*** October 2013 – This outlet has since closed down and reopened at 17 Jalan Phuah Hin Leong, 10050 George Town, Penang

BY CK Lam

A lot of soul put in the cooking and hopefully lots of soul music to refresh your little soul on sunny Penang Island.

Soul Kitchen Trattoria tucked away on Muntri Street in a pre-war house is the place to visit if you are looking for great eats in a laid back ambiance. This restaurant, barely a few months old is run by a young creative Malaysian-German couple, Michele Yim and Tonio Neuhaus.

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The restaurant has some of the culture of the past, and is decorated with cool seductive retro chairs and few tables. A corner is decorated with two old briefcases with one of them, a 50s Berlin briefcase filled with books. Alternate steps of the staircase have been punctuated with wooden crate filled with green plants.

Soul Kitchen Trattoria with lots of soul music and food by what2seeonline.com

Soul Kitchen Trattoria with lots of soul music and food by what2seeonline.com

Not only does Soul Kitchen serve coffee and desserts, they also serve a roster of dishes. There is no printed food menu in this trattoria. Instead the contemporary Italian-inspired selections are posted up in the chalkboard on the both sides of the wall leading to the kitchen which focuses mainly on very straightforward breakfast items, sandwiches and pastas with varieties of options.

Soul Kitchen Trattoria with lots of soul music and food by what2seeonline.com

The beverages menu placed on the table is hand-written on a single piece of paper, creative indeed! What I like about this place is the quality and prices of the food.

Soul Kitchen Trattoria with lots of soul music and food by what2seeonline.com

The meal started off with Ice Latte and Papaya Orange Smoothie followed by the restaurant’s signature dish, Penne Chicken al Limone. This generous plate of pasta at RM19 was colorful and savory. The zesty lemon juice added a zing to this plate of al dente tubular penne with tender pieces of chicken, capsicum and carrot, flavored by oregano, basil and parsley. The combination of lemon and the herbs gave it a refreshing taste. Portion wise, was nice for sharing!

Soul Kitchen Trattoria with lots of soul music and food by what2seeonline.com

If you like lasagna, this is a must try as it comes with difference in taste. Tonio does really well with this dish with minced pork RM19. The pasta sheets with tender texture were layered with tomato based pork mince sauce, carrot, tomato and with mozarella cheese topping sprinkled with parmesan cheese.

The tasty lasagna came with a side salad of greens which include onions and cut tomatoes in balsamic vinegar. This lasagna is pretty much a meal itself and is very satisfying.

Soul Kitchen Trattoria with lots of soul music and food by what2seeonline.com

Soul Kitchen also offers healthy breakfast, with Tramezzini (grilled sandwiches) and also Scrambled Eggs done with bacon RM8 or with mushroom RM6. The Tramezzini RM10 comes with choices of gammon ham, tuna, turkey ham, mushroom and salami as fillings, coupled with tomatoes, cheese and sauce choices of mustard, sweet onion or roasted balsamic garlic.

Tramezzini, is available for breakfast but for light diners, this sandwich sometimes replaces lunch altogether. I could not resist ordering the Tramezzini with tuna fillings.

Soul Kitchen Trattoria with lots of soul music and food by what2seeonline.com

Grilled tuna sandwich with crisps bread and warm fillings

 

Soul Kitchen serves pizza, with choices of Pork Salami RM9, Anchovies & Olive RM7 and Mushroom RM8. Our choice was the Pork Salami which was dressed with toppings of tomato sauce, slices of salami, tomatoes and mozzarella cheese. The salami and the ingredients all combine for a sharp distinct taste on this pizza with a thin crust, slightly crunchy edges.

The owners pride themselves on making their own sauces using freshest ingredients available, including the sauce for the pizza.

Soul Kitchen Trattoria with lots of soul music and food by what2seeonline.com

The meal ended with the light and fluffy tiramisu cake RM10 and cafe latte RM6. The tiramisu which is a staple on the menu at Italian restaurant is very popular in Soul Kitchen. Tonio made his own mascarpone cream, following the footstep of his grandfather’s recipe. I certainly recommend this cake with a strong presence of liquor to everyone dining in Soul Kitchen.

Soul Kitchen Trattoria with lots of soul music and food by what2seeonline.com

Warm cup of cafe latte, best enjoyed with the tiramisu

Soul Kitchen Trattoria with lots of soul music and food by what2seeonline.com

For those who relish eating outdoors, there are two sidewalk tables with people and car-watching view.

Soul Kitchen Trattoria with lots of soul music and food by what2seeonline.com

Do drop by this cozy trattoria, a great place for a light snack or a delightful meal. Tucked away in the quiet Muntri Street, this outlet with free wireless internet access faces directly opposite Tai Buan Porridge. Click here for the Map Location.

Soul Kitchen Trattoria with lots of soul music and food by what2seeonline.comSoul Kitchen Trattoria with lots of soul music and food by what2seeonline.com

The proud owners of Soul Kitchen

Soul Kitchen Trattoria
No.102 Lebuh Muntri
10200 Georgetown
Penang

Tel: 04-2613118

Business Hour : 10am – 3pm & 6pm – 9pm

Closed on Tuesday

* This is a reproduction of my article published in New Straits Times

 

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21 comments so far

 1 

nice and cozy place.

CK Lam Reply:

I like it just the way it is :)

August 27th, 2010 at 11:42 am
 2 

Italian restaurant can never go wrong with their tiramisu.

CK Lam Reply:

Yup, many who have visited the place, gave their thumbs-up for this dessert.

August 27th, 2010 at 12:05 pm
 3 

the tiramisu look yummy~wish i can hv a try there~

CK Lam Reply:

This would be a lovely place to drop by when you visit Penang.

August 27th, 2010 at 1:02 pm
 4 

a lot of cheese powder for that pasta!

CK Lam Reply:

Just love having that :)

August 27th, 2010 at 1:58 pm
 5 

I was there 2 days ago, ordering almost the same type of food as yours. You’re right, the tiramisu is unbeatable!

CK Lam Reply:

Glad you have an enjoyable meal in Soul Kitchen.

August 27th, 2010 at 2:40 pm
 6 

sigh… this is the one that I missed out. blamed it on my sinus attacked. :(

CK Lam Reply:

Love to drop by with you on another day…

August 27th, 2010 at 3:23 pm
 7 

Nice ambiance and such a lovely idea to combine Western food in an old house. Love that shot of the cafe latte at the side of the window.

CK Lam Reply:

Nice to see you dropping in. If you are up in Penang, do let me know…would love to share with you the makan places around town.

August 27th, 2010 at 6:27 pm
 8 

I am bookmarking this tiramisu on my to-hunt list!

CK Lam Reply:

Hope you like this dessert…

August 27th, 2010 at 6:32 pm
 9 

Ah, that rare pairing of good food and great ambiance… I like what I’m seeing (excellent pics and writing, dear)!

The lack of permanent printed menus only adds to the spontaneous, laidback feel of the place, lovely!

CK Lam Reply:

Would love to bring you to this outlet on your next visit :)

August 28th, 2010 at 12:27 am
 10 

Food looks good! Glad to see the old Green House has been given new life by the owners of Soul Kitchen. Will give it a try one day soon~~

CK Lam Reply:

Looking forward to seeing your review…

August 28th, 2010 at 12:41 am
fskhaw
 11 

Anyone knows if the Green House owners have moved on to operate their cafe elsewhere?

CK Lam Reply:

Not too sure about that.
Hope readers who have the info will share it with everyone.

August 28th, 2010 at 1:03 pm
 12 

The great thing about Tonio and Michelle is their creativity and their passion about the food they serve. You can fall in love with Soul Kitchen over and over again :)

CK Lam Reply:

You are right about that…even the quality of the food is well maintained.

August 28th, 2010 at 11:34 pm
 13 

I just love the tiramisu cake, it is so fluffy and full with the smell of liquor. I would say they served one of the best tiramisu in Penang.

CK Lam Reply:

I agree with you too :)

August 30th, 2010 at 10:41 am
 14 

Hahaha, what a coincident! Just this morning I saw the mat salleh at Tesco and I was telling myself, hmmm….he must be a restaurant owner cos he was buying a lot of things and stuffing them into his trolley minus plastic bags. Tks for the tip, my hubby loves this sort of place.

CK Lam Reply:

Nice to see you dropping by. Hope you and your family have an enjoyable visit to Soul Kitchen.

August 30th, 2010 at 11:25 am
 15 

Good to see them retaining the old school charm instead of going all swanky and such.
I love heritage walks around Georgetown.

CK Lam Reply:

I heard that much attention and effort is being put into preserving the many old buildings in George Town.

August 30th, 2010 at 11:57 am
 16 

Glad to hear tis beautiful green house is now open for b’ness…and soo happy to see they set 2sidewalk tables, i can now bring my furry pet while we enjoy the mentioned lovely italian food…esp.Tiramisu…my favorite !

CK Lam Reply:

Hope you enjoy your visit!

August 30th, 2010 at 4:00 pm
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 17 

Thanks, CK. I’ve been following yr blog for quite sometimes. Oso been to the places suggested by you. Going to drop by 1 day….

September 29th, 2010 at 4:39 pm
 18 

Ahhh…so this place is now operated by them. Formerly was known as Greenforest by Australian couple.

Judging from the picts, I hope to visit it .. if not after my return from EU… :-D

Thanks CK..as always you brought the best out of Penang. Hugs and kisses

Esef ;-)

October 17th, 2010 at 11:43 am
 19 

oops…my error..it’s formerly Green House :-D

October 17th, 2010 at 11:49 am
kelley
 20 

i would not agreed with it. you got to call and reserved that table. thanks for the local paper’s interview. we arrived without doing so, our fault. we are be seated and asking to settle the check not even finish our drinks, because the big group are coming soon. Huge disappointment with the manner and felt like been thrown out . for sure we will not recommended to our friends and will not be back again .

November 14th, 2010 at 11:50 am
 21 

I heard this place is closed, can you confirm?

CK Lam Reply:

Hi Cynthia, the outlet has since closed and replaced by Gala House Restaurant & Cafe.

October 28th, 2013 at 3:14 pm

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