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An island up in the north, which is rich with heritage and famous for its food, who does not know this island Penang? Well, one thing cannot be denied that, after a few areas have got awarded as UNESCO heritage area. . tourism industry had push up to another level, with a mark on the map by knowing its one of heritage spot! Nostalgie Cafe

[UPdate: No Longer in Operation]

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Good thing is this heritage area had attracted many tourist and many pre-wedding photoshoot had taken place with amazing work from many photographers along with many new cafe’s and boutique hotel bustling up around the area, one of the most recent place we found is this little family operate cafe, Nostalgie Cafe that stood alone in Steward Lane, which is just directly across Muntri Street.

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All the operates in the area have their very own catchy name, not to be surprise that Nostalgie actually come by from French which evolve from the word Nostalgia with the meaning of yearning for the past. As this place is know with its rich heritage, therefore this word been chosen that preserve the whole building outlook and do with a bit more touch up to bring back the look and feel of the place.

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Its like many cafe around the area and every cafe have their very own style preserving the whole building, and I must say this outlet is one of my favourite, as they did it with different style. A bit of art, antique which is a combination of east and west combination. Why is that so? Below is running operate cafe and upstairs is a boutique hotel which expected to be complete by Febuary 2012 and there are already people book the place. I got a chance to preview the place and its nice without completion yet. ūüėÄ

Back to my question, why is that so and with following pictures you will understand. . .

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The cafe is operated with chinese antique where the family really put in efford and import it back from China on a certain furniture. .

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This is the running cafe area . ..

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and this is what I mean a touch from the West with classic art paintings been put up on the wall . .

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A glimpse for the room upstairs .. . ūüėČ

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Right in the middle, they have a mini garden  . ..

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and this is how people enjoying the place, a classic touch with a bit of simple contemporary design to make it very comfortable to chill for a morning. They are just a very friendly couple~

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As the cafe are moving forward, soon to be they will have many drinks to be introduce into the menu which is coming soon~

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On a hot sunny day, you would not want to miss this 2 drinks which is Ice Lemon Tea @ RM 5 & Cranberry Longan @ RM 9. Which is really a thirst quencher.

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If you are a Lime drink lover, try not to miss this as not many places can serve nice Lime Juice drink and the colour and tone of the drink already tell, made fresh~

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The menu is pretty simple as the have spaghetti, pizza and sandwich, the rest are drinks~ Food range are more like Italian homecook!

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A simple dish to start off with Spaghetti Aglio Olio with Prawns @ RM 24, taste is light with olive oil and well coated along the spaghetti,  sprinkle upon some cheese powder on top that serve along with two huge prawns. . .

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a meal that cook with their very own homemade sauce is Spaghetti Marinara with Prawns @ RM 24,   sourish in taste with the tomato sauce well coated on which is not too dry and by the time you finish the whole plate, there are little sauce that left on the plate that makes it look like you have lick it off~

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Fettuccine Carbonara with Turkey Bacon @ RM 21, as not many people can take too creamy taste as that’s one of my favourite, a bit salty with bacon that cook along, and enough cream to make it as I prefer.

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The star of the day is this Chicken and Feta Cheese Pizza @ RM 28, a home made base dough which you can see the chef roll in the kitchem that comes with the crust not too thick nor thin which is just perfect! Rich in feta cheeze taste and the flavor is a bit more strong, and a bit sourish with the cherry tomato that makes it blend so well. – Recommended!

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A pizza which is generous with prawns is this Prawns and Chili Pizza @ RM30  that you can see each slice of pizza comes with decent size of prawns. This pizza bends towards more on sourish size because of its tomato base~

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Teriyaki Chicken Sandwich @ RM 14

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Sandwich lovers, you must not miss this with its fluffy homemade bread daily on a very limited bread available that once sold out, you have to come back the next day. I love the bread so much and the chicken is perfectly grill that make it a great sandwich to start your day off. – Recommended!

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Under desert menu, this is the supper star or known as the cafe’s signature cake, Carrot Cake @ RM 12. This cake is also made fresh daily and one of the best seller in the outlet. Often get sold out over the day very fast, and some of the customers even come a few rounds for this cake. The cake is huge enough to feed for 2 person and if you are a cake lover like me, once slice is just perfecT! Its rich in ingredient, that every bite is filled with walnut and add on with a bit of raisins to¬†sweeten¬†it a bit. The cake is not too compact yet its a bit bouncy when you bite on it. A cake that I prefer, soft and not too sweet~

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Chocolate Brownies with Walnuts are a bit on the bitter side because of the chocolate used, and some of you might not used to it. They are not dry, very moist and with chocolate sauce added on makes it even better. RM10

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White Coffee @ RM 5 and Black Coffee @ RM 4

If you are coming to this outlet for dining, my recommendations is do not miss their pizza and sandwich, as their spaghetti taste are more towards authentic taste, therefore some people might find the taste a bit bland or sourish.

Its a good thing to see another cafe pop up around the area, one set back of this outlet is there are very limited parking space around the area, as you can park in the small lane oppsite the cafe or you have to park nearby area with just about 3 minutes walk by strolling down this rich heritage area`

Now they also have special Christmas Menu in da house check it out and make your reservations:

Location:
Nostalgie Cafe
34, Stewart Lane,
10200, Penang.
(Few shop lots away from Coffee Atelier)

Business Hour: 11am to 9pm, Closed on every Thursday.

Contact Number: 604- 261 0977

Email: [email protected]


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A few years back where some areas in Penang had been crown with UNESCO’s World Heritage Cities Program, a few area started to grow with small little cafe’s¬†and backapackers inn are mushrooming arond the area (Ryokan Chic Hostel is one of the latest addition to the area) to cater local and foreign tourist which I am hoping it will become a mini like Jonker street in the future, which Penang is lacking of. . .. .One of the latest discovery that was told by my friend to ask me to check it out was this little cafe smack at the junction of New Lane and Muntri street, bye the name of ¬†‘Behind 50’ . .

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The shop is very obvious that it is painted in bright yellow colour walls which is only the single story unit. . .

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The whole place is decorated with very rustic feeling, mostly with their own creative design to ensure that the cafe is as heritage as possible . .

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with nice photo’s on the wall as deco . .

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even use this old classic player to play music for its cafe ..

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The cafe is certainly not big that can host only a few tables and mini bar seating area

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for a cafe like that to offer that range of food is quite good ..

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Like the Ice-Lemon Tea which is very homemade style and under this hot weather, this is just what I need. . . Refreshing sip’s .. .

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Mushroom soup wasnt on par with what I expected, as I find it too creamy and thick, a bit blend in taste too . .

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I guess this would sure be a another great place to hang out with friends with their drinks are certainly up for grab, and filled with¬†modernize¬†pre-war style deco and the pricing of it is sure quite reasonable ¬†. . . .For food wise I havent really try out on it, and no comment. . .as on the day I went, there were only one guy working which is ‘pau ka liau’ the whole scene ¬†. . . So do have patient that they are lack of man power if you plan to visit here. .

Location:

Behind 50,
Junction of Muntri Street and Love Lane,
Penang

Mon ‚Äď Wed:11:30-01:00
Fri ‚Äď Sun:11:30-01:00

Phone: +60124939230


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Often my friend asked me, where is the best cheap place to stay in Penang and I always have issues in recommending that as to find something really nice like what offers in Taiwan is hard to find, but not until recently there is one new Ryokan Chic Hostel that opened up that offers a very good rate especially to those who travels in group.

Cannot deny that this Ryokan Chic Hostel is one of the place that I would be recommending to all travelers if you are looking for somewhere comfy, clean environment and looking to make some new friends while travelling and with its cheap rates at backpackers price for a 3 star hotel stay,this would certainly can accommodate all types of travelers. Best even to backpackers looking for budget place to stay or travelers looking for a budget stay over the weekend for a place that offers Japanese Theme accommodation.

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Ryokan Chic Hostel is smack in the middle  Unesco World Heritage territory, surrounded by rustic architecture buildings and cultural sites, as there are also a few other operating rustic and classic cafes operating around it.

Besides that, for party animal, this place is just 5 minutes walk to a large Hawker center called Red Garden and 10 minutes walk to Penang most happening place which is Upper Penang road that filled with Bar and Clubs, also 10 minutes walk to famous Nasi Kandar Line Clear.

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At the main entrance welcomes you the modern style of baba n Nyonya concept as what I feel . .

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and I love the interior which is very simple and nice place to hang out, as the counter sited right in front is their check-in counter for your rooms.

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You are able to rent towels and other basic necessities you need.

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They have a mini bar to cater for their inhouse guest and at the moment which is not fully operational yet . .

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Dining place for your breakfast, lunch and dinner n also they have high speed wifi for you to use. Just incase you would want to connect to your love ones or keep in touch with your friends.

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They have 2 types of rooms available which is Suites Room that offer at the rate of RM 68 and I didnt manage to view this room as it was fully occupied but you can view it at their website (click here)

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Very nice walkway with a bit of garden concept and white lamps placed right in front of their rooms.

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Then other facilities for other rooms do not have toilet build in it and its a shared toilet available at the back of the hostel. Washing area. . .

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and 6 toilets available

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Let’s head up to their dorm room and you evolve from as you climb up the stairs. . .

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Before you head to their dorm you are required to put all your shoes in this shelves which is available upper section called The Loft,

6 Bed Dorm

The Sunrise, 6 Bed Dorm

The Classic, 4 Bed Dorm

The Chic, 4 Bed Dorm

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this is the 4 Chic room dorm which are only meant for female only  . . . . that RM38 per bed for a night.

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chic room also get a huge Hollywood glass frame to do their dressing up and putting on  make up.

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Each traveller will have a individual locker each to put in their stuff. .

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If you are bored in the room they have area Chillax Corner that filled with bean bags. .

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The rooms do not have tv and they include this super comfy area filled with bean bags too is this little entertainment area. . .

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They also have Reading Corner to do some leisure reading or while waiting for your friend to get ready you can browse thru some magazine.

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This are the rates on all the item including the room rates for you to check out and cannot deny that this is surely one of a good cheap accomodation to be highly recommended to travelers around the world if you do visit Penang also for its attractive location located UNESCO heritage zone and surrounding food they can go after. .

One thing to note is that, there are very LIMITED parking space available. .

Hopefully there will be more budget hotel or clean nice backpackers Hostel available in the future.

For more info or reservation you can check at their website: MyRyokan

Location:

Ryokan @ Muntri Street
62 Jalan Muntri
Georgetown
Penang
10200
Malaysia

Tel: 04-2500287

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