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Budan's Brew Coffeebar

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by Justin Ong (subscribe)
Curious, adventurous, and solemnly swearing that he is up to no good.
Published April 16th 2014
Over to the BBC
When the time came for my friend and I to pick a place to meet up, we went through the whole gamut of choices: from roadside stalls to established food joints, we just couldn't settle on a place.

That was until my friend suggested a continental-style cafe just behind the Church of the Assumption. Since it fulfilled her liking for breakfast and coffee, Budan's Brew coffeebar was our pick for a Wednesday afternoon lunch.

If you can find the street, finding this sign should be a piece of cake


If you do come by Budan's Brew, it would be easy to find: it's the only cafe on a little street lined with houses. From the exterior, I figured the cafe is a remodelling of the Chinese-styled houses of yesteryear.

There is also a school opposite from where I was, but once you step inside, you wouldn't notice any form of ruckus the rowdy students might make. The interior feels moderately spacious and particularly ambient, with the soothing music giving the cafe a quiet charm, which was just right for me to have an engaging chat about everything under the Penang sun.

The front interior from where I was sitting (P.S. there's an air-conditioned back interior too)


Budan's Brew prides itself on its coffees, cool drinks, juices, and continental meals and treats. Among its more notable offerings, for MYR8-12, you can indulge in a cup of Macadamia Latte or even a Piccolo (anyone who drops by can try it for the sake of satiating their curiosity and let me know how it was).

"Munchies" selections include garden salad, spicy herb salad and shepherd's pie. Signature treats include the Affogato and vanilla custard roll with ice cream, while those with an appetite to please have several forms of breakfast sets to spoil themselves with.

Crispy Ciabatta Bread with Cheese Tuna at MYR12


As I was still recovering from a bad case of cough, I opted out of the drinks on this occasion and settled for a crispy ciabatta bread with cheese tuna for MYR12. The salad played its anti-oxidizing role to a tee, and the crispy bread was a great compliment to the warm melted cheese and tuna spread. I am not a tuna fan in nature, but this dish might just convert me over.

Egg Club Sandwich and Macadamia Latte


Kelly, my partner-in-crime for the day, went for an egg club sandwich, similarly priced at MYR12. The egg most certainly looked nice and fluffy, and according to her, it tasted as good as it looked, and the ham helped to sell the dish too. For her coffee fix, she went for a macadamia latte ( I think it's MYR8, but don't take my word on this). Being a fan of chocolate, she found this latte a bit bland.

Kelly also mentioned that the only other time she was here, she enjoyed the Slimple breakfast set, which looks like a classic continental-style meal, with scrambled eggs, salad and bread.

Even after the food has gone and I ended up stretching my friend's time, I was reluctant to leave, which makes it my biggest compliment I could pay to Budan's. The staff were friendly, I am a fan of the ambience, and the food, though possibly overpriced for the locals, might be the right fix for tourists looking to hide from the sun and enjoy a drink and a treat in relative peace and quiet.
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Why? For a brew under the blistering sun
When: Everyday, 8:30am-10pm
Phone: 604-2613930
Where: 2, Lorong Argus, Georgetown, 10200 Penang, Malaysia
Cost: MYR5-15
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