BY CK Lam

At 42º La Boheme, we discovered new textures and flavours during our lunch visit. Opened since July, Mathieu Guegan and his wife Huvi have created a French cafe in a heritage house. Coupled with simple decorations and some old collectibles, the ambience is casual. The only visible sign of the cafe in bustling Jalan Sri Bahari, is the small wooden sign, 42º La Boheme, hanging on the front gate.

Mathieu, who also runs the kitchen, learnt to bake since he was 12 and has spent years working in some restaurants. He makes his own bread and desserts and offers lovely pastries, galettes and quiches. Besides the short and fresh menu, a variety of desserts can be found displayed at the counter. The chalkboard showcases a selection of pizzas available only on weekends.

42° La Boheme in Jalan Sri Bahari by CK Lam at what2seeonline.com

42° La Boheme in Jalan Sri Bahari by CK Lam at what2seeonline.com

We started the meal with feta salad (RM21), which was bursting with vibrant colours and texture. Generous serving of vegetables, egg, olives, avocado, tomatoes, capsicum, feta cheese and walnuts come flavoured with house-blend olive oil and spices. A plate of bread accompanied the salad. Other choices of salad include chicken and bacon.

42° La Boheme in Jalan Sri Bahari by CK Lam at what2seeonline.com

 

The quiche comes with choices of vegetable, chicken or Lorraine. The chicken (RM12) that we had was just perfect, the crust just as it should be and the portion, not too heavy. This oven-baked dish and a side bowl of salad made a marvellous light lunch.

42° La Boheme in Jalan Sri Bahari by CK Lam at what2seeonline.com

 

The chicken brochette has marinated pieces of chicken meat cooked with capsicum and tomato. At RM19, it comes with a bowl of salad with simple dressing. The chicken was tender and tasty, while the charred capsicum was simply scrumptious.

42° La Boheme in Jalan Sri Bahari by CK Lam at what2seeonline.com

 

We also had bacon mushroom pizza in tomato sauce, which is the pizza special, for RM21. The thin-crusted pizza, topped with meat and the right amount of tomato sauce with an acidic tang, was served on the board.

42° La Boheme in Jalan Sri Bahari by CK Lam at what2seeonline.com

 

For dessert, we had the almond croissant (RM6). Sprinkled with sliced almonds and topped with a dusting of powdered sugar, the croissant was rich with a soft sticky textured filling of almond paste together with nuts and a good dose of bittersweet chocolate. Cold and hot beverages cost between RM5 and RM6.

42° La Boheme in Jalan Sri Bahari by CK Lam at what2seeonline.com

42° La Boheme in Jalan Sri Bahari by CK Lam at what2seeonline.com 42° La Boheme in Jalan Sri Bahari by CK Lam at what2seeonline.com

 

There are various seating arrangement, ranging from low sofas to small tables with stools and a long table for larger groups. This non air-conditioned cafe, which serves interesting food, is a cosy nook to relax and unwind in.

42° La Boheme in Jalan Sri Bahari by CK Lam at what2seeonline.com

42° La Boheme opens from 10am till 6pm daily, and is closed on Mondays. Click here for the Map Location.

42° La Boheme in Jalan Sri Bahari by CK Lam at what2seeonline.com 42° La Boheme in Jalan Sri Bahari by CK Lam at what2seeonline.com

42° La Boheme in Jalan Sri Bahari by CK Lam at what2seeonline.com42° La Boheme in Jalan Sri Bahari by CK Lam at what2seeonline.com

 

42° La Boheme
42 Jalan Sri Bahari
10050 Penang

Tel :  017 9762153

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

 

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8 comments so far

 1 

Those desserts look scrumptious!

November 5th, 2011 at 4:20 pm
 2 

Hi CK, we enjoyed our time at La Boheme too. Absolutely loved the French pastries.

November 6th, 2011 at 12:23 pm
 3 

I love how it’s French cuisine in a Nyonya-tiled-floor setting! Penang’s such a wonderful hodge-podge of contrasts! :)

November 8th, 2011 at 6:23 pm
 4 

This place looks lovely, and what a delicious spread of food!:)
I must add this to my list of places to try…LOL, the list is getting longer now…there are just so many new places in Penang already!;)

November 9th, 2011 at 5:16 pm
 5 

Looks wonderful! We were at Foong Wei across the road a couple of weeks ago and wondered about the human traffic going in and out the shop. The sign was barely visible!

November 11th, 2011 at 3:24 pm
 6 

What an appetizing meal! Will be visiting Penang soon and will surely pay this place a visit :D

November 24th, 2011 at 3:02 pm
 7 

i’ve been there too! i think we went the same weekend? hehe…

November 29th, 2011 at 3:59 am
 8 

Their pastries presentation look very tempting. You’ll have to try it whether it is to your liking :) Their Creme Caramel was overly too sweet for us when we visited the place.

October 8th, 2012 at 12:36 pm

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  1. Old charming cafes around the heritage enclave of George Town | What2See : Best of Penang Food!    Apr 18 2013 / 10am:

    [...] La Boheme Run by Mathieu Guegan and his wife Huvi, La Boheme sells some of the most delicious and unique desserts. Mathieu personally makes the bread, desserts, pastries, galettes and quiches. The chalkboard showcases a selection of pizzas available only on weekends. Not to be missed is the almond croissant with almond paste filling together with nuts and bittersweet chocolate. [...]

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