Friday, September 5, 2008

Classic Kopitiam Food At Old Town (E-Gate)

When I decided to write about Old Town, I wasn't sure how to go about it. It's one of those cafes that you either like it or hate it. While the Old Town brand is quite prominent now, it's humble beginnings can be traced back to the late 1950's when it first started off as a coffee shop in Ipoh. Back in those days, it specialises in white coffee and eventually came up with its own coffee and product brand. Since then, it hasn't look back and has set up numerous outlets across Malaysia.

Essentially, Old Town is a high class kopitiam that serves a selected variety of classic local food ranging from nasi lemak, curry mee, Ipoh hor fun. curry mee, javanese mee, nasi rendang and nissin noodles. They also serve different types of toasts namely kaya butter toast, french toast or toast with soft boiled eggs. The coffee and tea selection are somewhat limited to a few brand names like Old Town white coffee ice blended, Xi Mut milk tea, Old Town Hazlenut white coffee, Nan Yang Memorably and Old Town Coffee Lava.

This is the kaya and butter toast with milk toppings.


They have a limited option for the rice section, namely the nasi lemak and chicken rendang.


The noodles section far slightly better with more options like nissin noodles and what looks like spicy noodles.





To be honest, I am quite a simple guy when it comes to food. It doesn't take a lot of punching power to knock my socks off in that department. However, up to now I haven't been able to find that niche within their menu that appeals me. I guess it's just probably me. Anyway, if you want to chill out at E-gate, access free WIFI and pay a lot less for coffee than Star Bucks, then it's probably the place to be in.

4 comments:

Penang Tua Pui said...

Roti Bakar...

When it comes to bread, Tam Ciak is always the number one on the queue and he's never grow bored of it..

and the white coffee is just nice, reminiscence of the old times...

but Oldtown's franchise is growing and somehow the price is getting higher. We had a post recently on an alternative that can give Oldtown a run for its money ...

White coffee and roti bakar.. on? :):)

550ml jar of faith said...

Ditto on not finding anything on the menu that jumps out. I've often wondered what the hordes of patrons saw that I didn't. A decent cup of kau coffee that doesn't cost an arm, perhaps.

Criz Lai said...

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J2Kfm said...

only go for the tea or coffee. nothing else. or the toasts if I'm slightly craving.
the nasi lemak, nissin noodles, or any other stuff they serve = inedible stuff. latest visit tried their paratha (roti canai) wrapped with something inside. horrendous