Vintage Cafe and Guest House
Trendy, comfortable and right in the heart of the tourist belt of Old Town. This is Vintage Cafe, offering fusion fare with a twist that surprises and pleases.
I did have to remind the service staff about wearing masks, though (as we will all have to do so as often restaurants get lax).
Davin Sidhu, Director and Suren A/L Kamalanathan who is both head Chef and Restaurant Manager were on hand to chat about their menu, with new ideas contributed by Suren who joined Vintage Cafe about a year ago.
Not only do they keep their prices low in general, but they really care about frontliners and the sacrifices they have made during the MCO. So in a tribute to them and to show they care, all frontliners who show their credentials are entitled to a 15% discount. This is applicable for GrabFood/Foodpanda drivers too, as well as doctors and nurses. A nice gesture, I thought.
For drinks we were recommended their Signature Coffee with mint syrup, sugar (optional) and milk. Voluptuous texture and the mint syrup lent a freshness, RM10.90.
We started our meal with a Caesar salad; lettuce, cherry tomatoes, and crispy croutons topped with grated parmesan in a mild garlicky dressing. Four 7-minute egg halves served as garniture. Crispy and fresh, RM9.80.
This was followed by a most unusual pizza, the BBQ Donald Duck Pizza; sliced smoked duck topping a pizza base not of wheat flour but a Mexican tortilla usually made with cornmeal. The sauce was also unusual in that it was barbecue sauce instead of the usual tomato-based one. The tortilla base was nice and thin and very crunchy. They were extremely generous with the Mozzarella and parmesan cheese topping, and the smoked duck imparted its smokiness. RM21.80.
Another Fusion dish of Curry Carbonara spaghetti with smoked duck (you can choose to have chicken instead too) won raves at our table. The curry was mild but made with the proper masala with cherry tomatoes added, and the curry leaves exuded their special fragrance. The Carbonara was thankfully not smothered in cream but instead, creaminess provided by egg yolk. RM15.80.
Next was a Fried Chicken Waffle sandwich served with sweet potato fries which were slightly caramelized with a teeny-weeny amount of icing sugar making them nice and crispy. The chicken was still crispy at the sides and teamed with the slightly sweet waffle, lettuce and mayo dressing, made for an interesting and large helping of food. A reasonably priced and fulfilling meal in itself, RM15.80.
But of course, mentioning waffles, how can we ever not have the Signature dessert waffle smothered with blueberries, strawberries, banana slices, vanilla ice cream and topped with chocolate sauce. A sweet lover’s heaven in a mouthful, RM11.80.
All dishes served to us have been kindly up-sized for sharing. For an idea of how much they offer for a single portion, visit their Facebook page.
Vintage Cafe is also a guest house upstairs but it is not open for guests yet while training and sanitizing is going on. Opening is scheduled for August.
21, Jalan Market, 30000 Ipoh, Perak
Tues-Sun. (Closed on Mondays)
11am-9.30pm (Last call at 9.30pm)
Delivery available at a RM5 flat delivery fee
Pork/Lard free, Muslim friendly
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