After reading a few reviews on Penang Road Cafe, I went to check out the place at Novena Ville. The cafe has a simple decor and the menu is limited offering popular Penang dishes such as Fried Kway Teow, Assam Laksa, Prawn Noodle and Lor Bak.
The Assam Laksa was pretty decent however I felt that the soup was not robust enough. It lacked the strong sour flavour from the tamarind. A bit more of the shredded pelagic fish would also be preferred.
Assam Laksa 4/5
Assam Laksa 4/5
Unlike the common Fried Kway Teow, Penang Fried Kway Teow does not use sweet sauce but still tasty and flavourful. The Penang Fried Kway Teow had the "Wok Hei" flavour meaning good control of the wok fire and timing frying the Kway Teow.
Penang Fried Kway Teow 4.2/5
Penang Road Cafe also offers dessert on their menu. I tried both their Chendol and Pulut Hitam. The sight of the Chendol already excited me as the cafe used large kidney beans instead of red beans. The Pulut Hitam (Black Glutinous Rice Dessert) worth a special mention. While digging in to the aromatic dessert, I discovered dried longan. This is something unique which I have not tried before.
Pulut Hitam and Chendol 4.2/5
Bandung is a popular drink with the Malay community. It is milk flavoured with rose cordial syrup giving it the pink colour. Adding grass jelly is a modern twist to the drink which I really enjoyed.
Bandung with Grass Jelly 4/5
To get here, alight at Novena MRT station and talk a 3-5 minutes walk to Novena Ville along Thomson Road.
Penang Road Cafe
275 Thomson Road
Nearest MRT: Novena (NS Line)
Daily: 1130am - 230pm, 545pm - 915pm
(Closed on Mon)
1) Alight at Novena MRT station. Head northwest on Thomson Road towards Irrawaddy Road. Cross the overhead bridge to reach destination. Journey about 3mins.