BY CK Lam

Ete Cafe, a family-owned coffee hotspot in Penang welcomes customers with its specialty coffee and tea besides freshly baked cakes. Situated on Carnarvon Street, this cafe is run by Taiwanese couple, Chiang Tsung Hsun and his wife, Venessa.

Both learnt baking skills from the Le Cordon Bleu cooking school. At Ete cafe, Venessa is responsible for baking the pastry and cakes. Don’t be surprised to find delicious macaroons, gateau, chocolate mousse and tarts. These sweet treats ensure a loyal following from customers who want fine French pastries.

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The cafe has many ways of  brewing its coffee, including the laboratory-looking siphon. The  types of coffee beans are printed on the menu with descriptions of them.

I watched how Chiang prepared our order of Brazil Santos and Columbia coffee. Both beans were freshly ground and brewed. Both beans were freshly ground and brewed. I preferred the Brazil Santos coffee as it was more full-bodied and less acidic compared with the Columbian coffee.

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Besides experiencing the siphon coffee, we also  indulged in cakes.  Desserts are different every day of the week. The creations are unique as Venessa designs and makes them with various flavour combinations.

There were several exquisite  ones in the display glass unit during our visit. I got to sample two of them.  The sea salted caramel and white chocolate mousse is a rich and creamy dessert perfect with the Brazil Santos coffee.

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The moist chocolate cake is irresistible and  addictive.  A slice costs RM8.

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In addition to sweet treats, Ete Cafe also offers savoury dishes. There were two choices on the day of my visit – quiche and chicken pizza. I ended having the latter, which is toasted until it turns golden brown. It tastes particularly nice with lots of cheese.

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There are macaroons on offer too. This delightful sandwich pastry with icing in the centre comes with several signature flavours. Other irresistible items include alhambra, tarte normande and the crunchy fromage baton. The couple also provide  catering services for cakes  on special occasions.

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Colorful macaroons

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Gateau

 

I certainly see myself coming back for  more, with its never-ending variety of desserts and good coffee. The cafe is opposite the Carnarvon Street police station, and is not air-conditioned.  Coffee bags are seen hanging at the entrance. The interior decor is relatively simple, with a few tables that seat around 15. Parking is convenient with several car parking lots in front of it. Click here for the Map Location.

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Ete Cafe
79 Lebuh Carnarvon
Georgetown
10300 Penang

Business Hours: 11:00 am – 6:30 pm

Tel: 017 4350922

GPS Coordinates: 5.416083,  100.335333

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

 

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This entry was posted on Wednesday, March 7th, 2012 at 10:00 am and is filed under Cafe, Cake, Coffee, Dessert, George Town, Penang. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

12 comments so far

 1 

Yummy!!!!

CK Lam Reply:

Another new place for coffee break!!!

March 7th, 2012 at 10:22 am
 2 

Looks wonderful, especially the coffee bean bags hung all over the entrance. Another discovery spotted by CK Lam! Hurrah! :)

CK Lam Reply:

I think you will find this cosy place interesting.

March 7th, 2012 at 11:24 am
 3 

WOW! It sure does look yummy-licious! Thanks for the insights, CK!

CK Lam Reply:

You are most welcome Jamie!

March 8th, 2012 at 8:58 am
Daryl
 4 

Hi CK Lam, Alex is responsible for the pastries AND the coffee brewing while Vanessa learned French cuisine. :)

CK Lam Reply:

A great pairing at work :) Thanks for sharing Daryl!

March 8th, 2012 at 9:00 am
Queenie20
 5 

It made me crave for coffee and cake.. :)

CK Lam Reply:

Drop by to try out the food and beverages.

March 10th, 2012 at 3:20 am
Sarah
 6 

This is definitely the place to visit if I want to pleasure my taste buds. It sounds like the Ete Cafe aims to provide a wonderful experience to its visitors. Thank you for the recommendation.

CK Lam Reply:

Thanks for dropping by Sarah!

March 15th, 2012 at 11:15 pm
eva
 7 

HI, CK Lam~ thanks for your post~~ tried it yesterday! and indeed it totally change my perception on black coffee that without sugar and cream, it can be so tasty and match perfectly with my fav macaroon! love it!!! will make a visit again when i come to penang next time!

CK Lam Reply:

Welcome to the ‘black coffee club’ :)

March 18th, 2012 at 6:17 pm
Sam Ng
 8 

Disappointed with this place. Went there on a Sat at about 6 pm n was closed.Tried again on Sun evening still found it closed. Just 2day went over all the way from Bayan Lepas for lunch and found it to be closed again. am not sure if they are closed for good or not. Also my mistake for not calling them first. Will not waste my time going there again

CK Lam Reply:

Do not give up on good food places easily Sam. Since you are staying way up in Bayan Lepas, it is best to give them a call.

March 28th, 2012 at 5:37 pm
Christine
 9 

super love the cakes and coffee there.and also their quiche…thanks for the recommendation.

CK Lam Reply:

Thanks for sharing!

April 5th, 2012 at 12:53 pm
toh
 10 

We went there last sunday. One word can describe. Disappointed with the cake. The cake not worth with the price because i feel the cake can get in any cake shop instead of there. In the last, there is no receipt on our bill and we found our bill is over charged.
Btw, the boss is very friendly indeed

December 17th, 2012 at 1:01 pm
Vanessa
 11 

How much is the fees for the macaron and coffee training?

September 1st, 2013 at 5:14 pm
Irene Toeh
 12 

The staff is sharing with me that this coffee aroma is kind of like wine tasting ….. Quality dessert and coffee! <3

September 11th, 2013 at 4:10 pm

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