In Penang – The Mugshot Cafe

The hotel we stayed didn’t include any breakfast. We had to pay RM30++ per pax if we were to dine there. But since we were in Penang, the land known for glorious delicious food, we decided to go against it and head out for breakfast.

The Mugshot Cafe, Penang

We ended up at The Mugshot Cafe – the first food pit stop of the day since it was on my food list. I have always wanted to try this cafe ever since I read from here. While some are there for the experience and/or coffee (oh… they have a photo booth in the cafe), my visit was mainly for their bagels.

The Mugshot Cafe, Penang

It was a Saturday on the day of our visit and the cafe was packed to the brim. Each little tables and chairs were occupied up to the five foot way (pedestrian walkway). Out of pure luck (and perhaps timing), it didn’t take long to be seated outside of the cafe. From what I saw, most of the customers were tourists… like one of us!

Although the menu on the board was kinda limited, it didn’t stop us from a portion each to fill our hungry stomachs. The drinks and food took quite awhile to arrive but then again, what’s the hurry when we were on holiday.

Yoghurt with Jackfruit and Gula Melaka by The Mugshot Cafe, Penang

To start off, a ‘jar’ of yoghurt with slices of jackfruit topped with gula melaka. It tasted quite alright, the tartness of the yoghurt subdued by the sweetness of the jackfruit and gula melaka. The toppings were generous but they weren’t quite enough for the amount of yoghurt below.
Bagel with Bacon & Egg by The Mugshot Cafe, Penang
The Bacon & Egg (RM10) bagel was the one that got my attention. Despite its name, it looked more like ham & egg rather than bacon. I liked the way they shaped the protein to hold the egg while cooking them both. There were drizzles of mayo on top of it to help the taste. It would be great if the yolk is runny…

Bagel with Turkey Ham & Cranberry Sauce by The Mugshot Cafe, Penang

The Turkey Ham with Cranberry Sauce (RM10) may sound unusual but the sweet-sourish jam complemented pretty well with the ham. I could do without the rocket leaves though.

Bagels by The Mugshot Cafe, Penang

The bagels for both were done pretty well; crisp on the outside yet doughy inside.

Iced Cappuccino by The Mugshot Cafe, Penang

The Iced Cappuccino (RM10) wasn’t a standout but it’s sufficient to give the much needed buzz in the morning.

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  1. the bagels here are constructed to kinda look like breakfast burgers, eh. mugshot’s food looks good, and i like the cozy ambiance … hmmm, i’d like to see a bagel store where we can customize our stuffing. maybe i’d fill mine with egg, bacon, avocado and rocket leaves :D

  2. The bagel look so yummy! I think I’ll rather spend my breakfast here than to pay RM30++/pax for hotel breakfast which may be quite common sometimes :-p

  3. Love this place.. read a lot of reviews before but havent had a chance to try..
    I already compiled a long list of cafe to visit when Im back to penang.. ;P

  4. Sean : It’s hard to get bagels with fillings in Klang Valley. The closest one I know is at Subang Jaya but I’ve yet to try them. But yeah… Would love to have such flexibility to customise my bagel too!

    Melissa : Yea. But then again, with RM30++, we could easily stuffed ourselves in Penang.

    suituapui : Yeah, there’s mayo on it.

    Choi Yen : *high 5* :D

    foongpc : Love the yoghurt too. As for the bagel, if only they use real bacon instead of ham…

    Eunice : Do try when you’re in Penang next time! :D

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