BY CK Lam
Tucked away on Beach Street in Penang, is Urban Daybreak, a breakfast-brunch hotspot. The quaint cafe, marked by its charming white color, is run by the lovely people from Georgetown Wines.
The menu has coffee prepared with selection of coffee beans from Thailand, and a colourful range of MSG free hearty dishes like pasta, sandwiches, toast and waffles.
There were four of us and it was a good opportunity to taste a bit of everything. As we wanted some fresh juices, the waitress suggested that we freshen up with choices of apple, orange and beetroot.
We started the meal with the Baron’s Grilled Cheese, Morning On the Roll, Such A Good Waffle and Prawns, Garlic & Tomato spaghetti.
For cheesy choice, the Baron’s Grilled Cheese is an offering with a medley of cheese, blueberry, spinach, and balsamic glaze on sourdough with a simple salad. The dish at RM22.50 came out a little smaller than expected but the flavours really do pack a punch.
We had two dishes that were served with eggs: Such A Good Waffle and Morning On the Roll. The Such A Good Waffle was a mix of reassuring flavors, with arugula, fried egg, gammon ham, BBQ baked beans, and salted egg yolk Hollandaise. The waffle was quite thick and fluffy.
The Morning On the Roll was served with poached egg, smoked bacon, salted egg yolk hollandaise and sun-dried cherry tomatoes. The taste and flavors were further amplified with the poached egg that blended wonderfully with the ingredients on the plate. The accompanying vegetables added the crunch for the dish.
For the pasta dish, we went for the Prawns, Garlic & Tomato spaghetti where wheat spaghetti were cooked with prawns, oven dried tomatoes, brandy and parmesan cheese. The de-shelled prawns were fresh and nicely done, giving flavor and a little bounce with each bite.
More unusual dishes include the Prospector Hotcakes and Brioche French Toast. The Prospector Hotcakes RM17.50 had a blend of chocolate and banana centered between hotcakes. It was made better with the tartness of the berries, citrus syrup, and vanilla mascarpone.
On the other hand, the Brioche French Toast RM19.50 had slices of sweet, vanilla maple-syrup-soaked brioche combined with brulee banana and homemade salted peanut butter smoked bacon. The combination with a drizzle of maple syrup sounds odd but the recipe actually works quite well.
The menu also offers a selection of tea, coffee and chocolate, besides a variety of beer and aerated water. Servings of coffee completed the meal: latte, cappuccino and macchiato. The tiny cup of macchiato (RM9) packed a real punch.
So next time you’re in the mood for a hearty urban brunch, do try out this cafe located in inner Georgetown. The cuisine is both wholesome and comforting.
338 Lebuh Pantai
Tel: 04 – 2629693
Business Hours: 7.30am to 3pm (Daily)