Thursday, 10 July 2014

【Penang Cafe】Where You Can Get Cronut & Churros | The Alley Cafe

The Alley Cafe at Stewart Lane
The Alley Cafe @ Stewart Lane


If you are familiar with Georgetown, then you must be knowing that there are actually many alleys hidden in this small town. These alleys may be a shortcut (I have found quit a lot..hehe..) or it may be an entrance to a little kampung. Well, there is this one cafe in the town whereby it's name itself is 'The Alley'. It is a small cafe hidden in Stewart Lane. Despite being small, it does provide a comfortable environment for the customers.

The building of The Alley cafe is actually a rented unit. Due to the unwillingness of  the shop owner to take down the original signboard, and due to the restriction of the UNESCO renovation law on the building, The Alley looks just like a normal old shop. It is easy to miss out if we do not pay enough attention to it.

The Alley Cafe at Stewart Lane

Basically, the dining area of The Alley can be divided into 3 side, front side, backside and outside. The front and the back dining area are air-conditioned and the environment are quite comfortable. However, personally think that the front area is a bit small and it feels crowded when there are many customers.

The Alley Cafe at Stewart Lane

The middle part is the counter. The prices of foods and drinks are listed on the wooden plank on the wall. The Alley only sells drinks, light food and cakes, they don't offer main course.

The Alley Cafe at Stewart Lane

This is the backside dining area. The space is much more bigger and more private. It is suitable for friends and family gathering. See the blue door? It is the toilet. Every time the toilet door was opened, I can smell fragrance came out from it, I bet they must be putting a lot of air freshener in it.

The Alley Cafe at Stewart Lane

The decorations on the wall are simple yet nice to see. I guess this is what we call it ART.

The Alley Cafe at Stewart Lane

Look at these wall decorations, any idea where does they come from? It is actually the table top of the broken wooden table.

The Alley Cafe at Stewart Lane

The life cycle of coffee beans. In the end they all end up being in the toilet..hehe..

The Alley Cafe at Stewart Lane

Confident enough to take a shot with this talk bubble? XD

The Alley Cafe at Stewart Lane

This is the dining area outside The Alley. This is really an alley!

The Alley Cafe at Stewart Lane

Salted Caramel Cronut - RM8

Ever heard of cronut before? This is the first time I have heard of it and the first thing that came in my mind was coconut. After listening to the explanation, I just knew that cronut was actually the combination of croissant and donut. It is a famous food in New York and quite expensive as well. Due to the difficulties in the production process, we can rarely seen one in Malaysia.

The Alley Cafe at Stewart Lane

Nutella Cronut - RM8

Croissant gives the crispy feel and donut feels soft on the bite. Since cronut is the combination of croissant and donut, therefore it gives out the crispy and softness feel at the same time. Sounds like a contradiction, right? Well, go and order one at The Alley and you will know what I meant.

The Alley Cafe at Stewart Lane

Churros with Dip (Big) - RM9

Churros is the other light food available at The Alley. It tastes just like the Chinese fried dough stick (You Zha Gui). You can order a big one or a small one. The big one has 6 Churros and you get to choose two dips out of 5 available dips. The dips available are salted caramel, caramel, cinnamon sugar, chocolate and Nutella.

The Alley Cafe at Stewart Lane

Churros with Dip (Small) - RM6

The small one has four Churros with one dip only.

The Alley Cafe at Stewart Lane

Lemon Cheese Cake - RM10

The cakes at The Alley were froze after the making instead of baked. Do eat it it while it is still cold as you will not want it to melt. The cakes sold at The Alley was one twelfth of the original size.

The Alley Cafe at Stewart Lane

Black and White - RM10

White chocolate fillings and the black chocolate chips made up the name of this cheese cake. This is my favorite cheese cake of all as I am too much in love with the chocolate chips!

The Alley Cafe at Stewart Lane

Strawberry Orange Cheese Cake with Home-made Mashmallow - RM10

Cheese cake with the combination of strawberry and orange, every tried before? The topping is the homamade marshmallow. Personally think that it was a bit too sweet and somehow it feels salty. Well, the taste is definitely special!

The Alley Cafe at Stewart Lane

Dirty Chai Cheese Cake - RM10

Dirty Chai is actually a coffee drink. It mixed up the espresso and Chai (an Indian spice) and it taste like masala. This cheese cake made of Dirty Chai has a very special taste but not everyone can accept it.

The Alley Cafe at Stewart Lane
The Alley Cafe at Stewart Lane

Dirty Chai (Secret Drink)

This is the Dirty Chai coffee drink I was talking about just now. It is not listed in the menu as not many people can accept it's taste. Yet, there are customers who will specially request for this drink.

The Alley Cafe at Stewart Lane

Cappuccino - RM9

Normally, cappuccino is served with biscuits. The Alley is somehow special as they served their cappuccino with peanut candy.

The Alley Cafe at Stewart Lane

Mocha - RM11

I find that the coffee at The Alley was not that attractive. Perhaps I have get used to the coffee taste at normal kopitiam.

The Alley Cafe at Stewart Lane

Pinky Guava Frappe - RM13

The Alley Cafe at Stewart Lane

Macho Mango Frappe - RM13

The Alley Cafe at Stewart Lane

Iced Chocolate - RM11

The Alley Cafe at Stewart Lane

Choc Mint Frappe - RM13

The Alley Cafe at Stewart Lane

Choc Oreo Frappe - RM13

Each of us ordered our own drink and I have ordered Choc Oreo Frappe. I wasn't really satisfy with the taste as it is a bit dull and the chocolate taste was not strong enough. After evenly stirring it, the taste become sweeter but still far from the ideal taste.

The Alley Cafe at Stewart Lane

The business hour of The Alley is from 12 pm to 12 am, brewing 12 hours a day.

The Alley Cafe at Stewart Lane

Address
5, Stewart Lane, 10200 George Town, Malaysia

Business Hour
12 pm - 12 am (Daily)

Contact
Phone : 04-261 3879
Email : thealleypenang@gmail.com

Facebook Fan Page
The Alley, 5 Stewart Lane

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This post was originally written on 10th June 2014

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