Penang - That marvellous place called Cozy in the Rocket, Beach Street
Some people claimed to have stumbled upon Cozy in the Rocket, an eclectic cafe at the intersection of Armenian Street and Beach Street, by chance. Not us - we'd been looking out for it ever since the owners who used to run the now-defunct Amelie Cafe (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/806406) closed down their very popular cafe due to a rental hike, and also to expand their space.
We came by during breakfast-time this morning, so didn't have the chance to order their homemade fresh pastas (dang!), but we tried out their breakfast options:
- Bacon, eggs and toast: done perfectly, the bacon rashers were moist and slightly crisped, eggs were fried over easy.
- Mushrooms and feta cheese omelette: loved the aroma from the fresh mushrooms, and the saltiness from the feta cheese.
- Pork salami and tomato omelette: The salami added a meaty richness to the eggs, undercut by the tang of the tomato slices.
All breakfast plates were served with toasted bread and some of the crustiest baguettes in Penang, and good quality butter. The cappuccino and Masala chai were thick, rich and flavoursome. This, coupled with a quirkily-furnished cafe which oozed a languid atmosphere, I wanted to stay here forever.
Cozy in the Rocket
262 & 264, Beach Street (Lebuh Pantai).
Tel: +6012 496 7838
Opening hours: 10am-5pm daily (except Mondays)
Back there for lunch this time, and tried the following:
- Spaghetti Carbonara with Pork Bacon: best in town, homemade fresh pasta enfolded in rich, thick sauce. Yolk nestled in the middle, and at the slighest prick, flowed out to further enrich the dish with its sticky eggy goodness. Freshly-grated Parmegiano-Reggiano on top lent a salty tang.
- Gnocchi with Pork Sausage Meat and Gorgonzola: another winner here - perfectly-cooked gnocchi, interspersed with crisp-on-the-outside chopped pork sausage covered with a rich, creamy dressing. Piquant Gorgonzola flavours.
- Clam Risotto Vongole: slightly dry-ish/overcooked risotto - the only chink we detected here. But the strong clam and white wine flavours more than made up for it.
- Vanilla Pumpkin Tart: came highly recommended but I found the shortcrust pastry base a bit too hard, and not buttery enough.
- Vanilla and Lemon Panna Cotta with Parmesan Ice-Cream: very nice, eventhough the Parmesan Ice-cream was indistinguishable from ordinary vanilla ice-cream.
- Chempedak Panna Cotta: *this* is the best-tasting dessert I'd ever had in a looong time. Do *not* miss this :-)