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THE NEWEST FOOD COURT IN PENANG – METRO CAFÉ

Posted by crizlai On May - 3 - 2009|

Note: This place has ceased operation in early 2010 due to a high rise building construction next door.

It seemed like there are more and more restaurants and food courts opening within the last one week. The latest being Metro Café which was opened on 1 May 2009, located just within a stone’s throw away from Northam Beach Café. Walking through the pathway leading to the dining area, there were many accessories stalls selling costume jewelries, t-shirts and souvenirs. With a few vacant stalls left within it premises, it gave me the first impression that it would be just another of those food courts with many inexperienced cooks.

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Although I did not manage to test out all the food stalls there, what I had for dinner yesterday were quite satisfactory to my liking. The first dish which was Chicken Shiogayaki (RM8.50/set) proved that there still existed some good and experienced cooks in Penang. The set dish came from a Teppanyaki stall and it had some juicy pieces of chicken meat pan fried with their special ginger sauce and onions, served with plain rice and salad. It was indeed delicious as the meat was somewhat like teriyaki chicken with a stronger taste of ginger. I will surely comeback to try out their other dishes such as Unagi, Ika Teriyaki Pepper, Salmon Terikyaki, Tori Karaage and many more.

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I even got to order Vietnamese Rolls (RM3.50 for 2 rolls). That’s real cheap. The roll came with a leaf of lettuce, finely stripped cucumbers and carrots, glass noodles, chopped chicken meat, fresh prawns and Chinese celery leaves, wrapped in a hot water softened bánh tráng (rice paper). These were served with additional Chinese celery leaves and their specially prepared chopped garlic and chili sauce. The only hiccup was that they should have given more of the sauce for dipping. Other than that, the dish was refreshing and healthy. From the culinary skill of the finely stripped vegetables, the cook had indeed traveled to many countries for the last few years. Two of the dishes which caught my attention and I would try them out next would be the Crispy Aromatic Duck Meat served with Chinese Crepes and special sauce (RM11) and their Crispy Black Pepper Chicken Sticks (RM6).

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Instead of ordering the normal Claypot Chicken Rice (RM4.50 with egg), I opted for the Claypot Stewed Pork Rice (RM5.50 with egg). I actually hesitated when ordering this dish after seeing how many English spelling errors the stall had on their menu. Is it Claypot Pork Rips Rice or Claypot Pork Ribs Rice? Indeed the dish was not up to my expectation. I was expecting freshly stewed pork slices but what I had was canned stewed pork. The fatty portion on the meat was so powdery soft and with the “chemically” preserved juice added into the rice, it had a weird rosy after taste. Although the dish had some Chinese sausages and egg added, it lacked the wok hei (high heat cooking) fragrance that any claypot rice should have. I guessed not many stalls would add some Shaoxing wine onto the cooked claypot of rice either.

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When I saw the next stall selling Gurney’s famous roasted chicken, I was sure that this was the branch of the famous Song River Café Roast Chicken. I lost my battle against the temptation of trying them out. Instead of ordering the Roasted Chicken Drumstick (RM5 each), I ordered their Roasted Chicken Wings (RM3.60 for two wings) instead. The delicious and juicy wings were well roasted until golden brown and the skin had that beautifully crispy sensation. A thumbs up indeed!

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It was time for dessert and I spotted a stall with lots of dragon fruits being displayed. With no photos or English descriptions on the menu, I thought it was just another fresh fruit cuts stall. Instead, it was a great discovery of a new type of dessert in town. The Red Dragon Fruit with Sago (RM4) was something that I did not expect to see. Normally, most people would use white fleshed dragon fruits and these would be cheaper as the fruits would not be as sweet as the red ones. The dessert was unique in color and it was just a simple combination of fresh cut red dragon fruit served with shaved ice, some spills of evaporated milk, syrup and topped with springy sago. The sweetest was just nice for me and the slightly sour but sweet dragon fruits made the whole dessert perfect.

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Another order which I had made through this stall was not listed in their menu but the hot dessert was another good experience. It was Tang Yuan Fu Chok Yee Mai Soup (RM3.50 – Glutinous Rice Balls in Beanstick and Barley Broth). It came with two large sesame filled rice balls and three plan rice balls. Although the tang yuan were not as soft as I would expect, the broth was rich in flavors. It was thick and not so sweet at all.

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I would surely revisit this café for a better judgment on the overall food as there were still many stalls I had yet to try out such as the Portugese Barbeque, Popiah, Bak Kut Teh, Laksa, Rojak, Thai Salad, Satay, Koay Teow Th’ng, Fried Money Bags and many more.

If you are coming from Jalan Burma into Jalan Pangkor or Jalan Kelawei or Persiaran Gurney, just drive straight into Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah. Keep to your left and you will see the Metro Café signboard in blue. The café is actually a few houses before the Northam Beach Café.

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Name: METRO CAFÉ
Address: Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah, 10050 Penang, Malaysia.
Business Hours: 5.00pm-12.00midnight (tentatively – it might be 24 hours later)
GPS: 5.427937, 100.321358

RATING:
Ambience: 7/10 (1-4 cheap, 5-7 average, 8-10 classy)
Food Choices: 7.5/10 (1-4 limited, 5-7 average, 8-10 many choices)
Taste: 7.5/10 (1-4 tasteless, 5-7 average, 8-10 excellent)
Pricing: 7.5/10 (1-4 cheap, 5-7 average, 8-10 expensive)
Service: 9/10 (1-4 bad, 5-7 average, 8-10 excellent)

19 Responses to “THE NEWEST FOOD COURT IN PENANG – METRO CAFÉ”

  1. Yesterday, I passed by this food court after dinner. Wow….. it has many choices…… must go and try it out! Thanks for sharing……

    Haha.. another new place for yo to explore Mary. 🙂

  2. Yo… you’re fast leh!!!! We drove passed the other day… was surprise to see another food court next to Northam Beach Cafe. 🙂

    I’m sure fast as I can smell food from miles away. LOL!

  3. it’s really new, not sure how’s that place will be after few months on the food and service. Btw, I would want to try out the Red Dragon Fruit with Sago there. Go with u got discount?

    Hey! you think I’m a “partner” to all the food outlets? Haha! Well, RM4 for the dessert is still cheap. As for the food to maintain its standards, it’s up to the management to sustain those good ones around. 🙂

  4. Duckie says:

    oh must go try!!

    Go! Go! 😛

  5. Selba says:

    I really want to try the Red Dragon Fruit with Sago… it looks so good!

    I was also surprised at how well this dessert turned out to be in this presentation. Cool!

  6. SimpleGirl says:

    another nice hawker place in Penang…the teppanyaki chicken looks good….comparable to those in restaurant

    Yup QL… and cheaper a lot. 🙂

  7. weiling says:

    wow, i love the dragon fruit dessert although not yet try,haha..
    will go try soon..i wish there will be more choices on snack~not only main dishes..
    thx for sharing~

    No problem at all Wei Ling. Try them out 🙂

  8. Chin says:

    Some of my favourites….esp. claypot rice. I have given up eating it in KL.

    Serious? But you still need to eat in KL… Chin 😛

  9. gill gill says:

    at least this is better then northam beach cafe…haha

    Give them time to settle down first and then we go eat at both cafes to compare.. haha.

  10. cariso says:

    I spotted two items that i want to try. 1st is the vietnamese rolls. second is the tang yuan.

    Hmmm.. so typical of your diet.. haha 😛

  11. Chef Mel says:

    the chicken wing look good!

    The chicken wings were surely yummilicious!!

  12. buzzingbee says:

    the claypot stew pork rice didn’t look very appetizing. But the dessert caught my attention!
    Wonder how all these food court are gonna last!!!

    Let’s just hope that their quality would not drop after having the “fame”. 🙂

  13. So, is this one also with sea view as Northam Beach Cafe?
    Ha, you also like Song River’s chicken wing? Glad to hear that they have branch here.

    They should have as I did not check the beach area during my visit as it was raining heavily. 😛

  14. Wow! Another new eatery I should try when I’m back to Penang.

    Unfortunately, I do not know why so many of those great stalls had closed down. Haiz…

  15. chris Lim says:

    Must Try the Teppanyaki dishes, i saw with my own eyes and also heard many customers repeated the order after having their first dish from the stall on the same visit. Cool …

    Me too and the pricing there are quite reasonable too.

  16. Ung says:

    i been there today 3/6/09. omg so surprise me that when everybody were so free cos no customer yet the teppanyaki were soooo busy with loads order. i had a unagi-ramen….yummillicious.

    Yup… reasonably priced too. I just hope they will have confirmed stalls. Some really good ones had left. What a pity!

  17. […] The next appetizer was the Crystal Spring Roll Skin Stuffed with Vegetables & Chicken Meat (公主水晶卷 – RM6.90). The skin was perfectly done as the name itself as it was almost crystal clear but the filling was not as compactly rolled as it was supposed to be. Moreover, I personally felt that the vegetables and chicken meat were left exposed to the atmosphere for too long and had lost their moisture and sweetness. The sugar content within the accompanied sauce was also too overwhelming for most of us. There would still much room for improvement for this healthy meal and hopefully it could be as good as the ones I had at Metro Café. […]

  18. […] Sultan Ahmad Shah, 10050, Penang, Malaysia Business Hours: 5pm – 12 midnight Related Links: http://www.crizfood.com/999/penang-metro-cafe/ […]

  19. Guest says:

    a new food court opened in Batu Ferringhi….
    “Ferringhi Food Garden” (opposite the “Happy Mart”), behind the night market. I heard someone said food is nice, did you go there to taste food?

    Not sure about that. I shall try them out one fine day. 🙂

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