|Japanese Layer Cake|
Moustache Houze, Penang
Set in the historical district of George Town Penang, right near the famous Chowrasta market, Moustache Houze offers a quirky twist on the bevy of hip new places in the town centre. Bringing the popular themes of heritage and recycled together, the ladies have added another layer of charm to this café via a whimsical obsession with moustaches. That’s right – the big, curvy bristled kind that sit atop an upper lip.
You’ll find them in the smallest details such as drink adornments (who needs umbrellas when you can have a bushy moustache?) to the largest in-your-face wall motifs. I bet if you visited multiple times you would keep finding new places where they have managed to mooch in a mo. It seems the ladies here can’t get enough bushy facial hair. (I wonder if it’s a prerequisite for their partners to keep a row of whiskers on their upper lips?) Classic tunes resonate throughout, adding to the feel of an era gone by when many gentlemen actually did sport some under nose bristles.Seating is varied and has a recycled funky feel. Clever glass topped metal-gate based tables dominate the front, while swings (!) are fun seating at the back. There are private rooms upstairs too, each with their own special mo inspired art.
Only just opened July 27, 2013, it’s an overwhelming success. By early afternoon, especially on the weekends or public holidays, the place is buzzing with guests. If you’re not keen on crowds, arriving closer to opening time around noon is recommended.
Moustache Houze specializes in cakes and drinks. The beverage menu is short and divided into tea, fresh juice, ice cube drinks, espresso based coffees (house blend) and syphon coffee (beans from around the world). Cakes are your standard flavoured sponge variety, alongside a few cheesecakes and mille crepes.
|Affogato – not yet on the menu but coming soon|
Perfect for Penang’s warm climate are Moustache Houze’s specialty ice cube drinks. Cubes of frozen fruit juice are dissolved in soda (lemonade), while the coffee and chocolate versions are accompanied by fresh milk. We sampled the day’s special Passionfruit Ice Cubes (RM11.90). Topped up with soda, this was a refreshing start with one of our favourite fruits – sweet, tangy and bubbly. You can also mix the fruit cubes to make your own signature mocktail. Hubby blended colourful Kiwi and Strawberry producing another fruity hit. Of the milky mix, we chose the Chocolate Ice Cubes (RM12.90) over the Espresso Cubes, (keeping an eye on our caffeine intake for the day), but I imagine these would be just as wonderful after a steamy afternoon of sightseeing.
|Passion Fruit Ice Cubes|
|Chocolate Ice Cubes|
|Strawberry Kiwi Ice Cubes and Soda|
There are hot drinks too. Hot Chocolate and Espresso based milky coffees, such as a cappuccino (RM 9.90), come with their very own latte art moustache designs. The beans are their own house blend and a darker roast, producing a stronger flavour, which seems well suited to local taste buds.
Syphon Coffee is available with your choice of beans. The Blue Mountain Blend (RM12.90) was hubby’s pick. Watching the preparation is entertainment in itself as the barista fires up the base of a scientific looking apparatus to brew this specialty. We both agreed we’d reorder this upon return.
Cakes are not made in house, but outsourced from the owners’ favourite bakeries around the country. Presentation carries through the playful concept of the café. Served up on a wooden chopping board, it seems they’re ready to be ripped into with your fork (and knife).
|Walnut Cheesecake and Mango Mousse Cake|
Cakes are rotated daily so expect to see different varieties as a regular visitor. Numerous Mille Crepe Cakes (RM10.90) are usually part of the offerings and we sampled the popular Hazelnut Cream. The Mango Mousse Cheesecake (RM13.90) looked pretty and is another hit amongst locals. It’s more of a whipped texture than dense cheese and was pleasantly sweet and light. Our two favourites however were the Tiramisu (RM11.90) – spongy springy cake, whipped cream, caramelized nuts and dark chocolate flakes – and the Walnut Cheesecake (RM11.90) – irresistible dense, velvety and not overly sweet.
|Hazelnut Mille Crepe|
A fun memento of any visit to Moustache Houze is a cheesy photo with your very own hairy growth. You can either create one with a frothy milk drink or use the provided table accessories to get that memorable holiday pic.
Reason to visit: quirky ambience, interesting ice cube drinks, Walnut Cheesecake, Tiramisu, Syphon Coffee.
24 Campbell Street
10100 George Town
+6 04 262 2228
Open Monday – Thursday – 4:30pm – 10pm
Friday 4:30pm – 12 midnight
Saturday 12 noon – 12 midnight
Sunday 12 noon – 10pm