bookmark_borderIn Penang – Brown Pocket, Gurney Paragon

This place needs no introduction. It is pretty well known by now for its aesthetic decoration and food/desserts. Whether the food is good (or worth the money) or not, I guess it’s up to one’s preference.

Brown Pocket at Gurney Paragon, Penang

Brown Pocket at Gurney Paragon, Penang

We were only there because we were killing time as well as to rest before our next food hunt. Fascinated by the whole simplistic concept and comfy chairs, we were drawn into it in no time. I particularly liked the whole ‘natural light’ ambiance which worked well for this café.

Brown Pocket at Gurney Paragon, Penang

Although we had to place our order at the counter and the food being served to our table later on, this café practiced self-service… with service charge charged. Mind baffled? Me too.


The menu was extensive but it didn’t really cover the entire dessert forte. Spoilt for choices with light meal in mind (so we could gorge on our next food stop), we opted for Triple Chocolate Waffle (RM14.50) and a jar cup of Kiwi Orange juice (RM11.90) to share. Water was provided for free with some really odd but unique glasses.

Triple Chocolate Waffle by Brown Pocket, Gurney Paragon Penang

It did take a while for them to arrive but it didn’t matter to us as we could really make full use of the… chair and air conditioning. The waffle arrived with three mini canisters containing three types of chocolate (dark, milk and white). It looked pretty and all but I wished the waffle could be bigger as the ratio (to the ice cream) was slightly disproportionate. The waffle was crisp on the outer layer but slightly doughy in between. Nevertheless, it was all good to go with the ice cream and chocolate sauces.

Kiwi Orange Juice by Brown Pocket, Gurney Paragon

The juice was wee bit too sour but it’s drinkable. Maybe it was due to the sweet endings of the waffle which screwed my tastebuds.

Brown Pocket at Gurney Paragon, Penang

Not sure what the ambiance and service would be like when the café is packed, but overall, when we were there, it was pretty cosy and quiet. In fact, there were only two occupied tables and one of them was ours. Truth to be told, I am not sure if it’s worth the price for the waffle (but definitely not for the juice), but I guess part of it went to the given place, space, ambiance and experience.

Address :
Level 6,
Gurney Paragon Mall,
Pesiaran Gurney,
10250 Penang.

bookmark_borderBoat Noodle, Empire Damansara

Boat Noodle, Empire Damansara

Whether it is a fad or just marketing concept, Boat Noodle at Empire Damansara certainly did something right somewhere. They have been mentioned here and there that they have garnered the well deserved attention.

Boat Noodle, Empire Damansara

A quick search and you will notice of photos of stacked empty bowls which are associated to this place. It is as though there’s an unspoken challenge laid down for customers to outdo each other with the number of bowls consumed per seating.

Menu by Boat Noodle, Empire Damansara

The queue at any time (but mostly during peak period) can be terrifying is considerably long. Even when we were there on Friday, the shop was filled up to the brim that any customers after us needed to wait for a table.

Bowls of noodle by Boat Noodle, Empire Damansara

The menu is fairly straight forward; dry or soup and beef or chicken. For RM1.90 per bowl, it sounds like a good deal. But one needs to know, to avoid any disappointment, that the portion of the noodles per bowl is tad little (read the comments in Foursquare and you’ll probably get the idea.). On my scale/measurement, I could can gobble them up at a go effortlessly. That said, I have not been to Bangkok yet, therefore it is unfair to compare the portions between them.

Dry Noodle by Boat Noodle, Empire Damansara

Soup Noodle by Boat Noodle, Empire Damansara

Personally, I would go for the soup version due to its flavoursome, spicy broth. It has this satisfying kick with savoury endings. The glass noodles were cooked nicely with a good bite to it.

Empty bowls at Boat Noodle, Empire Damansara

Between me and my friend, we both ate 14 bowls that day. Were we satisfied? Well… not really but we couldn’t afford to wait any longer as any extra orders will require much patience. Therefore, it is advisable to order as many as you can stomach once you are seated.

Address :
G3A, Heritage Lane,
Empire Damansara,
47820 Damansara Perdana.

Business Hours:
Tuesday – Friday: 11AM – 9PM
Saturday – Sunday: 11AM – 3PM, 6PM – 9PM

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