pass through Evergreen Laurel Hotel and a stretch of hawker centers on your left. Slow down as Crepe Cottage is immediately after the last hawker center (Song River Café). You can park your car next to the café. The car park is in fact behind Crepe Cottage. If you visit this place during weekends, I would advise you to park your car in the Jalan Birch Car Park (the road after Song River Café) and walk up to the cafe.

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Name: COFFEE ISLAND
Address: 77 Persiaran Gurney, 10250 Penang, Malaysia.
Opening Hours: 10.00am – 3.00am
Contact: 604-2272378
GPS: 5.432556, 100.316592

RATING:
Ambience: 9/10 (1-4 cheap, 5-7 average, 8-10 classy)
Food Choices: 9/10 (1-4 limited, 5-7 average, 8-10 many choices)
Taste: 5.5/10 (1-4 tasteless, 5-7 average, 8-10 excellent)
Pricing: 8/10 (1-4 cheap, 5-7 average, 8-10 expensive)
Service: 8/10 (1-4 bad, 5-7 average, 8-10 excellent)

14 Responses to “COFFEE ISLAND IN PENANG”

  1. Looks like a nice place to hang out. I will be sure to visit there…

    Wow! All the way from Chicago… Hope to see you around here soon.

  2. SimpleGirl says:

    the price is more like restaurant price though! If the food is nice we don’t mind ya, especially roti jala RM9.50 is a bit too expensive!

    Yea.. I was so stunned. With that amount, I could have had 8-10 piece roti jala plus curry chicken and potatoes elsewhere. FYI… I had supper less than 2 hours down the road too 🙁

  3. Eeks, the look of that sausage is a complete turn-off! One of those frozen cheap variety! I don’t think much of the food at joints like this and Mr. Pot; overpriced, jack of all trades, master of none!

    The sausage really looked like those selling RM1.99 or below type in some of the hypermarkets. Can’t they just foot another few sens more for better ones? I should have gone to Tree Shade instead.. that’s the cost for two 3-4 dishes dinners.

  4. Allie says:

    I’ve visited this place last week and are quite disappointed with the finger food that we had. I feel that the prices is slightly high compare to the quality and portion of food they served.

    But will back there again to try out some other food. Give them a 2nd chance? hehe

    That’s will be my plan too. I’m randomly picking a off peak hour soon so that I can sit down and give feedback to the bosses. They ought to know the patrons’ dissatisfaction.

  5. gill gill says:

    this kind of food quality you still give 7/10? haha, pretty give face

    Oopss.. I overlook that as I was tired… haha. Thanks for reminding.

  6. Duckie says:

    oh food sounds disappointing le

    It was…

  7. Han says:

    OMG…all the foods look delicious and yummy…

    Looks good but not taste wise… haha

  8. Looks like this is the talk of the town place, hor?? Lots of people had blogged about it.

    Yea… the next would be Georgetown White Coffee right? Other than the poor service, I heard the food portions were rather big and not so expensive. I guessed I would have to try out myself to be certain. 😛

  9. Toffees says:

    I just tried on Sunday morning…I ordered the Sar Hor Fun & Prawn Wantan Noodle ….man the food SUCKS big time….even the Ice Mocha & Viet coffee i ordered does not do justice to their namesake……

    It sounded like I was not the only one not so happy with the food quality. I wish the management would take note on that. I did not see any suggestion chits around too. Maybe they should provide them too.

  10. Ah Shui says:

    Wah, seem like all the bad comments..hahaha…

    Yea.. not me only.. quite a few from others too.

  11. buzzingbee says:

    I went on new year’s eve…and I do agree that the service is fast. But the food was nothing to talk about and the price is also a little high for the portion given.

    I think those pricing and taste would be suitable for yuppies and tourists… It’s not the place for us food lovers.

  12. sheila says:

    It’s a nice place to hang out. lot of variety of food and beverages. Pricing is acceptable except for the snacks food too small portion. As for the services, most of the waiters/waitress not familiar with the menu especially about coffee. They would reply ‘I don’t know’. It seems that they are not well trained yet.

    I would excuse those waiter/waitresses since the establishment is still new. It’s not easy to memorize over 160 items too. But for the portion and pricing, they have to improve on the size or the price.

  13. Eddy says:

    hi there,

    anyone happens to have the PIC contact? or email? tried 604-2272378 (as listed above) but no answer, after many times…thanks!

    I have no idea why the number seemed not to be able get through either as this number was given by their staff. I even tried the other number 604-227 2377 (given by another person) but no one picked up. A check through TM found that there were no numbers registered under PIC and both these numbers are personal owned. If you can manage to get them. Do let me know too. Thanks Eddy. 🙂

  14. […] shop is strategically located along the sea front of the famous Gurney Drive (right before Coffee Island and Crepe Cottage). If you are coming from town into Jalan Kelawei, turn right at the first […]

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