Wish I could snap my finger and make half of the hipster cafés in Ipoh turn into dust so that we don’t have to argue where is the next place to have a food review! Hahaha. Too bad this is not the “END GAME”. Most likely our M Makan Kaki(s) food hunting will never meet the end. Wondering where can you dine-in Western and Local cuisine under one roof? Check out this place named Thumbs Café!Vintage and contemporary! The first thing that came up to my mind once we step into the premise. The combination of bar top at the corner complete with high stools and the couches with colorful cushions totally brings us back to the former times.Back then before the Thumbs Café was built, the heritage building was an orphanage dormitory operating under Badan Khidmat Islam Perak (BAKIP). It’s amusing to see how much the place has changed over the years and now becoming one of the famous vintage cafés in Ipoh. It took five minutes for us to choose the right table because each one of them is unique. (Actually, they are looking for a table with perfect lighting, biasalah perempuan selfie tak habis-habis). This place could make an Instagrammers dream come true!
Craving Dim Sum for dinner instead of breakfast? But where can you go? To all Kaki Makan out there especially Muslim foodies’ friends dying to try some Chinese dim sum, check out this place named Greentown Dim Sum Café. We all know most dim sum shops only serve their offerings in the morning, however this time we manage to make a reservation for dinner (even Papa already warn us most of the food will be finish as we arrive). I noticed the café every time I went to the PTPTN (you know why, ha ha ha), I could see crowds enjoying their food there and to be honest after 9 years of its operation, this is the first time I’ve been here (Better late than never!). What surprised us is this café has all races as their customer. That’s why M Makan Kaki(s) decided to have a try on it! Ipoh can be considered as Dim Sum paradise, but not everyone has the opportunity to try it (especially for Muslim). Rest assured! Dim Sum Café is the only outlet in town that holding JAKIM certificate, so it’s absolutely HALAL.
Nestled in the historical town of Ipoh, sits a small traditional restaurant along Jalan Dato Tahwil Azar (Osborne Street) that serves one of the best Hainanese Chicken Chop. At first glance, the shop does not attract your attention but don’t be fooled by its outlook. For decades, they have been pampering the taste buds of Ipoh Mali for generations. I first heard about this restaurant from our baby boomer family member who is an avid foodie, who used to come here when he was just a child. It’s a delight for a youngster like me to see how the restaurant has been holding up. Decked with marble tables and tiled walls, it was a trip back to the 70s. Cathay Restaurant offers Hainanese chops, steamed bread, French toast, half boiled eggs, Chinese dishes with rice, coffee and tea. There are also food stalls which are open for breakfast. Surrounding the restaurant are office blocks, and knew that we had to beat the lunch crowd.
Have you ever seen a restaurant in a heritage Malay House? Stop wondering! Let’s discover more about Restaurant Labu Sayong Signature with us, the M Makan Kaki(s)! May the food be with you. Ha Ha Ha. Labu Sayong Signature was founded by Perak State Development Corporation (PKNP) architecturally based on “Rumah Kutai”, the pre-1900 traditional Malay house synonymous in Perak State, Malaysia. Located a stone’s throw away from the nightlife of Bulatan Amanjaya in Meru Raya, it is a great initiative to promote the silver state’s cuisine and culinary arts.
Introducing the new kid on the block, Jack & Grill Steak House. Our neighbor has finally opened its doors and is ready to serve. Being the foodie we are, we wasted no time and scrambled over to taste some of their signature dishes. Founded by Jack Neo, there is another branch located at Medan Ipoh, just behind Kinta City Mall. They serve western dishes with a twist, curated to local taste buds. We guarantee that you will be spoilt with choice. Jack has over 20 years of experience in the F&B industry and he has traveled all over to look for inspiration in his recipes. According to Jack, his first branch was open since 2016 before he decided on opening a second branch. Lucky for us, it is a few steps away from our home.